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 all new science students and a free lunch where you will have the opportunity to meet your program coordinators and other new students who are starting the same degree.

    Sciences O’Week events: Mid-year orientation

  • 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 want to share with you their tips and tricks that can help you succeed in your studies, take advantage of the opportunities offered to sciences students and enjoy your time at university.  

    More information about Peer Mentoring is available on the 'Faculty of Sciences Orientation' 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.

    Semester 2 Drop-in service information coming soon

    Drop-in service Day and time Location

    Even Weeks:

    Tuesday 2pm-4pm

    Wednesday 11am-1pm

    Thursday 10am-12 noon


    Odd Weeks

    Thursday 3pm - 5pm

    Face-to-face with Velta Vingelis, Room 1.27, Molecular Life Sciences building

    Biology (online)

    Mondays 9pm-11pm

    Wednesdays 9pm-11pm

    Note that these are evening sessions

    Zoom link and passcode on MyUni


    Tuesday 10am-1pm

    Wednesday 10am-1pm

    Thursday 10am-12pm

    Friday 11am-1pm

    Drop-In Zone on Level 3 of Hub Central

    Chemistry (online) Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom link and passcode on MyUni

    Monday 12pm-2pm

    Tuesday 2pm 4pm

    Wednesday 12pm-2pm
    Drop-In Zone on Level 3 of Hub Central
    Physics (online) Friday 1pm-2pm Zoom link and passcode on MyUni



  • 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 2 PASS courses
    • BIOLOGY 1201 Biology: Human Perspectives
    • BIOLOGY 1202 Biology: Organisms
    • CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
    • CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
    • PHYSICS 1200 Physics IB
    • VET TECH1025RW Physiology for Veterinary Technologists I
    • VET TECH1025RW Physiology for Veterinary Technologists I
    • CHEM 2550 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 2540 Medicinal & Biological 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