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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs

We design and deliver programs to build educational confidence and motivation in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students, providing support to access and succeed in higher education.

We offer opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to: 

  • Experience university life
  • engage in educational activities in a supportive and inclusive environment
  • attend on-campus events and week-long residential Summer and Winter programs
  • participate in in-school programs with their peers.

Our programs

The Summer Program is for senior high school students and is designed to equip Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students with useful skills for their final years at school and allow students to explore options for university and careers. Students visit our campus, access world-class facilities and experience first-hand the life of a uni student.

There is no cost for the schools or families of students who participate in the Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program. The University of Sydney will pay for travel, meals, accommodation and all other expenses associated with the program.

Missed out the Summer Program? Join us for the Digital Stream! Register now.

The Winter Program is an intensive week-long digital academic opportunity, designed to prepare Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Year 12 students for their final exams and equip them for their journey into higher education.  

Students have access to invaluable webinars and workshops presented by exam markers, expert tutors, faculty academics, and university staff and students. Designed to build educational capacity and motivation, students participating in the Bunga Barrabugu Winter Program will experience an individually tailored program, guiding them through scholarship applications, university pathways, exam preparation, as well as receiving one-on-one subject specific tutoring.  

The Ngara Program offers an immersive on-campus experience for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students from NSW metropolitan schools, designed to build their confidence in preparing for and sitting the HSC exams, as well as equipping them with useful tools and resources to help prepare for life after school.

Each cohort will visit the University of Sydney campus, where they will participate in a Future Friday event comprised of interactive academic skills development and personal capacity building workshops, relevant to the stage of their high school journey. In addition, students will have the opportunity to connect with the community of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff and students at the University of Sydney.

How to apply

The 2021 Bunga Barrabugu Winter Program is an invitation-only program. If you are interested in receiving more information on future programs, including when applications open and how to apply, please register your interest here and we will get in contact with you.

Winter Program highlights

Jack's journey from school to university

Jack meets other Indigenous students through this program, and connects with his Aboriginal culture. Jack dreams of becoming a social worker, and uses his own mental health struggles as a way to help others.

Caitlyn's journey from school to university

From Townsville, Caitlyn grows in confidence through her final years of high school, and learns more about who she is and where she wants her future self to be.

Hamani's journey from school to university

With dreams of pursuing music in his future, Hamani believes his purpose in life is to entertain through his vocal talent and to inspire others like him to be their authentic selves.