First year support


The first year – it's always a daunting prospect. We get that. But you’ll find all the support you need from day one.


Specifically designed for overcoming the unique challenges of studying in a foreign country, New2UQ offers several academic and social orientation activities and workshops to help you jump-start your studies and make the most of UQ.

Some topics and advice offered include:

  • settling into university life
  • Australian healthcare and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • working on a student visa
  • who to go to for help
  • how to ask for help
  • time management skills
  • writing assignments in appropriate format
  • how to meet academic staff expectations
  • social and recreational activities
  • career options you may never have considered
  • how to make your CV stand out from the crowd.

There are also a number of compulsory sessions to attend during O-Week, including:

  • Welcome for new students
  • Getting started
  • Faculty / School sessions
  • Safety down under.

Whether you're a seasoned traveller or this is your first time abroad, we have a range of programs designed to help you settle into your new life as a UQ student.

Learn more about New2UQ

Student Advocacy and Support

Student Advocacy and Support (SAS) is a free, independent, short-term support service for all UQ students. Brought to you by UQ Union, SAS’s qualified and professional staff provide assistance on matters relating to education and equity, employment, gender and sexuality, legal support, migration and welfare.

Get in touch with SAS


Encouraging social and academic networks between Australian and international students, Mates@UQ run events, programs and activities aimed at helping you meet new people, have fun, and relieve the stress of everyday life.

Get involved with Mates@UQ

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