SIS outreach programs

The School of Indigenous Studies (SIS) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) offers a range of programs that bring Indigenous high school students on to campus allowing them to experience university study and life.

If you’re not sure what to study, programs run by SIS can help by introducing you to various aspects of life at uni including hands-on activities, meeting tertiary student role models and other Indigenous high school students like yourself. You’ll get guidance from staff at SIS to help you make decisions about your future education. Most programs are sponsored, meaning there is no cost involved for students. Students must be enrolled at a school in Western Australia to be considered for these programs.

Year 12 Leadership Seminar

This residential camp is held in Perth annually during the April school holidays. The seminar has been running since 1980 and is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Year 12 who are considering tertiary study. Students have the chance to explore various areas of study at UWA and access information about scholarships and residential colleges. You’ll also participate in personal and academic development workshops and social and sporting activities where you’ll meet other Indigenous students.

Further information on the Leadership Seminar is available on the SIS website

Year 11 and 12 WACE Revision

SIS offers sponsorship to students wanting to attend WACE Revision Courses with the intention to study at UWA. The WACE Revision Courses are held in the school holidays during April, July and October. Accommodation is provided for students during the July holiday courses. Students need to be studying subjects offered by the provider and studying towards an ATAR to gain entry into UWA. Places are limited with priority going to Year 12 students.

Further information on WACE Revision courses is available on the SIS website

Year 10 Science Camp

This five-day camp is held annually in the July school holidays. You’ll be introduced to a range of exciting opportunities on offer from different areas across the University including:

  • Engineering
  • Sports Science
  • Physics
  • Geology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
  • Astronomy

Past activities have included plastering, suturing, taking blood pressure measurements, designing and building a water filter, launching rockets and experimenting with liquid nitrogen. As well as experiencing hands-on science activities, you’ll participate in a range of social and cultural activities that help you to get to know other Indigenous students. You’ll also have the opportunity to find out what subjects you need to study to get into science, engineering and health-related degrees.

Further information on the camp is available on the SIS website

Year 12 Leadership Seminar

The Year 8 Discovery Days are held during November and aim to introduce Year 8 students to the university environment through a range of hands-on activities at different departments on campus. Past activities have included testing your athletic ability at Sports Science, learning how to sell your favourite fast food at the Business School, applying plaster to an arm like a medical professional or finding out where humans evolved from at Human Biology.

Further information on the Discovery Day is available on the SIS website

Career and Education Expos

UWA is actively involved in various career and education expos. SIS provides information about studying at UWA and can facilitate Indigenous university students to participate as guest speakers.

Campus visits

SIS encourages high schools to bring Indigenous students to the University throughout the year. Information on degree courses, academic support, scholarships, cadetships and accommodation is provided by SIS. Students get the opportunity to meet current Indigenous university students and staff to discuss the various aspects and experiences of university life. Visits take two to three hours and may include a tour and activities.