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Student experience

Immerse yourself in science
In addition to the amazing things you'll study, here's a taste of the other incredible opportunities, events and activities available to you as a science student.


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.

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!

We even have a parents information session!

SLAM stands for ‘Science Link-up And Mentoring’ and these lunches are a fun way to learn the ropes when you arrive on campus.

In your first weeks at uni, you will want answers to all kinds of questions and these casual lunchtime meetings are a great place where you can talk to senior students about all things student-related, get good, reliable information and meet other first years outside of class.

Whether you’re interested in finding out about clubs and societies, photocopy cards, accessing online course material, or research and scholarship opportunities, you’re guaranteed to discover much more about life in the Faculty of Science and where you could be heading over the next three years (and beyond!).

By coming to the SLAM lunches you will meet the people you see in the hallways and know more about how science happens and who is responsible. There are two lunches in semester one and one in semester two and you will be amazed at how much information you can find out in just a couple of meetings. You may even decide to catch up with your SLAM lunch buddies more regularly!

Who is it for?

SLAM lunches are for first year undergraduate students enrolled in a Science degree, or a double degree involving one major from the Sciences.

These lunches provide an opportunity for you to meet other first years with similar interests, as well as senior students and academic researchers. You can also use the lunches to ask questions and chat about the possibilities for your future.

We have 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. 

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. 

The Women in Science Society

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

The Veterinary Science Society

VetSoc is one of the oldest student operated societies on campus; representing student from the Sydney School of Veterinary Science.

Sydney University Maths Society (ΣUMS) 

A club for students with an interest in any and all things maths-related, hosting a variety of events catered for every kind of maths enthusiast. 

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

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.

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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.

Download the Widening Participation and Outreach Volunteers brochure (PDF, 207kb) to learn more

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 two-month international research opportunities and event short two-week field trip units.

A few of the major universities we have partnerships with include; UC Davis, USA; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; and the University of Nanjing, China.

For more information about the University’s study abroad opportunities, check out the Global Mobility Guide

It’s never too early to be thinking about the next step in your career, so prepare yourself by doing your research, asking questions and attending some of the careers events on offer! 

You will have the chance to meet employers and industry experts from a variety of backgrounds and industries to get the answers to your career related questions. You will also be invited to network and mingle with presenters over complimentary drinks and canapés at the conclusion of the sessions.

Each year we hold special Awards Evenings to present the top students with awards for academic achievement and extra-curricular involvement. 

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