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Our Welcome Program

Start the semester with our celebration of all students, new and continuing, coming together to learn and immerse themselves in university life.  

Welcome to your University

In Semester 2 2024, Welcome will take place between 15 July and 2 August. Our Extended Welcome Program will then continue into Week 4 of semester.

Our Welcome Program is for both new and continuing students, from first year undergraduates to final year PhD students. There are orientation events, activities and workshops for new students to introduce them to life at the University of Sydney, as well as plenty of opportunities for all students to connect with their cohort, faculty or school, and their peers. 

More information about our Welcome Planner, which includes the full schedule of Welcome activities you can register for, will be sent to you following enrolment.  

Welcome hub

For advice and support around student life, visit our Peer Support Advisors at the Welcome Hub on Level 3 Wentworth Building, open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. You can also visit them in Fisher Library Helpdesk, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm or chat to them online.

What's happening?

Cohort Welcome Week

15-19 July

Welcome events for specific groups of students to meet and connect, including events for international students, scholarship and program participants.

Faculty and School Welcome

22-30 July

Important information to help get you started on the right foot. Understand your course and what’s expected in your studies, and connect to services, peers and mentors.

USU Welcome Fest

29-30 July

Opportunities to make new friends, join clubs and societies, attend exciting Welcome activities and immerse yourself in campus life.

Welcome continues into the first four weeks of semester with a range of themed events and programs designed to help you settle into university.

Questions you might have

Welcome, previously known as Orientation or O-Week, is a program of  events and activities held before and into the beginning of semester. Our Welcome Program is a celebration of all students, new and continuing, coming together to learn and immerse themselves in university life.

For new students, Welcome includes a series of orientation activities where you’ll learn:

  • about your course, teachers and classes
  • how and where to access student services and support
  • about all of the ways to make the most of your time at university

Welcome is your opportunity to learn about your course, meet your faculty or school, explore campus and make new friends, so it’s worthwhile attending the many fun and informative events on offer.

Whether you’re looking to learn more about your course and meet your teachers or just want to sign up for clubs and societies, there’s something for everyone at Welcome.

University of Sydney Union's (USU) Welcome Fest takes place from Monday 29 to Tuesday 30 July. Welcome Fest is your opportunity to join clubs and societies, meet and connect with your peers and enjoy three fun-filled days on campus. 

The University's Welcome Ceremony is our flagship event, taking place in Semester 1, 2025. The Welcome Ceremony features a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, keynote speaker, and performances by current students. 

Yes. There are plenty of events and activities dedicated to students new to Sydney, both students from overseas and from Australia. Come along to our New to Sydney Welcome and our International Student Welcome Day. 

Yes. Following enrolment, you will receive an invitation to the Welcome Planner with the full list of events you can register for. Keep an eye on your University email address for invites from your faculty or school.

Yes. Many faculties and schools have events for postgraduate students, and we have a dedicated Postgraduate Coursework Welcome.

Our Welcome Program is all about being welcomed into the wider University community, even if you’ve already experienced life as a student, so take advantage of the many opportunities to connect with your peers. 

Yes. Current students are encouraged to attend Welcome events and activities to celebrate the new semester. If you’ve only recently arrived in Sydney it’s even more important to register for workshops, tours and social events. They’ll be opportunities for current students to meet new peers and teachers in their cohort, faculty or school.

Our faculty and school events are a great opportunity to learn more about your course, meet your teachers and peers, and ask any questions you have about learning at the University. You can also read our advice on planning your course and enrolling in a new course.

If you’re still unsure, visit the Student Centre, make an enquiry or call 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) to find the help you need.

Welcome is an alcohol-free program. Anti-social behaviour is not tolerated and security personnel and event staff will be on hand to respond to any concerns.

How to use the Welcome Planner

To create an account and register for events, you’ll need to log in to the Welcome Planner with OKTA using your UniKey. For information about logging in to University systems, visit the current student website.  

Once you’ve logged in to the Welcome Planner you can start browsing events. Using the filter feature, you can browse events by student type, faculty and school, social, support and services, and location. If you have a specific event in mind, you can use the search bar to find them.

For most events, you’ll register for them in the Welcome Planner. Once you’ve registered for an event, it will automatically add to your schedule and let the event organiser know you’re planning to attend. If you’re having trouble registering for an event, email the event organiser listed.

To register for an event, select the event and click ‘register’ on the right-hand side. You’ll then see that you’ve successfully registered for the event, and it will prompt you to check your University email for confirmation of your registration and other details. The event will also be added to your schedule.

To remove an event from your schedule, navigate to ‘Your Schedule’ in the top-bar of the Welcome Planner, then select ‘cancel’ for the event you wish to remove. You can re-register for the event at any time by selecting ‘re-register’ on the event listing. Make sure you keep your registration up-to-date so that we know if you’re planning to attend. This helps us to manage event capacity and catering numbers.

Each event listing in the Welcome Planner will include the event organiser’s contact details. Feel free to get in touch with the event organiser with any questions you have. If you can't locate the event organiser, email

Accessibility support


Campus Maps, on the University website and the Sydney Uni app, will help you locate services and facilities that will assist you, including turn by turn navigation on campus that will avoid stairs and obstacles.

The University is dedicated to ensuring that all students have equal access to all the experiences that student life has to offer. And access to our Welcome Program is no exception.

If you have any accessibility requirements, or if you require further information or assistance to participate and engage in the full program of activities, please don’t hesitate to contact the event organisers listed in the Welcome Planner, or the University.

For ongoing support as a student, read about the Inclusion and Disability support team and how to register with them for access to adjustments and services that will help you succeed in your studies and make the most of student life.