Predeparture and Orientation for Study Abroad and Exchange students

Preparing to arrive

Congratulations on being offered a place at the University of Sydney. Now that you have accepted your offer, you need to organise an Australian student visa, and plan for your arrival in Australia. You can find more information about pre-arrival and pre-arrival preparations below:


To help you settle into your semester at the University, we recommend you plan to arrive in time for the 2015 March Semester Study Abroad and Exchange Student Orientation.

You should attend one Meet and Greet Session, between 10am and 11am during 16-20 February, plus the full day Welcome and Enrolment Advising session on Monday, 23 February 2015. (tentative dates)

Social events will also run throughout this period as detailed below, including the University of Sydney Union's O'Week activities held from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th February 2015. (tentative dates)

Monday 16 to Friday 20 February 2015 (tentative)

What: Meet and Greet Session - Attend only one of these sessions
Day: Monday 16 to Friday 20 February 2-15
Time: 10am - 11am
Where: To be advised, Camperdown/Darlington Campus
Purpose: 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. You will also have the chance to meet some Sydney students who have been on exchange and who will understand what you might be going through on arrival in your host country.

After the Meet and Greet Session on the following days, you are invited to join the following optional sessions. Dates have yet to be confirmed.

What: Campus Tour by the University of Sydney Union (USU) (optional)

What: New to Sydney - Accommodation Information Session (optional)

Monday 23 February 2015 (tentative)

What: Welcome to the University
When: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Where: The Great Hall, The Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus
Purpose: This is an official welcome to the University and introduction to key services and information about student life.

The welcome will be followed by refreshments/light lunch in the lawn area inside The Quadrangle.

What: Enrolment Advising Sessions
When: 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Where: To be advised, Camperdown Campus
Purpose: You will 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.

Social Program

Orientation Events

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd February 2015 (tentative)

The Study Abroad and Exchange team offers a range of pre-semester trips to help you to meet other international students and to explore Sydney and its beautiful surrounds.

What: Sydney Uni Surf Weekend by Surf Camp Australia
When: Friday 20 – Sunday 22 February 2015 (2 nights)
Price: approx. AUD$260 (after $100 discount promo code) – includes 3 lessons, transport, accommodation, meals, photos, and more!
How to book: To be advised

What: Orientation Escape to Hunter Valley and Port Stephens by Extreme Adventures
When: Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 February 2015 (1 night)
Price: approx. AUD$300 – includes tour guides, accommodation, transport, most meals, Australian Reptile Park entry, wine tour, sand boarding, beer brewery tour, dolphin watching cruise, shark and sting ray feeding and more!
How: To be advised

The trips are available until sold out.

Tuesday 24th February 2015 (tentative)

Social events will also be organised by the University of Sydney Union (USU) and Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness (SUSF). Details to be advised once available.

What: AFL Activities and BBQ Lunch

All Study Abroad and Exchange 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 Sport and Fitness (SUSF) during the festivities.

What: Sydney Day Trips - free trip to Darling Harbour, The Rocks or Manly

Let us help you get to know some of Sydney’s most famous attractions. Choose from a trip to Manly Beach, The Rocks or Darling Harbour. Each tour will take approximately 3-4 hours. You must register online prior to attending the trip.

Wednesday 25th February 2015 (tentative)

What: Welcome to Sydney Party!
When: Wednesday 25th February 2015, 7pm
Where: Manning Bar, Manning Road, Camperdown Campus

Do not miss out on the Welcome to Sydney Party! It will be a fun night with FREE food, one free drink for Access Members and great prizes to give away. 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 for identification.

Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th February 2015 (tentative)

The USU organises a range of activities for International students on O'Week to introduce you to the University of Sydney community. They also provide an International Student Lounge with free computer access, pool tables, locker hire and staff to assist you.

What: USU O'Week 2015
When: All Day
What: Activities on and off campus with University of Sydney Union and Sports Union
Where: Various locations

Upcoming Semester Events

Some events organised by the Study Abroad and Exchange staff during July semester 2014 include:

  • Breakfast with Koalas - Sydney Wildlife Park (Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd August 2014)
  • Aussie BBQ (Tuesday 26th August)
  • Welcome to Spring Harbour Cruise (Thursday 4th September)
  • Welcome to Summer / Farewell to Semester Party (Wednesday 5th November)

Invitations with booking instructions (where required) are emailed to students or posted on our Facebook Group for students who arrived this semester. If you did not receive your invitation, email for more information.

Buddy Club

Each semester, the Study Abroad and Exchange Unit coordinates the Buddy Club, a social mentoring program, designed to help you build social networks, engage with local students, adjust to life in Australia and make the most out of your semester abroad.

In the past we have organised Koala Breakfasts, bushwalking in the Royal National Park, trivia evenings, pub nights, yum cha, harbour cruises, fancy dress parties, concerts, sports events, fairs, dinner parties, barbeques, guided tours, shopping, and fundraising events.

You will receive your personal invitation to join the Buddy Club Facebook Group and start connecting with other students before you arrive in Australia.

Let us know what events and activities you would like to get involved in and the Buddy Club Team will see what they can do. Send your suggestions to .

For more information about the Buddy Club, view the Buddy Club video below.