The University of Tasmania (UTAS) was officially
founded on 1st January 1890. In addition to being one of the oldest universities
in Australia, it is also one of the youngest. In 1991, a year after its
centenary, the University merged with the Tasmanian State Institute of
Technology in Newnham, Launceston (TSIT), to form a 'new' University of
Tasmania. UTAS offers one of the widest range of courses in Australia (with over
50 undergraduate courses) and has exchange arrangements with over 60 countries
throughout Europe, Asia and North America. UTAS specialises in the six key areas
of population and health, community, place and change, sustainable primary
production, environment, Antarctic and marine frontier technologies.
To be eligible to attend UTAS applicants must meet at least one of the
minimum admission requirements and be selected for enrolment in competition with
other applicants. Program intakes are determined by the number of places
available and the number of eligible applicants seeking entry to those
programs. In addition to the minimum admission requirements some courses take
into account other criteria such as an audition or portfolio. Entry into UTAS is
based on year12 results and alternative entry pathways. Examples of the
alternative entry pathways include TAFE qualifications, previous work
experience, professional qualifications and special entry.
UTAS offers a range of alternative entry pathways. All applicants that
apply under this category must include a supporting statement addressing the
selection criteria. This statement must include any academic or employment
background and skills gained, demonstrated interest in the course and equity
and or special considerations.
The University of Tasmania has a number of enabling programs to help students to better prepare themselves for study including the University Preparation Program, UniStart and other bridging courses.
University Preparation Program
The University Preparation Program (UPP) is run by UTAS to provide potential mature age students with the opportunity to revive, upgrade and establish skills relevant to higher education. Successful completion of this program is designed to assist applicants gain admission to degree courses offered by the university.
Further information on the range of preparation and bridging courses available can found on the UTAS website.
The UTAS Disability Service provides a range of services to students with disabilities. Disability Service staff can also provide advice and assistance to university staff in meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Examples of the types of services provided by the university's Disability Advisers include:
- Assisting you to identify options for reducing the impact of your disability on study
- Providing information and access to appropriate services
- Reviewing study and assessment accommodations during your course
- Access to the Student Access Study Centre
- Loan of specialised equipment
- Provision of sign interpreters – e.g. Auslan.
- Provision of Access Parking Permits
- Transcription of materials into accessible format. Provision of note-takers
For further information contact Disability Services on (03) 6324 3787 or (03) 6226 2381.
Tasmania Scholarships Program
gives outstanding students significant
financial and academic support to study at the University of Tasmania.
Scholarships are offered in a wide range of disciplines and selection is
based on academic merit. They are available for students studying for
degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels. For further information refer to the
scholarships webpage on the UTAS website.
If you need financial assistance you may be eligible for a student loan from UTAS. The university Safety Net Grant Scheme is to provide emergency financial assistance to eligible students who are experiencing financial hardship which is adversely affecting their education. The scheme will not fund the payment of library and parking fines, service and amenities fees or HECS/course fees. To be eligible a student must be enrolled, at risk of discontinuing their study and demonstrate financial hardship and an intention to complete their course of study. Further information can be obtained from contacting the Students Association on your campus.
Refer to Worksheet 6 - Financial planning (worksheet 6 as text 27 KB or worksheet 6 as PDF 79KB) to assist you budget for tertiary education.