First-Year Experience Program

What is First-Year Experience (FYE) program?

FYE is a strengths-based transition and development program helping you get an early start on your connection to ANU, academics and other students! 

In Semester 2 2022, FYE is open to both new students commencing this semester and continuing students who commenced at ANU in Semester 1. This semester, FYE will involve a range of activities, such as: 

  • In-Camp - a one-day on campus experience in the week before O-Week designed to introduce you to ANU and allow you to form connections with like-minded students 
  • A series of social and community building events and activities designed and led by Student Leaders and later year student mentors 
  • Development workshops, designed to build on your strengths to help you thrive at ANU and beyond 
  • An end-of-semester dinner and panel discussion 
  • Regular communications and resources via newsletters and social media 

As an FYE participant, you will also be eligible for the Set4ANU Mentoring Program, where you will be paired with a later year student mentor to guide you in your new life at ANU. 

Why should I participate in FYE?

First-Year Experience (FYE) was developed for undergraduate domestic students from traditionally underrepresented groups, including those from rural and remote locations, low-income or refugee backgrounds, and who are first-in-family to attend University. It is also for those who are looking to build community and a strong support network at ANU. 

The program aims to create connections, foster independence and resilience, and build a community to support first-year retention and overall student experience. This is done through activities and events that support personal, professional and academic development, and social engagement for the students involved. 

FYE is tailored to your needs and interests, based on insight and feedback from current students and previous program participants. Through the program you have opportunities to attend a range of activities including an annual camp (or camp alternative), workshops, and social events, as well as develop your connection to fellow students and the ANU. 

Am I eligible to join the FYE program?

FYE is open to all undergraduate domestic students who are looking to forge a strong sense of community, in particular it seeks to support students who are: 

  • from rural and remote locations; 
  • low-income or refugee backgrounds; or 
  • first-in-family to attend University. 

First-year students are invited to register for the FYE program before the commencement of the Semester, with the first major in-person event, the FYE camp (or camp alternative), taking place in the week before O-Week. 

To register, complete the registration form on the right-hand side of the page and one of the program staff will be in touch. 

"The amazing people, the opportunities and the fantastic experiences we shared at the FYE camp made the daunting experience of moving away from home and leaving family so much easier." - 2020 First-Year Experience (FYE) Pilot Program student participant. 


First-Year Experience program is fully funded by HEPP

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