New students assistance


If you have recently received an offer find out about what you need to do before attending an information session.

Recognition of prior learning

Get credit for subjects from your work experience.

Support available for you

Academic Advice

If you are experiencing difficulties or problems which might be impacting on your academic work you can contact these La Trobe people:

First year students

You can contact your seminar leader for HUS1FAS or HUS1TEN or the Coordinator of that subject.

All students

Option 1

You can contact the Program Coordinator of the Major(s) in which you are enrolled.

Option 2

You can contact the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts and Director of Teaching and Learning (Undergraduate):

Dr Adrian Jones
Associate Professor of History
Humanities 3, level 3, room 317
P: (03) 9479 2461

Option 3

Students in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences not completing a Bachelor of Arts can contact their degree Coordinator.

Please contact the most appropriate person stated. Any member of the academic staff can help organise support across your first year subjects and refer you to University services that might be able to provide additional or more specialised support.

Student learning

The student learning unit works closely with students on all campuses to ensure that Humanities and Social Sciences students — including those from non-English speaking backgrounds — develop high-level academic speaking, writing, reading, and numeracy skills required for successful learning in their courses.

For information on how to access these staff please visit the student learning unit.

Student learning advisors

The student learning advisors are current La Trobe students specially trained by the library and Academic Language & Learning Unit to assist students with various aspects of university study. You will find the student learning advisors in the library during Orientation Week. They are located on the first floor near the entrance on the right hand side, wearing red t-shirts. They are available from 10am to 4pm during Orientation Week.

Other useful information

Reading lists

Before you start each semester at university, you need to organise your reading lists.

  1. Make sure you have the correct reading lists for your subjects by visiting the Subject Search.
  2. Enter your subject code and click 'find'. You can find your subject codes by logging into student online.
  3. Select your subject and scroll to the bottom of the page to find your subject's reading list.


  • 'Prescribed' reading means you must have access to this resource for the duration of your subject.
  • 'Supplementary' reading means it is not mandatory but is recommended by the subject coordinator.
  • If there is no reading list for your subject, it means the subject does not require you to read certain texts or that the readings may be available either in class or elsewhere. Ask your lecturer for more information.