Get the best start at VU with Kick Start! 

VU Kick Start is a free program for first year students who are the first in their family to attend university.

It is designed to help familiarise you with university life and undergraduate study, so that you feel more confident as a student, develop better study habits, and build a strong support network from the moment you start at VU.

About the Program

When you first start university, it's normal to not know anyone and to feel uncertain about where to turn. Our program gives you that kick start before classes even begin.

The VU Kick Start Program is delivered over two workshops (on two different days).

The workshops involve approximately 20 students each, with a similar format to standard classes, incorporating blended learning components on the same platform used across the university - VU Collaborate.

The program teaches you about building your uni network – that is, connecting with and gaining the support systems, knowledge, and people who are essential to your success and happiness at VU.

The workshops will focus on three areas:

  1. Building your university support networks.
  2. Fostering confidence in academic success.
  3. Increasing your familiarity with the campus.

There is also no cost!


This program is open to domestic students of all ages who are in their first year of a university degree.

It is specifically for students who are first-in-family, which means that neither parent attended university.

Unfortunately we are not offering the program to international or TAFE students at this time.

Where & when

Campus Dates
Footscray Park 17 & 19 February 2020*
St Albans 18 & 20 February 2020*
City Flinders 18 & 21 February 2020 (9am - 12pm)

*There will be a morning and afternoon workshop to choose from.

Please note that workshop dates and times are subject to change (you will be notified in advance).

How to get involved

Interested in taking part in the VU Kick Start Program?

Leave your details and be the first to get information when registrations open.

Eligible enrolled students will receive emails toward the end of January, detailing how to sign up and confirm their place in the program.

Be quick, as spaces are limited!

Find out more

If you have any questions about VU Kick Start, please email [email protected]

VU has a 5-star rating for First in Family admissions (Good Universities Guide 2019) and almost 40% of our domestic undergraduate students are the first in their family to go to uni. Read four of these students' stories and find out how we can support you in your application and transition to tertiary study.