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16 May 2013

Winter studentsPotential students seeking an early start to their studies at the University of South Australia are being encouraged to avoid delay and learn more at a midyear information session in May.

With hundreds of offers expected to be snapped up by students who will start their university courses in July, the information session will highlight the advantages of midyear entry, with a student panel providing opportunities to hear from, and ask, current students about their university experiences.

Alongside a student panel there will be advice available on support services and application procedures.

Tahnee Blight, Manager Future Students, highlighted the types of applicants who stood to particularly benefit from midyear entry and attending the information session.    

“Whether you are a school leaver or adult applicant and have taken a break from study, are transferring from another university course or looking for a career change , it is important to know what your study options are, especially if you want to start university now and not in 2014,” said Ms Blight.

“Some people aren’t aware they may still be able to use their high school results to gain entry into a degree if they haven’t completed more than two years full-time study at university level. We also offer a Foundation Studies preparatory program and Diplomas that provide you with extra support and prepare you for your chosen course.”

“TAFE or other registered training organisation (RTO) students often finish in the middle of the year, so midyear entry to university can provide convenient timing for a student to progress their studies into their chosen degree at university.

“If someone is returning to study, having time to ‘build-up’ to their study period in the first half of the year can be useful preparation. People often have to think about possible changes or support required with their home life in terms of child care, travel and financial arrangements, of their return to study.

“For many, depending on their unique personal circumstances, midyear entry may simply be the best time to start at UniSA”.

It’s a view supported by mature age student Jennifer Terlet who will become one of this year’s intake of midyear students, having been accepted to study Psychological Science.

“It doesn’t feel like such a bombardment or culture shock to start midyear when most students have already established themselves at the University. It is less intimidating,” said Ms Terlet.

“It’s also been really valuable to attend the student learning centre and the library in the weeks prior to starting the course and knowing that the University facilities are all open and functioning at this time of year, compared to summer period before the start of the new academic year.”

The midyear information session will take place on May 22 at City West campus from 6pm to 7.30pm.

More information on how to register to attend or to find which courses are available for midyear entry can be found here.

Media contact: Will Venn office 8302 0965 email Will.Venn@unisa.edu.au

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