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Orientation Week

16 - 20 July 2018

Orientation planner

Orientation is the official start of the semester.

We know that students who attend Orientation are more likely to feel prepared for university and succeed in their studies plus it gives you an opportunity to meet staff and new friends before the first day of classes.

You can create a personalised Orientation Plan using the Orientation Planner. On the Planner, you will find information sessions, activities and other events designed to help you settle in and connect with your faculty, campus and the Monash community.

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Wominjeka Monash

All new students are invited to join the Monash community at the official Welcome to Monash event, with food, music and activities.

Clayton campus

Tuesday 17 July

Caulfield campus

Wednesday 18 July

Peninsula campus

Thursday 19 July


  • MSA orientation camps and social activities

    Monash Student Association's Host Scheme is an orientation program for domestic and international students. The program runs camps, BBQ’s, intimate functions and large day and night events.

  • MPA welcome reception

    10–12 July

    Come and join us at the MPA postgraduate lounge for afternoon tea. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the MPA and make some new friends.

  • Queer 101 Training

    16–17 July

    Learn more about sex, gender and sexuality! You'll be empowered to make positive change for LGBTIQ people in your communities.

  • MPA Caulfield: Postgraduate welcome party

    19 July

    Come and join us at the MPA postgraduate lounge at Caulfield for some food, drink, laughter and games. This is a great opportunity to have a bit of fun before the semester starts and make some new friends.

  • MONSU Caulfield Dis-O-Week

    23–25 July

    Kick-start your mid-year with MONSU Caulfield's Dis-O-Week activities!

  • MSA Mid-Year Festival

    24 July

    Upstairs in the Campus Centre, the airport lounge/dining hall will be transformed into an intergalactic playground of free food, entertainment and endless amounts of fun.

  • MONSU Peninsula Re-Orientation Week party

    26 July

    The legendary full moon party from Thailand comes to the Peninsula campus to celebrate the start of semester two!

  • MPA Clayton: Postgraduate meet and greet

    27 July

    Come and join us for some food, drink, laughter and meet your Clayton representative and make some new friends.

  • Mid-year camp: Slumber party

    27–29 July

    Join the MSA Host Scheme crew on our three-day getaway.

  • Monash Day Out

    For international students

    28 July

    Experience the Phillip Island Penguin Parade and see Australian native animals in their natural habitat at the Phillip Island Wildlife Park.

What to expect

  • Your campus has lots of activities/events/workshops during Orientation Week and week one to help you make friends and get to know your campus.
  • To prepare you for your course and classes, it’s important that you attend your faculty welcomes and course information sessions. The faculties and Library also host study skills sessions that will help you settle into your studies and succeed. Sign up for these activities and bring something to take notes.

What to bring

  • You may like to bring some money to purchase books or course materials, buy tickets for parties, and for any clubs and societies' joining fees.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and check the weather as some activities/tours are outdoors.
  • Bring a notepad and pen to take notes where needed.

What if I can't attend?

Orientation is important but if there are circumstances that prevent you from attending, we suggest the following:

  1. Firstly, contact your faculty student services to tell them you can't attend. Ask if you can meet, collect orientation material later, or if there's anything you can access online.
  2. Book a library tour or workshop. Understanding how the library works and how they can help with assessments is crucial to academic success. You'll need these skills as soon as your units start.
  3. Visit the Library's orientation site and Monash 101.
  4. During weeks one to four of each semester, look out for ASK ME volunteers in their blue t-shirts and hoodies and ask them any questions you might have about Monash and transitioning to university.

To get to know people, introduce yourself to your classmates during your first week. Join social events, clubs and societies and the New to Monash 2018 Facebook group.

International students

It’s important that you check your student email for repeat International Student Orientation sessions and complete the Monash Essentials Moodle Unit.


  • Join us on Facebook

    Join our Facebook group for first-years and connect with other new students.

  • Student associations

    Join an association or club to enrich your student experience.

  • Monash Postgraduate Association

    Meet other postgraduates, get advice and find out what's on.

  • Non-residential colleges (NRC)

    A fun and supportive environment for students living off-campus.

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