Before you start at uni
Programs to help you start your La Trobe journey with the skills you need to succeed.
Orientation is the official start of the semester. Feel prepared for university and succeed in your studies. Get familiar with your campus, make new friends and get yourself set up for the year before classes start.
Connect with a Student Volunteer
Meet a La Trobe Host during Orientation. They take you on campus tours, answer your questions and help you get to know other students in your study discipline.
Achieve@Uni online resource
Achieve@Uni is an online resource to help you develop effective study and academic skills to support your transition into university.
Academic Integrity Module online course
The Academic Integrity Module will teach you about La Trobe's values and its academic integrity standards so you can avoid academic misconduct.
One Step Ahead and other orientation workshops
The Learning Hub and Library run a range of orientation workshops including One Step Ahead - a crash course in academic skills for uni study. Whether you’re a recent school-leaver, returning to study after a break, or studying in Australia for the first time, this practical online workshop will you give you all the tools you need to make sure you hit the ground running.
We also run shorter sessions on topics such as Academic Writing for Post Grads, Referencing, Returning to Study, Studying as a Parent, Studying in Australia: Tips for Success, Time Management and Tips and Tricks for Online Learning.
Sessions are available live via Zoom and on-demand. Add your favourites to your Orientation Planner today.
Credit for previous study
"When I was at TAFE I was not aware of credits. It never occurred to me."
If you have previously studied at another higher education institution, like TAFE or another university, you could get credit (Advanced Standing) towards your La Trobe degree.
Returning to study after a break
Coming back to formal study can be a challenge. Your greater life experience can be a success factor. Use the resources on this page to succeed.
TAFE to Uni
Welcome to uni! Take these steps to make the transition from TAFE to uni as smooth as possible.
- Attend Orientation.
- Find out if you are eligible for Credit for Previous Study.
- Visit the Learning Hub to understand university academic skills.
"TAFE focuses more on being work ready, and uni is more on theory."
First Year Survival Guides
Find out about how to succeed in your subject or degree with the First Year Survival Guides for SHE and ASSC. Understand assessment tasks, what learning looks like in your discipline, referencing, managing group work and more.
Support is available
- Talk to your lecturers and tutors during consultation hours.
- Visit the Learning Hub and the Library– especially your librarians, LibGuides and the Library's training sessions
- Find out more about the other student support services at La Trobe, including: