Orientation

We run an orientation program each semester to best prepare new students to commence their studies. Resources and guides for getting started in the Bachelor of Science are available here.

Science: Day 1

Science: Day 1 – Course Planning and Advice is your first day of university. It is an academic orientation day that introduces you to the structure of the Bachelor of Science, the subjects that you can complete in first year and different ideas about how you might plan your course and develop a pathway towards a major. It is also a great opportunity to meet some of your future classmates.

Find out more about Science:Day 1

Science Peer Mentoring Program

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Are you a first year science student?

Want to meet people and make friends in your first semester?

The Science Peer Mentoring Program is here to help! The program is designed to help first year students adjust to university life by matching you with a second or third year mentor from the Bachelor of Science. Our mentors will help you feel settled and connected, and you will get to meet other first year students as part of the program.

The program runs for 6 weeks at the start of each semester, and is open to students in their first year in the Bachelor of Science (first or second semester). You mentors will have many tips and resources to share to help you make the most of your time at university.

For international and rural students, the program is a great way of adjusting to life in Melbourne and Australia. However all first year students are welcome to join!

My mentor was really responsive and available to answer any questions. This program is really helpful. Mentee, Semester 1, 2016

Benefits for new students

  • Meet and develop friendships with other Bachelor of Science students
  • Feel immediately connected with the Melbourne University student community
  • Ask questions about everything from study, university life, cafes, clubs and societies, other social activities
  • Support and encouragement


What will your mentor do?

  • Be a friendly face at University from the start
  • Give you advice based on their own experiences
  • Assist you in making the most from your time at university
  • Refer you to resources and services available in the University community if necessary
  • Mentors are not required to provide academic help (they are not academic tutors)


What we expect from you

  • Attend meetings/catch-ups you have scheduled with your mentors
  • Maintain good communication with your mentors
  • Respect others in the program
  • Attend events that you have signed up for


Matching you to your mentor

During the first weeks of semester, we will be hosting a Welcome Event where we will aim to pair new students (mentees) to mentors studying the same or similar course or discipline (subject to the number of applicants). You will be assigned to groups with other first year students and a mentor.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to be matched with a mentor this semester please email science-academicprograms@unimelb.edu.au.