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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 you'll get an opportunity to meet staff and make new friends before the first day of classes.

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

Go to the Orientation Planner

Wominjeka Monash

Wominjeka Monash is the biggest event of O-Week. We’ll welcome you to Monash with a celebration of Australian Indigenous culture across all campuses.

The event kicks off with a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, followed by performances from featured artists.

Bring your friends, meet new people and chill out to some live music and fun activities at this free event.

Caulfield campus

Day: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Time: 4–6pm
Venue: Campus Green
Register now

Clayton campus

Day: Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Time: 4–6pm
Venue: Forum Lawn
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Peninsula campus

Day: Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Time: 12–2pm
Venue: Library Lawn
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Parkville campus

Day: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Time: 12–3pm
Venue: The Lawn
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New to Monash Questionnaire

We realise that starting at Monash is a significant step in your education, and we want to provide you with the best possible learning experience.

To help us do this, we'd like you to complete this short questionnaire. It's not compulsory, but your views will help shape our support programs for you, your peers, and other students who join us in the future.

Make sure you've completed all enrolment steps first, so you can access the questionnaire.

Events

  • Monash Student Association Summer Camp

    Day Fri 14 – Sun 16 Feb
    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 Tue 18 and Wed 19 Feb
    Time 11am – 2pm
    Venue Hobba and Middletown, Prahran

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

    More information

  • O-Show

    Day Mon 24 – Thu 27 Feb
    Time Various times
    Venue Clayton campus

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

    More information

  • Monash Abroad's Global Opportunities Information Session

    Day Mon 24 – Fri 28 Feb
    Time Various times
    Venue Clayton campus

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

    More information

  • BRIGHT training

    Day Mon 24 and Fri 28 Feb
    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 Student Association's O-Fest

    Day Mon 24 Feb – Tue 4 Mar
    Time 11am – 3pm
    Venue Clayton campus

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

    More information

  • Peninsula Campus welcome breakfasts

    Day Mon 24 Feb – Thu 27 Feb
    Time 8–10am
    Venue Library Lawn, Peninsula campus

    Get your day started in the best possible way, with breakfast and tunes on the library lawn!

  • Peninsula Campus O-Week lunches

    Day Mon 24 Feb, Wed 26 Feb, Thu 27 Feb
    Time 12–2pm
    Venue Library Lawn, Peninsula campus

    Mix and mingle with other new students, grab a bite to eat and chill out with some tunes!

  • Caulfield Pre-O-Fest Party

    Day Wed 26 Feb
    Time 6.30 – 10pm
    Venue Racecourse Hotel, Malvern East

    Come on down after Wominjeka and mix and mingle with your fellow first year Caulfield students!

    More information

  • Monash Graduate Association Welcome Party

    Day Thu 27 and Fri 28 Feb
    Time 4–6pm
    Venue Caulfield and Clayton campus

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

    More information

  • Queer 101 Training

    Day Thu 27 and Fri 28 Feb, Tue 10 Mar
    Time 2–4pm, 3–5pm
    Venue Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula campuses

    Learn more about the LGBTIQ community and be empowered to make positive change!

    More information

  • Bogan Bingo Night

    Day Fri 28 Feb
    Time 7–11pm
    Venue Peninsula campus

    Channel your inner bogan at a "fair dinkum" lively night of bogan bingo & fun times!

    More information

  • Party on the Green

    Day Fri 28 Feb
    Time 3–9pm
    Venue Caulfield campus

    Kick-off your uni social life with POTG, the ultimate ice-breaker!

    More information

  • Monash Graduate Association's Great Ocean Road Trip

    Day Sat 29 Feb
    Time 7am – 10pm
    Venue Great Ocean Road

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

    More information

  • MONSU Caulfield: Party Cruise

    Day Thu 5 Mar
    Time 7–10pm
    Venue Docklands, Melbourne CBD

    All Aboard! Kick off the semester with a huge party cruise!

    More information

  • Twilight Festival

    Day Thu 5 Mar
    Time 7–11pm
    Venue Peninsula campus

    Join MONSU Peninsula and MGA for a chilled summer evening Twilight Festival.

    More information

  • Monash Day Out

    Day Sat 14 Mar
    Time 10am – 8pm
    Venue Mornington Peninsula

    Join other new international students from all campuses in a jam packed day full of activities.

    More information

  • Non-Residential Colleges: 'Life's a Beach' Day

    Day Sat 14 Mar
    Time 11am – 5pm
    Venue Carrum

    Lift your spirits and forget that uni has started! Become a member and get the details!

    More information

  • Outdoor Movie Night

    Day Tue 25 Mar
    Time 8–11pm
    Venue Peninsula campus

    Aquila College, MONSU Peninsula and MRS invite you to join us for an outdoor movie night on the Peninsula campus.

    More information

  • Non-Residential Colleges: College Clash

    Day Wed 25 Mar
    Time 5–9pm
    Venue Monash Sport, Clayton campus

    Join us in claiming triumph over the other Halls in this mini-Olympics style event!

    More information

What to expect

  • Your campus has lots of activities, events, and 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 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, 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. 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. Complete the Monash Essentials module in Moodle:
  3. Book a library tour or workshop and visit the Library's orientation site. Understanding how the library works and how they can help with assessments is crucial to academic success.
  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

In addition to the above, it’s important you check your student email account for repeat International Student Orientation sessions.

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 Compulsory Units Portal (CUP).

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.

Connect

  • New to Monash?

    Join our Facebook group for new and prospective students

  • Student associations

    Join an association or club to enrich your student experience.

  • Monash Graduate 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.

  • Monash University campus events

    Like us to know more about on-campus festivals and pop-up events!

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