OWeek is the week before classes begin in your first year of uni. It's packed full of useful activities and exciting events to help kick-start both your academic and social life at university.

It's also a great 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.

A week-long welcome

Whether you're studying an undergraduate, postgraduate or online degree, there are plenty of events to attend throughout OWeek, such as:

During the week, keep an eye out around campus for people in bright orange t-shirts – they're current students ready to answer any questions you may have.

You'll also come across 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.

You will find Welcome Areas at each campus as a centralised point to ask questions and meet orientation ambassadors.

Tailor your orientation experience

Get your personal orientation itinerary by simply entering your campus, faculty, student type and course into our digital planner, 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

Get organised with DeakinSync

DeakinSync is your personalised digital study hub, tailored to your course and individual learning needs. Manage everything from your enrolment and course material, to your email, timetable, classes and career plan.

In addition, you can register for online and campus-based UniStart workshops that will be held throughout OWeek. These range from basic study tutorials to research tips and guides on using sources in assignments.

Learn more about DeakinSync

Our inspiring campuses

During OWeek, you'll get the chance to explore your new campus and discover all the great facilities on offer.

Whether you're trying to find a morning coffee or want a place to workout between lectures, it's all here at Deakin.

International students

As an international student your first important event is the ISW, which is held during OWeek. All of your orientation events, including your ISW, are listed in your orientation itinerary. It's easy to download and will make sure you're all prepared for the year ahead.

When you attend your 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.

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 also receive course information, learn how to enrol and sign up for tutorials.

Learn more about getting started at Deakin

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 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.

Learn more about getting started

Study abroad and exchange students

If you're only studying 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, so remember to bring your orientation itinerary to campus with you.

Students who come to Deakin on an exchange or study abroad program are given 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.

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 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


  • 15 January 2020
  • 26 February 2020
  • 25 March 2020
  • 6 May 2020
  • 10 June 2020
  • 8 July 2020
  • 19 August 2020
  • 2 October 2020
  • 11 November 2020



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 Central reception


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

It is important that you register your attendance. Book your place through Eventbrite.



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.