Are you a high achiever and want to get the most out of your University experience?
The Catalyst Program combines your Bachelor degree with scholarships, extracurricular experiences, special events, and networking opportunities. It was created for outstanding students, just like you.
A suite of core inclusions for all Catalyst students include scholarships, events and opportunities. From there the experiences are customised towards your particular degree, providing you an expanded educational experience relevant to your area of interest.
If you want to get the most out of your University experience, set yourself apart in your chosen field, and give yourself an edge for future employment, the Catalyst Program is for you.
Read about all the benefits of the Catalyst Program below then check out the course options to see if the degree you're interested in is part of the program.
Join the Catalyst Community
When you join the Catalyst Program, you’ll be joining a growing community of high achieving students from a wide range of study areas. We run a range of activities each year that connect our Catalyst students together at all levels, from University wide events for the whole cohort, to course specific events that provide bespoke study experiences relevant to your desired area of study.
As part of this community you’ll have the opportunity to network with other students and staff, exploring areas of study outside your own and forging connections that may last well beyond your time at University. We’ll also connect you directly to areas of the University who can help facilitate your Catalyst opportunities, like the overseas exchange, Bachelor of Philosophy, and corporate internships.
In addition, you’ll be able to engage with a wide range of special guests at exclusive Catalyst events. Recent speakers have included Dr Alan Finkel (Australian Chief Scientist), Benita Husband (CEO Pitt & Sherry) and David Bartlett (ex-Premier of Tasmania).
Experiences, Opportunities, and Scholarships
The Catalyst Program is all about providing a wide range of study experiences and opportunities to help you get the most out of your University education and give you an edge for future employment.
Up to $8,500 in scholarships can be available to all Catalyst students to help you take advantage of these opportunities, with most of the funding dedicated to supporting your student experiences. See below for more details on each component of the program.
Catalyst Scholarship (Domestic Students)
All commencing domestic Catalyst students receive the $3,000 Catalyst bursary scholarship, delivered as two $1,500 payments over your first two semesters. All you need to do once you’re admitted to the program is to be fully enrolled in your units at census date, and have successfully passed all your units in each semester.
The Catalyst Scholarship is not available to students transferring into the program after their first year, however the Overseas Educational scholarship and Expanded Learning Opportunity scholarship are.
Tasmanian International Scholarship (International Students)
The Tasmanian International Scholarship (TIS) provides commencing international students with a 25% reduction in registered tuition fees for the duration of their course (provided satisfactory grades are maintained). International students who qualify for the Catalyst Program qualify for the Tasmanian International Scholarship.
Overseas Educational Experience + Scholarship
Up to $2,500 is available to support overseas educational experiences relevant to your degree. The full amount is guaranteed to all Catalyst students who successful apply for a semester overseas exchange program. Shorter overseas opportunities, typically with a duration of two to six weeks, are available on a course by course basis. Each provides an experience specifically related to units within your degree, and the amount of scholarship provided is customised based on that experience.
Engineering students Edwina and Zoe set out to investigate making the world a better place when they joined Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a charity that helps link engineers with communities across the world.
Experience Based Learning Opportunity + Scholarship
Up to $3,000 is available to support experience based learning opportunities that are either relevant to your degree or expand your fields of study. The application and amount varies by the experience, and is typically either used to enable an opportunity – such as the preferential placement on the corporate internship for business students – or delivered upon successful application to an opportunity – such as the summer research project for science students.
Business and Economics students may choose to take advantage of preferrential placement in the Corporate Internship Program, while Science, Engineering and Technology students can investigate undertaking a Summer Research Project to put their knowledge into practice.
Bachelor of Philosophy
The Bachelor of Philosophy is a no cost companion degree for high achieving students who are critical and creative thinkers. People who are motivated to become the thought and action leaders of the future, who want to embrace the world around them, expand their university experience to include multi-disciplinary perspectives, and affect positive change wherever their future careers take them.
Entry into the Catalyst Program means you automatically meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil), however it’s your choice if you wish to undertake it. During your Catalyst events and via our Catalyst community, we’ll connect you to staff and students who can help you learn more about the BPhil and if it’s right for you. We also only admit students into the BPhil after they complete their first year of study, so you have plenty of time to explore it as an option.
The Catalyst Program is designed for high achieving school leavers who completed secondary education in the past two years.
An automatic assessment is conducted once ATARs are released, and continues until applications close for the coming semester. Eligible students will be contacted directly via email with an offer for the Catalyst Program.
In order to be eligible you need to have:
- Completed secondary education within the past two years and achieved an ATAR of 90 or greater, and
- Received an offer for one of the courses included in the Catalyst Program (double degrees where at least one degree is in the Catalyst Program is also fine), and be admitted into and enrolled by the commencement of the first study period.
If you are a non-school leaver or current student
You can apply to join the Catalyst Program after your first year of study if you:
- Achieve a GPA of 6.0 in your first year of study,
- Are enrolled as a full time student at census date of your second year of study, and
- Are studying one of the courses included in the Catalyst Program.
Note, students transferring into the Catalyst Program can access the Overseas Educational Experience and Experience Based Learning Opportunity scholarships but not the Catalyst Scholarship.
If you are interested to know more please enquire now.
Course Options with the Catalyst Program
Below are all the single degrees that are currently included in the Catalyst Program.
Students studying double degrees are also eligible if both components of their double degree are included in the program.
- Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments
- Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Business (Accelerated)
- Bachelor of Design
- Bachelor of Economics
- Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours
- Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology
- Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness
- Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science
- Bachelor of Medical Research
- Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours
- Bachelor of Science