Pathway programs

Your guaranteed pathway to a University of Newcastle degree

Upon successful completion of Yapug or Open Foundation, you will be guaranteed early entry into selected degrees at the University of Newcastle.

You will also be able to use your final grades from the program for competitive admission to all other University of Newcastle degrees, including Medicine.



Yapug is a free pathway designed to help Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people gain entry into undergraduate degrees, including a pathway into Medicine.

Start your University experience in a culturally appropriate learning environment, supported by Indigenous peers and staff. You don't have to meet the requirements for entry to university or have any prior experience.

To be eligible, you must be turning 18 years or older in the year of commencing study and have confirmation of your Indigeneity.

Yapug offers flexible study options including full-time and part-time study and provides guaranteed entry to over 40+ degrees.

Open Foundation

Open Foundation

If you are seeking a new career direction, considering attending University after time in the workforce or looking to further pursue your interests, our Open Foundation program can help make this happen with guaranteed entry to over 40+ degrees.

Flexible study means you can learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options.

This is a free pathway program for people who do not have the qualifications required for direct entry into an undergraduate degree.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.