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Welcome Week at the University of Sydney

Your orientation to university life
Taking your first steps as a new student can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. It’s a new place, a new way of learning and you'll have lots of questions. Find your answers and transition into student life at Welcome Week.

What is Welcome Week?

Welcome Week is a series of welcome events, orientation activities, workshops and information sessions held before the start of semester each year. Welcome Week in Semester 1, 2020 will take place from 17 to 21 February – but some events happen in the week before and after, so be sure to check the schedule.

Making the most out of Welcome Week will help you start class full of confidence. We run a huge program with events essential to your orientation and transition into life as a student, including:

  • information about your course, teachers and classrooms
  • the basics of university study, including critical thinking and research skills
  • how and where to access student services and support on campus
  • information about career planning, overseas study opportunities and other ways to make the most of your time at university
  • making new friends and expanding your networks
  • help with living independently.

Are there events for new students from overseas?

There are many events that are specifically held to help international students settle into Sydney. When making your travel plans, try to arrive well before Welcome Week (ideally 2-3 weeks before your first day of class) so you’ll be able to go to as many of these activities as possible.

If you're getting ready to study in Sydney, make sure to find out what you should do before you move to Sydney.

Is Welcome Week essential to attend?

If you miss Welcome Week, you may find yourself trying to catch-up for the rest of the semester. Our welcome programs are designed to help you transition into university life and prepare you for success.

If you can’t make it, make sure you read all the information sent to your University email account and read our guide for new students.