Orientation key dates

Higher education

Semester 2, 2022: 25–29 July

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 3, 2022: 14 October

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

ELICOS

Teaching Period 6, 2022: 14 July

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.

Get ready to arrive on campus

All students and staff attending Swinburne’s campuses must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – this includes attendance at Orientation events as well as classes.

You should upload proof of your vaccination status or provide evidence or a valid medical exemption prior to your arrival on campus.  

If you're due for a COVID-19 vaccination, you can make an vaccine appointment at our on-campus health service.

Visit Swinburne’s COVID-19 live news blog for up-to-date information. 

How to navigate Semester 2 Orientation

Select your study level to get directions. Undergraduate students are enrolled in a bachelor or associate degree. Postgraduate students are enrolled in a master, graduate diploma or graduate certificate course.

Need help? Reach out to our friendly team at studentHQ. Haven't enrolled yet? Get started. If you are enrolled and 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 among the list on this page to get your session details and to register. 

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

Step 2: Connect

It can be tricky to put yourself out there, but we guarantee it’s worth the effort. 

Maybe you’ll find your tribe in the Friend Zone – hosted by the Swinburne Student Union in Hammer & Swine, the campus bar. They have lots of social events planned too.

Step 3: Explore

This is your campus now. Make yourself at home. Drop in to the Orientation Hub to discover clubs, support services and Student Life.

Want to get stuck in early? Check out our popular Student Essentials Program, with workshops running from 19 to 21 July. 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.  

    • Orientation
    • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

    Arts course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Bachelor of Arts [including double degrees]
    • Bachelor of Arts (Professional)
    Wed 27 July
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Foyer, Engineering (EN) Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Aviation

    Aviation course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Bachelor of Aviation [including double degrees]
    • Bachelor of Aviation and Piloting
    • Bachelor of Aviation Management
    Wed 27 July
    11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Atrium, Hawthorn campus
    Free
Get ready, get oriented

Once you've registered for your course induction and other Orientation events, take time to explore resources from the School of Engineering on Canvas, our learning management system.

Can't access Canvas? Make sure you set up your Swinburne student email first – you’ll use the same username and password to log in to Canvas.
    • Orientation
    • Business

    Business course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Bachelor of Accounting
    • Bachelor of Business [including double degrees]
    • Bachelor of Business (Professional)
    • Bachelor of Business Information Systems [including double degrees]
    • Bachelor of Business Information Technology (Professional)
    Tue 26 July
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Foyer, Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC), Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Design

    Design course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Bachelor of Design [including double degrees]
    • Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours)
    Tue 26 July
    11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
    Atrium, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Education

    Education course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
    • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)
    • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
    • Bachelor of Education Studies
    Wed 27 July
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Foyer, Engineering (EN) Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Engineering

    Engineering course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Bachelor of Digital Construction Management
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) [including double degrees]
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Professional)
    • Associate Degree of Engineering
    Wed 27 July
    11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Atrium, Hawthorn campus
    Free
Get ready, get oriented

Once you've registered for your course induction and other Orientation events, take time to explore resources from the School of Engineering on Canvas, our learning management system.

Can't access Canvas? Make sure you set up your Swinburne student email first – you’ll use the same username and password to log in to Canvas.
    • Orientation
    • Film and Television

    Screen Production course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in Bachelor of Screen Production.

    Wed 27 July
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Foyer, Engineering (EN) Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Games and Animation

    Games and Interactivity course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in Bachelor of Games and Interactivity/Bachelor of Computer Science.

    Wed 27 July
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Foyer, Engineering (EN) Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Health

    Health Science course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Bachelor of Health Science [including double degrees]
    • Bachelor of Health Science (Professional)
    Tue 26 July
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Level 3, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (ADMC), Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Information Technology

    Information Technology course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Bachelor of Computer Science [including double degrees]
    • Bachelor of Computer Science (Professional)
    • Bachelor of Cyber Security
    • Bachelor of Data Science
    • Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology
    • Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology (Professional)
    Tue 26 July
    11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Atrium, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Law

    Law course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Bachelor of Laws [including double degrees]
    • Bachelor of Laws – Graduate Entry
    Wed 27 July
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Foyer, Business & Arts (BA) Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Law

    Criminal Justice and Criminology course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology – including double degrees.

    Wed 27 July
    11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Atrium, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Media and Communication

    Media and Communication course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Bachelor of Media and Communication [including double degrees]
    • Bachelor of Media and Communication (Professional)
    Wed 27 July
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Foyer, Engineering (EN) Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Psychology

    Psychological Sciences course induction

    This is your First Class – a session designed to prepare you for Week 1 so that you're ready to hit the ground running. 

    Join us for a comprehensive Orientation, where you can:

    1. learn lots about your course
    2. network with your future classmates over a free lunch
    3. get your bearings on a campus tour.
       

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Bachelor of Psychological Sciences
    • Bachelor of Psychological Sciences/Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
    Tue 26 July
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (ADMC), Level 3, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Science

    Science Postgraduate Welcome

    Welcome! Let us help you prepare for Week 1.

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Master of Science (Biotechnology)
    • Master of Science (Network Systems)
    • Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health Practice
    • Graduate Diploma of Science (Biotechnology)
    Wed 27 July
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Level 3, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (ADMC), Hawthorn campus
    Free
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    Student Essentials Program

    Get practical resources, learn new skills and explore student support services through this series of workshops, specially designed to help you thrive at uni.

    The Student Essentials Program is held in the week prior to Orientation, over three days.

    All workshops will be live-streamed, with many also held in-person at the Hawthorn campus.

    • Tuesday 19 July, Day 1: Welcome – including First Year Mingle on-campus event (yes, free food!)
    • Wednesday 20 July, Day 2: Intro to Study
    • Thursday 21 July, Day 3: Wellbeing Edition

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 among the list on this page to get your session details and to register. 

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 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. 

You can also check out what the Swinburne Student Union is up to – they have lots of social events planned at Hammer & Swine, the campus bar.

Step 3: Explore

This is your campus now. Make yourself at home. If you have during durin the day, drop in to the Orientation Hub to discover clubs, support services and Student Life. Or explore student support services on our website.

All set? Let’s go.

    • Orientation
    • Aviation

    Aviation Postgraduate Welcome

    Welcome! Let us help you prepare for Week 1.

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Master of Aviation
    • Graduate Diploma of Aviation
    • Graduate Certificate of Aviation
    Wed 27 July
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Level 3, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (ADMC), Hawthorn campus
    Free
Get ready, get oriented

Once you've registered for your course induction and other Orientation events, take time to explore resources from the School of Engineering on Canvas, our learning management system.

Can't access Canvas? Make sure you set up your Swinburne student email first – you’ll use the same username and password to log in to Canvas.
    • Orientation
    • Built Environment and Architecture

    Architecture and Urban Design Postgraduate Welcome

    Welcome! Let us help you prepare for Week 1.

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Master of Architecture
    • Master of Architecture and Urban Design
    • Master of Urban Design
    • Graduate Certificate of Urban Design
    • Graduate Certificate of Urban Informatics
    Tue 26 July
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    ATC103, Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC), Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Business

    Business Postgraduate Welcome

    Welcome! Let us help you prepare for Week 1.

    This session is for students enrolled in a master, graduate diploma or graduate certificate in one of these areas:

    • Business Administration
    • Business Administration (Executive)
    • Business Information Systems
    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    • Finance
    • Financial Planning
    • Financial Technologies
    • Human Resource Management
    • Marketing
    • Professional Accounting
    • Project Management
    • Social Impact
    • Supply Chain Innovation
    Tue 26 July
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Foyer, Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE), Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Business

    Business Postgraduate Welcome – online session

    Welcome! Let us help you prepare for Week 1.

    This online session is for students enrolled in a master, graduate diploma or graduate certificate in one of these areas:

    • Business Administration
    • Business Administration (Executive)
    • Business Information Systems
    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    • Finance
    • Financial Planning
    • Financial Technologies
    • Human Resource Management
    • Marketing
    • Professional Accounting
    • Project Management
    • Social Impact
    • Supply Chain Innovation
    • Orientation
    • Design

    Design Postgraduate Welcome

    Welcome! Let us help you prepare for Week 1.

    This session is for students enrolled in Master of Design.

    Tue 26 July
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    EN313, Engineering (EN) Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Engineering

    Engineering Postgraduate Welcome

    Welcome! Let us help you prepare for Week 1.

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Master of Construction and Infrastructure Management
    • Master of Construction Management Practice
    • Master of Engineering Practice
    • Master of Engineering Practice/Master of Construction Management Practice
    • Master of Engineering Science
    • Master of Professional Engineering
    • Graduate Certificate in Construction Management
    • Graduate Certificate of Engineering
    Wed 27 July
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Level 3, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (ADMC), Hawthorn campus
    Free
Get ready, get oriented

Once you've registered for your course induction and other Orientation events, take time to explore resources from the School of Engineering on Canvas, our learning management system.

Can't access Canvas? Make sure you set up your Swinburne student email first – you’ll use the same username and password to log in to Canvas.
    • Orientation
    • Information Technology

    Information Technology Postgraduate Welcome

    Welcome! Let us help you prepare for Week 1.

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Master of Cybersecurity
    • Master of Data Science
    • Master of Information Technology
    • Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing)
    • Master of Science (Network Systems)
    • Graduate Diploma of Information Technology
    • Graduate Certificate of Cybersecurity
    • Graduate Certificate of Data Science
    • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology
    Wed 27 July
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Level 3, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (ADMC), Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Media and Communication

    Media and Communication Postgraduate Welcome

    Welcome! Let us help you prepare for Week 1.

    This session is for students enrolled in Master of Media and Communication.

    Tue 26 July
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Foyer, Business & Arts (BA) Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation
    • Science

    Science Postgraduate Welcome

    Welcome! Let us help you prepare for Week 1.

    This session is for students enrolled in these courses:

    • Master of Science (Biotechnology)
    • Master of Science (Network Systems)
    • Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health Practice
    • Graduate Diploma of Science (Biotechnology)
    Wed 27 July
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Level 3, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (ADMC), Hawthorn campus
    Free

International students

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

    • Orientation

    International Student 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 25 July
    9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
    Foyer, Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC), Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation

    SSU International Student Mixer

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

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

    Registration is essential.

    Mon 25 July
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Hammer & Swine, Level 3, UN Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free

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More ways to get involved

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    Orientation Hub – in the Atrium

    Make a beeline for the Atrium to explore everything on offer to you as a Swinburne student.

    • Discover clubs you can join!
    • Learn about our wide range of student support services!
    • Set off on a campus tour!
       

    Open Monday 25 July to Wednesday 27 July, 10.30am to 2.30pm. 

    Drop in! See you there!

    • Orientation

    Ask me anything - online session

    Have you got questions? Get your answers here! 

    Find out everything you want to know about uni that has nothing to do with your course by asking current Swinburne students.

    Tue 26 July
    3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Online
    Free
    • Orientation

    Advocacy info session

    Meet your advocates

    Learn about the free, confidential advocacy service available to students who needs help navigating academic or disciplinary issues.

    Thu 28 July
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    The Junction (next to Glenferrie Station)
    Free
    • Orientation

    Leadership info session

    Are you an aspiring leader?

    Discover a wide range of leadership opportunities available at Swinburne and learn how you can benefit from taking charge. 

    Fri 29 July
    1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    The Junction (next to Glenferrie Station)
    Free
    • Orientation

    Volunteering info session

    Help shape your community.

    If you’re keen to lend a hand and earn valuable experience in the process, come along to discover the range of volunteering opportunities available. 

    Fri 29 July
    1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
    The Junction (next to Glenferrie Station)
    Free

Events by Swinburne Student Union

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    Welcome to the Friend Zone

    Drop in to the campus bar, Hammer & Swine, as it's transformed into a relaxed social space.

    This is the perfect spot to settle before, after or between Orientation activities.

    There will be free refreshments, board games and activities – plus a bunch of new students, just like you.  

    Where? Hammer & Swine, Level 3, UN Building

    When? Monday 25 July to Wednesday 27 July, 12pm to 4pm.

    Come by any time.

    • Orientation

    SSU New Student Mixers

    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!

    Registration is essential.

    Tue 26 July to Wed 27 July
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Hammer & Swine, Level 3, UN Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation

    SSU Trivia and Movie Night

    Free trivia (with prizes!) and a movie marathon (including popcorn!) hosted by the Swinburne Student Union (SSU) at Hammer & Swine, Swinburne’s on-campus bar. 

    Grab some mates or come along to meet some new ones.

    We'll see you there!

    Thu 28 July
    4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Hammer & Swine, Level 3, UN Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free
    • Orientation

    SSU Welcome (Back) Party

    Hosted by the Swinburne Student Union (SSU) at Hammer & Swine, Swinburne’s on-campus bar, join new and returning students for a night featuring our house DJ, amazing drink specials and friendly faces!

    Fri 29 July
    7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    Hammer & Swine, Level 3, UN Building, Hawthorn campus
    Free

Explore 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.

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    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.

  • Swinburne Student Union

    Live your best student life with Swinburne Student Union – your go-to for events, student representation and free student support activities. During Orientation, you'll get free online workshops and presentations, live music, a trivia nights and plenty of opportunities to get social with us. Welcome to Swinburne Student Union!

Keep on exploring

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 Library and studentHQ.

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