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.

Semester 2 VU College/HE Diploma/Polytechnic International Orientation (including postgrad business)

Wednesday 10 July 2019

9am - 4pm
Room 1101, Level 11, City Flinders Campus

This orientation and enrolment session is essential for international students starting a:

  • postgraduate business course
  • VU College/HE Diploma course
  • VU Polytechnic course.

Register for VU College/HE Diploma/Polytechnic international orientation

Semester 2 bachelor & postgraduate International Orientation

Tuesday 16 July 2019

9am - 4pm
Room L114, Building L, Footscray Park Campus

This orientation and enrolment session is essential for international students studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the following course levels:

  • Bachelor
  • Graduate certificate (all courses except Business)
  • Graduate diploma (all courses except Business)
  • Masters (all courses except Business)
  • Phd (Integrated) from all Colleges.

Register for Bachelor & postgraduate International Orientation

Under 18 International Student Information Session 

Friday 19 July
10am – 12pm
Room A330, Building A, Footscray Park Campus

This enrolment session is compulsory for international students under 18 years of age as of 19 July 2019 who are starting at VU in June or July.

Register for the Under 18 International Information Session

Friday 19 July
11.45am - 3.45pm
VU Bar, Level 0, Building M, Footscray Park Campus

The Incredible Race combines team building and exploration into one action-packed afternoon. Working in teams, you’ll be given clues to help you explore our Footscray Park campus.

Lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Register for The Incredible Race

The Very Useful Information Sessions are free sessions designed to help international students:

  • meet other students
  • look for a job
  • learn about Australian life and culture
  • learn about health services and health insurance in Australia
  • have a great experience at VU and in Melbourne.

You can come along to as many sessions as you'd like. 

Find out more about the sessions and register online.