Get the most out of Orientation week

Well, you're officially a Swinburne student. Welcome. Wominjeka. 

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Your Orientation dates

Your study group defines your Orientation dates

Higher Education

Semester 1, 2024: 19–22 February
 
 

Vocational Education

Check your email invite

UniLink and Foundation

Teaching Period 1, 2024: 29 February - 1 March

ELICOS

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Don't know what study group you fit into? Here's a guide
  • Higher education: made up of undergraduate (bachelor or associate degrees), and postgraduate (graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degrees)
  • Vocational education: diploma or certificate that is not a Unilink course
  • Unilink and Foundation: Unilink or Foundation Year course
  • ELICOS: English language course

Step-by-step guide to Orientation

Select your study level to get direction.

Need help? Reach out to our friendly team at StudentHQ.

Note: ELICOS students should refer to their email invitation for further info.

Undergraduate study level

If you're enrolled in a bachelor or associate degrees, you're an undergraduate student.

Click on the following steps below to discover how to get the most out of Orientation. 

Your first day is an all-day event where you'll get all the info you need to start your studies. It's essential to attend, so make sure you RSVP and save the date.

Remember to RSVP

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance. If you've enrolled, we'll also send you an email invite for your course induction. You can also RSVP from that email. 

Haven't received your email invite

If you have enrolled but haven't received your invite, please let us know. 

Double-degree students may need to attend two course inductions

If you've enrolled in a double degree, you may need to attend two course inductions. So, double-check you're in the right place. 

International students welcome

If you're an international student, there's a special welcome and briefing just for you. It's where you'll get all the must-have information for starting your journey.

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. You can

  • take a stroll along John Street to check out the student clubs on display
  • find out about the peer mentoring program
  • learn about Swinburne's 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.

Take a campus tour

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. 

Grab some free lunch

New students: Grab your free lunch from one of the food trucks and get to know your campus between Orientation sessions.

If you’re a returning student but still want free food, make sure to swing by our Welcome Back Week events.

Need a guide? Check our campus map!

Struggling to find your way? The campus map will guide you to essential locations and hotspots on campus. 

Want to get stuck in early? Check out our popular Student Essentials Program, which runs from 13-14 February. It offers you the chance to get ahead by giving you the skills and resources needed to succeed at uni. 

Can't join us in person? You can also access workshop recordings and resources from Canvas. 

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    Student Essentials program | Orientation

    Are you keen to learn about the support services available to you as a Swinburne student?

    Maybe you're looking for practical resources ahead of your studies.

    Catch up on the essentials! 

    Come to our student essentials event held over two days in the week before Orientation.

    • Tuesday 13 February, Day 1: Welcome – including First Year Mingle on-campus event (yes, free food!)
    • Wednesday 14 February Day 2: Intro to Study
    Tue 13 February to Wed 14 February
    9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
    Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC) - Swinburne University Hawthorn campus
    Free
    Register now (Student Essentials program | Orientation)

Postgraduate study level

If you're enrolled in a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree, you're a postgraduate student.

Click on the following steps below to discover how to get the most out of Orientation. 

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

There will also be a welcome and briefing for international students, where you'll get all your must-know information. 

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 and check out:

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

All set? Let's go!

Vocational Education study level

If you're enrolled in a diploma or a certificate that is not postgraduate or a UniLink course, you're a vocational education student. 

Click on the following steps below to discover how to get the most out of Orientation. 

Your first week of classes will include course induction. You'll meet your teachers, learn more about your course, and get answers to your questions.

In the meantime, we have an online module available for you via Canvas, our learning management system. This module includes the 7 steps to starting at Swinburne and information on available support services.

Canvas uses the same username and password as your Swinburne student email, so make sure you set that up first.

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.

If you're studying at the Hawthorn campus, join us and take a stroll along John Street to check out:

Take a campus tour

If Hawthorn is your campus, we invite you to get to know it by joining a campus tour. They’ll be departing every 15 minutes from the entrance to the Library on John Street.

Need a guide? Check out our campus map!

Struggling to find your way? The campus map will guide you to essential locations and hotspots on campus.

Is my course induction on campus or online?

Your course induction may be online or on campus. Online sessions will be hosted on Canvas. 

Main events for Orientation

  • Welcome. We're thrilled that you're here!

    Take a campus tour

    Let us show you around our wonderful Hawthorn campus on a tour led by current Swinburne students. Get insider knowledge from students who know all the best spots.

    Chill in the Departure Lounge, grab a drink and chat to new friends while you wait for your tour to depart. Tours depart every 15 minutes.

    Go on a campus tour during Orientation Week to go in the draw to win the Ultimate Swinburne Merch Pack.

    When? Monday 19 February – Thursday 22 February, 11.00am –2.30pm

    Where? Outside the Library, John Street, Hawthorn campus

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

    Lunch is on us!

    Free food trucks

    Look out for the food trucks we’ll have on campus during Orientation – they’ll have free food for students attending an Orientation session that day.

    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.

  • Outdoor courtyard

    Hawthorn campus

    Indigenous Learning Circles Launch

    Join us for the official opening of our new Indigenous Learning Circles, designed in collaboration between our Indigenous students and staff, our Moondani Toombadool Centre, Wurundjeri Elders, and Indigenous Architect Jefa Greenaway.

    When? Thursday 29 February, 11.00am–1.00pm

    Where? Wakefield Gardens, Hawthorn campus

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    International student welcome and briefing

    The International Student Welcome and Briefing is your chance to meet the International Student Advisory and Support team – Swinburne’s dedicated 24-hour expert team.

    Mon 19 February
    9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
    Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC), Hawthorn campus
    Free
    Learn more (International student welcome and briefing )
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    Moondani Toombadool Centre (MTC) Indigenous Student Orientation

    Womenjika/Welcome to all of our Indigenous Students at Swinburne.

    Mon 19 February
    9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    Moondani Toombadool Centre AD108
    Free
    Learn more (Moondani Toombadool Centre (MTC) Indigenous Student Orientation )
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    Study Abroad and Exchange Orientation Session

    Come and join us at the Study Abroad & Exchange Orientation to get started at Swinburne and settle into uni life in Australia.
    Mon 19 February
    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Business and Arts Centre (BA201), Hawthorn campus
    Free
    Learn more (Study Abroad and Exchange Orientation Session)
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    Work Integrated Learning information session

    Gain real industry experience while studying with us!

    Tue 20 February
    12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
    Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC)
    Free
    Learn more (Work Integrated Learning information session)
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    Welcome Back Week

    It's going to be a jam-packed three days.

    Join us for competitions, free food. giveaways and more!

    Mon 26 February to Wed 28 February
    11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    Hawthorn Campus
    Free
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    Clubs Day

    You'll find over 65 club stalls around campus. And if you still can't find a club to join, you can create your own!

    Wed 28 February
    11:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    Hawthorn Campus
    Free

Swinburne Student Union events for Orientation

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    International Student Mixer

    The SSU invites new international students to mix, mingle and make new friends over snacks, board games and video games.

    Swing by with a group, or solo and kick off the start of the semester with a bang.
     

    Mon 19 February
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Junction Space - 660A Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
    Free
    Register now (International Student Mixer)
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    International Student Mixer - lunch session

    The SSU invites new international students to mix, mingle and make new friends over free pizza, snacks, drinks and board games.

    Swing by with a group, or solo and kick off the start of the semester with a bang.
     

    Mon 19 February
    11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    Junction Space - 660A Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
    Free
    Register now (International Student Mixer - lunch session)
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    Tuesday Student Mixer

    The SSU invites new Swinburne students to mix, mingle and make new friends over snacks, board games and video games.

    Swing by with a group, or solo and kick off the start of the semester with a bang.
     

    Tue 20 February
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Junction Space - 660A Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
    Free
    Register now (Tuesday Student Mixer)
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    Wednesday Student Mixer

    The SSU invites new Swinburne students to mix, mingle and make new friends over snacks, board games and video games.

    Swing by with a group, or solo and kick off the start of the semester with a bang.
     

    Wed 21 February
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Junction Space - 660A Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
    Free
    Register now (Wednesday Student Mixer)
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    Thursday Student Mixer

    The SSU invites new Swinburne students to mix, mingle and make new friends over snacks, board games and video games.

    Swing by with a group, or solo and kick off the start of the semester with a bang.

     

    Thu 22 February
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Junction Space - 660A Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
    Free
    Register now (Thursday Student Mixer)
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    OWeek Rooftop Movie Night: 22 Jump Street

    SSU presents our rooftop Movie Night at Lido Cinemas as part of our OWeek celebrations! New students are encouraged to mix and mingle before enjoying the iconic comedy 22 Jump Street on the big screen.

    Grab your gaggle of friends, or swing by solo - popcorn also included!
     

    Thu 22 February
    8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
    Lido Cinemas - 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
    $15 + booking fee and GST
    Register now (OWeek Rooftop Movie Night: 22 Jump Street)
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    Comedy Night ft. Neel Kolhatkar

    Come enjoy a night of belly laughs as we bring in Australia's well loved Neel Kolhatkar to kick off the brand new Semester!

    Wed 28 February
    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC) - Swinburne University Hawthorn campus
    Free
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    Welcome to Swinny: Toga Party

    Come join us as we welcome in the new Semester in Toga style, at Bass Lounge!

    With cheap basics, an A+ lineup of DJ's and an iconic Toga theme, you're not going to want to miss this premiere club night for 2024!

    Fri 1 March to Sat 2 March
    9:30 PM to 2:00 AM
    Bass Lounge - 101 Little Bourke Street
    $10 + booking fee and GST

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Resources and support services

  • Swinburne's mascot, Razor the Razorback (a wild boar), giving the thumbs up.

    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.

  • Student support services

    Need support? Swinburne’s student support services can help with your studies, career, health and wellbeing, accommodation, child care, IT, safety and more.
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    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.

  • Students posing with skewers at Swinburne Hawthorn campus event

    Swinburne Student Union

    Student union groups are a great way to get involved with the issues you care about and include groups such as:

    -  Queer Collective
    -  Women's Collective
    -  First Nations Collective.

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