Get involved in O Week
5 February 2016
As we kick off the new academic year, thousands of international students are now arriving in Sydney and New South Wales (NSW) from all over the world to begin their studies!
Students are greeted through a range of orientation and other welcome events across the state. Our NSW universities and some other education institutions hold an Orientation Week or "O Week", which takes place before classes start.
O week events and activities are designed to help new students settle in and celebrate the beginning of the academic year before all the hard work begins. Check out some examples below.
The University of NSW (UNSW) has some exciting events planned for their O Week including; Campus Idol, Hunger Games, UNSW’s Got Talent and a big Water Fight! See the UNSW website for more information about events and settling in.
The University of New England (UNE)'s International office, in conjunction with the Armidale International Association, run a day trip to the Dorrigo Rainforest for newly arrived international students at the end of their O Week. The trip gives students a chance to get to know each other and make new friends in a fun and relaxed atmosphere before they start their studies. Visit UNE to find out more.
International students coming to any of the six Charles Sturt University (CSU) regional campuses are met by either a Support Officer or a member of the International Students Club and quickly linked with a continuing student from the same country or the local multicultural councils and community groups within the township. Students attend a Commencement Celebration which gives them a taste of the pomp and ceremony that is university and attend accommodation and academic information sessions and social events though out the week. Visit CSU to find out more.
Visit your education institution's website for details about any orientation events you can take part in and have a great O Week!
If your education institution doesn’t have an O Week program there are still lots of ways to celebrate the beginning of your study adventure in NSW and get involved. Check out our suggestions below:
Join a club or society
Joining a sports group, club or society is a great way to make new friends, take up a hobby and learn new skills, so make sure to explore opportunities to join up during O Week. The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has a huge number of clubs and societies to suit a wide range of interests such as the Anime@UTS club for comic enthusiasts, to the Australian Collaborative Entrepreneurial Society (ACES) for budding entrepreneurs. They even have a Quidditch club for Harry Potter fans! Visit UTS to find out more.
Jump on a campus tour
Most education institutions will have campus tours to help orientate students to inform them about key resources such as libraries, student support offices and sport facilities and where they are located. TAFE North Coast even has an Online Library Orientation program on their website for students studying via distance education.
Visit our NSW International Student Airport Welcome Desk
The NSW International Student Airport Welcome Desk is now open seven days a week. Our dedicated student volunteers are ready and waiting to help orientate students arriving at Sydney International Airport. Get a map and more information about the desk here.