12 July 2013
New students of diverse ages and backgrounds are set to enjoy a wide range of Orientation activities at the University of the Sunshine Coast from 15-19 July.
About 1,250 students will start at the University in Semester 2, including 313 International students from 36 countries, particularly Germany and the United States.
The three most popular Bachelor degrees for the new students are Nursing Science, Sport and Exercise Science, and Arts.
A variety of information sessions during Orientation Week will include faculty and program welcome events; workshops on wireless IT, time management and career support; campus and lab tours; and budgeting and meditation tutorials.
Entertainment will include live music, free barbecues, team sports and an inflatable fun zone.
USC Market Day on Tuesday 16 July will draw crowds to the Art Gallery Piazza from 10am to 2pm for market stalls, community stands and entertainment from local artists Finchington and Mayan Fox.
A free student barbecue lunch from noon that day will feature music, fun activities and a traditional welcome to country by the Gubbi Gubbi dance troupe.
On Wednesday 17 July, Sports and Societies Day will provide students with details about the wide range of sporting clubs, societies and interest groups at USC.
Students can join an Indigenous cultural tour around campus from 11am with an Indigenous elder, leaving from the Buranga community stall after a bush tucker tasting.
Another free student barbecue lunch, with live entertainment from Matt James, will be held that day at the Art Gallery Piazza.
Mature age and postgraduate students will be in focus on Thursday 18 July.
A morning session will highlight common challenges for students aged over 21, with useful tips from current students to juggle the demands of university life and personal and family responsibilities. It will finish with a free lunch.
On Thursday evening, a ticketed event will provide a party atmosphere for International students over an Australian Outback-style dinner.
Other planned O Week activities include Student Guild barbecues at the Uni Club, bus trips around the region and networking events.
— Julie Schomberg