Introductory Academic Program
All commencing AusAID students are required to undertake a compulsory Introductory Academic Program (IAP), which is a four-week intensive program. The IAP program at the University of Sydney consists of two parts – the University of Sydney Orientation Program and the Advanced Skills for Academic Success Program (ASAS).
The Orientation program will concentrate on welfare and scholarship information, whilst the ASAS program is designed to assist your academic transition to the University of Sydney.
At both the Orientation and the ASAS sessions you will have many opportunities to network, meet new and continuing students, make new friends and participate in excursions and other social activities.
Please note that (as per the conditions of your scholarship) attendance at the Orientation and ASAS Programs is compulsory for all AusAID students. Students who fail to attend will be required to provide an explanation. Students who are absent for more than one day due to illness will be required to provide a medical certificate.
University of Sydney AusAID Orientation Program
This program is run by the International Office. The program will introduce you to key contacts in the International Office, the International Student Support Unit (ISSU), the Faculty and other services providers from in and around the University. At Orientation you will receive important information covering issues such as Overseas Health Cover, Banking, Safety and Security, Sydney’s transport system and other information that will help you settle in your stay in Australia and your studies here at the University of Sydney.
Advanced Skills for Academic Success Program (ASAS)
This program is run by the University of Sydney’s Centre for English Teaching (CET) and is aimed primarily at reinforcing your academic study skills in writing, reading, note-taking, listening to lectures, seminar skills, effective presentation methods and information technology. This program is designed to prepare you for the return to studies in general (especially for those students who have spent the last few years in the work force) and for study in the Australian tertiary environment.
Some sessions of your ASAS program will also be run by the International Student Office and/or other service providers at the University. At these sessions you will receive important information about your scholarship conditions as well as support services available here at the University.
ASAS sessions run daily from 9am-4pm.