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




Parents Information and Q+A Evening - Sciences

Information session for parents who have children interested in studying science at the University of Adelaide.



Get ready! Studying Sciences at Adelaide

Calling all new students planning on joining us in 2021.



Welcome to Sciences: Open campus experience

About to start a science degree? Join us at North Terrace campus to discover where you will be studying in 2021 and what it's like to be a science student.

  • Mid-year Orientation Week

    Mid-year Orientation Week begins on Monday 20 July. This week features activities, information sessions and opportunities for you to get to know your University and the people you will be studying with. View the University orientation schedule and information.

    While the entire week has something to offer, we strongly encourage that, if you choose to attend for any day, you attend on Sciences O’Day. See below for the day’s agenda.


    Faculty of Sciences O’Day

    Wednesday 22nd July 2020, University of Adelaide North Terrace campus

    • 10:00 – 11:00am – Faculty Welcome Session (The Braggs Lecture Theatre)
    • 11:00 – 12:00pm – Program Information Sessions (various locations)
    • 12:00pm onwards – Free lunch! (Barr Smith Lawns)

    If you are unable to attend in person, we completely understand. It is important that you still receive the information contained in the Faculty Welcome Session and, as such, the session will be livestreamed and recorded.


    Sciences 2020 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 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.  

    You have been automatically enrolled in the Sciences Peer Mentoring course; SCIENCE 1000. Further information will be delivered via your student email account. Please remember to check it every day for important updates.

  • 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.

    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

    There will be no dedicated face-to-face Drop-in Centre for first year Biology courses in Semester 2, 2020. Information regarding the other alternative support avenues that are available for students in these courses will be made available via the Modules or Announcements areas on the MyUni courses for Biology I: Human Perspectives and Biology I: Organisms.


    Chemistry face-to-face Drop-in Centre sessions will commence in Week 2 (week starting Monday 3rd August) and will be held on:
    Tuesdays: 9am – 12noon
    Fridays: 11am - 1pm


    The Physics Drop-in Centre will be up and running from week 2, located on Level 3 East, Hub Central, North Terrace Campus (next to the Maths Learning Centre). Drop by to see Michael the physics tutor to ask about anything Physics-related! 

    He can help you with workshop preparation, practical preparation, lecture notes or just general help with understanding your Level 1 Physics course. 

    NOTE: This is face to face NOT online like during semester 1.

    Opening times:

    Monday 12 pm - 2 pm
    Tuesday 12 pm - 2 pm
    Wednesday 12 pm - 2 pm
    Thursday  Closed
    Friday 12 pm - 1 pm




  • 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

    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

University close-down

The University will be closed for business on Friday 18 December 2020 through to Sunday 10 January 2021. It will reopen in the New Year on Monday 11 January 2021.

Student services during close-down