Change of preference means opportunity

It’s ‘change of preference’ time - an important point in the year for prospective higher education students.  Choices they have made can be reconsidered for other new and exciting opportunities. 

La Trobe University has an important message for students who don’t get the results they need for their ‘dream’ course - don’t panic!

There’s often more than one way to get into a course, and the best thing to do is contact the University and ask about pathway options.

There also may be other courses available that students haven’t even thought of yet and thinking about change gives them a chance to examine their reasons for wanting to study.

It’s a fact that students are increasingly finding they want more from a course, and this year social justice and environment are high priorities for many.  

La Trobe, with two campuses in Melbourne, is also Victoria’s biggest provider of regional university education.

This gives students unmatched choices in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton and Mildura, where courses including education, social work, and health are attracting more local students of all ages and backgrounds.

There has been growing demand for agricultural science at the University and a new $230 million research centre, to be built by 2011, will make La Trobe the centre of Australia’s agricultural research. Animal and veterinary biosciences continue to be very popular courses.

There are also many niche study areas with high national reputations such as Outdoor and Environmental Education at La Trobe’s Bendigo campus, which deserve a second look.

Options with an environment focus at Bendigo include Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning, Nature Tourism, and Natural Resources Education.

A range of Civil Engineering courses is also offered in Bendigo, as well as courses in law, business and information technology, and a combined Business/Information Technology degree.

 '2009 will see a whole raft of new courses and approaches with a new common first year offering in Health Sciences,' says Janne Gorman, Director of Future Students at La Trobe.

'The University has a wealth of nursing and allied health programs and the new Health Sciences common year will give students a chance to experience different health disciplines before specialising', she says.

A new cross-faculty, multi-campus first year subject will also be introduced at the Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga campuses that explores the urgent issues of sustainability and climate change.

Information sessions are being held at various schools in the region on 15, 16 and 17 December. More information on these is available at or by contacting Shioban Downing, Future Students Adviser, Bendigo Campus, Ph 03 5444 7444.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Zerin Knight, Media Liaison Officer, Bendigo Campus,
Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161 E