Orientation is packed full of useful information sessions, exciting activities and events to help kickstart your academic and social life at Deakin. It's also a great way to learn more about your course, get to know your teachers and meet your new classmates.

Deakin OWeek

Whether you're going to be studying on campus or online, as an undergraduate, postgraduate or research student, there's one event you shouldn't miss – OWeek!

There's plenty of activities to get involved in, such as:

  • campus tours
  • live chats
  • faculty introductions
  • course information sessions

Current students and student leaders will be available throughout the week to assist you with practical, academic and social support. Representatives include faculty peer mentors, writing mentors, library rovers and maths mentors. You'll also find centralised Welcome Areas at each campus where you can ask questions and meet orientation ambassadors.

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

Cloud Campus students

If you're going to be studying online but you live near a physical campus, you're welcome to attend any campus-based orientation events that run throughout the year.To get started, you'll have access to online workshops and live chat, as well as DeakinSync and UniStart. Your orientation itinerary will provide you with details of events and activities that are tailored to you.

Find out about orientation for Cloud Campus students

International students

As a new international student, your first important event is the International Student Welcome, which is held the week before Deakin OWeek. All of your orientation events, including the International Student Welcome, are listed in your orientation itinerary. It's easy to download and will make sure you are prepared for the year ahead.

When you attend your International Student Welcome, you will need to bring:

  • original transcripts of all previous studies (you may need to provide these at enrolment to verify your admission information)
  • your passport and visa (or evidence of a student visa, such as a copy of an Australian Department of Immigration email confirming an e-Visa)
  • your Letter of Offer
  • any other relevant academic documents.

You will have the chance to hear from current students about their university experience and you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and meet other new students. You will also receive important course information, learn how to enrol and sign up for tutorials.

Register for the International Student Welcome

International students are also encouraged to attend Deakin OWeek events.

Learn about orientation for international students

Study abroad and exchange students

If you're only studying part of your course in Australia, your OWeek is the same week you enrol.

You'll also have the opportunity to attend our three-day beach welcome trip. Enjoy a glimpse into Australian culture, while getting to know other students from around the world. As a group, you'll experience a few days of sand, surf and sun at some of the best beaches Australia has to offer.

Find out more about the study abroad and exchange welcome program

Higher degree by research (HDR) students

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 sessions are held across campuses on the following dates.

  • Wednesday 26 February
  • Wednesday 25 March
  • Wednesday 6 May
  • Wednesday 10 June
  • Wednesday 8 July
  • Wednesday 19 August
  • Friday 2 October
  • Wednesday 11 November

HDR orientation timetable

HDR orientation sessions are held on the dates listed above, at the following times and locations.


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.

Digital Deakin

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Can't make orientation?

Domestic students who are unable to attend orientation can help themselves get up to speed by visiting student life for tips and resources on easing into university life.

For international students, coming to orientation is a vital part of enrolling and getting set up at Deakin. If you've missed yours, you'll need to contact an International Student Adviser as soon as possible for assistance and advice.