Making your choices

As a new undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences we understand that you may be in unfamiliar territory. You will need to navigate through course and unit of study information, and familiarise yourself with campus life, in the upcoming months.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Science’s Enrolment Planner has information to assist you in choosing which subject areas you wish to major in, and in making your unit of study choices.

You can also watch the videos provided on this web site and hear from other students about their first year experience.

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Using the Enrolment Planner

The enrolment planner will prepare you for an easier enrolment day. Once you have gone through the steps and chosen your majors and units of study, you will be directed to print out your choices and bring them along with you on your designated enrolment day. Here you will also formally accept your offer, be asked to confirm your personal details and submit information about Fees and HECS among other things.

It’s worthwhile spending some time planning your first-year using the Enrolment Planner as it will make enrolling quicker and easier.

The academic year

Before you continue, we would like to briefly explain how the academic year works at the University of Sydney.

The year is organised into two main sessions:

  • Semester One begins in March and ends in June
  • Semester Two begins in July and ends in November

There are also Summer and Winter sessions that occur between the two main sessions. You can find out more about sessions and definitions for full-time and part-time study in the Glossary.

If you are enrolling as a full-time student you can generally count the first two semesters of study as the first year of your course. First year is normally comprised of 48 junior credit points, or 8 junior units of study. Part-time students will take longer to complete this requirement. You enrol for semesters 1 and 2 together.

Varying your enrolment

Remember, the choices you make today are not set in stone. You may receive additional support or advice that leads to you wishing to change your enrolment, or you may simply change your mind. All of this is okay, as you can change your enrolment before classes commence.

You can also vary your enrolment after classes commence but remember, the general rule is that you cannot add a unit after the end of the second week of semester and you can’t withdraw from a unit after the Census Date. For more information on the Census Date, please check the glossary.

We’ll send you and email post enrolment explaining how you can vary your enrolment should you so wish.

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