Admission requirements

While each program has indicative academic standards that should be met, the admission criteria against which your application will be assessed are much broader. We also consider you as a person - who you are, what you have done and what you want to do with your life. Selected applicants get the opportunity to meet us in person at an interview and we can answer your questions about the program and the University.

All applicants will need to meet the following.  Applicants who do not meet the minimum admission requirements for their undergraduate program preferences, will be automatically considered for a Pathway program.

  • Minimum age requirements

    A minimum of 17 years of age at the time of enrolment if you hold an Australian passport; a minimum of 18 years at the time of enrolment if you are an International student requiring a visa to study in Australia.

  • English language proficiency requirements

    The University of Notre Dame Australia requires applicants to achieve minimum academic and English language proficiency standards/requirements. This ensures that applicants are sufficiently competent in the English language, allowing them to participate effectively in their chosen program and achieve the expected program outcomes.

    Applicants can demonstrate their English language proficiency by completing an English language test or through previous secondary or tertiary study as outlined at the English language proficiency requirements page.

  • Non-academic requirements

    A broad assessment of your personal qualities, your capacity to successfully complete your chosen program or course, and your capacity to contribute as a member of the University’s community.

  • Academic requirements

    Applicants with recent secondary education

    Have you completed secondary education within the past two years?

    Eligibility is based on achieving an indicative minimum ATAR or equivalent NESA result in NSW.  A summary of the academic requirements for each program can be found on the relevant program page.

    Applicants with Higher Education study

    Have you previously commenced or completed study at a higher education provider?

    For many programs, if you have completed at least six months of a university undergraduate degree, you can use these to apply to study at UNDA. For example, programs in Arts & Sciences and Business require a minimum of 2 successfully completed subjects. Programs in Education, Nursing, and Philosophy & Theology require a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects.

    Successful completion of a recognised Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the university or the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway can also be used to apply for some programs.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing. Applications for Advanced Standing are submitted after receiving an offer.

    Applicants with VET study

    Have you completed a VET qualification at a TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation?

    For many of our programs, if you have an AQF Certificate Level IV or higher and can demonstrate English language competency, you are eligible to be considered for admission. This excludes direct entry into Law, Medicine and Education.

    For some programs, completion of a higher level VET qualification relating to your field of study may enable you to be eligible for Advanced Standing.  Applications for Advanced Standing are submitted after receiving an offer.

    The University of Notre Dame (Sydney Campus) has a number of articulation agreements with Registered Trade Organisations (RTOs). Search current Articulation Agreements to verify whether the course you completed has a formal agreement with Notre Dame and what you are eligible for.

    Applicants with work and life experience

    Applicants with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:

    • Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience relevant to the program. Applicants may have undertaken non-award programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry.
    • A completed Enabling course.
    • Sitting the STAT and achieving an acceptable score for the program you are interested in.  For most programs, the minimum STAT score is 145 in the Written English section.
    • ATAR or HSC (or equivalent) results if these are between 3 and 5 years old.
  • Specific program requirements

    Some programs have specific requirements such as evidence of registration, practice licenses or specific industry or professional experience.

    You can check specific requirements for the program you are interested in by checking the relevant Program Requlations.

  • Interview

    Applicants who are selected for an interview will have an opportunity to discuss your application and your motivation to study the preferred program and at Notre Dame, with one of our academic staff members. The interview is a compulsory aspect of Notre Dame’s selection process and also provides an opportunity for you to discuss any questions you may have about the University or your preferred program.