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What is uni really like?

30 May 2022

If your child is making the decision to go to university next year, they might have an idea of what they want to study, and maybe an idea of what ‘being at university’ will be like. Here’s a run-down on what your child can expect from their university experience.


As a uni student, there’s so much more flexibility available to students compared to their high schooling. Students can choose a timetable that works best for them, including class times and days, full-time or part-time study. If they’re not a morning person, they can choose afternoon classes. If they need to work on Fridays, they can select class times that aren’t on a Friday. Having the flexibility to choose how and when they study is really important in setting them up for success.


Being a university student means a whole new level of independence that’s not really available in high school. Students have the independence to choose exactly what they want to study – from their degree to individual courses and electives. With independence comes discipline, and uni students need to keep on top of their studies, reading materials and assessments because they won’t have their high school teacher there to hold their hand all the way through.

Hands-on learning

One of the best things about studying at USC is the hands-on learning students receive. In some degrees, students will get real working experience in the first few weeks! Whether it’s called an internship, placement, field, or work experience, most USC degrees have opportunities for Work Integrated Learning (WIL). USC’s smaller class sizes mean our educators can provide a hands-on teaching experience, and many students develop real relationships with their teachers, and our students aren’t just another number.

Changing your mind

If your child begins their university study and it’s not what they were hoping for, they can absolutely change their mind – lots of people do! It’s important for them not to lose hope if the degree they’ve chosen isn’t working out for them – there are so many options available and they will find something that’s right for them. There’s plenty of support available to help students change their degree and the first step is to book an appointment with a Future Student Career Advisor

A whole lot of fun!

University definitely isn’t all about study. It’s an opportunity to explore new things, find yourself, and create connections and memories that will last a lifetime! Encourage your child to get involved, be social, join a club or play a sport. University really is what you make it and for many of our students, it’s the best time of their lives.

It can be daunting

Your child will go from knowing everyone in their year level at their high school to being thrown into a classroom with a completely new group of people. Whilst it can be a little scary at first, it won’t take them long to get the hang of their new environment and they need to remember that everyone is in the same position as them. Encourage them not to be afraid and instead embrace this new and exciting chapter in their life.

So rewarding!

When your child walks across the stage with their degree in hand at graduation, they will know all of the hard work and dedication has paid off. You will be cheering them on in the crowd, proud as punch that your (not so) little one has achieved something truly special and is on the right path for a successful future.

If you want to hear firsthand about what uni is like, watch this video of USC graduate, Yani who shares his experience of life at USC.


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