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.
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.
2. The students’ faculty building
Show the important facilities such as group rooms, classrooms, computer rooms, any special rooms, reading halls, toilets, the reception and the location of the student adviser at the faculty the students belong to.
Make it as relevant as possible for your buddy group so that you avoid anyone becoming .
Teach the students about the “formula” for finding their way around campus. Example: C2 025 means building C, second floor, room 025. “CG“ in front of the room code stands for “Campus Grimstad”, for example CG C2 025, while “CK” means “Campus Kristiansand”.
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. 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.
Show them the book store. Mention that students get a discount on study materials/accessories.
Here you can find most of the required reading, often at competitive prices.
Swing by SiA Housing. Mention that students may contact SiA Housing if they experience issues with their dorm.
6. SiA Food & Beverage
Show the different facilities: the coffee shop and the canteen. Offer some recommendations, explain the recycling station and the nearby toilets. Fun fact: The manager of the canteen in Grimstad, Ronny Adde, has been a sous chef at a Michelin restaurant.
7. Storage lockers
Near the lab building and near the library. Mention that they exist and are free to use as long as you acquire your own padlock (lockers are usually emptied at the end of June each year).
Show where Bluebox is located. Mention that it is open every day and functions as the students’ house on campus. Encourage them to volunteer for working there at www.bluebox.no. Some of the events here are quiz, poker nights and wine night. Making a quiz team for the group is a good idea. Also mention the student activities’ and STA’s offices on the second floor. Bring the group to the Bluebox information stand on the lawn for more information.
9. Resource center
Located in C5. It is important that the new students are informed of the services offered here. See more at uia.no/the-resource-center.
10. Bus stop
For a complete overview of the bus service, see akt.no/english or call 177. Explain the way to the bus stop at Dahlske upper secondary school.
MatRIC Drop-in is a mathematics help resource for students at the University of Agder. Visit the Drop-in located in group room A2 045.
12. Fadder group picture!
Make sure to take at least one picture of the entire fadder group!
13. The lawn "plenen" and student organisations
The fadder tour concludes at the lawn. Use some time to get 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.
We encourage you to have fun with your fadder group and make arrangements for other activities. Make sure that everyone in the group has your number and tell them to contact you if they have any questions.
Feel free to drop by the Fadder Committee’s information stand and say hi!
14. Grimstad in general
The beach at Groos, the nearest shops, Hokus Pokus, the student accommodation buildings, the Odden-senteret shopping centre, the main pedestrian street, possibilities for fitness and training, Grimstad city centre.