Sydney Abroad Orientation and Events

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 July Semester Sydney Abroad Orientation.

Attendence of one Meet and Greet Session (10am and 11am daily 13-17 July) is recommended, but non-essential. The full day Welcome and Enrolment Advising session on Monday, 20 July 2015 is compulsary.

Social events will also run throughout this period as detailed below, including the University of Sydney Union's OWeek activities held from Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 July 2015.

Monday 13 to Friday 17 July 2015

What: Meet and Greet Session - Attend only one of these sessions (recommended)
Day: Daily Monday 13 to Friday 17 July
Time: 10am - 11am
Where: TBA
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)

What: Campus Race/Scavenger Hunt (optional)
When: After Meet and Greet, Thursday 16 Only
How: Register online.

Monday 20 July 2015

What: Welcome to the University - (compulsary)
When: 10am - 12pm
Where: TBA
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.

What: Enrolment Advising Sessions
When: 1pm - 4pm
Where: TBA
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.

Orientation Events

Friday 17 to Sunday 19 July 2015 (tentative)

Sydney Abroad 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 17 – Sunday 19 July 2015 (2 nights)
Price: approx. AUD$260 (after $100 discount promo code) – includes 3 lessons, transport, accommodation, meals, photos, and more!
How to book:

What: Orientation Escape to Hunter Valley and Port Stephens by Extreme Adventures
When: Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 July 2015 (1 night)
Price: approx. AUD$289 – 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!

The trips are available until sold out.

Tuesday 21 July 2015

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 Sydney Abroad students are invited and encouraged to join the exciting AFL sports activities. A free BBQ lunch will be provided by Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness (SUSF) during the festivities.

What: Free Sydney Day Trips - free trip to Darling Harbour, The Rocks or Manly
When: Tuesday 21 February, 2pm – 5:30pm
Where: Darling Harbour, The Rocks or Manly
Cost: Free
Meet: International Student Lounge, Level 4, Wentworth Building
Join other new students and get to know some of Sydney’s most famous attractions on a free day trip! The USU runs tours to Manly Beach, The Rocks and Darling Harbour, so choose your favourite destination and register online. Each tour will take approximately 3-4 hours and you must register prior to attending the trip to secure your seat.

For further inquiries about the Sydney Day Trips, please contact

What: Welcome to Sydney Party!
When: Thursday 23 July 2015, 7pm
Where: Manning Bar, Manning Road, Camperdown Campus
Get excited for the Welcome to Sydney Party, a fun night with free food, a free drink for ACCESS members and heaps of prizes to give away! This is a perfect opportunity to meet new friends from Sydney and around the world before the semester starts, so come along for a taste of uni life! Please remember to bring your passport for identification.


Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 July 2015

What: OWeek 2015
When: Monday 20 - Friday 24 July, all day
Where: University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

The University of Sydney Union’s annual orientation festival is your introduction to uni life, giving you a taste of all our clubs and societies, new friends, free food, events and parties.
In 2015, OWeek is going ‘Back to the Future’ with an epic 3 days of events including live music, comedy, dance performances, parties and debates.

Visit the official OWeek webpage for more details!

The USU also organises a range of activities for International students during OWeek to introduce you to the University of Sydney community.

Make sure you also visit the International Student Lounge during the year for free computer access, pool tables, locker hire and friendly staff to answer any of your questions.

Social Program - Semester Events

Over the course of each semester, Sydney Abroad organises a range of social events. These can be found on the University's calendar by searching for events Presented by: International Services or check out the list of upcoming events below!

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

Past Social Events:

  • Breakfast with Koalas
  • Aussie BBQ - Maze Lawns
  • Welcome to Harbour Cruise
  • Various out of Sydney Trips
  • Sydney Abroad Surf Weekend
  • Sydney Abroad Farewell Celebration - The Great Hall

Mates Abroad

Each semester, Sydney Abroad coordinates the Mates Abroad 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 Mates Abroad 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 Mates Abroad Team will see what they can do. Send your suggestions to .