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Your First Week and Orientation

Orientation outside the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus

Orientation is the beginning of your journey at Deakin. It introduces you to your new life as a Deakin College student. It all starts the week before your classes begin and is packed full of useful activities and exciting events that will help promote an easy transition to tertiary study. It’s a great chance for you to get to know more about your course and faculty, to make sure your properly enrolled and to meet staff and other new students.

You will also be introduced to a range of services and facilities available to you as a student. There will be information sessions on accommodation, employment, health and safety and computer skills. These sessions are all designed to help you settle into your new environment.

Keep an eye out around the College for people in bright blue t-shirts – they’re current students ready to answer any questions you may have about Orientation or provide other practical, academic and social support.


Orientation at our Australian Campuses

What to bring

Bring along your Deakin College Offer Letter, passport (international students only) and address details.

Enrolling in your course

Attending Orientation gives you the opportunity to make sure that you are properly enrolled. If you have not yet enrolled using the Student Portal Enrolment Guide, you will be guided through the enrolment process so that you can create your timetable, buy textbooks and obtain your Deakin College Student ID Card.

When and where

Trimester 1 2020

Melbourne Burwood students

  • Monday 24 February 2020 – Friday 28 February 2020
    International student orientation (Foundation and MQP students only)

View the full Burwood Foundation and MQP Orientation program: Burwood Foundation and MQP Orientation program

  • Tuesday 25 February 2020 – Friday 28 February 2020
    Local and international student orientation (diploma students only)

View the full Burwood Diploma Orientation program: Burwood Diploma Orientation program

Geelong Waurn Ponds and Waterfront students

  • Monday 24 February 2020 – Wednesday 26 February 2020
    International student orientation
  • Tuesday 25 February – Wednesday 26 February 2020
    Local student orientation

View the full Geelong Orientation program: Geelong Orientation program


Student and staff member talking at reception

Other Orientation activities in Melbourne and Geelong

While it’s essential that you attend the Deakin College Orientation, there are lots of other activities that you might like to take part in during Orientation week.

You are welcome to join the Deakin Uni social activities and events run by DUSA throughout the week. Whether you join the famous Beats N Eats fiesta, take a campus tour or join the Mystery Bus Tour, you’ll meet new friends and have lots of fun!

If you’re an international student, there are also events run by Study Melbourne and Study Geelong during Orientation week and beyond. If you’re heading into Melbourne city centre, visit the Study Melbourne Student Centre, dedicated to providing information and practical support to international students studying in Victoria. Make sure you pick up a free hard copy of the International Student Guide to Melbourne while you’re there.


Settling in at Deakin College

Once Orientation is over, it might still take some time for you to adjust to your new life at Deakin College, especially if you’ve come from a different country or you haven’t studied in a while. If you need help settling in or you are finding getting back into study difficult, we offer lots of support services to get you back on track. Our Student Counsellors are available to chat to you about study or personal issues, accommodation difficulties, family matters, attendance issues and home-sickness, and our Student Learning Advisors can help you develop good study skills and prepare you for success in your assignments and exams.

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