Pathways students


Congratulations on joining our community. No matter what pathway led you into Sydney Uni or the path you want to follow while you are here, there are a range of support services and social activities to help you adapt to your new environment and succeed on your path.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Welcome to the University of Sydney. There is a range of support services available to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find about these services below and on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support website.

Orientation and Academic Skills Program

We encourage you to attend the Orientation and Academic Skills program. This two-week program will help you develop your academic skills to give you the best possible start at university. The program also includes a number of social activities to enable you to meet fellow students so that you’ll know some friendly faces when you start at uni. Once you start your studies we offer even more opportunities for support and engagement.

Ongoing support

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support team is located on level 5 of the Jane Foss Russell Building. Drop in to say hello, or give one of the officers a call to book an appointment if you have any concerns about your studies or just need to see a friendly face. These officers can give you advice about who to speak to, or where to go for help if you have a problem, and give you advice and guidance on how to reach your academic and personal potential.

Level 5 of the Jane Foss Russell Building also has a computer room, where you can access the internet, and complete and print assignments.


Each year, the team runs a mentoring program for new students. First-year students are matched with a more senior student who will share their knowledge, skills and experience of university life with you and be someone you can contact for advice and guidance. Mentoring events are run over semesters one and two. We will provide information about the program at the Cadigal Orientation and Academic Skills event, and we will send all commencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students an email in March inviting them to participate.

Social events

Throughout each semester, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support team will organise regular activities for you to catch up with other students and socialise. The team will send out email reminders for these events, and you can find out more about them during orientation.

ITAS tutoring

The Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) is a free tutorial scheme that can help you achieve your academic goals. You will be matched with a tutor whose skills and experience suit your needs. Find out more on the student support website, or contact:

Freda Hammond
ITAS Coordinator
Telephone: 02 8627 8650

Scholarships and bursaries

Once you have enrolled at uni, we offer many avenues of financial support to help you focus on your study and other commitments. Eligibility criteria for each scholarship and bursary vary. The Scholarships and Financial Support Service has full details on eligibility and how to apply.

Rural students

Congratulations on joining our community.

You’re about to start a very exciting journey and will most likely encounter significant changes to where you live, how you study, the people that you socialise with, and many other aspects of your life.

The University can help you make a smooth transition into university life. Here are some resources you may find helpful.

Where will I live?

There are a number of options available to you. If you haven’t found somewhere to live already, we recommend that you start looking now. Places fill up quickly on and around campus, but we have several resources that can help you find a new home. Have a look at the Student Accommodation Services page for more information, including options and what it might cost.

Check out the adjusting to uni page, to ensure you have done the essentials prior to starting uni.

To get a taste of what student life might be like, check out our rural student profiles on the student life page.

If your parents are concerned about you moving out, our Parents page will help put their minds at ease. They may also want to take a look at the parent information on the Counselling & Psychological Services website.

E-12 students

Congratulations on joining our community.

As you might know, the E12 scheme helps you get into uni with an early conditional offer and specific ATAR cut-offs, and it also provides:

  1. An E12 Scholarship: worth $5000 for one year of study, this scholarship will be paid in 2 equal instalments in March and August for 2014. You must complete the Conditions of Award and Banking Authority forms sent to your University email account (with your Pathways Student Welcome invitation), and return to by Friday 28 February.
  2. an Apple iPad Air 16GB: comes with a case, screen guard and 3GB Telstra prepaid card. You must pre-order your iPad through the Campus IT (Apple) Shop in order to collect your iPad on Friday 21 February (at the Pathways Student Welcome). Once you complete your order, you will receive a confirmation email prior to collection. Please bring this email, along with your enrolment forms containing your Student ID Number (SID) and a photo ID.
  3. USU ACCESS Card: which gives you discounts on and off campus, and access to the 200 clubs and societies run through the University of Sydney Union. Again, you will be able to collect your ACCESS Card at the Pathways Welcome but please bring your confirmation of enrolment and photo ID.

Download this flyer for more information about how to collect your E12 package and important dates.

Not coming to the Pathways Welcome? Once you have pre-ordered your iPad, you can collect it between 9.30am and 5.30pm Monday – Friday from the Campus IT store after 21 February. Your ACCESS card can be arranged through the ACCESS Desk, Level 1, Manning House between 9am and 5pm Monday – Friday.

Events for Pathways Students

We encourage you to attend these events and any others you might find useful during Orientation Week – see below for details.

Bridging Courses

If you receive an ATAR or 80 or less, we encourage you to attend Bridging Courses for your relevant subjects. Bridging Courses will kick-start your journey at the University and help you to refine your academic skills. They run throughout the month of February.

Find out more and sign up for Bridging Courses here. Registrations open on 6 January 2014.

Pathways Welcome

We welcome you and encourage you attend the Pathways Welcome. This defines your first step into uni life, where you will have the opportunity to hear and ask questions of staff from key support services, and gain insights from current students. All E12 pathway students will be receiving an email invitation to this event, so make sure you check your email inbox in early 2014.

Resources before you get here

Explore the websites and resources below so you know where to go for help during challenging times, how to get an extra boost, and what things you can do to make your time as a student the most fun and rewarding in the long run.


We have a range of videos to help you succeed at university by getting you thinking about the ways to deal with the challenges of transition and adjustment to uni study.

To start watching these videos, check out the feature pane at the top of this page or visit

Practical Information

  • Check out a snapshot of a day in the life of a student and our guide to your first four weeks. These pages will help you understand what to expect as you begin your university journey.
  • To get a taste of what university might be like, check out our Student Life page and have a read of the student blogs.
  • Ask your parents to check out our dedicated parents information page, which provides further information about support on campus and tips to help them support you on your new journey.

TAFE students

Congratulations on transitioning to university.

Studying at university after completing a TAFE course has its fair share of challenges. To ensure you flourish in your time here at the University of Sydney, we have provided some resources especially for you below.

Pathways Welcome

We welcome you and encourage you attend the Pathways Welcome. This defines your first step into uni life, where you will have the opportunity to hear and ask questions of staff from key support services, and gain insights from current students. All TAFE pathway students will be receiving an email invitation to this event, so make sure you check your email inbox in early 2014.

Learning Centre Summer Programs 2014

Studying at university is quite different to studying at TAFE. Research has shown that the adjustment to the academic style of assessment of universities defines a key struggle for students who enter university from TAFE.

If you have been granted credit for your TAFE course you may be missing out on foundational first year subjects where you gain important and useful skills for your university course.

The Learning Centre provides a diverse range of courses over the summer break before Semester 1 begins. Course topics include ‘Writing in an academic style,’ ‘Critical Thinking,’ and ‘Essay Writing.’ These courses will give you a solid academic foundation before you dive in to the semester. Check out the Learning Centre website.

The Learning Centre Summer Program 2014
When: 13 January - 7 February 2014
How to register: Register online Monday 6 January 2014

Orientation Week

Orientation Week is held on 26 – 28 February 2014. This is a crucial time for all students to get to know the University, and to best prepare themselves for a successful semester. It is important that you visit the University during Orientation Week and find out the information you need to be ready for the semester.

There are so many activities that occur during Orientation Week that it might be difficult to know which ones to attend. For TAFE students, we strongly recommend you attend the following:

  • Transition Sessions
    There are numerous one-hour transition sessions run throughout Orientation Week, which will give you the skills necessary to adjust to the academic style expected at the University. Topics include ‘What is this thing called university?’, ‘Oral presentation skills’, ‘Successful Essay Writing’ and much more. Check out the Transition Sessions timetable to find out where and when these sessions occur.
  • Library
    Over the course of your degree program, the University libraries will form one of the most valuable resources for your learning and research. Using the libraries, however, may not be as easy as it first seems. Make sure you attend a ‘Discover your library’ session during Orientation Week. Find out which session to attend on the Transition Sessions timetable.
  • Faculty Welcome
    You should attend your Faculty Welcome event, where you will receive important information specific to your faculty and have a chance to meet fellow students and staff. Find out when your Faculty Welcome occurs on the Faculty, School and Student Welcomes timetable.
  • Student Support Services
    Your well-being is a key factor in succeeding at your studies at university, which can be difficult to maintain if you have conflicting commitments and high demands from all areas of your life. Student Support Services offers all students a range of support programs, including services regarding accommodation, financial support, child care, psychology and disabilities. Visit the Student Support Services website for more information.

Online Learning Resources

There are some excellent resources available to students online that you can access throughout your degree. These online resources provide in-depth modules and exercises that will be especially useful for those who are not yet accustomed to the academic styles of learning and assessing at university. Access these resources.