Elite athletes

Support elite athletes to achieve their dreams in and out of the sporting arena.

OUA is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network. We recognise that juggling education with a sporting career is a challenge, so we aim to deliver flexible study options that are elite athlete friendly.

Supporting athletes to achieve academic excellence

OUA is committed to helping elite athletes achieve their dreams in and out of the sporting arena. A proud member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network, we recognise the challenges athletes face when combining education, career and a personal life with a high performance-sporting career.

Our university partners’ degree offerings suit the unique needs of elite student athletes. The degrees are designed for distance education and are accessible online. Through OUA, you can find, choose and enrol in degrees and subjects online from leading Australian universities, anytime, anywhere.

Professional athletes studying through OUA come from a range of sports including all football codes, tennis, athletics, diving and more.

You can complete a whole degree or study only a few subjects to complete a professional accreditation. With multiple study terms each academic year, you can also fast track your degree.

Our commitment to you

We’ve has assisted a number of elite athletes to achieve their educational goals, including Australia's first Winter Olympics medallist Zali Steggall and Olympic Gold medallist Melissa Wu.

Elite athletes identified and recognised by the following organisations can access support available under the Elite Athlete Friendly University network and special offers provided by OUA:

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • National senior squads from National ACE supported sports
  • State Institutes or Academies of Sport
  • AFL Players' Association
  • Australian Cricketers' Association
  • Rugby Union Players' Association
  • Rugby League Professionals' Association/National Rugby League
  • Australian Professional Footballers' Association
  • Senior/head coaches from state and territory institutes/academies of sport, national senior teams or participating professional sports

We're here to guide you there

Our student advisors can assist you with enrolment, help you plan your studies, and answer questions about how studying through Open Universities Australia can get you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow.