Computer requirements

Study at home, work, overseas, anywhere you like—when you study online, your campus is anywhere that you’ve set up your computer and internet access.

To study online through OUA, you’ll need a computer running an operating system that’s current and supported (like Windows 10), and reliable high-speed internet access.

Whether you're using a desktop, laptop, or tablet, you’ll be online for several hours a week:

  • Accessing study materials like lecture recordings and eBooks.
  • Using library databases and the internet for research.
  • Taking notes and preparing your assessments.
  • Communicating with your lecturers, tutors, support staff, and other students.

To make the most of your online learning experience, you should already have a good working knowledge of:

  • basic computer skills
  • word processing
  • emailing
  • web browsing
Ernest in his home office with desktop computer 
Ernest - Studied Criminology and Criminal Justice with Griffith University, through Open Universities Australia.

If you’re not confident with computers, you might consider an introductory course. Public libraries, TAFES, and adult education centres offer short courses in computing basics. Get to know your way around your computer and the internet, and you’ll feel more confident with online study.

And here’s a handy hint: grab an external drive or use cloud storage to back up your work.

Check your university’s computing requirements too

Your university will have minimum requirements for devices, software and connectivity. Start by checking your uni’s website, or take a look in your Student Hub for the list of contacts that can help. 

Some subjects might call for extra computing requirements such as special software – we list these on subject pages.

Community internet and computer access

Public libraries offer access to computers and the internet, often for free although you might need a membership card or have to pay a small charge. They can be very popular and you may have to book ahead. You’ll be able to access printing and photocopying services on a pay per page basis. Most libraries also provide wireless hotspots and recharging stations at no cost for people using their own devices.

We're here to help

Our student advisors can assist you with your enrolment, help you plan your studies and answer any questions about how studying through OUA works.