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Choosing where to study

Post-secondary education providers have increasingly flexible options for studying their programs. Some courses are offered online and students access the course materials through an internet-based online learning site.

Other providers may offer courses in mixed mode, where students can ‘mix and match’ both on-campus attendance and online study. Or a provider may deliver some face-to-face content as intensive teaching blocks to facilitate students who are also working full-time, with remaining content accessed online. Students enrolled in VET programs may complete some assessments within their workplace.

These flexible options can open up more choices of education providers for you to consider, as you are then not restricted to what your local provider offers. However, although off-campus study gives you more choice, you should weigh up the decision carefully and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can I study effectively without the structure of on-campus classes?
  • What support does the education provider offer for students studying off-campus?
  • What support is available for students with disability who study off-campus?
  • If course content is accessed online, how reliable is my IT equipment, and my internet service provider?

Relocating for study

Alternatively, you may be interested studying interstate or at some distance from where you live, and are therefore considering the options available. It’s worth giving thought to the following questions before you make your decision:

  • Can I study effectively without the support of family or close friends around me?
  • What student support services are offered by the provider?
  • Is there an equity policy? Does the provider use disability access plans?
  • What are my options for accommodation, and the costs (also see the section Student Accommodation and Services)?
  • How will I travel to campus if I live off-site?
  • Is there a reliable and regular public transport system? Or if I will drive, what are the campus parking costs?

The answers to these types of questions will affect your decision to choose one institution over another.

Research relevant post-secondary education providers by searching on their website under the particular issue, i.e. student services, student accommodation, parking facilities, public transport, equity policy, disability access plan, etc.

You can learn more about your chosen educational provider  by researching university ranking lists, particularly in your chosen study area(s), attending an Open Day, talking to your NDCO or the provider’s disability advisor or other students with disability, as well as family and friends.The more research you do, the better the fit and match with your expectations.