Welcome to the University of Sydney and Australia!

We offer several programs to newly arriving international students that will help you adjust and make a smooth transition to your new environment. During these sessions, you will meet our staff and other students, enjoy social activities, and have the opportunity to ask questions about the University or life in Sydney. We recommend different sessions, depending on your type of study:

All international students, both STABEX students and full-degree international students, are welcome to join the USU's Welcome to Sydney Party.


Study Abroad and Exchange (STABEX) students

Study abroad and exchange (STABEX) students study at the University of Sydney for six or twelve months, and take their academic credit back to their home universities. If you are a STABEX student, the Study Abroad and Exchange team will be your point of contact for the duration of your study.

The STABEX team will be holding Meet and Greet Sessions between Monday 14 July to Friday 18 July 2014, which will provide you with practical information about settling in Sydney. Make sure you attend one Meet and Greet Session , as well as the three sessions below to enrol and familiarise yourself with the University of Sydney.

STABEX Welcome

When: Monday 21 July 2014, 10am–11.30am
Where: The Great Hall, Quadrangle, Camperdown/Darlington Campus

This is the official event where you will be welcomed to the University of Sydney. The Welcome will be followed by morning tea in the Quadrangle cloisters and lawns, before heading off to your Enrolment Advising Sessions.

Enrolment Advising Sessions

When: Monday 21 July 2014, 12.30pm–4pm
Where: Wallace Theatre, Camperdown/Darlington Campus

After the STABEX Welcome, the Enrolment Advising Sessions will help you find out all you need to know about your enrolment, how to add and drop units of study, timetabling and other important academic matters and social events.

AFL Activities and BBQ Lunch

When: Tuesday 22 July 2014, 11.15am–1pm
Where: The Square, Camperdown/Darlington Campus

All STABEX students are invited and encouraged to join the exciting AFL sports activities that will take place at The Square. A free BBQ lunch will be provided by Sydney Uni Sports & Fitness (SUSF) during the festivities.


International full degree students

International full degree students will complete either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree program at the University of Sydney.

As undergraduate and postgraduate international full degree students, you should attend the International Full Degree Student Welcome, as outlined below, which will be followed by exciting AFL sports activities, a BBQ lunch and free Sydney Day Trips.

You should also attend an International Student Arrival Information Session for practical information about the University services, student life in Sydney, as well as a free campus tour.

International Full Degree Student Welcome

When: Tuesday 22 July 2014, 9.30am–2pm
Where: The Great Hall, Quadrangle, Camperdown/Darlington Campus

The international full degree student welcomes officially introduce new students to the University of Sydney community. Both undergraduate and postgraduate international full degree students are invited to join this event. Enjoy morning tea in the Quadrangle at 9.30am, followed by the formal welcome at 10am in the Great Hall. Afterwards, SUSF will be providing a BBQ lunch, along with exciting AFL sports activities on the Square.

USU Sydney Day Trips

When: Tuesday 22 July 2014, 2pm–5pm (following the AFL activities and BBQ lunch at the International Full Degree Student Welcome)
Where: Students will be ushered to the meeting point for the USU Sydney Day Trips after the AFL activities and BBQ lunch

The University of Sydney Union are providing international students a free day trip to one of three locations in Sydney. Students can join a tour of the Rocks, Manly Beach or Darling Harbour.

To ensure your spot on one of these tours, make sure you register.

International Student Arrival Information Sessions

These sessions will provide you with practical information to help you get settled in Sydney, and ensure your first few weeks run as smoothly as possible. Staff and students will present information and give you key resources about studying at the University and life in Sydney.

Bring along any questions you might have and you only need to attend one of these sessions.

  1. When: Friday 18 July 2014, 9am–11am
    Where: Chemistry Lecture Theatre 3, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown/Darlington Campus
  2. When: Wednesday 23 July 2014, 9am–11am
    Where: Chemistry Lecture Theatre 3, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown/Darlington Campus
  3. When: Friday 25 July 2013, 9am–11am
    Where: Chemistry Lecture Theatre 3, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown/Darlington Campus


These International Student Arrival Information Sessions include a free campus tour, which will be followed by New to Sydney - Accommodation Information Sessions.


Welcome to Sydney Party for International Students

When: Thursday 24 July, 2014 at 7pm
Where: Manning Bar, Manning Road, Camperdown Campus

The USU is once again hosting a welcome party for our new visitors!! It will be a fun night with FREE entry, free food and great prizes to give away! If you are an ACCESS member, you will also get one free drink! If you're not a member yet, you can purchase an ACCESS card before the party at the International Student Lounge, or at the party before 10pm. This would be a great opportunity for you to meet new friends before the semester starts so come along and have a great night!

Please remember to bring your passport along for identification.

Find out more about the Welcome to Sydney Party. Check out the USU website to find out more about the USU and ACCESS membership.