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Induction for new students

First weeks and beyond

Frequently asked questions

Welcome to the University of South Australia. This section will help you ease into life as a research higher degree student.

The following resources will help you meet the requirements of this milestone.

You'll definitely need:
You might need:

Research students may commence at different times throughout the year. See below for a guide to what is available in various months to help you get started.


Your first days / month


Checklist – first days at the University of South Australia

You will have received the Checklist for first days at the University of South Australia (PDF file, 296kb) with your enrolment information. This checklist asks you to make sure you have:

  • received or accessed key information
  • met key University staff members
  • attended the Induction Program

The checklist includes a list of key actions for international students.

International students with school-aged children: some types of scholarship/sponsorship will exempt you from paying tuition and administration fees for your children's public schooling. For further details, see the Education for your children page and the Children of International Tertiary Students web page.


Welcome meeting and Research Induction Plan

Within two weeks of commencing your candidature, you need to arrange to meet your supervisor(s) for your welcome meeting.

The Research Induction Plan should be prepared in conjunction with the welcome checklist.

This document sets out the specific and negotiated expectations, responsibilities and roles of the your supervisors and you the student.


February


Research degree orientation

The University of South Australia offers an orientation program for new research degree students. These sessions are compulsory for all students commencing a research degree. Find out more...


International students

If you arrive in time for International Students Welcome Week, usually held in February (Study Period 2) and July (Study Period 5) each year, you are encouraged to attend.

It's a great way to meet other new students and key University staff.


April


Research degree orientation

The University of South Australia offers an orientation program for new research degree students. These sessions are compulsory for all students commencing a research degree. Find out more...


On-campus workshops for commencing students – all disciplines

The Research Education Support Activities (RESA) program provides workshops and online resources to help you progress through your research degree. As a commencing student in your first year of candidature you will be expected to participate in RESA workshops.

The Commencing series of on campus workshops is for PhD, Masters and professional doctorate by research degree students in the first six to twelve months of candidature. More information and to register.

Can't attend?

For online resources see the RESA Getting started page


July


International students

If you have arrived in time for International Student Welcome Week, usually held in February (Study Period 2) and July (Study Period 5) each year, you are encouraged to attend. 


September


Research degree orientation

The University of South Australia offers an orientation program for new research degree students. These sessions are compulsory for all students commencing a research degree. Find out more...


Throughout the year, but visit now


Discipline-specific and University-wide activities

Visit the Research Education Support Activities (RESA) website early in your candidature to see what is on offer, and then revisit! Start with the Commencing your degree section.

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