Orientation for international students

Orientation helps you get started at Swinburne. During Orientation we will provide you with handy tips to help you prepare for study and feel at home in Melbourne. 

During Orientation you can:

  • enjoy free food and entertainment
  • meet your teachers and other students
  • get important information about your course
  • take a tour of campus and the library
  • get help with enrolment and housing.

In addition to Orientation sessions that are organised according to your faculty or department, there are some sessions just for international students. These include help with enrolment, help with finding a place to live, and special sessions for English-language (ELICOS), UniLink and Foundation Year students.

Higher Education

Welcome Briefing and Expo

Orientation Week starts with the welcome and orientation briefing for all international students: bachelor degrees and master degrees (undergraduate and postgraduate).

It's the first stop on your orientation journey. We will make sure you know exactly what is on for the rest of the week so you don't miss out.

EventTimeActivity
Session 1 9.00am – 1.00pm

Welcome and briefing for international students followed by;

The Life and Support Expo where you can sign-up for student and sports clubs, meet staff from support services, learn about events and chat to emergency services and community groups

Attend a meet and greet with your Faculty  staff and students to find out how to make your course orientation work for you as well as find out what you can expect from your course
Session 2 11.00am – 3.30pm

Attend the Life and Support Expo where you can sign-up for student and sports clubs, meet staff from support services, learn about events and chat to emergency services and community groups.

Attend a meet and greet with your Faculty staff and students to find out how to make your course orientation work for you as well as find out what you can expect from your course

And attend the Welcome and briefing for international students 

Registration for Semester 2 Orientation will open in June. Please check back closer to the date.

Vocational Education

Welcome and Orientation briefing session for international students undertaking certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas (vocational education).

Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm

Date: Thursday 20 February 2020

Venue: TD144, TD Building, Hawthorn campus

Housing help and advice

Enrolment help and advice

One-on-one course advice sessions are available if you need help understanding course structure, and selecting core units, majors and minors.

If you have not been able to enrol online prior to attending the welcome event, several on-campus computer labs will be open to enrol at any time.

Support will be available for all students on campus if needed. 

English language courses (ELICOS)

If you're studying an English language course, you must attend a two-day orientation session before classes start. These sessions are available throughout the year.

What you need to bring

Please bring these three documents:

  • Letter of Offer
  • Confirmation of Enrolment
  • passport.

You will also need the following information:

  • current address in Australia
  • emergency contact in Australia (name and telephone number)
  • previous address overseas.

2020 ELICOS orientation schedule

DatesStart timeLocation
Thursday 2 January 9.00 AM Hawthorn campus
Thursday 13 February 9.00 AM Hawthorn campus
Thursday 19 March 9.00 AM Hawthorn campus
Thursday 30 April 9.00 AM Hawthorn campus
Thursday 4 June 9.00 AM Hawthorn campus
Thursday 16 July 9.00 AM Hawthorn campus
Thursday 27 August 9.00 AM Hawthorn campus
Thursday 8 October 9.00 AM Hawthorn campus
Thursday 12 November 9.00 AM Hawthorn campus

Foundation Year and UniLink diplomas

We run extra enrolment and orientation sessions for Foundation Year and UniLink students.

IntakeActivityDateTimeVenue
February 2020 Enrolment Monday 17 February 10am - 1pm TD Building, Room TD122
Orientation Friday 21 February From 9am ATC Building, Room ATC101
June 2020 Enrolment Monday 22 June 10am - 1pm TD Building, Room TD195
Orientation Friday 26 June From 9am AMDC Building, Room AMDC301
October 2020 Enrolment Monday 12 October 10am - 1pm TD Building, Room TD195
Orientation Friday 16 October From 9am TD Building, Room 121

Research students

Research students are invited to attend one of the induction sessions held in March and October each year. You should also complete the online induction and join our regular workshops and seminars.

Extra events

We run extra activities and events for international students during Orientation. 

EventTimeActivity

Traditional Aboriginal Games

 

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Swinburne's Indigenous community would like to invite international students to attend the Traditional Aboriginal Games happening after the Welcome expo.

This is a great opportunity to learn about, appreciate and experience aspects of Indigenous culture.

Numbers are limited, but you can sign up at the International Student Welcome on Monday 29 February 2019 or email isa@swin.edu.au.

Explore Melbourne 12.30pm – 6.30pm

Part treasure hunt and part amazing race! Form a team with students from all over the world, collect your own team mascot and city map, answer the questions and win prizes!

Explore Melbourne is running during 0-week! 

Be at the International Student Welcome on Monday 29 July 2019 for full details and registration.