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International Orientation

International Orientation

Welcome to Western

Starting at university is exciting. Starting your study in another country is exceptional. Your first day at uni is the first day of what will surely be one of the most memorable periods of your life.

The Western Sydney International Orientation program will help you in your transition to university and to a new chapter of your life: a new environment, a new culture, and a new way of learning.


The commencement of your study at Western Sydney University is fast approaching!

Use our starting at Western checklist below to ensure you get the best start to your studies with us this Semester!

Return to face-to-face delivery for student visa holders in 2023

With Australian international borders re-opening and overseas students once again able to travel to Australia for study, applicants intending to study on a student visa are expected to arrive in Australia and enrol in face-to-face classes to commence study from 2023. If circumstances in a student’s home country change that prevents them from travelling to Australia, the University will engage with students to determine the most appropriate course of action including deferring study.

Online study from your home country will not be available for student visa holders in academic sessions offered from July 2023. This practice will be in accordance with an announcement made by the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) of a return to standard regulatory practices for the mode of delivery to overseas students of Australian qualifications from 1 July 2023.

For more information, visit the TEQSA website.

When you accept your Western Sydney University offer, you will be issued with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) to use to apply for a student visa so that you can travel to Australia to commence your studies.


The first step to becoming a student at Western is to accept your offer.

The Western Sydney International Admissions team work tirelessly processing applications, issuing offers and working with future students to help them realise their educational goals with Western Sydney University. If you still need to formally accept your offer to enrol and finalise your timetable before the start of session, watch the ‘How to accept your offer video’ now.

If you have a question regarding your offer, the acceptance process or about your visa, visit the below links for more information.

Note: You must accept your offer and pay required fees as stated on your Offer Admission letter to receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). When you receive your CoE you can progress to the following steps.


If you've accepted your offer and received your confirmation of enrolment (eCOE), the next step is to activate your student account (Western Account).

This will give you access to all our online services, including your student email account, My Student Records (MySR), the Library and more.You'll need your Western Student ID number.

You can find this number on your Offer of Admission letter.

If you have a question about activating your Western Account, please contact International Admissions via email or call +61 2 9685 9280 during 9:00am-5:00pm AEST Mon to Fri.

Student Email

Email is the official communication channel at Western Sydney University. We send important information about your enrolment, exams, results etc to your student email account, not by post, so it's important that you check it regularly - every day if you can or at least twice a week. Your student email address is


Enrolling in your subjects is the most important thing you need to do when starting at Western Sydney University. You need to complete this in My Student Records (MySR).

To select your subjects for Spring 2023, you will need to find your program on the Academic Handbook page. When you search for your program, click on 'sequence' for the current recommended subject selections for this session.

International Students

Before registering into subjects, International Students must accept their offer and activate their account. Please view the How to Accept page for step by step instructions. 

Enrolment and Class Registration Help

For enrolment and class registration support you can contact the Student Services Hub via phone on +61 2 9852 5499, via Whatsapp on +61 2 9852 5271 or email


Class Registration is how you choose your tutorials (and other classes) and put together your timetable. Allocate+ is the online system used to complete this process.

You'll need to make sure you are enrolled in all of your subjects. After being allocated into your classes, you may be able to swap classes depending on availability.

If you have just completed your enrolment, it may take a couple of hours for your subjects to appear in Allocate+. Check back later if they do not show up in Allocate+ immediately after enrolment.

Important additional information to do with Class Registration can be viewed on our Class Registration page.

Note: After your timetable is complete, if you have been allocated to an on-campus class and not able to attend due to an underlying health condition, please contact your First Year Experience Coordinator to discuss the options available to you.


To make sure you get the best start at Uni, you must attend your Orientation sessions. 

International Orientation Session

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our International Orientation session. For those who were unable to join us or would like to catch up, you can watch a replay of our International Orientation session via the button below to learn more about the student services that are available to you, how to manage your study obligations as an international student, careers at Western, safety in the community and how university life will work for you. Information on how to enrol and register for your classes will also be included in this session. 

International Student Welcome

Join us on campus for your official Welcome to Western! Celebrate the commencement of your studies with our official welcome session including live entertainment and a current student panel. Learn about what to expect during your studies, connect with your fellow classmates and collect the free goodies on offer.  


School Welcome Sessions

School based activities will run closer to the commencement of spring session. Students will receive information about what support and activities are being offered for their program via email soon. 

Master of Nursing Practice (Preregistration)

Master of Nursing Practice (Preregistration)

All new students commencing the Master of Nursing Practice (Preregistration) program are required to attend their Program Commencement Day in early January at Parramatta campus. Check your offer letter for details. Your attendance at this session is compulsory. 

School of Education Early Commencement

School of Education Early Commencement

New students enrolling in teaching and education programs are required to attend early Program Commencement Sessions in February. Your attendance at these sessions is compulsory.

The College Students

For International students commencing at The College please check out The College Orientation webpage.

Sydney City Campus

For International students commencing at Sydney City Campus please visit the Orientation webpage

Sydney Graduate School of Management

All students commencing their studies at the Sydney Graduate School of Management (SGSM) are required to attend the SGSM international orientation session relevant to the quarter they will commence in. Please ensure you check your letter of offer for your relevant orientation date. 

In this session students will learn essential information about studying their postgraduate degree with SGSM. The session covers a range of topics including visa compliance, careers, student services, enrolment and tutorial registration. Students will also receive important information specific to their program of study from SGSM's academic program advisors.


Students can now apply for their Student ID card to be posted to them by following these steps:

  1. Go to and upload a photo and identity documentation that meets our guidelines. New students must upload one file containing one identity document from list A and another from list B.
  2. We will print your card and post it to your postal address recorded in MySR.

Please view the getting your new Student ID Card document for photo guidelines and acceptable documentation.

Offshore International Students do not need to undertake the Student ID Card process while overseas. You can get your Student ID Card once you arrive in Australia.

International Student Networking Event

Our International Student Networking event is a great way to connect with your fellow students in a safe and friendly environment.

Hosted by our student services team, this online social event is an opportunity to hangout and chat with future classmates, hear from current students and make new friends before you start your studies with us this semester. 

More sessions to come. 

Travelling to Australia?

Coming to Australia: Q&A sessions.

It doesn't matter whether it's your first time coming to Australia or you're returning after a few years, our Coming to Australia: Q&A sessions will provide you the best ways to prepare for your trip, information on any changes in student visa requirements and ways that you can create a home away from home once you arrive in Sydney. 

These sessions are a safe space for you to ask any questions you may have as you prepare to travel to Australia. It's also a great way to connect with your fellow students and make friends before you reach Sydney. 

Be sure to check back closer to the commencement of term for information on upcoming session dates. 

If you are planning to travel to Sydney, make sure you review the Pre-departure and Arrival Checklist from the NSW Government so you know what you need to do. Please also visit our International Student Arrivals webpage to help you navigate information for returning to Australia.

Scholarship and Sponsored Students FAQ and Q&A session

Join us at one of our online sessions to have any of your scholarship questions answered.

When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 1pm – 1.30pm AEST (Sydney Time)

Where: Online via Zoom

MyWestern Portal

Once you start classes your student email is our official communication channel for all of your registration, exam and Uni life information. To login, use your email address which is your StudentID and your Western Account password.

Western Success

At Western, we're here to help you discover your unique strengths. Upon completion of enrolment, all international students are assigned a dedicated Western Success Adviser. Your dedicated adviser is there to provide you with personalised support and to help you adjust to uni life as well as answer any questions you may have while completing your studies.

Student Services

At Western Sydney University, the welfare of our students is our number one priority. That’s why we happily provide multiple support services to ensure your transition to university goes smoothly.

Student Life

As a student at Western, you become part of a dynamic community. There are opportunities for sport, recreation, entertainment, going out and community engagement – both on and off campus. Don’t miss Welcome Month!