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Orientation Week

22–26 July 2019

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.

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

Day: Tuesday 23 July
Time: 12pm – 2.30pm
Place: Airport Lounge and Main Dining Hall, level 1 of Campus Centre

Caulfield campus

Day: Thursday 25 July
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Place: Chisholm Hall, Building S

Peninsula campus

Day: Tuesday 30 July
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Place: Seahorse Tavern, Building U


  • Free Welcome Lunch for Early Arrivals

    17–18 July

    Join senior students and members of Monash's social network, aMigo, and play games, win prizes, dance to international music and enjoy delicious free food!

  • Monash Postgraduate Association Welcome Reception

    17–18 July

    Are you a new postgraduate looking to connect with other students before your course starts? Join us for afternoon tea on your campus!

  • Monash Student Association Social Functions

    19–21 July

    Social functions are a fun, inexpensive and accessible way of meeting new people in your area who you may never have bumped into otherwise!

  • Queer 101 Training

    24–25 July

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

  • MONSU Peninsula Week Oh!

    22–26 July

    Why wait till Week 1 for all the fun? Join MONSU for a Strike Bowling Night, Movie Night and Games Night!!

  • Monash Postgraduate Association Orientation

    23–25 July

    Get immersed in the postgraduate community at our on-campus orientation! Enjoy fun giveaways, a guided campus tour, make new friends and find out about our services exclusive to Monash postgraduates.

  • Monash Postgraduate Association Welcome Party

    24–25 July

    All new Monash postgraduates are invited to our fun-filled afternoon party with free entertainment, games, prizes, food and drinks. Make new friends and immerse yourself in postgrad life!

  • Monash Student Association Mid Year Camp

    26–28 July

    All new and returning Monash students are welcome to attend. Price includes food, dormitory accommodation, transport to and from the camp site, and loads of activities!

  • Respect Now Always Week

    29 July – 1 August

    Learn how you can support the Respect.Now.Always campaign to end sexual violence on campuses. Join us for delicious donuts - because at Monash, we "Donut stand by, we step up"!

  • MONSU Peninsula Re-Orientation Week

    29 July – 2 August

    Fun and free food to welcome you back to campus life.

  • Monash Student Association O-Fest

    30 July

    Kick off semester two with a bang at the 2019 MSA O-Fest! Enjoy free food and entertainment, discover our clubs and societies, meet your MSA student representatives and make new friends!

  • Lets Talk About: Healthy Queer Intimacy

    2 August

    Promoting awareness for healthy relationships and consent through a Queer-specific lens with some of Australia’s leading Queer relationship experts.

  • Monash Day Out - Australian Wildlife Experience

    3 August

    Join hundreds of new international students as we visit the world-famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade and 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.
  • 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.

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 2019 Facebook group.

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 2019, you're required to agree that you'll complete the module by Monday 30 September.

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


  • New to Monash?

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  • 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.

  • Monash University campus events

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