How we support your return to study
Not everyone goes straight from Year 12 to uni.
Life happens. Perhaps your gap year didn’t quite end after 12 months. Maybe you had children. Or jumped straight into working life.
Starting university is one of the most exciting times of your life. You’re exposed to new people, fresh ideas and diverse cultures – not to mention a different learning environment.
It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed. The good news is that it’s possible to balance study with your busy schedule. In fact, it’s easier than ever. There are a wide range of free programs available to help you out, from counselling services, right through to career guidance.
Learn to study (again)
Many of our courses are designed for flexibility. You can choose to study full-time or part-time. You can create a timetable that works around your schedule and opt for blended learning. You can even study entire courses online.
Making friends is so much easier when you’ve got things in common, and that’s where university clubs and societies come in. But that’s not the only reason to join or start a group. Develop a new skill. Grow your resume. Build a professional network. At La Trobe, we have over 100 clubs spanning interests like yoga, coding, politics, religion, anime, sustainability, sport and more.
La Trobe’s Mature Age Student Organisation (MASO) is for anyone who starts studying at the age of 21 years or older. MASO runs social events and activities, advocacy campaigns and welfare initiatives. It even has a comfy lounge with microwaves, a fridge, laptop charging stations, a pool table and more.
Keep active on campus. We have a fully equipped gym, group training and sporting clubs for everyone from social players to elite athletes.
Start thinking about your career from your first day of study at La Trobe. Our Career Ready Advantage program helps you develop the skills and attributes employers want through online courses, work placements, volunteering, workshops and career advisers who’ll provide you with resume and interview advice.
Get the benefits of a big university, close to home. At La Trobe, we believe everyone should get to study at a globally-renowned university, wherever you choose to live. The solution? We’ve got campuses across Victoria and New South Wales, so you can match your study with your lifestyle.
Your child or children will love the La Trobe early childhood service. We value each child’s potential, diverse families, and a supportive community. We also have an early learning and care centre designed for children aged between 18 to 48 months with autism spectrum disorders.
We offer counselling and mental health services, resources for studying with health conditions or disability, LGBTIQA+ support and support if you’re from a refugee background.
Discover multifaith chaplaincy services on campus. We’ll help you find spaces to worship and make friends of the same faith community. We offer chaplaincy, Muslim prayer rooms and student faith groups.
If you’ve seen, heard or experienced something that doesn’t feel right, it’s important not to stay silent. Safer Community is a program that helps you address unacceptable or concerning behaviour – things like bullying, discrimination, harassment and sexual violence. By speaking up, you’re contributing to the respectful culture at La Trobe.
With access to education comes possibilities, and a good opportunity could change your life. We believe everyone deserves the chance to succeed, so we’re helping more people access education with our huge range of scholarships.
We offer student loans to help with the cost of study (like books, equipment or software), emergency aid of up to $200 for urgent one-off expenses, and student grants of up to $4000 if you’re experiencing extreme financial hardship.