Notre Dame - FAQs

HOW DO I APPLY AND WHERE IS THE APPLICATION FORM?

Applications need to be made directly to Notre Dame either by completing an online application – notredame.edu.au/freo or completing a hard copy application form and either mailing or hand-delivering it to the Admissions Office. If you are a school leaver applicant, your careers counsellor will have copies of Notre Dame's Course Guide which includes our application form.

DO I HAVE TO LIST THREE COURSE PREFERENCES?

We recommend you list three preferences starting with the course you want to do the most. Your third preference could be a bridging course.

WHAT DOES A 'CERTIFIED COPY' MEAN?

A certified copy is a copy of an original document that has been verified as being a true copy of the original document by an authorised person. People who can certify documents include teachers, pharmacists, court officers, police officers, lawyers, doctors, dentists and engineers. Admissions Office staff can also verify your documents if you bring them into the office.

CAN I KEEP MY OPTIONS OPEN?

What happens if I get an offer to Notre Dame and want to wait and see if I get offered at another university? What if I'm not sure if I want to take the position, or want to take a gap year? Always keep your options open! We suggest that you accept your offer at Notre Dame and if you change your mind later you can always withdraw. You can also defer your place for one or two semesters to take a gap year – this way your place will be secured upon your return.

DOES NOTRE DAME HAVE PORTFOLIO ENTRY?

Notre Dame does not have a portfolio entry, however our application process allows us to gather a wealth of information on each applicant to ensure they are offered a suitable course.

DO I HAVE TO BE CATHOLIC?

Notre Dame accepts people of all faiths or no faith at all. While Catholic in our traditions, the University embraces all people who support the Objects of the University.

CAN I DO A CERTIFICATE IV IN YEAR 12 AND GET INTO AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE?

No, applicants who complete Certificate IV in Year 12 will be considered for a bridging program. A Certificate IV is a post-school leaver academic bench mark for some courses.

HOW MANY HOURS WOULD I SPEND ON CAMPUS WITH LECTURES AND TUTORIALS?

Generally each unit consists of 3-5 hours on campus per week. A full time load is either 4-5 units per semester, therefore students will generally spend between 12-25 hours on campus per week. Please note that this depends on your enrolment load (full time or part-time), and is also dependent on the course you are studying. Please check the Notre Dame Course Guide or website for details on the course in which you are interested.

I AM GOING AWAY DURING THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS, WHAT CAN I DO?

If you are going away during the admissions process please let the Admissions Office know when you will be leaving and when you will be returning. We will ask you to fill out an Authority to Act form, which gives permission for someone, (normally a parent) to access admission information on your behalf. It also may be possible to make arrangements for you (for example, to have your interview via Skype). Please contact the Admissions Office on 08 9433 0537 or at admissions@nd.edu.au.

WHAT DAYS WILL I BE REQUIRED TO BE AT UNI?

The 2018 timetable will be confirmed in early February 2018, however most classes are held on campus between Monday to Friday and between 8.30am and 6.30pm. Please check with your Notre Dame School closer to the commencement of semester for a draft timetable.

WHAT ARE THE FEES?

Information on individual course fee estimates can be found in the Course Guide or online. If you are an Australian citizen, you do not need to pay your tuition fees up front. You may be eligible for HECS HELP or FEE HELP depending on the course you choose to study, information regarding your fees will be included in your offer pack.

IS THIS COURSE HARD TO GET INTO?

Some courses at Notre Dame are more competitive to get into compared to others because of limited places available and higher academic requirements. At Notre Dame, if you are unsuccessful in being admitted into your first preference, the Admissions Office will try to find an alternate pathway for you.

SHOULD I PROVIDE MY DIPLOMA/DEGREE CERTIFICATE OR TRANSCRIPTS OF STUDY?

When applying to the University, it is essential to submit the transcript and the degree certificate. The transcript should state that the course is complete. If this is not stated, a certified copy of the award must also be included.