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 - begins on Monday 22 February. 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

    We strong encourage all new students to attend the Sciences O'Day at North Terrace campus. New students whose degrees are mostly based at Waite or Roseworthy campuses should attend both the North Terrace and their home campus orientation event.

    What's on



    Sciences Orientation Day - North Terrace

    Settle in to student life with our Faculty of Sciences welcome event.



    Sciences Orientation Day - Roseworthy campus

    Settle into student life and become familiar with our Roseworthy campus.



    Sciences Orientation Day - Waite campus

    Social and academic activities to prepare you for student life at our Waite campus.

  • 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 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.

    Semester 1 Drop-in Centre timetable will be available soon.

    The Drop-in Centre is located 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, time and location








  • 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

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  • 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