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Orientation at the University of Sydney

Find out about orientation and Welcome Week
Taking your first steps as a new student can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. It’s a new place, a new way of learning and you'll have lots of questions. Find your answers and transition into student life at Welcome Week.

What is orientation and Welcome Week?

Orientation is the period of transition as you join the University as a new student. It consists of the events, workshops and information activities that prepare you for University. Most of this occurs during Welcome Week, which takes place the week before semester begins.

Making the most out of orientation and Welcome Week activities is essential to helping you start class full of confidence. By registering and attending your faculty's welcome events and other activities, you will learn everything you need to know for a successful transition, including:

  • information about your course, teachers and classrooms
  • the basics of university study, including critical thinking and research skills
  • how and where to access student services and support on campus
  • information about career planning, overseas study opportunities and other ways to make the most of your time at university
  • making new friends and expanding your networks
  • help with living independently.

Semester 2, 2020

Orientation for Semester 2 is being delivered mostly online due to the current circumstances and health guidelines, and students being located all over the world.

Welcome Week in Semester 2, 2020 will take place from 17-21 August. This week primarily focusses on introductions to your faculty or school, and it is important that you prioritise these events so that you are fully prepared when classes begin on week 1 of semester. Make sure you keep your schedule clear during this week to be able to attend your faculty's welcome and other events that are relevant.

Details about your events will be published in the Welcome Week planner soon. Please check back to access this information when it's live.

Activities during the break

Before Welcome Week begins, there is a full program of free workshops and activities you can join between semesters to get a head start on your studies. Check out the list and register now.

Join a student club!

Joining a student club is one of the best experiences you can have at uni and now you can do it completely virtually. Head to our new Virtual Clubs and Societies platform to chat and connect live with members from more than 250 USU clubs and societies with just your Unikey. Join a club that interests you on the spot, or take your time to see what’s on offer across the full program to become a member later.