Every trimester we're excited to welcome new students to Deakin, so we make quite a big deal about it. As well as a week dedicated to welcoming you (OWeek), there are orientation activities prior to OWeek and throughout the year.

If you're an international, postgraduate or Cloud Campus student, there are even more activities to help you settle in.

Get your personalised orientation itinerary

Simply enter your campus, faculty, student type and course, and we'll show you all the sessions that are relevant to you for orientation.

Even if you're not starting at Deakin just yet, you can explore what an orientation itinerary might look like for different campuses and courses.

Get your personal orientation itinerary

A week-long welcome to Deakin

OWeek is the week before classes start in your first year. It's packed full of activities to help you kick-start both your academic and social life at university. It's a chance for you to get to know more about your course and faculty, to meet staff and other new students, and to feel confident about starting your university journey at Deakin.

All students are welcome to join in, whether you're undergrad, postgrad, mature-age, international or studying online.

Deakin OWeek

Take a look at some of the highlights from our T1 2016 OWeek.

What happens at OWeek?


  • Campus tours
  • Faculty introductions
  • Information sessions on your course
  • Study skills workshops
  • Social activities run by the Deakin University Student Association (DUSA)

Ask current students

Look out for the people in bright orange t-shirts – they're current students. They're there to answer any questions you may have. You'll find them at the welcome areas and wandering around campus.

Students helping students

You'll also come across many more enthusiastic student leaders ready to assist you with practical, academic and social support. Representatives include faculty peer mentors, writing mentors, library rovers and maths mentors.

Get started with DeakinSync

DeakinSync is your online personalised study hub, tailored to your course and individual learning needs. Manage everything from your enrolment and course material to email, timetable, classes and career plan. It keeps you connected and in control, giving you easy access to everything you'll need to succeed at university.

You can also access the self-paced online resource, UniStart, through DeakinSync. It provides essential information to new and returning students, including tips from lecturers and user guides for all of Deakin's online tools.

In addition, you can register for online and on-campus UniStart workshops (held throughout OWeek), such as:

  • Introduction to studying at university
  • Independent learning
  • Researching for your assignment
  • Get writing
  • Using sources in your assignment.

Learn more about DeakinSync

International students

International Student Welcome (ISW)

As an international student, the first event you must attend is the ISW, held 1–2 weeks before classes start.

You'll hear from current students about their university experience and there'll be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and meet other new students. You'll receive course information, learn how to enrol and sign up for tutorials.

When you attend the ISW, you'll 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 – for example, a copy of Australian Department of Immigration email confirming e-Visa)
  • your Letter of Offer
  • any other relevant academic documents.

There are also separate ISW sessions for international students who are not new to Australia.

Orientation itinerary

All of your orientation events are listed in your Orientation itinerary, which you should download and bring with you to campus.

Study Abroad and Exchange students

If you're coming to study part of your course in Australia, your OWeek is the same week you enrol. There'll be plenty of sessions for you to get involved in, so remember to bring your orientation itinerary to campus with you.

Study abroad and exchange students

What could be a better introduction to life in Australia than a free trip to the beach? Students who come to Deakin on an exchange or study abroad program are given the opportunity to attend our three-day beach welcome trip.

Along with other new study abroad and exchange students you'll:

  • get to know Australian culture
  • get a glimpse of the Australian way of life
  • make heaps of new friends. 

Learn more about our beach welcome trip for study abroad students

Cloud Campus students

If you're going to be studying online but you live near a physical campus, you're more than welcome to attend any on-campus orientation events that run throughout the year. Though there's plenty to help you get started online too.

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.

You can also get in touch with the DUSA Distance Campus Committee. Sign up for DUSA membership and gain access to a great range of benefits and resources, including exclusive events, discounts across the university, and a number of social clubs and groups.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students

When you enrol, you'll be emailed information on an HDR orientation session for higher degree by research students. The session is two hours long and runs at different times throughout the academic year.

The sessions are offered each month. You'll learn about the services and facilities we offer, and you'll 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

Upcoming HDR orientation dates



Start Time


  • 16 January 2019
  • 27 February 2019
  • 27 March 2019
  • 8 May 2019
  • 12 June 2019
  • 8 July 2019
  • 21 August 2019
  • 2 October 2019
  • 13 November 2019



Burwood Campus, Building BC, Level 2

Report to Melbourne Corporate Centre reception

Geelong (Waurn Ponds and Waterfront)


Waurn Ponds Campus, Building JB, Level 2

Report to Student Life reception


Contact orientation@deakin.edu.au for further information about Warrnambool HDR Orientation session times.

Unable to attend 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 the University. If you've missed yours you'll need to contact an International Student Adviser as soon as possible for assistance and advice.