The orientation process provides key information to new students ahead of their studies, both in written form for immediate and ongoing reference and forums where students meet with staff to receive information, ask questions, clarify uncertainties, and discuss concerns. Orientation information is provided at all of our colleges in line with the Sydney College of Divinity policy and the current Higher Education Standards. Where there are international students, the information provided will also meet the requirements of the current National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students.
All new and returning students (international and domestic) should attend orientation at the beginning of every teaching period (semester or trimester), ahead of the first class, whether the delivery of teaching is face-to-face or online.
View the orientation dates for all our teaching bodies. Students are advised to contact their registrar to confirm the dates and for any additional queries they may have.
Orientation information will include information about:
(i) locations and contacts for the college and campus concerned, including contacts details for the immediate point of contact;
(ii) academic matters including courses, units, and teaching arrangements; and
(iii) student services.
The information provided to domestic and international students during orientation includes (but is not limited to):
An orientation seminar will be held each semester for all newly enrolled students in the Graduate Research School, including overseas students. This may be a group session face-to-face, by Zoom video conference, or one-on-one depending on numbers and student availability.
The orientation program will cover the following issues:
It will also cover the specific requirements and expectations for research students within the Sydney College of Divinity, from thesis proposal development to final submission and examination of their thesis. There will be the opportunity to raise questions.