Orientation starts from the moment you accept your offer to Deakin. It's a great way to learn more about your course, find out about available support services, get to know your teachers and meet your new classmates. You'll be supported with information and resources to help kickstart your academic and social life at university.

Deakin OWeek

Whether you're an undergraduate, postgraduate or research student, there's one event you shouldn't miss – OWeek! This year our new virtual OWeek experience will help all students make a great start to study and life at Deakin. Many of our campus-based events will be online so you can still get a taste of our progressive, real-world approach to learning. You'll also be supported by current students and peer leaders who will be available in most sessions throughout the week for practical and academic assistance.

OWeek sessions include:

  • course overview sessions
  • study support information
  • Get to Know Deakin – learn about what your study experience and student life will be like at Deakin
  • Explore the Library – find out about services such as 24-hour Library Chat
  • social activities run in partnership with the Deakin University Students Association (DUSA).

Plan your orientation

Use our orientation app to build your orientation itinerary and find details of events and activities that are tailored to you based on your course and the campus you're enrolled at. Make sure you also check your Deakin emails for details on how to prepare for OWeek.

Create your personal orientation itinerary

OWeek session highlights

Cloud Campus students

Join a session designed to help you learn more and become familiar with our innovative online learning environment. You'll also hear from current students about their experience studying through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

International students

Learn about studying in Australia, meet other new students, and hear from current students about what it's like studying at Deakin. You will also receive important course information and learn how to enrol and sign up for tutorials.

You can find out more about and register for these sessions in the orientation app.

Create your personal orientation itinerary

Higher degree by research students orientation program

When you enrol, you'll be emailed information on an HDR orientation session. The monthly, two-hour sessions run at different times throughout the academic year. You'll learn about the services and facilities we offer, and get the chance to connect with other commencing HDR students, as well as meet and hear from current HDR students about their university experience.

Find out more about research at Deakin

HDR orientation timetable

HDR orientation sessions are held across campuses on the following dates.

  • Wednesday 8 July
  • Wednesday 19 August
  • Friday 2 October
  • Wednesday 11 November


Start time


Melbourne Burwood


Melbourne Burwood Campus, Building BC, Level 2

Report to reception

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Geelong (Waurn Ponds and Waterfront)


Waurn Ponds Campus, Building JB, Level 2

Report to Student Central reception

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Email us at orientation@deakin.edu.au for session times.

Deakin Virtual Open Day

Sunday 16 August, 9am–4pm
Deakin's 2020 Open Day will be a virtual event full of course presentations by study experts, live chat and Q&As. Find out about our courses, how to apply, life on campus, and more.

Learn more about Open Day

Helping you get started at university

Our Get Started blog can help you prepare for study and life at Deakin, with information about orientation, and helpful tips and resources for you to get the most out of university. You can filter for the relevant information for your situation – whether you're enrolled as a domestic, Cloud Campus or international student.

Find out more about orientation on the Get Started blog

Our inspiring campuses

From your morning coffee to a post-lecture gym session – discover all the great facilities on offer at Deakin.
We can't wait to welcome our new students back to campus when we're able to. We’ll be throwing a Welcome Back to Campus party and you’ll all be invited!

Can't make orientation?

Don't worry – you won't miss out! We'll record all our OWeek session and orientation experiences and make them available on UniStart so you can still explore what study and life at Deakin will be like.