Courses & the study experience

Be inspired by the stories of students and academics. 

From heart-warming student stories, to realistic advice from academics, and insights into "what it's really like" to study a particular topic. This is your hub for getting to know the study area you're interested in.

How to choose a university after attending open days

If you've just finished an onslaught of IRL tours, what should you do next?

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I'm enrolled, now what? 8 things you need to do before class starts

Congratulations on taking the leap into study—you're officially a student! Now that you’ve ticked enrolling off your to-do list, here’s everything you need to do before your course kicks off.

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7 of the best graphic design short courses to study online

Want to wow people with your logo art, magazine layouts or website designs? These short online courses cover everything a graphic designer needs to know, from Adobe Creative Cloud to user-centred design.

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Your guide to university open days in 2024

Wondering how to make the most of uni open days this year—and whether you should even go, if you're planning to study online? We've gathered all the key information for you, including dates you can put straight in your calendar.

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Why you should study art online

Studying art online might sound hard to imagine. But there can be many benefits to exploring your creativity through a virtual university short course or degree.

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6 library hacks for online students

Worried about accessing your university library while studying online? These simple hacks will help you make the most of what your library has to offer.

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The benefits of studying early childhood education

When Sarsha Mennell started her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in 2019 she thought she would go on to become a classroom teacher, but her studies led her to exciting and unexpected opportunities.

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7 in-demand digital skills you can learn with Academy Xi

Want to future proof your career by becoming more technically savvy? We’ve got 7 new courses to help you do just that.

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The power of student activism (and how to get involved online)

As history shows, student activism drives meaningful change. But how can online students be part of these grassroots movements from afar?

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What’s in the 2024 budget for online students?

The Federal Government made a lot of education announcements in its 2024 budget last week, including a welcome change to HELP indexation. So what are the main things you need to know about as an online student? Here’s a quick and easy recap. 

Industry news and insights

Humans of Open Universities Australia: Meet our Content Lead, Cat

A ‘braided river’ career path, a crystal ball moment from Bill Gates, and a heartfelt letter with complete disregard for the third wall—here's Cat.

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From minimum wage to psychologist: Meet single mum Courtney

Courtney is a single mum living in Tasmania. She was earning minimum wage, didn’t finish Year 12, and didn't think she would ever go back to study again–until she spoke to a student advisor at Open Universities Australia.  

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