Clemente Australia is about people realising possibilities, new options and making life changes — people moving from where they are today to a place where they believe ‘someone like me would never expect to be’. Education can be an end in itself or a way to drive other changes you want to make in your life.
To be a Clemente student you need to:
You don’t need a specific qualification or school certificate and there is no upper age limit.
Admission to the course includes a conversation process. During the conversation, course information is provided, learning needs discussed as well as your willingness and ability to participate in the classes and activities.
Student motivations for starting Clemente include:
Participating in Clemente strengthens social networks and increases resilience. Other benefits include increased confidence and self-esteem; more structured lives and opportunities to exercise your intellect and imagination.
Student university fees, course books and materials, library access and other support services are covered by ACU and community partners. Community volunteers participate as learning partners, helping you with study and writing skills and supporting you in your learning journey.
Most sites have internet and computer access for Clemente students and with each lecture session there is the time to talk and engage with others over light refreshments.
You will study humanities subjects such as history, literature, philosophy and art. These subjects have the same content, readings and assessment tasks as on-campus undergraduate subjects.
Two subjects are offered each year – one per semester. Each subject is taught over 12-14 weeks with a two-hour lecture each week and a further two hours for tutorials. You sign up for one subject at a time. Classes usually have 15–20 students and are often held in community locations.
On successful completion of four subjects, you receive an accredited Certificate in Liberal Studies from ACU. Generally, you would complete the four subjects over a 2-year period.
If you decide to continue with your studies, the four Clemente units may be credited towards an ACU undergraduate degree.
Clemente students are a very diverse group and can include people: