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I want to go to uni, but dont know which degree to do.
Degrees at ANU are designed to be flexible. If you change your mind and want to enrol in a different program, you can. Just talk to an academic advisor.
Doing a standard degree like a Bachelor of Science will allow you to take courses from any area of science as well as electives from other areas of the university.
What will the average uni day be like? How many hours will I have classes?
Each university course at ANU should have 10 hours study time per week. This may be face-to-face teaching time or it might be personal study time.
What makes ANU such a good university?
Research led teaching people doing world class research are teaching you. Not just someone who has read the book, but someone who actually wrote the book.
Our class sizes are small, meaning you get individualised attention from these researchers.
Furthermore, because many of ANUs students live on campus, there is a real community feel to the university.
What if I dont like the degree Ive chosen?
Its easy for students to change degrees but keep in mind that the earlier you change, the less likely you will need to take extra study. For example, if you decide you want to change to arts after one semester of a science degree you should still be able to finish in three years. If you decide you want to change to arts after two and a half years of science, you will need to take extra courses and wont be able to
finish in three years. Talk to the sub-deans if you decide you want to change and read the Application for program transfer form, which includes details on how to apply.
Who will help me with the work if it is too hard or Im having trouble with my studies?
Each course has a convenor that you can speak to about your studies if you are finding the subject difficult. The sub-deans are also available to talk with students who have concerns about their studies.
The ANU also has an Academic Skills and Learning Centre which has been specifically set up to help student gain the skills they need to study at university and to support students in their studies.
Recently the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program has been put in place for some early year courses. PAL sessions are one-hour, informal study sessions of ten to twenty students supported by two student mentors who have done the course before. For more information on the PAL program http://stlc.anu.edu.au/research/peer-assisted-learning
How many courses will I do each year?
Full time study is four courses each semester. Some students choose to do less than four courses a semester so they can manage their study load or to accommodate part-time work, but doing so means it takes longer to complete your degree.
What are majors and minors? What is a specialisation?
Majors, minors and specialisations are groups of courses with a common theme required to complete some degrees. Majors require 48 units, minors require 24 units, and specialisations require 24 units which must be taken in conjunction with a corequisite major.
How many people will be studying with me?
That depends on the subject. Science degrees tend to be
structured so that the first year courses a fairly broad and therefore have more students. As you continue through your degree there are more subject options so class sizes shrink.
Different subjects will have different numbers of students; some are just more popular than others.
How much does the tuition cost?
If you are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. Many students apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows them to study defer some or all of the payment. For more information on Commonwealth supported places and HECS-HELP, please go to studyassist.gov.au.
You might also want to check if you are eligible for any scholarships, which might contribute to your tuition fees.
ACCOMMODATION Where will I live?
There are a couple of options for accommodation.
Living in a hall of residence is a popular option among students from out of town. Our halls are inclusive and social, with lots of clubs and groups to join to help you meet students who share your interests in music, sport, study subjects everything! There is a range of accommodation styles from fully catered to self-catered, dorm to apartment style. Everyone gets their own room and there is an option to suit everybody.
ANU offers first year undergraduates an accommodation guarantee, meaning if you apply by the cut-off date, we will ensure you have a place to stay in ANU accommodation for your first year. You need to apply for accommodation separately to applying for university, so go to http://accom.anu.edu.au/UAS/977/200.html to make sure you meet the criteria and deadlines.
If you choose to live off campus, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to find somewhere that suits your needs. Canberra has a very competitive rental market and so finding off-campus accommodation can take time. Most students who live off campus live in a share house with other students.
How much will on-campus accommodation cost?
That depends on the style of accommodation and which college you choose. Detailed cost information can be found http://rcc.anu.edu.au/residences.php
If I dont want to live on campus can I get help renting somewhere?
It can be hard to find rental accommodation in Canberra, especially within the price range of most students.
The University Accommodation Services (UAS) can help you find a place to rent. UAS staffs have a good knowledge of the competitive Canberra rental market and provide resources to help you with your search.
You also might want to look online at Housing Online, allhomes.com.au and domain.com.au
How often will I be able to go home?
There arent classes on weekends so some students travel home for a weekend every now and then, but there is often plenty happening on campus including sports, social events, college parties.
ANU holidays work very similar to most school terms. The year is broken into two semesters, with a three or four week break between semesters in the middle of the year and two months break over Christmas. There is also a two week break in the middle of each semester
STUDENT LIFE Is it safe?
Yes. With so many students living on campus ANU is generally a very safe place to study. Being located in a smaller city like Canberra also makes for a safer university campus.
The university has security officers and there are safety buses that run at night. Buses can pick up and drop off students at residential colleges, libraries and the city bus interchange.
Is it easy to get a part-time job?
Canberra has a very good employment rate and many ANU students will have part time work on campus or nearby in the city.
Keep in mind that several thousand students arrive in Canberra in February every year and many will be looking for part time work. The later you leave it to start finding work the harder it will be to get a job.
While most students work part time while they are studying it is important to prioritise your studies and ensure your work doesnt prevent you from attending classes and studying.
What will my classmates be like?
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and a high proportion move from interstate to study here. These students will be facing the same challenges as you, moving to a new place, starting a different type of study, getting used to independence. Most students you have class with will not have been to university before and dont know what to expect either.
Will I be lonely?
No, especially if you live on campus. There are so many
opportunities to meet people with similar interests to you and hundreds of student societies on campus. You will be able to find other people who share your interest no matter what they are.
The colleges also run activities, including sporting competitions, social outings and study groups which will help you meet people.
There is also a student society for each of the science disciplines, who organise mixer events and balls so you can get to know people in your courses.
Its all depends on how much you want to be involved.
THE FUTUREWhat sort of job can I get at the end of my degree?
A science degree prepares you for a very broad range of jobs. Over three years at university you will hone your problem solving and critical think