Orientation

Welcome to Western Sydney University!

Starting at university is exciting. Starting your study in another country is exceptional. 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.

Your Orientation program of events


Step 1: Attend International Orientation Day (compulsory attendance)

International Orientation Day (compulsory attendance required) 

Autumn Session
23 February 2018

Spring Session 
20 July 2018 

9:00am to 5pm
Building EE, Auditorium, Parramatta campus

Before each session begins, international students are invited to attend an Orientation Day that helps new students transition to university life. The day will give students an opportunity to seek assistance in completing your enrolment, learning more about Western Sydney University and its services and ask any questions about what to expect while studying at the University.

International Orientation Day is also a day to explore what the University has to offer, meet other new international students and enjoy a free lunch and entertainment!

Come along on the day - you may even see a koala!

What to Bring to Orientation Day

On the day, please bring the following:

  • Your passport.
  • Copy of both pages of the most recent offer letter issued to you.
  • Copy of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).
  • ALL relevant original certificates and transcripts from previous courses AND one set of photocopies of these documents (required for Provisional and Conditional Offers).
  • Tuition fee payment (ONLY if making payment on the day). Credit card or cheque accepted only, do not bring cash.
How to get to Orientation Day

If you are living on (or close to) any Western Sydney University campus, a shuttle service will be available from your home campus to Orientation Day at Parramatta campus. Use the online transport to orientation form to reserve your place.

If you'll be travelling to Orientation via public transport, a free shuttle bus will be available between Parramatta train station (pick-up from Parramatta City Campus) and Parramatta campus at the following times:

  • Parramatta City campus,169 Macquarie St, Parramatta to Parramatta South campus: 8am - 10am
  • Parramatta South campus, to Parramatta City campus,169 Macquarie St, Parramatta : 2pm - 5pm
You do not have to register for this service.

Step 2: Attend Course Information and Planning Sessions

All new international students should attend a Course Information and Planning Session. These sessions will be held on Orientation Day. In these sessions, you will meet academic advisers and receive advice about your course, advanced standing (if applicable) and what subjects you need to enrol in.

Step 3: Complete Enrolment and plan your timetable

If you have full offer, you can enrol online via MySR. Follow the enrolment steps for international students.

If you have a conditional offer, you need to satisfy all English and Academic requirements before enrolling online via MySR. Please supply evidence of meeting conditions as outlined in your Conditional Offer of Admission letter via our Online Application Portal (opens in a new window).

Once you have successfully enrolled, you can plan your class timetable via Tutorial Registration. If you have any queries regarding Tutorial Registration, please contact our Tutorial Registration Hotline on 9852 5471.

Step 4: Attend Academic Literacy Workshops

A free two or four day preparation workshop to help you succeed at Western Sydney University. Attend this course to familiarise yourself with the Australian university culture and receive valuable information.

You can find out more about these courses on the academic literacy and grammar workshops web page.

Any questions?

Check out our FAQs for new international students.

Missed Orientation?

Orientation is compulsory for all international students. If you have missed International Orientation Day due to unforeseen circumstances, you must attend a scheduled International Student Orientation Information session.  

Tuesday 11 July
11am-12 pm
Parramatta City campus
Level 2, Room 26 (PC-01.2.26 LS)

1pm-2pm
Parramatta South campus
Building EA, Ground Floor, Room 36 (EA.G.36)

Thursday 13 July
11am-12 pm
Parramatta City campus
Level 2, Room 26 (PC-01.2.26 LS)

1pm-2pm
Parramatta South campus
Building EA, Ground Floor, Room 36 (EA.G.36)


If you arrive after International Orientation Day, Student Central is your first point of contact to help you get started at uni. There are useful resources on the Getting Started website.

Please remember, you must make every effort to attend the International Orientation Day to ensure your transition to the University runs smoothly.

Quarter intake programs (Postgraduate Business)

New international students enrolling in postgraduate business programs are required to attend the Sydney Graduate School of Management (SGSM) orientation session.

Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program

B Nursing (Graduate Entry) program

All new students commencing the Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program are required to attend their Course Commencement Day in early January at Parramatta campus. Your attendance at this session is compulsory.

Course Commencement Day details and essential information (PDF, 1556.78 KB) (opens in a new window)
B Nursing (Graduate Entry) frequently asked questions (PDF, 111.36 KB) (opens in a new window)          

Course Commencement Day will provide you with important information about the course including:

  • Unit Outline and Learning Guide
  • Teaching timetable
  • Course requirements
  • Clinical Placement information and requirements
  • Professional Communication and Literacy and Library services
  • A tour of the Clinical Placement Unit and Parramatta Campus

Teaching and Education programs

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

Compulsory course commencement information for teaching and education programs (opens in a new window). 

Studying at The College?

International students commencing at The College check the The College orientation page (opens in a new window).

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Learn more about OSHC in this video (opens in a new window) or visit our OSHC webpage for more information.