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.
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.
|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 groupsAttend 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 courseAnd attend the Welcome and briefing for international students
It's important that you attend. Please register for one of the sessions above via the Orientation website. You'll need to search your course to find your Orientation events.
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
You will also need the following information:
- current address in Australia
- emergency contact in Australia (name and telephone number)
- previous address overseas.
2019 ELICOS orientation schedule
|Thursday 3 January||8.30am||Room TD121, TD Building|
|Thursday 7 February||8.15am||ATC Foyer, ATC Building|
|Thursday 14 March||8.30am||Room TD144, TD Building|
|Thursday 2 May||8.30am||Room TD140, TD Building|
|Thursday 13 June||8.30am||Room TD140, TD Building|
|Thursday 18 July||8.30am||Room TD121, TD Building|
|Thursday 29 August||8.30am||Room TD140, TD Building|
|Thursday 10 October||8.30am||Room TD121, TB Building|
|Thursday 14 November||8.30am||Room TD121, TD Building|
Foundation Year and UniLink diplomas
We run extra enrolment and orientation sessions for Foundation Year and UniLink students.
|February 2019||Enrolment||Monday 11 February||10am - 1pm||TD Building, Room TD122|
|Orientation||Friday 15 February||From 9am||ATC Building, Room ATC101|
|June 2019||Enrolment||Monday 17 June||10am - 1pm||TD Building, Room TD195|
|Orientation||Friday 21 June||From 9am||AMDC Building, Room AMDC301|
|October 2019||Enrolment||Monday 7 October||10am - 1pm||TC Building, Room TC211|
|Orientation||Friday 11 October||From 9am||TD Building, Room TD121|
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.
We run extra activities and events for international students during Orientation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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!