The Freshman Orientation Program is designed to facilitate the transition between your previous learning experience and the one that awaits you at the university. This year’s academic program adopts the theme of “Knowledge and Values”. Our online orientation events are packed with academic, social, and community service-learning activities that foster development, freedom, and AUCA’s values as a liberal arts institution.
The goal of the academic sessions is to introduce you to the interdisciplinary and challenging study ethos of AUCA, which includes creative, yet fun, learning experiences and intensive writing across a variety of genres and texts. You will read, explore, and work extensively on texts through writing and other creative approaches. Although it might be difficult to imagine what to expect in your first weeks of university, the goal is to enable you to experience a glimpse of the challenging and unique intellectual learning culture in a liberal arts institution in Central Asia.
While you might be wondering how you can savor all activities that will last for two weeks, bear in mind that the Orientation Program is a great way to start an exciting journey of your university life and beyond as well as to make new friends and lasting memories. Make the most of it as you read through all the material (given in an orientation package) and actively participate in the events planned for you.
We hope that you will learn not only important information on academic issues, institutional policies, and regulations, but also gain a first-hand understanding of the liberal arts learning within a diverse community, while making social connections that will remain with you throughout your academic career and beyond. We look forward to your active online participation as we welcome you to our AUCA community!
Students will receive either a “Pass” or “Fail” grade based on their attendance and performance during the Academic Orientation Sessions.
In order for you to start preparing for the academic orientation sessions, we would like to provide you with a part of the reading material that will be given to you during the Program. Please follow the link below:
All entering students must enroll in and receive credit for the Orientation program. Satisfactory completion of the Orientation Language and Thinking Program is required for matriculation into the AUCA. Students who do not meet this requirement and wish to matriculate are given the option to enroll in the Language and Thinking program again the following year.
! Please download the Orientation Reader 2020 that is required for the Academic Orientation Program sessions: Orientation Anthology of Readings 2020.