Orientation at UNE — your university journey starts here

Orientation at UNE is delivered in different ways depending on your mode of study (either on-campus or online or both) and is based on your commencing study period.

All students (regardless of study mode) should complete the Online Orientation unit - UNE101, (please check your UNE email account for details); on-campus students are also required to attend orientation programs at the Armidale campus.

Orientation is important and it is designed to help you make a successful transition into study.

The Theme for Orientation 2020 is Communities. We want to celebrate all the many and diverse communities that make up the community of scholars at UNE, wherever you may be in the world and however you choose to study with UNE.

Your student advisor

If you are a commencing student enrolled in Trimester 1, 2020, you will receive a call from one of our student advisors. Your student advisor will ask how you are going with your preparation for university study, answer any questions you might have about your enrolment, and provide some tips for your transition into university.

When you enrol at UNE, you will receive a welcome email providing you with some important information about your next steps. Make sure to check your email regularly as that's how the university gets information out to its students. Once you get your email, you can book your call from your student advisor at the time that best suits you.

Another good way for all students to keep informed, receive important updates, and interact with University support staff and other students is via social media. You can like and follow the Student Success Facebook Page, follow us on Instagram, or sign up to the Insiders' Guide blog for regular information and features.

On Campus Orientation - Trimester 1, 23-27 February 2020

Our on campus program is open to both domestic and international students studying on-campus and living in the New England area, students who are passing through town, or students here for an intensive school. Click to download your On Campus Orientation Program.

Sunday 23 February 2020, 3PM - 7PM - CommUNE - An Armidale Block Party: Join us in Booloominbah Drive for a event for students, staff and members of the Armidale community. The event will feature live music from Sydney Band The Strides; theatre sports; science displays; a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony; and an official welcome from the Academic Board. The Oorala Aboriginal Centre and the UNE Mosque will be  hosting open days with activities and food and there will also be food trucks, giant games, and carnival rides.

Monday 24 February 2020, 10AM - 12PM - Commencement Ceremony: Get gowned up for the official UNE welcome for commencing students in Lazenby HallThis is the only time all On-Campus commencing students will be together at the same time. All students are required to wear academic robes (these will be provided to you - watch this space for details). Students are asked to be seated by 9:45AM for the academic procession at 10:00AM. There will be an all-student photo in gowns with the academics after the ceremony followed by a free BBQ.

Tuesday 25 February 2020:

10AM - 1PM - Lifesaver Day: Lifesaver Day is all about the things you can get involved with while you’re studying at UNE. Stallholders include clubs, student societies, support services, academic advice and local businesses. There will also be plenty of opportunities to sign up to get involved and start getting New England Award points. Guides will also be conducting regular campus tours on the day and a free lunch will be provided.

1.30PM - 4PM - Sports Olympiad: The intercollegiate Sports Olympiad will follow Lifesaver Day so head down to SportUNE for an afternoon taste tester of soccer, volleyball, netball and tug-o-war. Enjoy some friendly rivalry between each of the colleges and townie groups and learn more about the fantastic SportUNE staff and facilities available to you.

Wednesday 26 February 2020 - Thursday 27 February - Academic Programs: These are introductions to your academic schools where you will meet your Unit Coordinators, First Year Advisors, and other school support staff. Click here to open your On Campus Academic Program. If you are studying a double degree or fall across two Schools, you will need to attend both programs. If you aren't sure which School your Degree falls under, make sure to have a look in our helpful Degree List Guide.

Toolkit Sessions

This year, we’ll be running our interactive Toolkit Sessions in breakout groups for all new students. Toolkits are a great opportunity to ask questions, discuss anything you’re apprehensive about and generally get a feel for what to expect at uni. We have a panel of experts including Student Support staff, Academics and returning student reps to ensure we provide the best advice and can answer all of your questions!




College Students’ Toolkit

11:30am, Wednesday 19 Feb

Online Students’ Toolkit

8pm, Tuesday 25 Feb

Townie Students’ Toolkit

6pm, Wednesday 26 Feb

UNE Sydney Domestic Students' Orientation Program - 232 Church St, Parramatta - 22 February 2020

UNE Sydney is hosting an Orientation session for newly enrolled and resuming domestic students. The session will take place on Saturday 22 February 2020 from 10AM - 2PM. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow students and to familiarise yourself with the facilities available at UNE Sydney. Please register here to attend.

If you're unable to attend, UNE Sydney is also running a second, condensed Orientation session on Monday 24 February 2020 from 6PM - 8.30PM. You can register here to attend.

For either session, please arrive half an hour early and ensure that you bring your Wi-Fi enabled laptop or tablet and student login details so you can take part in activities and practice navigating during the session.

UNE Sydney International Students' Orientation

If you are an International student commencing On Campus study in Sydney for Trimester 1, your Orientation will take place at UNE Sydney over Wednesday 26 February and Thursday 27 February. You will need to be at UNE Sydney from 8:30am to 4:00pm on both days, and lunch will be provided for you.

You can find further information about your International Orientation here.

Regional Study Centres and UNE Tamworth - Getting Started Workshops

UNE Tamworth is holding a Getting Started session on Saturday 29 February 2020, for students commencing in Trimester 1, 2020. Please register here to attend.

If you're a student in the Taree/Port Macquarie region, you are invited to participate in a one-on-one Getting Started session at the UNE Study Centre in Taree. Sessions are available Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm. To arrange your session, please get in touch with your UNE Taree Study Centre directly via the contact details here.

There will be a number of sessions for students near our regional study centres. Make sure to register and come along to a Getting Started Session near you!

  • Grafton: CUC Clarence Valley - 19th February,  5:15-7:30pm
  • Moree: CUC North West - 24th February, 5:15-7:30pm
  • Narrabri: CUC North West - 25th February, 5:15-7:30pm
  • Broken Hill: CUC Far West - 2nd March, 5:15-7:30pm
  • Gunnedah – 3rd March, 10-11:30am
    • Please register here to attend. You can also mark yourself as attending on Facebook to receive event reminders.
  • Coonabarabran – 3rd March, 2-3:30pm
    • You can register here to attend. If you’d like to receive event reminders you can also mark yourself as attending on Facebook.
  • Glen Innes – 5th March, 12noon-1:30pm
    • Please register to attend here. If you’re interested in event reminders, you can click ‘going’ on our Facebook event.
  • Inverell – 5th March, 5-6:30pm
    • You can register to attend here. You can also mark yourself as attending on Facebook to receive event notifications.
  • Guyra – 6th March, 10-11:30am
  • Goulburn CUC - 8th March, 3:15-5:30pm
  • Cooma: CUC Snowy Monaro - 9th March, 5:15-7:30pm
  • Griffith: CUC Western Riverina - 10th March, 5:15-7:30pm

Parents & Partners, Friends & Supporters of our Commencing Students

We understand that this time of year can be just as exciting and important for you, supporting one of our new students, as it is for those commencing their studies with us!

There are a lot of things to learn and to be aware of, so to help you feel equipped to support your student you might like to check out this helpful information booklet.

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