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Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program

Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHPP)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • -
  • 6-8 months full-time or 12-18 months part-time
  • Jan, Sep
Note: This program has a compulsory on-campus residential school component.


  • If you do not have the right school qualifications or it has been some time since you studied, UniSQ’s Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) is the perfect way to start studying at university. 
  • Our College for First Nations will provide you with support at every step. While studying in the IHEPP you are provided with academic, cultural and social support from our staff and fellow students. There is free access to printers and computers when you need them in our computer lab.
  • This pathway program has been developed to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the academic skills needed for university study.
  • You will also have the choice to attend an Intensive Workshop Series (also known as a Residential School). The series, hosting class sessions each day, is designed to assist you with your study and assessments during the Semester
  • You will study 3 courses (subjects), online or face to face, all with an Indigenous focus, to develop your writing, general study and computing skills.
  • IHEPP is a free pathways program. There are a number of Australian Government scholarships that you can apply for during your studies. You may also be eligible to apply for ABSTUDYand will need to contact Centrelink to find out more. 

Further study

After completing the IHEPP you can apply to study a UniSQ degree or a degree at another university.

Note: Thinking of studying in 2024? UniSQ will be delivering flexible new ways of teaching, with different calendar offerings, making the balance of study and life easier. Read more in our new academic calendar FAQs.

Career outcomes

  • As part of this program you'll enhance your core academic skills to think critically and write academically, providing you with everything you need to succeed at university, and the confidence to follow your dream career.
  • As a stepping stone to further university study, successfully complete IHEPP and be ready to apply for a range of UniSQ undergraduate degrees, with endless career opportunities.

Entry requirements

  • Identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Reached an age of at least 18 years in the year of the proposed enrolment.
  • Applicants are required to complete a placement questionnaire.

To assist us in determining your level of reading, writing and understanding of mathematics, you will need to attend an Entrance Assessment Session. To find out more, contact us:

Degree structure

To complete this program students must complete 3 units (courses). Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 3
Total 3

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied.

Intensive Workshop Series (Residential Schools) 

As a student of IHEPP, you will also have the choice to attend an Intensive Workshop Series (also known as a Residential School). The series, hosting class sessions each day, is designed to assist you with your study and assessments during the Semester. Financial support may also be available for ABSTUDY recipients to assist with travel expenses.

Following the Intensive Workshop Series, the remainder of the program is completed online.


Australian citizens are offered a fee-free place in this program provided they meet the residency requirements.

Regional students attending the on-campus Residential school component includes travel, accommodation and meals. 

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 3.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 3, 2024 Monday 2 September Monday 26 August Monday 2 September Friday 6 December 

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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