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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 Welcome Week activities, mentoring, academic services, career workshops and health and wellbeing initiatives.

Welcome Week (2020)

Orientation for Semester 2 is being delivered mostly online due to the current circumstances and health guidelines, and students being located all over the world. 

Welcome Week in Semester 2, 2020 will take place from 17-21 August.

If you’re considering studying with us, you will benefit from a comprehensive Welcome Week 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 Welcome Week, we also run a catch-up program called Welcome 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.

These include programs for local undergraduate students, international undergraduate students, Dalyell Scholars and undergraduate students aged 25+.

The Domestic Mentoring Program will help prepare you for academic, professional and personal success during your first semester as a local undergraduate Arts and Social Sciences student.

You’ll be supported by a senior Student Mentor in your area of study from Welcome Day and have an early opportunity to make new friends, access student skills workshops and social events, and learn important information about planning your degree.

Moving to a new country can be exciting and challenging. By joining our International Mentoring Program, you'll connect with other international students, ask questions, and participate in fun social activities. You’ll also have access to skills-building workshops, talks, seminars and networking opportunities online and on Campus.

The Dalyell Mentoring Program spans across the three-years of the Dalyell Scholars Program. Year One consists of an 8 week-long peer mentoring program with senior Dalyell students that connects new Dalyell scholars together to assist with your transition into university.

Mentoring focuses on orientation at university and skill building workshops that equip you with the knowledge required to actively participate in career path exploration and excel academically at university.

Dalyell Scholars are also encouraged to attend events during the semester along with their Dalyell Mentors. This includes university-wide Dalyell events and faculty-specific opportunities.

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.

The 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 “Communities of Support” Program is designed to offer guidance and support for First in Family and E12 students as they navigate their first year of university study.

By participating in the program, you will learn a lot about how university works, what skills and strategies might help you to do well in your studies, and also get the chance to meet other first year First in Family and E12 students in a friendly and supportive environment.

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 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 level 3 of the Brennan MacCallum Building.