Faculty of Science Orientation Day is filled with information to help you be prepared for the start of your new degree.

Orientation is our way of welcoming you to the Faculty of Science and making sure you are prepped and ready to start your new degree. You’ll discover all the facilities and support services at the University, and have the opportunity to meet other new students.

Science Smart Start Week

During your first week at the University of Auckland you are invited to come to Science Smart Start - a space where you can ask questions, receive tips, and have fun playing arcade games with a hot drink and some snacks. It’s also a great chance to chat with Science academics and hang out with the department clubs. 

Science Orientation Day for undergraduate students

Semester Two

Friday 24 July 2020 | 9am – 3pm

Join us to familiarise yourself with the faculty and its support structures, meet fellow students and prepare for your first week of lectures.

During Orientation we have several activities and information sessions that will help prepare you for the challenges ahead, including tips and strategies for staying on top of your studies.

The day starts at 9am with a Mihi Whakatau and welcome by key faculty staff and current students. You are invited to assemble at the John Hood Plaza, Business School located on Grafton Road. You will get the opportunity to meet the Faculty of Science staff, your fellow students and ask any questions you have about your programme.

Orientation Day activities

  • Mihi Whakatau and welcome

Assemble at the John Hood Plaza, Business School on Grafton Road to be led to the official University welcome by key faculty staff and students.·       

  • Morning tea

Light refreshment.

  • University Services Expo

This is an introduction to the services available to all undergraduate students and advice about where to go for more information throughout their studies.

  • Information session

Learn about the structure and academic requirements of your new degree and what to expect in your first few weeks, and hear from academics across the faculty about the transition to University.

  • Campus Tour

Be introduced to the City Campus and the Science buildings you will be studying in.

  • Student Panel Session

Join us for this intriguing panel discussion and know more about the experience from other students at UoA. They will share tips and ideas as well as answering questions about various topics related to your University journey.

  • Lunch

A light lunch will be provided.

  • AUSA & SciSA BBQ Party

Join us for a free BBQ and happy hour drinks at Shadows with the Science Student Association and Auckland University Students' Association. 

Science Orientation Day for postgraduate students

Postgraduate orientation is a recommended event, covering important information about your degree and the support services available to you. Sessions will be useful for new and returning students.

Semester Two

Wednesday 22 July 2020 | 12pm - 4pm

The day’s programme includes a number of specialised information sessions, welcome activities and workshops designed to get you thinking and prepared for your new semester.

Throughout the day, students can expect to:

  • Attain an overview of the services, opportunities and support available to postgraduate students across the University.
  • Have the opportunity to engage with fellow postgraduate students in an interactive faculty workshop and afternoon tea.
  • Hear from current students who have advice and ideas to share.
  • Find out how to get involved in your Postgraduate Students’ Association and attend social events, skills workshops, research showcases, programmes outside your department, and more.

International Orientation

Orientation for our international students takes place on Wednesday 22 July 2020 for postgraduate students and 24 July 2020 for undergraduate students. For for more information please see International Orientation.