Orientation - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Orientation

Orientation is about getting the best possible start to your university study.

Semester 1, 2021 Orientation will be held both online and on-campus, so you can tailor your Orientation Week and get the most out of everything on offer in the way that suits you.

‘Zoom in’ to the sessions you need to attend online and come on-campus to immerse yourself in all things USC and embrace the opportunity to meet your teachers, learn about your program, ask your questions and make new friends!

Dates to look out for
  • Monday 1 February: Registrations will open for online and on-campus sessions.
  • Monday 8 February: Your essential program information and pre-recorded videos will be available on Blackboard to view and work through in your own time.
  • Orientation Week 22-26 February: On-campus and online sessions offered throughout the week.
So let's get started...

Find out what you can do in the lead-up, during, and after Orientation!

Connect to IT

Set up your student email, download Microsoft Office 365, and get familiar with our IT systems.

IT Services

Find out how to use Zoom for learning so you know what to do in your online sessions.

Zoom

Your Orientation resources and sessions will be available through Blackboard - learn how to navigate the system.

Blackboard Learn

Understand your student fees and HELP loans

Understand what uni will cost, your financial obligations, how to pay your fees, and what support is available including scholarships and bursaries.

Fees

Scholarships and bursaries

Enrol in your courses and classes

If you haven't already, find out where to begin when enrolling in your courses (hint check out your Study Sequence on your Program information webpage) so you can plan your study and ensure you graduate on time.

Manage your enrolment

Organise your Student ID card

Say cheese! Request your Student ID card so you have access to parts of the University and start reaping the student benefits!

Student ID

Apply for credit for previous study

If you've studied before, submit your credit application to USC now.

Apply for credit

Learning Support

We want you to be able to put your best foot forward. Find out more about the USC study skills and learning resources available for you, so when it comes to that first assessment you know where to turn.

Learning Advisers

Successful learning strategies

Get to know USC support services

There are plenty of free support services available for you, from academic and careers, to counselling and financial support - we've got you covered.

USC support

Save important academic dates

Check the Academic Calendar and save important dates such as Orientation, enrolment, grade release, and Census date.

Academic calendar

Keep up-to-date with #LifeatUSC

Follow your campus Facebook group to find out the latest news and events, student achievements, and essential information. Best of all, you can ask questions and help your fellow students who may need advice.

Social Media

Get to know your campus

Get familiar with your campus now so you'll feel like a local when classes start. Take a virtual tour, find out about facilities, and more.

USC Locations

There are plenty of ways to get to your campus! Find out everything you need to know about transport to and between campuses.

Transport

Register for a pre-semester workshop

Registrations are now open for pre-semester workshops to help you brush up on your study skills and set yourself up for success before classes start.

Use your USC username and password to log in to Student Hub (our online booking system) and register for as many workshops as you would like!

Academic Skills

Register for an Academic Skills Workshop to help you understand the common learning skills associated with study at USC, including how to analyse assignment questions, referencing, and essay writing.

Connect for Success

Connecting with your fellow students could be the key to your success! At Connect for Success, you will hear tips for your university journey and have your questions answered by our current students and USC Student Success Advisers.

Employability

It's never too early to start thinking about your career goals and developing your employability skills to help you enter the job market. Register for a careers workshop to ensure you're working with a clear direction throughout your degree.

Library and research

Get to know the library services and develop your research skills. The library will be your go-to destination for access to journal articles, books, and other useful study resources to help you complete your assignments, so now is the perfect time to familiarise yourself with the team and their services.

So, which should you attend? It’s up to you!

We recommend coming to a mix of live online and on-campus sessions.

Online sessions will allow you to get to know USC from the comfort of your own home. Come to campus to meet your teaching staff in-person, check out your campus (if nothing else, you can suss out which cafe serves the best coffee, because priorities right), plus you can meet the people in your program (also known as new friends)!

Now for those finer details...

We ask that everyone adheres to the advice from the Government to keep our community safe and healthy. All on-campus sessions must be booked and our program has been designed to follow the relevant guidelines from government agencies and global organisations.

We will email you in January with more information about the Orientation program and how to register for sessions.

For now, here’s a sneak peek of what we’ll cover during Orientation…

Welcome to USC

Welcome and congratulations on your decision to study at USC, plus a chance to get to know your USC campus.

Support

At USC, you have access to a huge range of support, including learning support, counsellors, health and wellbeing support, and expert careers advice.

Study skills

Learn simple strategies to enhance your learning, improve your skills and get the most out of your studies.

Get connected

Actively embrace opportunities to connect with fellow students through the Student Guild, clubs, student-led initiatives, and social media.

Program information

Learn essential information about your program, meet your teaching staff, get answers to your specific program questions, and connect with other students in your program.

Your First Year

Ongoing advice and support for your first day, first week, first month, and beyond!