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Student support and development

Services to support you during your studies
We offer a range of support services to help you succeed during your studies, including orientation activities, mentoring, academic services, career workshops and health and wellbeing initiatives.

Orientation

If you’re considering studying with us, you will benefit from a comprehensive orientation program, designed to give you the smoothest possible transition into University life.

Throughout the week of semester, you will be provided with important information about your course, skills-building workshops and opportunities to connect with other students and staff in our community.

If you can’t attend our day-time Orientation Week, we also run a catch-up program called Orientation at Dusk in week one as well as workshops for international students throughout semester.

To find out more about these programs, please contact our Student Affairs and Engagement team.

Mentoring programs

Taking part in a mentoring program will give you the opportunity to meet other students and build networks, learn about student life and settle in to the University.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Mentoring Program includes tailored programs for undergraduate students, international students and students aged 25+. We also have mentoring programs for education and social work students, first-in-family students studying economics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The Undergraduate Mentoring Program will connect you with a senior student mentor in your area of study. Starting in Orientation Week and running for six weeks, the program is designed to help make your transition to university a little easier. You’ll get to meet up with your mentor and other first-year students who’ll help answer your questions and provide advice on settling into life at university.

Moving to a new country can be daunting. By joining our International Mentoring Program you can connect with senior students and other international students. You’ll have access to valuable skills-building workshops, talks, seminars and networking opportunities on campus. 

Our 25+ Mentoring Program is a specialised option for non-school leaver students who are generally 25 years or older. It is up to you whether you opt in to this program. If you are younger and have not come straight from school, you can also join the program. You will be matched with a mentor and other students in a similar age group.

Our Education and Social Work Mentoring Program follows a structured workshop schedule during the first eight weeks of your first semester. You’ll learn how to make the most of lectures and seminars, how to use the library and educational databases, learn about academic writing and referencing style, develop a reflective journal (a skill widely used in the school's coursework), participate in competitions and meet with other first-year students in a vibrant and friendly environment.

The School of Economics has a mentoring program matching alumni with students who are the first in their family to attend university. You’ll meet at least once a month with your mentor and set up a series of goals, covering networking, skills development, applying for a job, and making the transition to the professional environment.

We offer mentoring for new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The MOBS Mentoring Program connects you with current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who can provide advice, guidance and support to help you through the challenges of your first year. 

Academic support

Getting your head around the style of teaching and learning at university and what is expected of you can take a bit of time. We have a range of resources available on our student website including information about learning services and workshops to help you strengthen your academic skills, details of study spaces around campus and other helpful information.

We have a team of dedicated academic advisers to offer you advice and support you throughout your studies. You can talk to them about a range of different topics including:

  • improving your academic performance
  • setting study goals
  • planning your degree and choosing subjects
  • understanding the range of different student support services available to you and accessing the best resources for your needs
  • what to do if you are struggling at university and need some advice

We also offer a writing support drop-in service to all undergraduate students in the faculty. Run by staff in our Department of Writing Studies, they are also an opportunity for you to receive individualised feedback on your essay drafts, outlines, arguments and ideas. 

Career planning

As part of our ArtSS Career-Ready program we also offer a Career Planning Program. Take part in professional development workshops including preparing resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, communication skills and making the transition to the workplace. You’ll have access to events where you will hear from successful graduates and learn about different career pathways.

Our Careers Centre also offers an abundance of services and resources to help you identify your career options and achieve your career goals.

Health, wellbeing and support services

As a University of Sydney student you’ll have access to a range of health, wellbeing and support services. These include counselling and mental-health support, disability support, child care and emergencies and safety on campus. 

  • Counselling and Psychological Services – offers free counselling services and workshops for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Sydney; this can help you in times of anxiety, stress and crisis management.
  • University Health Service – offers bulk-billed appointments with doctors five days a week
  • Ally network and LGBTIQ support – a trained group of staff and students who support and advocate on behalf of everyone who identifies as LGBTIQ.

You can email our Student Affairs and Engagement team for support you throughout your studies. If as a student you have questions about any aspect of university you can visit us at the Brennan MacCallum Building.