Orientation (run by Monash Abroad) is compulsory, as it is a really important part of getting settled into Monash – your enrolment is finalised, and we give you lots of information you won't find elsewhere, so you should make sure you organise your travel to arrive in time.

Orientation takes place about 10 days before the start of semester (usually in the second week of February and the first week of July) – have a look at the key dates.

Programs and evening activities

We'll email you the appropriate orientation program well before you leave home, but you can check the details earlier.

We'll help you settle in with helpful information sessions, and interactive activities where you can meet new people from around the world.

The Monash Student Association (MSA) organises evening activities just for Monash Abroad students, which in the past have included a movie and pizza night, a trip to the Eureka Tower in the city, and a visit to the Queen Victoria Night Market to sample some of Melbourne's delicious food offerings. MSA also organise events and camps available to all students throughout the semester which you can join. Find out more at their website here.

The Monash Overseas and Exchange Club, or MOVE for short, is a university club for students who are currently on Study Abroad or Exchange at Monash, or local students who have been or are interested in studying overseas. In past semesters, MOVE has organised trips to Phillip Island or Healesville Sanctuary during Monash Abroad orientation week. Visit their Facebook page here to find out more about their upcoming events and activities.

Monash also organises a university-wide orientation program which you can take part in. You can find useful resources and upcoming events at their website here.

If you are in the Study Abroad Honours in Australia program, you will attend the Global Leadership Academy as part of your orientation program.