It is not necessary to wait until the formal Orientation Program to introduce yourself to us. Once you have checked into your accommodation and recovered from your international journey, you can make your way to the International Division office in Newcastle or to the Student Support Unit on the Ourimbah campus. There is no heavy traffic congestion or over-crowding on public transport and hence this generally the easiest way to get to the campuses. Buses and trains are less expensive than taxis. Remember, you must purchase a train ticket prior to boarding the train. Bus tickets can be purchased from the driver.
The University's formal Orientation Program is held before the beginning of each semester (or trimester). The Orientation will provide information which will be useful to your adjustment to life and study in Australia. It is an essential part of your studies at the University and should not be missed.
At Orientation, we will give you information about the University, explain the local transport system and guide you through the other procedures necessary for life on campus and in Australia. You will have the opportunity to take part in various social activities and excursions that will widen your social network and help you better understand the Australian culture and environment.
You should obtain your student ID card from the Hunter Hub at the Callaghan campus or from Student Administration at the Ourimbah campus when you first arrive. Enrolment at the university is then carried out online. Information on how to enrol and what to enrol in will also be provided during Orientation.
Phone: + 61 2 4921 5000 (Callaghan)
Phone: + 61 2 4348 4030 (Ourimbah)
What happens at 'O Week' Orientation?
An important part of starting your student life with us is Orientation. It is the first week of the university year and just as important as your first week of lectures. The program of activities is designed to introduce you to the social, cultural and academic aspects of University life. O Week is held to help new students become familiar with where they will study and what facilities and services are available to them.
Information sessions and workshops are held throughout the week to advise new students of program and course options, enrolments and registrations, Faculty and library locations and much more. Many of the sporting facilities and clubs will be showcased, along with recreation and social clubs, and the University's accommodation facilities. Some of the most popular events of O Week are the social activities held by the Student Associations and various Faculties across campus to enable commencing students to foster new friendships.
What should I achieve during Orientation?
- Attend an enrolment session and register for course subjects, seminars and tutorials
- Learn about University life
- Find out about your individual program requirements at your Faculty session and enjoy lunch with your group - (Make sure you are enrolled correctly by attending an enrolment session)
- Attend the 'Be Uni Ready' sessions and find out strategies and tips to get you through University
- Get your student ID card at one of our new student Hubs
- Take a campus tour or a Library tour
- Ask questions and have fun!
Orientation for Spouses/Partners
As part of the Orientation Program, we have activities for your family including visits to local attractions, picnics and meeting other partners and families. Information on these activities will be available in your orientation pack on arrival.
The Family Care Program is available to all spouses of enrolled students. Through this program, participants are able to practise and improve their English skills, learn about Australia and make new friends. The Family Care Program operates on Wednesday mornings during school term.