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, Foundation Year and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students.

Higher Education and Vocational Education students

Welcome and Orientation briefing

Orientation Week starts with the welcome and orientation briefing for all international students: bachelor degrees and master degrees (undergraduate and postgraduate); and certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas (vocational education).

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.

Time: You can attend from 9.00am - 1.00pm or from 11.00am - 3.30pm.

Date: Monday 23rd of July 2018

Venue: ATC 101, Advanced Technologies Centre, Hawthorn Campus

EventTimeActivity
Morning session 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
Afternoon session 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 

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.

2018 ELICOS orientation schedule

DatesTimeLocation
Thursday 29 March 8.30am Room TD140, TD Building
Thursday 3 May 8.30am Room TD140, TD Building
Thursday 14 June 8.30am Room TD121, TD Building
Thursday 19 July 8.30am Room TD121, TD Building
Thursday 30 August 8.30am BA Foyer, BA Building
Thursday 11 October 8.30am Room AGSE202, AGSE Building
Thursday 15 November 8.30am TBA

Foundation Year, UniLink diplomas and Bachelor of Business Administration

We run extra enrolment and orientation sessions for Foundation Year, UniLink and Bachelor of Business Administration students.

IntakeOrientation dateTimeActivityLocation
February 2018 Monday 12 February 9:30am – 4:30pm Enrolment BA Building, BA202
Friday 16 February From 11am Orientation EN Building, Room EN515
June 2018 Tuesday 12 June 9am – 12pm Enrolment TD Building, Room TD140
Friday 15 June From 9am Orientation AGSE Building, Room AGSE202
October 2018 Monday 1 October 9am – 12pm Enrolment TD Building, Room TD140
Friday 5 October From 9am Orientation TBA

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
Explore Melbourne 12.30pm – 6.00pm

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 23 July for full details and registration.

 

EventDate TimeVenue

 Accommodation Help Desk

Monday 23 July 2018

At the Welcome Expo 
(11.30am – 1.30pm)

ATC 103 

 Accommodation Help Desk

Wednesday 25 July 2018

1.00pm – 3.00pm

AMDC 109

Accommodation Workshop 

Wednesday 26 July 2018

1.00pm – 2.00pm

AGSE 110

Accommodation Help Desk 

Friday 27 July 2018 1.00pm – 3.00pm AMDC 109

There are further Helpdesk and Accommodation sessions offered before and after Orientation.