Welcome to Victoria University and Victoria University Polytechnic! We hope that studying with us is one of the most memorable times of your life.

Orientations are a great way to start university or TAFE.  You'll get important course information and make friends at fun social events.

On-campus orientations are held twice a year. In February/March (Semester 1) we call our orientation 'Summer O-Fest', and in July (Semester 2) we call it 'Winter O-Fest'.

O-Fest 2020

New to VU? Make sure you attend the Summer O-Fest activities at your campus.

You will meet other students, enjoy games and performances, go on campus tours, win prizes and have a whole lot of fun!

If you're starting in Summer Block 1 this year, come along to Summer Block O-Fest. 

Thursday 9 January 2020
12–1.30pm
Building C/D courtyard, Footscray Park Campus

Tuesday 11 February 2020
11.30am–1pm
Werribee Campus

Wednesday 12 February 2020
11.30am–1pm
City Flinders Campus

Thursday 13 February 2020
11am–12.30pm
City King Campus

Thursday 13 February 2020
1–2.30pm
City Queen Campus

Friday 14 February 2020
11.30am–1pm
Sunshine Campus

Tuesday 18 February 2020
10am–2pm
Footscray Park Campus

Wednesday 19 February 2020
11am–1pm
Footscray Nicholson Campus

Thursday 20 February 2020
11am–2pm
St Albans Campus 

Saturday 15 February 
2–5pm
Building P courtyard, Footscray Park Campus

Starting uni can be a big step. Come along to our annual Family Information Day to learn how you can support your child, partner or friend studying with us in 2020.

You will learn more about: 

  • the difference between studying at high school and uni
  • housing, fees, scholarships and more
  • VU's free support services
  • current students' experiences.

Register for Family Information Day

Friday 21 February 2020
5–9pm
Building P courtyard, Level 00, Building M, Footscray Park campus

If you're new to VU,  you don't want to miss our Summer O-Fest Block Party. Join us for:

  • free food trucks
  • a photo booth
  • games and giveaways
  • live music and DJs
  • two complimentary drink vouchers.

The Summer O-Fest Block Party is a great way to meet other new students before your study period starts.

Register for Summer O-Fest Block Party.

International student orientation

As a new international student you must attend a compulsory orientation session before your course start date.

Your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) shows your proposed course start date. You need to attend one international orientation before this date.

If you are in Australia, we suggest that you attend the first available international orientation.

If you're coming from overseas it’s a good idea to arrive at least a week before your international orientation. You'll then have time to explore Melbourne.

International orientation provides important information from VU staff, students, government and community organisations about living in Melbourne and getting a great start at VU, including:

  • support services for international students
  • overseas student health cover (OSHC)
  • safety
  • your student visa rights and responsibilities
  • facilities and services on campus.

The 2020 international orientation days are all at Footscray Park Campus and City Flinders Campus, even if you are going to study at a different campus. Dates and locations for orientation are:

  • Thursday 30 January at Footscray Park Campus
  • Wednesday 12 February at City Flinders Campus
  • Tuesday 18 February at Footscray Park Campus
  • Wednesday 4 March at City Flinders Campus.

Register online for your preferred international orientation session.

Session 1

Thursday 30 January 2020
10am–1.30pm
Room L114, Building L, Footscray Park Campus

Session 2

Wednesday 12 February 2020
12noon–2.30pm
Room FS1101, Level 11, City Flinders Campus

Session 3

Tuesday 18 February 2020
12.30–2.30pm
Room L114, Building L, Footscray Park Campus

Session 4

Wednesday 4 March 2020
10am–1.30pm
Room FS1101, Level 11, City Flinders Campus

The Very Useful Information Sessions are free, optional sessions designed to help international students to do the following:

  • meet other students
  • find out where and how to look for a job
  • understand your working conditions and what you should be paid
  • learn about Australian life and culture
  • find out about travelling safely and economically on public transport
  • have a great experience at VU and in Melbourne.

You can come to as many sessions as you'd like. Registrations will be available on 10 December 2020.

Session 1

Thursday 6 February 2020
10am–3pm
Room FS1105, Level 11, City Flinders Campus

Session 2

Friday 21 February 2020
11am–4pm
Room C209, Building C, Footscray Park Campus
 

Experience Melbourne's summer culture with other international students at our Big Beach Day Out on Saturday 29 February 2020.

Join us for a day at the beach and take part in activities both on the sand and in the water. 

This is a free activity and lunch is included – make sure you register for catering.

Registrations will open on 10 December 2019.