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'.

International student orientation

As a new international student you need to arrive in Australia before your course starts and in time to attend your compulsory orientation session.

It’s a good idea to arrive at least a week before your international orientation. You'll then have time to explore Melbourne and go to O-Fest on your campus.

International orientation provides important information from VU staff, students 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
  • learning resources, support and expectations.