With the summer break now underway, we’ve collated a range of activities for students to have fun and form new friendships. From visiting local natural wonders to gaining new skills and meeting new people, there is so much to do at UOW and the surrounding region over the next few months. See the options listed below - hopefully they give you lots of ideas on how you can make the most of your time before Session 1 starts in 2022.
UOW over summer
Gain some new skills with UOWx
UOWx online seminars
Make the most of your break by adding some new skills to your CV.
UOWx is running six interactive online seminars, giving students an opportunity to explore content that complements their coursework. These self-paced seminars offer a great opportunity to learn new skills and build connections with others.
These seminars cover six Learning Streams:
- Mentoring and Wellbeing
- Global and Cultural Awareness
- Innovation and Creativity
- Collaboration and Communication
- Community and Social Change
Each self-paced seminar takes approximately two hours to complete and is hosted through Moodle.
To complete a seminar, students will need to self-enrol. Visit the Moodle site to begin, or to find out more about what’s available under each category.
Cost – FREE
Skill Development Action Classes
Work with like-minded students to transform yourself and think outside the box! The Action Class Series consists of two, one hour-long group learning sessions based on the learning of bestselling personal development and leadership books.
Students who participate will:
- Increase their knowledge and skills in relation to the topic of the workshop
- Develop an action plan on how they will apply and continue to develop their new skill
- Engage with other students to provide feedback on each other's action plans
- ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ on Monday 24 January from 10am – 11am
- ‘Focus’ on Wednesday 16 February from 10am - 11am
Interested in other co-curricular opportunities?
Throughout the summer, students are invited to participate in a range of UOWx recognised activities. See all the co-curricular events and opportunities recognised by UOWx here.
Reach your career goals
Ignite your Future - online careers program for final year students
Ignite your Future is an online careers program for final year students, to assist you to be better prepared and to feel more confident and ready to make the transition from student to professional. By enrolling into the self-paced online program, you will gain access to tailored careers and employability information, resources and tools to assist in planning your final year and future career.
Throughout the Ignite Your Future program you will:
- learn more about yourself, your career goals and potential career pathways
- put plans in place to further enhance your employability
- find out how to connect with employers who recruit UOW graduates
- have the opportunity to book sessions with our Careers & Employability team, as well as
- learn the practical knowledge and skills you need to be competitive when applying for future roles
This is open to all final year UOW students.
Prepare for your future career
Explore the changing world of work, expand your professional network and gain employability skills through this 12-week program.
You will be paired with a corporate mentor and a social impact volunteering opportunity with a not-for-profit organisation.
This program is open to all UOW students with a total of 100 places.
Join a team and engage with real organisations to work on innovative solutions to genuine business and community challenges.
Univative is an inter-disciplinary, inter-cultural opportunity for you to engage in research and hold regular meetings with other students, the host organisation, mentors and program coordinators. At the conclusion of the program, your team will produce a business report and digital presentation for your host organisation, Careers Central staff and peers.
This program will equip you with a range of employability skills and real-world experience, while connecting you with like-minded students.
Applications close on 8 December.
Boost your confidence for future interviews with a three-week program that focuses on linking you with established professional UOW alumni for an information interview.
Career Connect ensures you have the ability to complete a detailed industry profile and the skills to structure a productive informational interview through a series of online modules and recorded sessions delivered by Career Central.
Start settling into student life by connecting with other UOW students from different cultures and backgrounds.
Couch Conversations run via Zoom on Wednesdays between 1 December to 16 February. The program will break on 22 and 29 December, and 5 January.
This program is a relaxed and casual way meet other students and develop effective communication skills and cross-cultural awareness.
It’s a great place to start learning about the different resources, programs, and services available at the University.
UOW Global Buddy Program for Returning International Students
It is a very exciting time for our international students, who are beginning to either return to Australia or travel to Australia for the first time.
We can’t wait to welcome you! While exciting, it can also be a nerve-racking time, navigating a new country, culture, and maybe even a new language.
To help you settle into Australia and UOW, international students can request a buddy. A buddy is a current UOW student who will be able to offer advice and be a helping hand for the first two weeks after you arrive.
To sign up for a buddy, please email email@example.com your:
- Student ID
- Date of arrival to Australia
After we receive your email, your faculty will contact you with further information about the program and assign you to a buddy for two weeks to help you get settled.
Want to help us welcome back international students? Buddies needed!
International students have begun to arrive back in Australia, and we are so excited to welcome them! This is why we are looking to recruit students to become buddies for our international students and help them adjust to UOW and life in Australia.
As a buddy you’ll be allocated a returning international student as your buddy to connect with during their first 14 days in Australia and help them get settled.
If you are interested in becoming a buddy and have been studying at UOW in Australia for at least one year, click on the link below and fill out the short survey.
Being a buddy will help you stand out from the crowd as it will equip you with transferrable cross-cultural competencies, which are highly sought after by employers. This program is recognised by UOWx.
To find out more about the UOW Global Buddy Program please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join a club
Clubs are a great way to stay in touch and make new friends. Here are a few UOW clubs that will be running events over the summer break.
Visit the UniClubs events page to see all upcoming events and start connecting with your fellow students.
The UniClubs directory is a great place to explore all the different groups at UOW. If you find one you like, you can always reach out to the contact provided.
Enjoy what the region has to offer
This summer is a great opportunity to relax and refresh before 2022 kicks off. There are so many free and paid activities in and around our region for you to explore.
What’s on in Wollongong
No plans for the weekend? From free tai chi, to food markets and live music, there are many places you can search for events, including:
- What’s on in Wollongong
- Gems around Wollongong
- A UOW student’s food tour of Wollongong
- Wollongong bucket list
- Instagrammable spots in the Illawarra
A student’s guide to Liverpool
Need something new to do in South Western Sydney? Check out our student's guide to Liverpool.
Get out and about in Sydney
For information about events and activities in and around Sydney, visit Destination NSW Sydney.
Watch a movie on the big screen and under the stars at the Botanic Gardens, directly across the road from UOW’s Wollongong Campus. Program information, costs and times can be found on the Sunset Cinema website.
Find a job for the summer
Check the job board
You can also setup job alerts via CareerHub.
Gain skills to find and apply for jobs
Careers Central is running a series of workshops to give students the skills and knowledge to find a job over the summer break. Learn how to write a successful resume and prepare for interviews. For further advice, you can also book a career chat.
You will need to register to attend via CareerHub.
Take a (virtual) summer study program
With international travel currently on hold, our exchange program providers have been working hard to adapt and provide you with some awesome global opportunities, delivered straight to you (and without the travel costs).
Global learning online programs
Find a short course, online internship, leadership forum, and cultural immersion experience that suits your interests and complements your studies.
Live in a UOW residence over summer
Did you know that you have the option to live in one of UOW’s Accommodation residences over the summer?
UOW Accommodation provides a safe and supportive community for residents all year round, with a great range of facilities and support services available. Residents also benefit from being close to all the social activities, services and facilities the Wollongong campus and the city has to offer.
The following residences offer summer stays for UOW students:
- Kooloobong Village (self- catered residence) - email@example.com
- Bangalay (self-catered residence) - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in staying in one of these residences over the summer break, get in touch with your preferred residence on the contact details above. Applicable weekly summer fees (2021 and 2022 weekly rates) will be confirmed by the residence when you enquire.
Access free food, household goods and essential items
Find free household items at Goodwill Hunting
Set up your new home the FREE and sustainable way at our annual Goodwill Hunting event. Each year, UOW staff and the community donate loads of household items, including:
- pots and pans
- bed linen (indicate size if donating)
- small appliances and so on
Keep an eye out on the Goodwill Hunting website to register for the event, that will take place on Friday 25 February 2022.
Access free food and essential items
The Pulse Pantry was established to support the wellbeing of UOW students through the provision of free essential items through a weekly ‘grab-and-go’ store.
- Location: Ground Floor, Building 11 (next to Campus Pharmacy)
- Opening Hours: Wednesdays 11am-12pm
- Christmas Closure: 16 December 2021 to 4 January 2022
For further information on how to access different types of food assistance, visit the UOW Food Assistance website.
Care for your mental health and wellbeing
Access wellbeing and support services
Students may experience feelings of anxiety, sadness and worry. It’s important to take care of your mental health and emotions, and continue to spend time with others.
UOW offers a range of personal and academic support services and we encourage students to make use of these whenever they are needed.
Visit the gym, go for a swim or join a sporting team at UOW’s on-campus fitness facility, UniActive. The venue has an Olypmic-sized swimming pool, basketball, badminton, squash and tennis courts, ovals, group fitness classes and a range of other facilities.
Care Now Self-Directed Programs
As a UOW student, you have instant access to a range of self-directed programs covering themes, such as Relationships; Mind; Body; Work and Personal Finances.
There are 12 programs in total, including Anxiety; Communication; Mindfulness; Stress; Grief; Achieving Financial Wellbeing; Separation/divorce; Substance Abuse; Tobacco and Nicotine Cessation; Work-Life Balance; Depression and Coping.
Learn more on our support services website.
Being Well, Living Well self-paced program
The Being Well, Living Well toolkit involves self-paced online modules for students at the University of Wollongong. The toolkit was developed with a panel of mental health experts, healthcare professionals, University students and staff.
Consent Matters is an online module that helps participants understand what is meant when we talk about consent, how someone else will give their consent and how to identify when it can’t be given. It is available for UOW students and staff, and covers sexual consent, communication in relationships, and bystander intervention.
Studying in 2022
We’re excited to welcome students back to our Australian campuses in 2022.
The Autumn, Trimester 1, Trimester 2, and other associated timetables for 2022 will be published on 13 December 2021.
The timetable will outline the subjects running in each session, class options for each subject and how those classes will be delivered (e.g. on-campus, online or both).
We encourage students to choose on-campus classes where they are offered. However, for classes that cannot be held on campus due to physical distancing requirements, or for students unable to come on campus due to COVID-19 related circumstances, remote delivery will continue to be offered, wherever possible.
Visit our Studying in 2022 webpage to find what you need to know about learning in 2022, coming on campus and accessing services and facilities.
Student visas and work restrictions
The Australian Government announced that student visa holders who undertake employment in the agriculture sector are temporarily permitted to work more than 40 hours per fortnight.
For information about working in agriculture and current job vacancies, visit the Harvest Trail website.
Temporary visa holders who work in the agriculture sector, or another critical industry sector, may be eligible to apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa.
For advice on these initiatives based on your specific circumstances, please contact the Department of Home Affairs.
Above all, stay safe and make sure you regularly monitor announcements about identified venues of concern – you can do this by checking media releases from NSW Health and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. Also, don’t forget to check your ServiceNSW app for notifications.
We also encourage you to get vaccinated (if you haven’t already) – you can book an appointment at your nearest vaccination hub, at the Wollongong Campus pharmacy or your doctor. You can find information about COVID-19 vaccinations on the UOW vaccination information website.
We wish you all the best for the summer and festive season.