First Year Students

While studying at university is new and exciting, it can also be challenging, with new experiences to face and new things to learn.

If you’re studying science for the first time, let us help you prepare for and succeed throughout your first year with us.

Resources for first-year students

  • Orientation Week

    Orientation Week - or O’Week for short - is the week prior to the start of semester. It's a week of fun, activities, information and opportunities for you to get to know the University of Adelaide and the people you will be studying with.

    While we recommend being involved in O'Week as much as possible, our Sciences O'Day is particularly important as it provides you with information unique to the Faculty of Sciences. It includes a session tailored specifically to your degree and a free lunch where you will have the opportunity to meet other new students who are starting the same degree.

    Sciences O’Week events

    If you missed the Sciences O'Day at North Terrace campus, we encourage you to watch the recordings.

  • Enrolment advice

    We're here to help with your enrolment

    Congratulations on gaining a place in the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide!

    Need enrolment support or assistance or need help with your coursework enquiries? Ask or visit the Student Experience Team in the Sciences Service Hub.

    Student service hub Enrolment guide

  • Peer mentoring program

    Support from our peer mentors

    The Faculty of Sciences offers a range of peer mentoring programs depending on your degree.

    Peer mentors are enthusiastic current science students who may also be studying the same degree as you. They will also have recent experience transitioning to university. Mentors will talk you through what to expect in your first semester and provide you with face-to-face and online support as you transition into university life.  

    More information about Peer Mentoring will be available on the 'Faculty of Sciences Orientation Semester 1' MyUni course.

  • Drop-in centres

    Talk with our experts

    Get help with your first year biology, chemistry and physics courses through our on-campus academic ‘Drop in Centres’.

    Talk one-on-one with an academic staff member about any concepts or content of your course you want assistance or reassurance with. They can help you with tutorial preparation, practical preparation, lecture notes or just general help with understanding your Level 1 courses.

    Complete this form when you attend a drop-in centre.

    Drop-in centre attendance form

    Drop-in centre timetable

    Drop-in centres start in Week 2 of each semester. They run throughout the whole semester excluding public holidays and mid-semester break.

    The Sciences Drop-in Centre is located in the Drop-In Zone on Level 3 of Hub Central.

    If you have difficulty finding the location, speak to the team at the Ask Adelaide desk and they will be happy to assist you.

    Drop-in service Day and time Location

    Monday 2pm – 4pm

    Mondays 9pm – 11pm

    Wednesdays 9pm – 11pm

    Wednesday 9am – 11am

    Thursdays 1pm – 4pm

    Face to Face with Velta – Velta’s office MLS Room 1.27

    Zoom (link on MyUni)

    Zoom (link on MyUni)

    Face to Face with Velta – Velta’s office MLS Room 1.27

    Drop-In Zone, Level 3 of Hub Central


    Tuesday 9am – 11am

    Wednesday 10am – 1pm

    Thursday 11am – 1pm

    Friday 10am – 1pm

    Drop-In Zone, Level 3 of Hub Central

    Drop-In Zone, Level 3 of Hub Central

    Drop-In Zone, Level 3 of Hub Central

    Drop-In Zone, Level 3 of Hub Central


    Monday 10 am – 12 pm

    Tuesday 2 pm – 4 pm

    Wednesday 10 pm  – 12 pm

    Friday 3 pm – 4 pm

    Drop-In Zone, Level 3 of Hub Central

    Drop-In Zone, Level 3 of Hub Central

    Drop-In Zone, Level 3 of Hub Central

    Drop-In Zone, Level 3 of Hub Central



  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

    Study sessions with expert students

    Maximise your success with our free study sessions run by science students who have already excelled in the same course. 

    PASS is a free and internationally accredited program which aims to help you understand the key concepts of your course and improve your results.

    PASS is for all students, whether you want to improve from a distinction to a high distinction; a pass to a credit or even just to obtain a pass.

    Semester 1 PASS courses
    • BIOLOGY 1101 - Biology: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    • BIOLOGY 1401 - Concepts in Biology
    • CHEM 1100 - Chemistry IA
    • CHEM 1101 - Foundations of Chemistry IA
    • PHYSICS 1008 - Physical Aspects of Nature
    • PHYSICS 1100 - Physics IA
    • VET TECH 1010RW - Foundations of Science Veterinary Technology I
    • VET TECH 1020RW - Anatomy for Veterinary Technology I
    • BIOCHEM 2500 - Biochemistry: Molecular and Cell Biology
    • CHEM 2545 - Organic Chemistry II

    Access to PASS in Semester One will be via Zoom – find out how to connect with your course PASS group under ‘Assignment Help’ on MyUni

    All sessions are also timetabled to a PASS space at North Terrace to provide students with a quiet space to access PASS, and meet others.


    View session times

  • Transition from Year 1 to Year 2

    Next Step program

    Your personalised one-on-one planning service

    Prepare yourself for the transition from first to second year with our ’Next Step’ program. The Faculty of Sciences offer a personalised one-on-one planning service to:

    • Customise your study plan to suit your interests and goals, while meeting program rules.
    • Provide advice on Bachelor of Science majors and potential career and future study opportunities.
    • Build industry, work experience and internship opportunities into your degree.
    • Help you discover and receive credit for overseas exchange and study tour opportunities.
    • Assist you planning part-time study workloads and how this may affect your enrolment.
    • Provide advice about your options for transferring to another sciences program - often with credit for what you have already studied.

Need help?

The Sciences Service Hub at the faculty office is the place to go for most questions relating to your study.

Book an appointment Email us Call: 08 8313 5673

STEM Careers Night: On-campus and online

Missed the STEM Careers Night? Whether you're still at high school or planning to join us mid-year, taking a break from study or rethinking your career path, watch our webinar to see what’s available in the world of STEM.

STEM Careers Night