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What to ask your academic adviser

20 December 2017
Questions to help you design your degree
If you’re ready to accept an offer or have already accepted an offer from us, we’re here to help you plan your degree.

Our undergraduate courses at the University of Sydney offer unparalleled choice and the opportunity to design your degree based on your interests and career goals.

However, making those final choices on exactly what you want isn’t always easy – and it’s likely you have a whole bunch of questions. There’s a lot of info available to get you started, ­ but nothing beats some personal advice from an expert.

We have a team of dedicated academic advisers on board to answer these questions to help you get your head around the finer-points of course-planning to make sure you get what you need from your degree.

They’re on standby to handle your liberal degree enquiries via online chat, and you can also get some face-time with our advisers at Academic Advice Day on 17 January 2018 (see details below).

Knowing what questions to ask will lead to receiving the best advice to personalise your study. And, if you’re a bit confused about even the most seemingly basic concepts, don’t worry, there’s no such thing as a dumb question. Our experts are here to help.

Questions you might like to ask. Make sure you have your handbook handy, too.

Many of our degrees give you the opportunity to try out different combinations of subjects, so you can pair your passions with aspirations. It’s one of the big advantages of our new course offerings. Chat with the advisers about your interests and they’ll help you work out what you’d like at university and opportunities there are to try out different things – ie. what did you really like in high-school, what career appeals to you and what piques your curiosity?

Understanding how majors and minors work is tricky when you’re coming from high-school. There are lots of options and thankfully our Academic Advisers have already done a few laps in the shared pool of majors and can help you choose. Discussing your interests and career goals with our advisors is key – they can help you figure out what’s best for you in your degree.

Variety in units of study isn’t restricted to subject matter, there are other types of units that provide a different learning experience beyond the traditional classroom. These include subjects in the OLE and project units. Many degrees will have these factored into your course-planning, so be sure to ask an adviser about them.

Every student has the opportunity to go on exchange – studying overseas is an experience like no other, and you should seriously consider it as part of your plan. The exchange program is huge, with hundreds of places to go and of different types of exchange. Your Academic Adviser can help you plan ahead to ensure you have the opportunity to jet off somewhere later on in your degree.

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies is a new course at the University that is offered in combination with a three-year course to create a four-year combined award course providing the opportunity to undertake honours study, advanced coursework, or major project work. Our Academic Advisers can help explain how it works and what advantages it provides for students seeking to build up to another level of expertise.

How to access our Academic Advisers, online or in-person

If you have received an offer from us for one of our liberal or specialist degrees and need some guidance on how to plan your degree, our Academic Advisers are available via online chat from 21 December 2017 – 2 March 2018. Session times are from 10am-4pm Mon-Fri. 

If you hop online outside of the live chat hours, you can submit an enquiry via a webform and our advisers will respond to you as soon as possible.

Academic Advice Day

Wednesday 17 January 2018
Session 1: 9am to 12pm; Session 2: 1 to 4pm
The Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall, Quadrangle (A14), Camperdown Campus, the University of Sydney.

The Academic Advice Day is run to help with your next steps after offers have been released. You can:

  • find out how to make the most out of your time at the University
  • meet with our academic staff to get one-on-one advice about how to select subjects that complement your interests, as well as your future academic and career aspirations.

If you’re ready to enrol, our student advisers will be available all day to answer any questions that you have about the online enrolment process.