Orientation key dates

Higher education

Semester 1, 2023: 20–24 February

We're working on the details and will send you an email closer to the date.

Vocational education

Multiple events

Check your email invite for information about your Orientation.

UniLink and Foundation

Teaching Period 1, 2023: 24 February

We're working on the details and will send you an email closer to the date.

ELICOS

Teaching Period 2, 2023: 9 February

Check your email invite for information about your Orientation.

Don’t know what group you fit into? Here's a guide.

Higher education: If you’re studying a bachelor or master degree, a graduate certificate or a graduate diploma. 

Vocational education: If you’re studying any diploma or a certificate that is not postgraduate or a UniLink course. 

UniLink and Foundation: If you’re studying a UniLink or Foundation Year course. 

ELICOS: If you’re studying an English language course. 

If you’re not sure when your classes start or what intake you’re a part of, check your offer letter or the Swinburne Academic calendar.

  • Welcome to Country

    Swinburne’s Australian campuses are located on the land of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation.

    Join us in the spirit of reconciliation to pay respect to the traditional owners; be welcomed by the Elders of the land and start your Swinburne journey with an offering of safe passage.

    When? Monday 20 February, 12.30pm

    Where? On the steps outside the Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC)

How to navigate Orientation

Select your study level to get directions. If you’re enrolled in a bachelor or associate degree, you’re an undergraduate student. If you’re enrolled in a master, graduate diploma or graduate certificate course, then you’re a postgraduate student.

Need help? Reach out to our friendly team at StudentHQ. Haven't enrolled yet? Get started. If you have enrolled but haven't received your invite, please let us know.

Prepare for your undergraduate degree in three simple steps.

Step 1: Get inducted 

Kick things off with your course induction, also known as the First Class. It’s essential you attend this key event. Find your study area to get your session details and to RSVP. 

Tip: Check the course list to confirm you're in the right place and if you're commencing a double degree, you may need to attend two course inductions.

There is also a welcome and briefing for international students, where you'll get all your must-have information – welcome to Melbourne!

Step 2: Connect

Starting uni can be intimidating, but there’s no need to go it alone. There are plenty of ways to connect to people with similar interests and backgrounds outside of your course. 

Take a stroll along John Street to check out the student clubs on display, find out about the peer mentoring program and learn about Swinburne Student Union. If that all seems like a bit much, head to the Student Ambassador FAQ booth and ask a current student how they navigated their first days at uni.

Step 3: Explore

This is your campus now. Get to know the place and make yourself at home by joining a campus tour. They’ll be departing every 15 minutes from the entrance to the Library on John Street. 

Allow yourself a bit of time before or after your course induction to grab some free lunch from one of the food trucks and spend some time getting to know your new campus. 

Want to get stuck in early? Check out our popular Student Essentials Program, which runs 13–15 February. It offers you the chance to get ahead by giving you the skills and resources needed to succeed at uni.

All set? Let’s go.

Find your course induction

If you've enrolled in your course, you'll get an email from us with your invitation. Don't forget to RSVP to let us know you're coming!

Tip: Check the course list to confirm you're in the right place and if you're commencing a double degree, you may need to attend two course inductions.

  • Wide shot - Group of 4 students sitting and talking on the roman stairs outside the ATC building

    Student Essentials Program

    Get practical resources and learn about the support services available to you as a Swinburne student.

    Monday 13 February, Day 1: Welcome

    Tuesday 14 February, Day 2: Intro to Study

    Wednesday 15 February, Day 3: Wellbeing Edition

    Workshops will be delivered on campus and online.

Meet your new Dean

Add the Welcome and Student Panel, an online event hosted by your school, to your calendar. We encourage you to extend an invitation to your school's welcome to your parents, partner and other supporters of your studies.

Prepare for your postgraduate studies in three simple steps  

Step 1: Get inducted 

Kick things off with your course induction. It’s essential you attend this key event. Find your study area to get your session details and to RSVP. 

Tip: Check the course list to confirm you're in the right place.

There is also a welcome and briefing for international students, where you'll get all your must-have information – welcome to Melbourne!

Step 2: Connect

Your course induction is a great place to network.  There are plenty of ways to connect to people with similar interests and backgrounds outside of your course. 

You're welcome to come on campus during the day to check out the student clubs, find out about the peer mentoring program and learn about Swinburne Student Union.

Step 3: Explore

This is your campus now. Make yourself at home. If you have time during the day, make the most of it with a campus tour. They’ll be departing every 15 minutes.

You can also grab some free lunch from one of the food trucks while you take in your new campus. 

All set? Let’s go.

Find your course induction

If you've enrolled in your course, you'll get an email from us with your invitation. Don't forget to RSVP to let us know you're coming!

Tip: Check the course list to confirm you're in the right place.

Meet your new Dean

Add the Welcome and Student Panel, an online event hosted by your school, to your calendar. We encourage you to extend an invitation to your school's welcome to your parents, partner and other supporters of your studies.

International students

We are here to support you – here are events designed to help you settle in to life in Melbourne.

    • Orientation

    International Student Welcome and Briefing

    Welcome! This session is for all international students arriving in Melbourne for the first time and starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Swinburne. 

    Meet our dedicated support team and get all your must-have information at this introduction to life in Melbourne. 

    This session also includes networking opportunities, lunch, and a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony. Don't miss it!

    Choose one session to attend:

    • 9.00am to 1.00pm
    • 12.15pm to 3.30pm
    Mon 20 February
    9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
    Foyer, Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC), Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation

    SSU International Student Mixers

    Ready. Set. Meet new friends at the International Student Mixer hosted by the Swinburne Student Union.

    Discover Hammer & Swine, Swinburne’s on-campus bar, to join the fun!

    You must be over the age of 18 to attend.

    Mon 20 February
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Hammer & Swine, Level 3, UN Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free

Connect to life at Swinburne

Discover what's on outside the classroom.

Get more out of Orientation

  • Take a campus tour

    Settle the nerves that come with navigating a new environment with a campus tour. Your guide will give you the lay of the land!

    When? Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 February
    Tours depart every 15 minutes from 11.00am
    Final tour departs at 2.30pm

    Where? Outside the library on John Street you’ll see the signs

  • A diverse (and hungry!) crowd bustles around a food truck on Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus at an Open Day.

    Free food trucks

    Look out for the food trucks on campus during Orientation... They’re free! Lunch is on us!

    You'll need your virtual student ID card at-the-ready, so make sure you download the Swinburne app to set it up before you arrive.

Events by Swinburne Student Union

    • Orientation

    SSU New Student Mixer

    Ready. Set. Meet your new bestie at a New Student Mixer hosted by the Swinburne Student Union.

    Discover Hammer & Swine, Swinburne’s on-campus bar, to join the fun!

    You must be over the age of 18 to attend.

    Tue 21 February
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Hammer & Swine, Level 3, UN Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation

    SSU Movie Night

    Join us on the rooftop at Swinburne's local cinema, the Lido, for a movie screening hosted by the Swinburne Student Union. Meet other students and watch 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania'. 

    This is a ticketed event; entry starts at $15 for SSU members.

    You must be over the age of 18 to attend.

    Wed 22 February
    6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
    Lido Cinemas, 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
    $15–25
    • Orientation

    SSU Neon Night

    Dress up in your best glow-in-the-dark outfit and enjoy a fun night out, hosted by the Swinburne Student Union. 

    This is a ticketed event; entry starts at $20 for SSU members.

    You must be over the age of 18 to attend.

    Thu 23 February to Fri 24 February
    9:00 PM to 3:00 AM
    Key Club, 117 Lonsday Street (Level 2), Melbourne
    $20–30

Life at Swinburne

  • Getting started at Swinburne

    Are you a new student to Swinburne? Welcome! All the vital information you need to help you get started at Swinburne and settle into university life is on this page.

  • Clubs and student organisations

    Join a club or student organisation and meet like-minded people, explore new hobbies and get involved with the issues you care about. Find your people.
  • Person in a wild boar suit.

    Student Life

    The student experience is about more than just books and late-night library visits. We have a wide range of clubs and societies for you to meet like-minded people and make life-long friends as well as volunteering opportunities and tickets to organised events.

  • Students covered in colourful dye celebrate at a Swinburne event on Hawthorn campus

    Student Union

    An independent, student-run representation, welfare and events association; guiding students to not only unlock their academic potential, but make memories and relationships that will last a lifetime.

Explore student support services

Contact us

If there’s something we haven’t covered here, or something you’re not sure of and would like to hear more about, feel free to get in touch with us at StudentHQ.

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