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Welcome to the AUS community. You are now officially a #Proud_AUSer!

This year orientation is coming to you! While 2020 has thrown us some big surprises, we’re keeping with tradition and planning a New Student Orientation for undergraduate students packed with memorable activities to mark the beginning of your university experience.

From August 21–29, we’ll introduce you to AUS and your college/school, help you connect with classmates and your Peer Leader, and introduce you to the various support services available to you in your first year and beyond.

This page is full of resources to help you get started as an AUSer and make sure you have the best start to your first semester.

Orientation is extremely important to ensuring all new AUS students receive the best start to university life possible and is therefore mandatory. We are also inviting parents and other family members along to some of the sessions, letting them know what their sons and daughters can expect over their first few months at AUS, and showing them how they can best support them at this time.

To take part in orientation you will need to register.

Keeping checking back here for regular updates.

What to Expect

Welcome AUSer!

Orientation kicks off on Friday, August 21 with a virtual welcome session. Meet Chancellor Kevin Mitchell and AUS community leaders, and explore our Resource Fair.

Follow our lead

Your Peer Leader will guide you through a series of virtual activities to familiarize you with all things AUS and introduce you to key faculty, staff and support services.

We’re here for you

Our staff are here to support you as you transition from high school to university. Chat with your Peer Leader about how we can help.

Get connected

Connect with fellow AUSers and make new friends through a series of online social events and activities for first-year students.

Schedule

Most of your orientation sessions will be delivered online via AUS remote learning platforms. 

To access orientation, you must register at welcome.aus.edu.

 

See below for the full orientation schedule for students and parents.

Note   

All events in red are optional. We encourage you to attend these sessions to make the most of your orientation experience and connect with your Peer Leaders and fellow AUSers.

Friday, August 21

Students

16:00–17:00

Welcome Session

17:00–19:00

Resource Fair, Meet the Deans

19:00–20:30

Trivia Night with Student Council

Parents

16:00–17:00

Welcome Session

17:00–19:00

Resource Fair, Meet the Deans

Saturday, August 22

Students

09:00–11:00

Virtual check-in followed by Peer Leader and Orientation Group Meetup

11:00–12:00

Academic Policies

14:00–17:30

Student Success in the First Year

18:00–19:00

Message to Parents and Families

19:00–20:00

Meet-up with Peer Leader

20:00–21:30

Share Your Talent with Student Council

Parents

11:00–12:00

Academic Policies

14:00–17:30

Student Success in the First Year

18:00–19:00

Message to Parents and Families

Sunday, August 23

Students

10:00–11:00

Meet-up with Peer Leaders

11:00–11:30

Skits on Community Policies

11:30–12:30

Peer Leader and Orientation Group Meetup

14:00–15:00

Letter Writing

15:00–16:00

Meet-up with Peer Leaders

19:00–21:00

Watch and Munch Movie Night with Student Council

Monday, August 24

Students

09:00–15:00

File Completion

09:00–15:00

Placement Tests (multiple sessions)

13:00–14:00

Welcome to the Library

14:00–15:00

Virtual Athletic Tour

15:00–17:00

Academic Orientation with your School/College
Undeclared students with Academic Support Center

17:00–18:00

Live Full-Body Workout followed by Q&A

18:00–19:00

Interview with Sleep Cycle Coach followed by Q&A

19:00–20:00

Meet-up with Peer Leaders

20:00–21:30

Scavenger Hunt with Student Council

Tuesday, August 25

Students

09:00–15:00

File Completion

09:00–15:00

Placement Tests (multiple sessions)

09:00–17:00

College/School Course Advising

13:00–14:00

Welcome to the Library

14:00–15:00

Virtual Athletic Tour

15:00–16:00

Meet-up with Peer Leaders

17:00–18:00

Live Sports and Fitness Fun Quiz

18:00–19:00

Interview with Sleep Cycle Coach followed by Q&A

19:30–21:30

Game Night with Student Council

Wednesday, August 26

Students

09:00–15:00

File Completion

09:00–15:00

Placement Tests (multiple sessions)

13:00–14:00

Welcome to the Library

14:00–15:00

Virtual Athletic Tour

17:00–18:00

Meet-up with Peer Leaders

18:00–20:00

Let’s Get to Know You with Student Council and Team Leaders

Thursday, August 27

Students

09:00–15:00

File Completion

09:00–15:00

Placement Tests (multiple sessions)

13:00–14:00

Welcome to the Library

14:00–15:00

Virtual Athletic Tour

Friday, August 28

Students

16:00–7:30

Women’s Workout and Zumba

18:30–20:00

Men’s Full-Body Workout

Saturday, August 29

Students

16:00–17:00

Mental Health Tips with Psychology Club

Sunday, August 30–Saturday, September 5: Week of Welcome

As we kick off the first day of classes on Sunday, August 30, we also bring you the Week of Welcome (WOW).

We've put together a full week of activities to celebrate new beginnings with our new and continuing proud AUSers. 

Accessing Orientation

Accessing orientation is quick and simple. All you need to do is register as soon as possible (the sooner you register the sooner you will receive your Orientation Welcome Pack!). Then, when orientation begins, you just need to go to welcome.aus.edu and log in using the login details you would have received when you registered. Once logged in, you will access the virtual AUS lobby, where you can easily join scheduled sessions or take part in a number of other activities. Please note, you will not be able to log in to orientation until it begins at 3:45 p.m. on August 21. 

If you are having any technical issues trying to log in to orientation, you can call or WhatsApp +971 54 433 4080 or email [email protected] during orientation week.

IT Training for New Students

Having a good understanding of the IT platforms AUS students use for learning and other purposes is absolutely key to a student’s success during their time at university. We are therefore hosting a series of IT training sessions for new AUS students during August and it is essential that all new AUSers take part. These sessions will be hosted online prior to orientation and throughout orientation week, from Sunday, August 16 to Thursday, August 27. Check out the schedule below for full details.

The sessions include general AUS IT service and application training, introductions to iLearn (AUS' learning management system) and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and more.

Read below to find out how to take part in this IT training:

Tips

  • Be sure to enter the training link from a desktop PC/laptop for the best online experience.
  • Have a stable internet connection

Step 1

Click on the training link provided for the session you want to attend.

Step 2

Once the page has loaded, you will be asked to provide your name. Please enter your name, then click Join Session.

Step 3

You will now be in your Blackboard Collaborate session. You can send chat messages by clicking on the purple arrow in the bottom right to open the Collaborate Panel. Then select the first tab to open chat messages.

Your College or School

While you will have the chance to explore the wide range of courses, departments and colleges at AUS over the next four years or more, most of your time will be spent in the department and college/school specifically related to your major. This is where you’ll probably make most of your friends, where the majority of your classes will be held, and where you’ll get to know your faculty the best.

To learn more about your college/school, follow the links below, then make sure you attend your relevant college/school academic orientation on Monday, August 24.

College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD)
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
College of Engineering (CEN)
School of Business Administration (SBA)
Achievement Academy

Peer Leaders

Here to support you

One of the most important people you will meet at orientation is your Peer Leader. 

Peer Leaders are AUS students who are committed to supporting you as you transition to university life.

Your Peer Leader will welcome you at orientation, and assist and guide you throughout the week and beyond. They will also help you to discover all of the resources, activities and organizations available to you as an AUS student.  

Support Services

We know this is a brand-new experience for you and you may be feeling anxious, worried or excited (or a mix of all three) about all the things you need to know and do as a first-year AUS student.

We are here to support you with everything you need to have a successful and prosperous university career.  Whether you need IT support, want to learn some valuable study and time-management skills or want to speak with a counselor, we have you covered.

Download the AUS Resources brochure or browse the information below.

First Year Experience (FYE)

The First Year Experience (FYE) program helps first-year students like you discover your potential so that you get the most out of your university experience. We do this by supporting you from the moment you begin your journey as a #Proud_AUSer.

Download our free guide on How to Survive Your First Year at University: A Practical Guide for New Students.

Academic Support Center (ASC)

You may find that although you were academically successful in high school, you may struggle with the transition to the way we do things in university. The Academic Support Center (ASC) is here to help you improve your academic performance by offering a wide range of opportunities and resources to give you the help you need. Download the AUS Resources brochure to find out what is available.

Course Textbooks and Materials

Any e-books, print books or course materials that you need for your Fall 2020 courses will be listed in the syllabus that you receive on the first day of classes. The items can be ordered online through the AUS bookstore, All Prints. To order the items, just contact [email protected]. You can pay online using a credit card. E-book codes will be sent to you. Print books and any physical course materials can be picked up from campus at the service gate or can be couriered directly to your address.

Support for Students with Disabilities

If you have a documented disability diagnosed by a qualified professional in the field, you may apply for academic accommodations through the Academic Support Center (ASC) in order to have equal access for educational opportunities at AUS. For more information, you can download our Faculty Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities.

IT Service Desk

The IT Support Service Desk is your central point of contact for any IT-related issues you may be facing.  We recommend you check this list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) first, and if you still need support call +971 6 515 2121 or email [email protected]. Operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Your AUS Student ID Card

When you are on campus, you can get your AUS ID card from the Office of Protocol and Security (MM-33) located on the West Mezzanine level of the AUS Main Building.

You can also use your AUS ID card at selected establishments to get discounts. Click here for a list of participating retailers.

Registration and Your Class Schedule

During orientation, you will be registered for the courses you will be taking in your first semester at AUS.

We'll go through the course advising and registration process with you during the academic orientation with your college/school on Monday, August 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please make sure you attend this session. If you do miss this session you must contact the associate dean of your college/school for further instructions.

On Tuesday, August 25, you will be given access to a course advising document prepared by your academic advisor. This document will list the courses that you should be taking in your first semester. You will have the chance to approve this list and may speak with your advisor if you have any questions.

Once you have approved your course list, your college/school will register you in your courses on Wednesday, August 26 and Thursday, August 27. You will receive your detailed class schedule for the semester once your registration is complete.

Check out this list of Registration FAQs to help you as you go through the course advising and registration process.

Accessing AUS Library Resources and Services

Renowned as one of the premier libraries in the region, the AUS library provide collections, services and programs to support the curricular and research needs of the entire university community.

University Health Services (UHS)

University Health Services (UHS) provides supportive and consultative health care to the AUS community to make our campus a healthy and safe place to study, work and live. Services include outpatient services for both acute and chronic problems, short-term emergency care, minor surgical procedures, health education programs, counseling and much more.

University Counseling Services (UCS)

While university can be a wonderful experience, you may also have times when you are struggling with stressful situations or experiences involving your academics, family, relationships or social life. We offer free and confidential support for your mental health and well-being through our University Counseling Services. If you are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help.

Get Involved in Our Student Organizations and Clubs

There are so many ways to get plugged in to life at AUS, with our student organizations and clubs topping the list. Covering interest areas ranging from sustainability and photography to cultural and ethnic groups, we’re sure you won’t have any problem staying busy.

Get Active with AUS Athletics

As an AUSer, you have access to our state-of-the-art athletic facilities and highly trained instructors. We offer a weekly schedule of recreational sports activities as well as the opportunity to represent AUS in our intercollegiate teams. Go Leopards!

Career Development Services

From your first-year until after graduation, the Career Development Unit at the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs (OAAA) can provide you with advice and guidance to help you secure rewarding professional careers and internship opportunities.

Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs

Do you have an idea that you think could really take off but you don’t know where to start? The Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa), based right here on campus, offers workshops and opportunities to inspire and equip you to bring your idea to life.

 

Meet Your Student Council

The AUS Student Council are your elected student representatives, dedicated to the continuous development and welfare of the AUS community and to giving the student body the opportunity to communicate their views.

 

Podcast

FYE Chats: An AUS Podcast

FYE Chats is a brand-new podcast for first-year AUS students. Hosted by the Academic Support Center and featuring special guests from the AUS community, this podcast talks about everything from what to expect during your virtual orientation, to preparing for your first mid-term exams, and much more!

Here’s the lineup of the first few episodes coming your way:

July 7

Introducing FYE Chats: Coming Soon!

August 2

Living the Life of an AUSer

August 9

Preparing for the First Year: Ace the Placement Tests

August 16

Only at Orientation

August 22

My First Day of College

Follow Us

FYE on Instagram

Follow @ausfye for regular updates, podcasts and news for first-year students. 

OSA on Instagram

Follow @aus_osa for updates from the Office of Student Affairs and the AUS student community. 

AUS on Instagram

Follow @wwwausedu for news and updates on the wider AUS community.