Undergraduate Orientation

Welcome to your undergraduate orientation for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS).

This is your one stop shop for all things HASS.

About Orientation

To complete your orientation, you need to do four things:

  1. Read the info and watch the videos on this website to learn about resources, support and services available as you get started in HASS.

  2. Attend your compulsory virtual information session* during O-Week and ask questions about your degree structure and course choices. 

  3. Attend your HASS Undergraduate Welcome to meet fellow students, staff and learn about the support services available to you.  If you can't make it to campus we have an online session available.

  4. Follow our HASS Socials to keep up to date with HASS news, events, and student opportunities. 

*All enrolled commencing HASS Undergraduate students will receive a series of emails from 22 January leading up to O-Week including Zoom registration links to attend your compulsory sessions.  All online sessions will be conducted via Zoom

You can access all recorded HASS Orientation Sessions by clicking below:

View Recorded HASS Orientation Sessions

Your University Journey

You’re about to start your first year at UQ and you’re wondering what the road ahead looks like. In the videos below, three undergraduate students - Britt, Tyson and Rosie - have devised a roadmap for you as a general guide to success. The beauty of university is that you control your own fate and experiences, so think of yourself as the driver of your own journey, and enjoy!

Your first year of university will be a series of firsts.

You’ll make many new connections, study new things, and discover new opportunities.

In this video, Britt, Tyson and Rosie share their insights into their first year in HASS and provide a few tips about how to make the most of your degree.

You’ve gotten through your first year, what’s next?

During the middle years of study, you should start to think about finding opportunities to develop professional capabilities and experiment with new ideas.

The best way to do this is to do something!

In this video, Britt, Tyson and Rosie talk about some of the clubs, programs and activities available at UQ and how they took advantage of these opportunities.  



Graduation is nearing and you’re starting to seriously think about your future after graduation.

In your final year, think about something that you’ve wanted to do, like a research project, an internship or even a sport, and tick it off your bucket list.

Get recognition for everything you’ve done by applying for the UQ Employability Award.

In this video, Britt shares her thoughts about her last year at university.

Learn About Your Degree

Register for your compulsory virtual information session during O-Week to learn more about your degree structure and connect with your lecturers.

The HASS Student Administration team is offering academic advising sessions throughout Orientation Week. 

There are four dates in the UQ academic calendar that you need to put in your diary now: 

  • First day of classes: Monday 22 February 2021

  • Last day to add a course for Semester 1:  Friday 5 March 2021

  • Census date (last date to drop courses without financial penalty): Wednesday 31 March 2021

  • Last date to drop a course with no academic penalty: Friday 30 April 2021

Now that you’ve done that, check out these useful resources and services. 

Your HASS Community

There are so many ways to get involved at UQ. Start by getting onto our social media:

Consider joining a student club and society. With more than 200 clubs on offer, we guarantee you’ll find people with the same passions and interests as you! 

Get involved with HASS and UQ straight away through our volunteering program. Help organise events while meeting other amazing HASS students. Applications are open now!

Upcoming Events

HASS Virtual Program Information Sessions
We are excited for you to join our vibrant and diverse community. This semester, all orientation program information sessions will be conducted online via Zoom.
HASS Undergraduate Welcome
Join us on campus for a fun afternoon to meet your peers, staff, and learn about all of the support and services available to you. In person and online sessions available.
HASS Online Advising Sessions
As part of the Semester 1 2021 orientation program, we are running online and in person student advising sessions via Zoom and on-campus throughout O-Week.