While You're in School

Advice and information for secondary school students.

How is University different to High School?

Rather than 4 terms, university has 2 semesters made up of 10-12 weeks where you will complete 3-5 subjects per semester full time. There will be plenty of opportunities for interstate students to head home and see family and friends. The transition from High School to University can be daunting, however we have various support programs in place to make sure that incoming students are:

  • On top of their assignments and due dates
  • Getting access to tutoring services (if required) via the ITAS program
  • Making new friends and settling into university life
  • Finding their way around campus
  • Being connected to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community
  • Participating in cultural events
  • Taking on all opportunities that are available: applying for scholarships, getting involved in extracurricular activities etc.

For more important dates for students studying at the University of Melbourne, please follow this link: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/dates

Although you will experience homesickness… We will make sure you enjoy your time at University!

Murrup Barak is home to students who travel interstate to study at The University of Melbourne. There is always going to be homesickness that comes with moving away from home. It’s important to know that we have a strong community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff who work together to support students on their journey through higher education and beyond.

At different points in the year you will be able to travel home: There are two main breaks in the University Calendar: Winter Recess (8 weeks) and Summer Break (November to February) as well as a short break for Easter.

Year 9 & 10 Students

If you’re in years 9/10 or have an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child, relative or student in years 9/10, it is very important to have conversations about subject selection and future thinking.

A few key questions for students:

  • Where do you want to be in five or ten years’ time?
  • How do you think you’ll get there?
  • Is going to university a stepping stone to achieve your goals?

If the answer was yes to the last question – making sure that you’re doing the right subjects in years 11 & 12 will really help you when thinking about tertiary education.

Download this year 10 guide for some further information about subject selection and pathway options:

11 & 12 Students

If you’re a year 11/12 student or if you have a child, relative, or student in these year levels who is interested and/or thinking about going to University make sure you download the University of Melbourne Prospectus.

Try out the Undergraduate Course Search.This is a great way to find out about various courses as well as what you should study based on your career interest.