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Orientation Week

24–28 February 2020

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.

The Orientation Planner will be available by 8 January.

Event highlights

  • Monash Student Association Summer Camp

    Day Friday 14 February – Sunday 16 February
    Time Fri 10am – Sun 2pm
    Venue PGL Campaspe Downs Adventure Camp

    A dormitory-style camp for all new and returning Monash students located at Lake Campaspe.

    More information

  • Monash Graduate Association: Brunch with a Bunch

    Day Tuesday 18 February, Wednesday 19 February
    Time 11am – 2pm
    Venue Hobba, Middletown

    Make new friends and get to know your new city in true Melbourne style!

    More information

  • Monash Abroad's Global Opportunities Information Session

    Day Monday 24 February – Friday 28 February
    Time Various times
    Venue Clayton campus

    Come to this session and learn about opportunities to study overseas during your degree!

    More information

  • Monash Graduate Association's O-Fest

    Day Monday 24 February – Tuesday 4 March
    Time 11am – 3pm
    Venue Clayton campus

    O-Fest is your perfect introduction to uni life beyond the textbooks.

    More information

  • O-Show

    Day Monday 24 February – Thursday 27 February
    Time Various times
    Venue Student Theatre, Ground Floor, 21 Chancellors Walk

    The O-Show is a free, fun, informative spoof on campus life and pop culture.

    More information

  • BRIGHT training

    Day Monday 24 February, Friday 28 February
    Time Various times
    Venue Clayton campus

    A free workshop for new students seeking to contribute to a community of respect and equality.

    More information

  • Monash Graduate Association Welcome Party

    Day Thursday 27 February, Friday 28 February
    Time 4 – 6pm
    Venue MGA Balcony (Caulfield campus), Menzies Lawn (Clayton campus)

    New Monash graduate students! Come to our free party with games, prizes, food and drinks!

    More information

  • Monash Graduate Association's Great Ocean Road Trip

    Day Saturday 29 February
    Time 7am – 10pm
    Venue Great Ocean Road

    Day trip for Masters and PhD grad students with fun stops and stunning ocean views.

    More information

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.
  • Be sure to bring sun protection and your own water bottle - there are water fountains everywhere and sustainability is important to us.

Accessibility or mobility requirements

If you have any accessibility or mobility requirements for Orientation, please contact Disability Support Services.

What if I can't attend?

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

  1. First, 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 as it will help you prepare for study.
  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.

International students

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

Respect at Monash

The Monash community expects everyone to be treated with respect – this means you’re required to give others the same respect you’d expect to receive from them.

To this end, all students are required to complete a compulsory module called Respect at Monash, which can be found in Monash’s Learning Management System, Moodle.

When you enrol in your units for 2020, you're required to agree that you'll complete the module by Sunday 12 April.

Together, we can strive for a safer Monash where everyone is treated with respect.


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