Important: It is much, much better to show than to just explain/mention! Spend some time showing around the premises, and explain as a supplement.
Thank you for being a fadder and welcoming new students to the University of Agder!
Before you begin
For the fadder tour, it is important to focus on where the new students can get help with any questions or challenges they may have, and especially what they can use the different service facilities at the university for. It is important not to drown them in information immediately, but rather spread it out over the course of the tour.
From experience, sitting down with your group and presenting yourself makes for a reassuring and safe start and lowers the threshold for the group to get to know each other well.
A good idea is to start the fadder tour by explaining about the campus and where the different facilities are located.
Show the important facilities such as group rooms, classrooms, computer rooms, any special rooms, reading halls, toilets, reception and the location of the student adviser at the faculty the students belong to.
Make it as relevant as possible for your fadder group so that you avoid anyone becoming bored.
Teach the students about the “formula” for finding their way around campus. For example: H1 032 means building H, first floor, room 032. “CK“ in front of the room code stands for “Campus Kristiansand”, for example CK H1 032, while “CG” means “Campus Grimstad.
3. UiA Help
Point it out and explain what it is. Here you will be greeted by the staff at UiA Help who briefly explain what services the students can get here; library, study related questions and IT related questions.
Explain how to get a student ID card and what this can be used for on campus (access, printing, proof of being a student).
A student ID card is good to have even prior to semester start. Help the group in getting one or inform them to get one as soon as possible. There might be queue to get one during the first weeks, so it is a good idea to pop by now and then and see if there is a queue or not.
Recommend the seminars offered at semester start (over 1000 participants last year – 94,2 % recommend this according to evaluations)! The students can get a lot of good info at them, and they can avoid long lines when needing help at other occasions.
4. Semester registration
Show in detail how to register for the semester. Mention the Examination Office on the second floor. Students must have registered for the semester and paid the semester fee before they can receive their student card and funding from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund. Therefore, we recommend doing this as early as possible even though the last date to do this is 1 September.
5. SiA Bookstore
The book store of the Student Association in Agder.
Here you can find most of the required reading, often at competitive prices.
6. SiA Food & Beverage
Show the different facilities: the canteen, the kiosk, bakery, salad bar, coffee shop and the toilets furthest in.
7. Storage lockers
By Café Kampus. Mention that they exist and are free to use as long as you acquire your own padlock (emptied in June).
The staff will show this and explain what Østsia is/can offer. Inform the students about concerts, bingo and quizzes (making a quiz team for the group is a good idea).
9. SiA Housing
Swing by SiA Housing. Mention that students may contact SiA Housing if they experience issues with their dorm.
10. Sigrid Undset’s house (building 46)
Walk past Hokus Pokus kindergarten and to Sigrid Undset’s house where the Teacher Education Unit is located. There are also PC labs here. Tell the students about the building’s opening hours (open at all hours if you have a key card). A trip to Jegersberg could also be nice.
11. Resource center
Located in building 50 (note: previously located in Sigrid Undset’s house). It is important that the new students are informed of the services offered here. See more at uia.no/en/student/the-resource-center.
12. Building 48, 50, 51 and MatRIC
Group rooms. Some may be undergoing renovation at the moment (the School of Business and Law at UiA has moved from here to Kunnskapsparken near Spicheren).
MatRIC Drop-in is a mathematics help resource for students at the University of Agder. Visit the Drop-in is located in building 48 room 103
13. Bus stops/Spicheren
For a complete overview of the bus service, see akt.no or call 177.
Point out the different buildings, especially the STA building where the Student Organisation of Agder, the student radio and Unikum are located. Talk especially about what STA is and what they do. See an overview of student activities here.
The Student Organisation of Agder (STA) is the students’ special interest organisation at the University of Agder. STA works for the students’ academic, social, economic and welfare related interests. STA organises over 10 000 students and is the umbrella organisation for a number of student activities. In addition, STA is the official consultative body towards the University of Agder (UiA).
15. UiA Nyskaping, UiA CoLAB and School of Business and Law at UiA
UiA Nyskaping is UiA's innovation initiative, which will help students and employees from idea to realization. Stop by (building with the orange door next to Kunnskapsparken)
UiA CoLAB is a creative learning center for co-creation and social innovation. They gather people across disciplines and organizations to find innovative solutions to societal challenges.
Make sure to take at least one picture of the entire fadder group!
17. The lawn "plenen" and student organisations
Spend some time getting an overview of the different student activities that are being presented in the festival area. All of this is new to the students. See an overview of student activities here.
It is important that you inform the new students about the possibilities of becoming an active member of a student association, student activity or other activities at the University of Agder.
Enjoy the festival area!
18. Kristiansand in general
One good idea is to take a tour of the city with your group on one of the first days!
Tips: The city beach, the Nupen park, the cinema, Kilden, Odderøya, Baneheia, Ravnedalen, Bertesbukta, Kvadraturen, cafés, Jegersberg, Sørlandsparken.
1. List of phone numbers and festival wristband
Make a list of phone numbers and make copies for the whole group. This way it is easier to stay connected. Make sure that everyone in the group has your number and tell them to contact you if they have any questions. We recommend creating your own fadder group on Facebook.