Research degree student orientation
First weeks and beyond
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.
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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.
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 Orientation Session
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.
If you arrive in time for International Students Welcome Week, usually held in February and July each year, you are encouraged to attend.
It's a great way to meet other new students and key University staff.
International Student Briefing and Expo held on Monday 22 February 2016 will provide you with the information you require about settling into university, life in Adelaide, and more. There will be an opportunity to speak with services relevant to you, ask questions and network with other students.
Sponsored Student Briefing held on Monday 22 February 2016 will cover information about sponsorship requirements, sponsor liaison and where to go for help.
Research degree orientation
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.
Online resources are available
If you have arrived in time for International Student Welcome Week, usually held in February and July each year, you are encouraged to attend.
Research degree orientation
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.