Tools for success
We know the thought of moving to a new place can be both exciting and nerve-racking in equal parts. You're moving to Wollongong to get an education, but what about making friends and finding a happy, healthy life balance too?
Don't worry - at UOW we aim to make all of this as easy as possible. Below we have tried to answer all the questions you may have now, but you can always contact us if there is something else you'd like to know.
WHAT IF I NEED HELP MANAGING MY PERSONAL LIFE AND STUDY?
If you have an issue that is affecting your study, the Student Support Advisers can help. They also provide programs supporting student equity and diversity both within faculties and across campus, and assist international students settle into life in Australia.
See: Student Support Advisers
Sometimes you just need a break. Get involved with UOW Wellbeing, a program that aims to help you maintain a healthy, happy life balance. Take a meditation or yoga class, or grab something to eat from the breakkie bar.
UOW also provides a free and confidential counselling service, available five days a week to assist you with personal, study or work related difficulties. Counselling can involve identifying and choosing between options, learning new skills to cope with problems, gaining a greater understanding of what is occurring, or being supported while recovering from a significant life event.
See: Counselling Services
The UOW Security Service supports a safe and secure campus environment with trained a licensed security officers who can respond in an emergency, or assist with first aid, lost property, and after-dark escorts. They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
See: UOW Security
WILL I MAKE FRIENDS?
UOW students come from all walks of life, so no matter who you are, where you're from, or what you’re interested in, there is sure to be a group to suit your interests. A good place to start is to check out UOW’s 125 clubs and societies that cover everything from different sports and hobbies to study areas and cultures.
See: Clubs & Societies
UOW’s Ally Network is a visible network of empathetic people who are allies of students and staff identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual or intersex.
See: Ally Network
The Woolyungah Indigenous Centre provides programs, services and facilities to encourage and support tertiary education among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Woolyungah also coordinates an Alternative Admissions Program for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander future students.
See: Woolyungah Indigenous Centre
WHAT IF I GET SICK?
Campus Clinic provides comprehensive health care services to UOW students and staff. It has both female and male GP doctors for friendly treatment of any of your health concerns. There are also dietitians, psychologists and a dentist on campus.
Wollongong is also home to one of the largest regional hospitals in NSW and a range of medical specialists.
See: Campus Clinic
HOW CAN I GET HELP WITH MY SUBJECTS?
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a free academic assistance program where you can learn from PASS Leaders - students who have already successfully completed the subjects you’re taking. The program involves group study to help you succeed in specific subjects.
Sessions integrate study tools and course specific exam techniques to maximise your understanding of the subject, in a casual and relaxed environment.
We can all benefit from help with study from time to time, so UOW Learning Development offers a range of free resources, classes and consultations to all enrolled students seeking to improve their academic performance.
See: Learning Development
WHERE CAN I FIND RESOURCES TO MAKE STUDYING EASIER?
StartSmart introduces you to the UOW academic environment and helps you understand your student responsibilities. StartSmart will show you how to find and evaluate relevant information to use in assessment tasks, and develop strong academic integrity practices.
See: StartSmart and CareerSmart
HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES?
UOW Careers Central offers programs including internships, team challenges, voluntary work experience, job search, job interview rehearsals and professional resume reviews.
See: Careers Central
The UOW CareerStart module gets you thinking about your career from day one, while each and every subject will build the core skills essential for any career, regardless of your degree to make sure you have a plan for the future.
UOWx connects you with valuable cocurricular activities that are offered at the University of Wollongong. The personal and professional development that you gain through these activities is formally recognised through the UOWx Record and Award.