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Transition Services and Orientation

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O Week program

We offer a campus-wide orientation program each semester for new students, activities and resources for first year students and parents to ease the transition into your new surroundings, as well as in-person advice and support about all the issues you may face as a new student at UWA.

Semester One, 2018, Orientation Week: Monday 19 February - Friday 23 February

  1. What Orientation is all about
  2. What happens during Orientation
  3. Why attend
  4. Mature age orientation
  5. If you can't attend Orientation

What Orientation is all about

Starting university is an exciting, challenging and sometimes confusing time.

It involves meeting lots of new and varied people, changing your lifestyle, getting used to a new environment and learning new things in new ways. It's a challenging time – whether you're making the move from high school to uni or returning to study as a mature age student.

Orientation is designed to make this transition to first time study a lot easier. It gives you the chance to meet people and become familiar with the campus and key academic staff according to your area of study.

A comprehensive orientation program is provided that covers academic course information, support and services available to students, information about technology and student life. A physical orientation to the campus and key support areas is provided to students.

You have the opportunity to attend key activities according to your area of interest or degree-specific major on particular days during the week – and can attend general information sessions regarding student life and supports on any day you choose.

During Orientation you'll be able to sort out any problems, make sense of your timetable and get answers to your questions about how things work here. Our aim is for you to feel confident about being a UWA student and starting classes.You will have core activities that will be very important to attend and details of these can be found on the UniStart website.

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What happens during Orientation

During O-Week you are required to attend all activities according to your degree and these are outlined on the UniStart website.

As a commencing student, you will be officially welcomed to the University by the Vice Chancellor, Guild President and a Noongar representative at the Commencement Ceremony scheduled for your degree.

Each semester, there are a number of ceremonies scheduled on different days of O-Week. Information about your specific ceremony is provided in the Orientation section of the UniStart website.

Following the Commencement Ceremony, new students will participate in a campus activity designed to help you find your way around, including key venues for your first week classes. Each group is led by an Orientation Ambassador and it’s a great chance to meet other students in your faculty – your mentor will show you to your key venues for your degree specific activities later in O-Week. Lots of team activities and giveaways are included.

During Orientation Week you will also attend Faculty activities to help you settle in to your Faculty,  introduce you to academic staff and provide important information about your studies. You will also attend an Information session highlighting a typical first week on campus, to ensure you're well prepared to succeed.

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Why attend

If you are a new undergraduate student, don't miss Orientation.

Orientation varies for every student according to your area of interest or degree-specific major. To assist you in deciding the sessions to attend during Orientation, we provide suggested activities on the UniStart website. Follow the steps to the orientation section and nominate your area of interest – this will provide you with specific event information and advice about what you need to attend.

The University expects all new students to attend and take part in orientation activities.

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Mature age orientation

Mature age orientation and welcome is held during Orientation Week and is designed to give you a head start when you begin your studies. Mature age students (20+) will receive an invitation that outlines the program.

On the day you will have the opportunity to:

  • meet and mix with other new mature age students to help you develop your support network at UWA
  • find out how to develop good study habits and access the learning support that is offered at UWA
  • get some tips from mature age students who have been successful at University
  • meet key staff from Student Services, including the Manager, Transition Services.

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If you can't attend Orientation

We understand that it will not be possible for all new students to attend Orientation.

If you cannot attend, it is important that you contact us so that we can assist you in seeking out the information that you will need to begin class.

One of the excellent supports that we can offer is to link you to UniMentor, where an experienced student can assist you in your transition.

Students who can’t attend orientation can view recorded information sessions. This will be available here after Orientation.

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