Undergraduate Orientation

About 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.

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. Register for your compulsory virtual information session on Thursday 30 July and ask questions about your degree structure and course choices. 

  3. Register for a group catch up to meet fellow students and explore campus.  If you can't make it to campus we have online sessions available.

  4. Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with HASS events. 

Completed all these steps? Do this survey to go in the draw to win one of 10 Coles-Myer or UQ Union vouchers worth $100 each.  Please read through the Terms and Conditions for full competition details. Survey opens 29 July - 9 August.  You will need your Student ID to login to the survey.

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 on Thursday 30 July 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 between 2-4pm on Wednesday 29 July, Thursday 30 July and Friday 31 July. Register for a virtual drop-in session or visit us in person at the Welcome Hub in the Great Court.   

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

  • First day of classes: Monday 3 August 2020 

  • Last day to add a course for Semester 2: Friday 14 August 2020 

  • Census date (last date to drop courses without financial penalty): Monday 31 August 2020

  • Last date to drop a course with no academic penalty: Friday 30 October 2020 

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

Your HASS Community

Come on campus to connect with your peers with fun interactive activities led by our HASS Volunteer team!

REGISTER HERE to join in the fun, explore campus, make some new friends, and learn more about your journey ahead. These one-hour HASS Social Connect sessions will be held between 2-4pm on Wednesday 29 July, Thursday 30 July, Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August. If you can't make it to campus we have online sessions available each day.

Please remember that all members of the UQ community are required to respect and follow social distancing to ensure the campus is a safe place for everyone. Keep track of updates on the UQ Community COVID-19 Advice webpage.

Upcoming Events

HASS Orientation Online Program 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 Social Connect Activities
As part of the Semester 2 2020 orientation program, we are running small on campus and online social activities led by our brilliant HASS Volunteers team.
HASS Online Advising Sessions
As part of the Semester 2 2020 orientation program, we are running online student advising sessions via Zoom throughout O-Week (Wed-Fri).