Start the semester with our celebration of all students, new and continuing, coming together to learn and immerse themselves in university life. Semester 1 celebrations kick-off on Monday 5 February 2024 and run all the way until Week 4.
In Semester 1 2024, Welcome will take place between 5 and 16 February. Our Extended Welcome Program will then continue into Week 4.
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.
Log in to the Welcome Planner using your UniKey to see the full program and to register for events you plan to attend.
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 until 15 March 2024. You can also chat to them online.
Welcome events for specific groups of students to meet and connect, including welcome events for international students, scholarship and program participants.
Important information to help get you started on the right foot. Understand your course, what’s expected, and connect to services, peers and mentors.
Events and activities to connect with your community, make new friends and immerse yourself in campus life.
Welcome continues into the first four weeks of semester with a range of events and opportunities to meet new people, connect with your student community and participate in campus life.
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:
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 Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 February. 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 on Wednesday 14 February. 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. 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.