After arriving in Melbourne

Once you arrive in Melbourne, make sure you familiarise yourself with the city and you surroundings. It's important to attend your international orientation session and find out when and where to enrol.

When you arrive you may feel tired, anxious or apprehensive. Take time to adjust to your new environment.

First days in Melbourne

It may take a while before you feel comfortable and relaxed. This is a normal reaction for new international students and you should not feel alone.

Make sure you don't neglect essentials such as:

International orientation sessions

International orientation sessions are the perfect opportunity to get started on a great life at VU. You need to register to attend your international orientation session - these sessions are compulsory.

You can also attend a range of VU Orientation events to help you get ready for student life.

What is international orientation?

A fun and social event, international orientation sessions are a comprehensive program designed to:

  • create opportunities for you to make new friends
  • help you with your transition to university life
  • get you started on your once-in-a-lifetime student journey
  • provide you with essential information about living in Melbourne and studying at Victoria University.

Orientation includes official events such as enrolment and information sessions, and a variety of other events. During international orientation you will:

Semester 1, 2017


All new international students must attend their course or college enrolment session. Information on enrolment dates for international students including venues, campus locations and times will be published before you plan to arrive in Australia.

Find out more about how to enrol for your course.

For higher education students, any changes made to your units of study after week one of any semester will incur a late amendment fee.

Census dates

Your student enrolment details must be finalised for each semester by:

  • Semester 1, 31 March
  • Semester 2, 31 August.