Orientation Program

Congratulations – you’ve accepted an offer to study at Flinders. Welcome aboard!

Starting university is an exciting experience. It’s a chance to follow your passion, make new friends and learn new skills, all while on the path to your chosen career. Whatever your reason for studying, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start – especially if you’re new to University-life.

In 2020, Flinders is running an extended Orientation Program, for the first time. Orientation events and activities will kick off with O’Week and will continue through weeks one to four of semester. The program will help you settle into life at Flinders by giving you the information you need, when you need it. It’s also designed to help you make new friends and learn about the support services available to help you succeed.

Read more about the Flinders 2020 Orientation Program below.

Tip: like the Ask Flinders Facebook page for an easy way to stay up-to-date with information from Flinders, no matter what you’re studying or where you’re located.

O’Week

24 – 28 February

O’Week is an important part of your university experience as it is your first taste of University life. If there’s an information session or orientation event for your course, it’s likely to be held during O’Week and we encourage you to attend. It will give you the chance to meet students studying the same course as you, as well as University staff.

We encourage you to come to campus on more than one day during O’Week, if you can. After you’ve attended your course/College specific events, we recommend you go to the social events to meet other people and get a feel for University social life. We are also running campus tours to help you get your bearings.

Join us from Monday to Wednesday for free food, entertainment, live music, clubs and stalls brought to you by Flinders University Student Association (FUSA). For their three day social schedule, head to flindersoweek.com.au and check out the O’Week 2020 video to get a glimpse of what to expect on campus this year!

Round off O’Week with O’Fiesta, one of Adelaide’s biggest on-campus music festivals for uni students, on Friday 28 February. After last year’s sell-out concert, O’Fiesta is back and bringing you one night of live Aussie music and summer celebrations. For all the updates, head to the official O’Fiesta 2020 Facebook event page.

Connect Week

2 – 6 March

Starting University is an exciting experience. It’s a chance to start a new chapter in your life, make new friends and forge connections that will help you on the path to success in you chosen career. It can also be a nerve wracking time, especially if you don’t already know anyone at Flinders.

In 2020, we are running Connect Week, in week one of semester one from Monday 2 March to Friday 6 March. The purpose of the week is to provide opportunities, events and activities for first year students to meet other students, and staff, at Flinders.

If you’re studying on campus, there will be a range of free events and activities happening throughout Connect Week. You’re encouraged to attend as many as you can. Visit week one of the orientation planner to see a full list (events and activities for Connect Week will be live from early February 2020).

If you’re looking for more or want to try something new, consider joining one of Flinders’ affiliated clubs, societies and sporting teams. It’s a great way to connect with like-minded students while you’re studying. You can even start your own club! The team at Flinders Sport and Fitness is also giving you a chance to use their gym facilities on campus for free during week one.

Keep an eye on your student email (access via Outlook in Okta) for more information about Connect Week and how you can get involved.

Skills Week

9 – 13 March

By week two of semester, you will be starting to get an idea of the type of work, and commitment to study University requires. It’s more than likely you will have seen the types of assessment you will need to complete for each topic, and you would have attended several classes.

We know this is a lot of information to take in, and it can be difficult to know how to organise yourself and where to go for help – especially if this is your first time at University.

To help you, we are running Skills Week in week two of semester one from Monday 9 March to Friday 13 March. The purpose of the week is to help you develop skills for academic success, and to help you get to know the wide variety of study support services the University has to offer.

Skills Week is also a chance to start thinking about the path to your chosen career. It’s important to plan early and get involved in as many professional development opportunities as you can. You can do this even if you don’t know what type of career you want after University. Skills Week is a great chance to have a conversation about forging a successful career path from year one.

If you’re studying on campus, there will be a range of free study support and careers events happening throughout Skills Week. You’re encouraged to attend as many as you can. Visit week two of the orientation planner to see a full list (events and activities for Skills Week will be live from early February 2020).

If you’re not based on campus, there are study support and careers resources available online too.

Keep an eye on your student email (access via Outlook in Okta) for more information about Skills Week and how you can get involved.

Cultural Week

16 – 20 March

Flinders University actively promotes awareness of, and respect for, the diversity of our students and staff.

At Flinders, almost 5,500 international students from 90 countries, make up 13 per cent of our on campus population. Flinders’ various campuses across Australia have a rich indigenous history and operate on the traditional lands and waters of the Kaurna, Arrernte, Boandik, Bungarla, Gunditjmara, Jawoyn, Larrakia, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Peramangk, Wurundjeri, Yolgnu peoples.

This year, we are running Cultural Week in week three of semester one from Monday 16 March to Friday 20 March. The purpose of the week is to celebrate the wide variety of cultures at Flinders and to help you learn more about these cultures as well as the history of the University. It’s also a chance to connect with fellow students, and Flinders’ support services including Oasis, FUSA and International Student Services.

During Cultural Week, there will be a range of free events and activities happening on campus, including Harmony Day celebrations. You’re encouraged to attend as many as you can. Visit week three of the orientation planner to see a full list (events and activities for Cultural Week will be live from early February 2020).

Keep an eye on your student email (access via Outlook in Okta) for more information about Cultural Week and how you can get involved.

Wellbeing Week

23 – 27 March

Life at university can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be challenging balancing study with work, and life’s other commitments.

Flinders is committed to supporting students’ physical and mental wellbeing. There are many things you can do to take charge and improve your own wellbeing. Flinders also provides a wide range of free support services to help you do this.

The purpose of Wellbeing Week, to be held in week four of semester one (from Monday 23 March to Friday 27 March) is to help connect you with these self-help resources, as well as the professional mental health and wellbeing support available to students at Flinders.

During Wellbeing Week, there will be a range of free events and activities happening on campus. You’re encouraged to attend as many as you can. Visit week four of the orientation planner to see a full list (events and activities for Wellbeing Week will be live from early February 2020).

Keep an eye on your student email (access via Outlook in Okta) for more information about Wellbeing Week and how you can get involved.

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