Welcome program

We would like to welcome you to Australia! What better way to kick off orientation than with a fun-filled adventure with your fellow study abroad and exchange students? Deep dive into a range of activities that best fit the season as you ride that wave and immerse yourself into the Aussie way of life, while learning about living and studying in Australia.

Please note: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer our welcome program at this stage. Please check back later for any updates.

Make new friends from all around the world

Not only will you get the chance to meet the other students studying with you during the trimester, but you will also be accompanied by our Deakin Study Abroad Club (DSAC) Peer Advisors – current Australian students who have studied abroad themselves. Get the opportunity to make life-long friends from all over the globe as you share stories about your journey abroad.

Welcome program activities

Experience Australia’s natural beauty as we take you to beautiful towns in Victoria as part of your welcome trip.

We offer surfing lessons, hiking through the temperate rainforest, yoga and games. You will also be able to rub shoulders with the locals at the local pub with ample time to simply relax on a beach and hang out with your new friends.

Beach Welcome

Deakin's study abroad team hosts two welcome trips every year for their international students. See how it went in 2016!

Beach Welcome

Get ready for Deakin

The trip will also feature useful sessions on making the most of your stay in Australia, including sessions on how to ensure your enrolment is complete, how best to meet Aussies, settling into university life, and tips on travelling in Australia.

Article: 'Waves bigger than cars'

Don’t just take our word for it, take have a look at the successful Trimester 2, 2019 Welcome Program that was featured in The Standard, Warrnambool’s regional newspaper.

Discover this article and what our students thought about the program

We have got you covered

Leave all the planning to us!
This trip is our way of welcoming study abroad and exchange students to Australia and to Deakin and making sure you get the most out of your time here. Students will need to pay a non-refundable and non-transferable fee of AUD$180 to participate.

The trip includes:

  • all transportation between locations
  • accommodation in hostels, motels and holiday houses (beach houses)
  • most meals for the duration of the trip
  • assistance from the Deakin International crew, who will be around to show you all the best sights and guide you through all the fun activities.

Find out more about study abroad and exchange at Deakin

I enjoyed getting to be a part of Deakin’s culture and unique student society. There was always something happening on campus, as well as in the city, creating lots of opportunities to meet interesting people from diverse backgrounds.

Nadushka Poddiwela Marage

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany