The University of Newcastle, Australia

There are a few things on the uni calendar you won’t want to miss – and Orientation is one of them. Orientation is a fantastic opportunity to find out important info about your program and meet new people, including students studying the same things as you, and some of the teaching staff who will be a crucial part of your academic success.

Research shows that students who attend Orientation do better at uni, so give yourself a head-start on a successful year by popping the date in your calendar and coming along.

Things you can do during Orientation:

  • Attend your program session
  • pick up your student card
  • sign up for clubs and societies
  • get help to check your enrolment
  • learn about the Library
  • grab some freebies
  • learn about your campus
  • attend a workshop
  • enjoy free food and refreshments on us
  • have a ball at our social events

Select the relevant undergraduate or postgraduate option below to help you plan your Orientation experience.

Undergraduate Orientation

Postgraduate Orientation

A COVID-safe Orientation

As the University of Newcastle transitions back to teaching the majority of classes face to face for Semester 2, we have a number of measures in place to support the health and wellbeing of our University communities. Orientation for Semester 2 will be held on-campus in most cases. For details of your Orientation program, click here. We ask students attending on-campus Orientation to follow the following precautions:

Arrive on time

Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of your Welcome session. This is to ensure we do not have large groups of students waiting outside the venues and enables us to ensure appropriate physical distancing.

Just you

Please do not bring friends, family or others with you to Orientation. While we understand it can be comforting to have a support person with you, our friendly team will be on hand to ensure you have the info you need. Extra people on campus makes it harder for us to accommodate students with the physical distancing measures we need to have in place.

Stay home if you’re not well

Even if you have the slightest symptoms, we ask that you stay home. This goes for classes as well as Orientation. The current NSW Health advice is for anyone with even mild symptoms to get tested for COVID-19.

Keep your distance

We ask that you ensure you keep appropriate distance (1.5m where possible) from others while you are at Orientation. The venues for your Orientation sessions will allow 4 square metres per person, in line with NSW legislation.

Practice good hygiene

There will be hand sanitiser available on campus on the day for you to use as needed. Please wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.

For more information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please click here.