First year transition program

Starting uni is really exciting, but it is also a time of change - social, academic and personal. Regardless of whether you are coming from Sydney, interstate or overseas, putting time into meeting more people here on campus will be of enormous benefit to you throughout your studies.

The First Year Transition Program is the best way to feel a part of things when you begin, with a Transition Workshop before you begin and SLAM lunches (Science Link-up and Mentoring lunches) after you begin. Here you will get to know senior students, tutors and demonstrators, research staff and, most importantly, lots of other students doing the same courses as you.

When and where will it be held?

Parent Information Session:

On Wednesday 21 February the Faculty of Science held a special Parent Information session for the parents and/or guardians of all our newly commencing first year Science students. The focus of this session was around the unique stresses that first-year studies can involve and what kind of support students may need from their families to make their first year a positive experience.

Science Student Transition Workshop:

Tuesday 27 February 10.30am - 3pm
Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Building F19 (See map below)
Online credit card payment of $10.00 is required (this covers lunch and snacks throughout the day)

Registrations for the Science Student Transition Workshop have now closed.

Why attend?

This one-day workshop is an excellent way to help you feel prepared and also gives you the opportunity to chat with current students and staff in the Faculty of Science before you launch into your studies.

Best of all, you choose your group for the day, ensuring that you meet other first year students with similar interests at the Transition Workshop. So, as soon as you start your degree you will see familiar faces around campus and may even see friends you have met at the workshop in your laboratory sessions and/or tutorials!

What does it cost?

The Science Students' Transition Workshop has a fee of $10 per student (the parents' session is free). The cost covers:

  • morning tea
  • lunch
  • a range of snacks throughout the day
  • workshop materials

What we know about student transition

Starting uni is really exciting, but it is also a time of enormous change - social, academic and personal. Regardless of whether you are coming from Sydney, interstate or overseas, putting time into meeting more people here on campus will be of enormous benefit to you throughout your studies. As a commencing student, this support will enable you to acclimatise to the model of tertiary education and independent enquiry expected of all students at the University of Sydney.

The Faculty of Science is a very large community and can seem overwhelming at first, when you are finding your way around. The best way to feel a part of things here is to take every opportunity to make new friends and get involved in University life, both within and outside of class.

The Transition Program is a great way to do this, as is joining clubs and societies.

Joining clubs and societies at university

The University of Sydney has over 200 unique clubs and societies on campus, and there’s a club out there for almost every interest, from the Disney Appreciation Society to the Quidditch Club. Within the Faculty of Science there are some 13 student societies, all addressing their own facet of the Science student experience. See the full list of student societies.

You can meet and sign up with any of the University’s clubs or societies during the USU O-Week Festival right here on campus, or come along to the Science Societies Orientation BBQ on Wednesday 28 February from 1pm in the Chemistry Courtyard. The Science Societies Orientation BBQ is brought to you in collaboration with:

The Science Society

Studying Science at the University of Sydney can be daunting – SciSoc is here to help you find your feet at uni and make friendships for life. Find out how to get involved with SciSoc (PDF 340KB).

The Women in Science Society

Join a society that encourages and supports female-identifying students studying either a Science degree or Science subjects.

The Science Revue Society

A society for the thespians among the Science student community.

The Physics Society

Discover the many opportunities available to Physics students at the University of Sydney, begin developing your professional networks, and engage in social activities with Physics students both at USyd and other universities.

The Medical Science Society

MESSY’s fundamental aim is to foster an active, aware and engaged community of students, who look to serve the local and global community, both scientifically, and as humanitarians.

The Health Society

With the Bachelor of Science (Health) now falling into the Faculty of Science, we encourage all Health stream students to join the Health Society to tap into the wealth of support and experience on offer in the Health student community.

Volunteering at university

We want every student in Australia to have the tools and support necessary to come to university and engage in tertiary study. Now that you’ve made it to uni, you might like to volunteer with the Widening Participation and Outreach team to help other students like yourself reach their full potential.

Apply now to become a WPO student volunteer. Applications close Friday 9 March, 2018.

Student Exchange and Study Abroad

We want all of our students to come out of their university studies having gained a global perspective, and perhaps the best way to achieve this is through our many study abroad and student exchange opportunities. We have nearly 300 exchange partners in 42 countries, and we have a variety of programs available to suit almost every student, from full-year exchange programs to short two-week field trip units.

For more information about the University’s study abroad opportunities, check out the 2017 Global Mobility Guide, or come and have a chat to the Global Mobility team on Eastern Avenue from Wednesday 28 February to Friday 2 March.

When you begin Uni: meet senior students

One of the best features of the Transition Workshop is the presence of senior students who can answer all manner of questions and point you in the right direction. These knowledgeable senior students are also available during your first weeks of university at SLAM lunches (Science Link-up And Mentoring lunches). To set yourself up for your studies, you should definitely come along to and enjoy a free lunch!

Registrations open in O-Week, for more information visit the SLAM website.

Any further queries please contact:

Student Experience Officer |