Open Universities Australia (OUA)
Open Universities Australia (OUA) is the national leader in providing open and flexible access to quality online tertiary education. Through OUA, you can study 180 qualifications taught by over 20 leading Australian universities and TAFEs.
You’ve figured out what you want to study, but then comes the hard part of deciding where to study. What happens if your choice is restricted by an entry score, location or limited course offerings? For some people, the flexibility of online education could be an attractive option.
For those seriously considering online education, let’s take a look at Open Universities Australia (OUA) and the advantages it offers students.
With OUA, you can compare and contrast course and study options offered by over 20 universities and TAFEs in one place. It’s the best way to eliminate trawling multiple websites for the information you need to make your final decision.
Once you’ve enrolled through OUA, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll be working towards graduating with a high-quality, recognised degree from universities such as Monash, RMIT, Griffith, Macquarie and Curtin — the only difference is that you’ll be learning online, rather than on-campus.
Studying with OUA
Uniquely, almost everyone is guaranteed entry into most first-year undergraduate programs through OUA. But there are some great options for TAFE and postgraduate qualifications too. Over 250,000 OUA students have loved the choice offered by OUA since 1993, which today includes over 180 courses and 1700 units of study.
What you learn and how much you need to study is no different from on-campus courses. You still need to dedicate 10 to 12 hours each week per unit. The main difference is that OUA doesn’t have timetables. You can watch lectures, participate in discussion forums, research and write assignments when and where it suits you.
With more enrolment periods than most, you can start your undergraduate study four times a year or during three study sessions at a postgraduate level. This also means you can fast-track your degree if that’s your number one goal or, if you lead a busy life, take some time off — OUA will help you ease back into study once you’re ready to pick up where you left off.
Our student support services
Student support comes in all shapes and sizes too. Start by developing or refreshing your study skills such as researching, academic writing and critical thinking through OUA’s Preparatory or Enabling Units.
Smarthinking, a 24/7 tutoring service, is also available to provide feedback on your essays and assignments — your first four hours are free for every unit you study.
Find a study buddy through My Study Centre or connect with other students through discussion forums. If it still seems a little too hard, or if your personal life gets in the way, a dedicated personal counsellor is also on hand to help.
Finally, financial assistance from the Australian Government is also available in the form of FEE-HELP and, for those who meet the eligibility criteria, HECS-HELP.
Quite simply, the OUA advantage is an online education from a leading university or TAFE at a time, place and pace that suits your life.
To get started on your own online education journey, call 1300 250 266 to speak to an OUA Student Advisor today or visit www.open.edu.au for more information.
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Benjamin Kaiser, 16
I’ve always been pretty bright but found high school boring. I was recommended OUA and found out there was no age requirement.
I started studying with OUA at the age of 14. I’ll graduate with a degree before I turn 17. I guess that’s pretty good!
It beats school! I like being able to control how and when I study. You have to be self-motivated which keeps me on track. I can sleep in a bit or study later at night and have hot meals during the day. Some kids from my old high school are now also studying with OUA.
I study all four semesters, three subjects a semester, so I’m quite busy. I can’t wait to get my degree and start working!
Georgina Scambler, 34
Studying with OUA meant I could do a mixture of full-time and part-time study. If I wasn’t able to study off campus, I just wouldn’t have been able to do it. I have two children — a four year old and a 22 month old.
I’ve always wanted to be a journalist. I was home with a baby anyway and didn’t have a job to go to, so in a way it was perfect timing.
I’ve already done a couple of internships at newspapers and a website company, which has confirmed this has been the right choice for me. It’s fantastic to be able to be on the job and get experience.
I have definitely felt supported during my studies. Most of the tutors have been really engaging and easy to contact whenever you need advice or to ask a question.
At times it’s been hard juggling it all, but most of the time it’s worked well for me. I fit in study when I can and work around my schedule. I would definitely recommend OUA to other people.