Pre-departure Checklist

Welcome to Western Sydney University. You’ve got your offer, now what?

Moving to a new country to study is both exciting and challenging. We have everything you need to know, to help you adjust to your new life in Sydney.

Before arriving in Sydney, make sure you follow these steps.

Is your family coming with you? Here’s what you need to know.

Accept your offer and enrol

Did you know you can accept your offer and enrol before coming to Orientation, leaving you more time to make friends, explore the campus and enjoy the activities on the day? For step by step instructions visit our website or join one of our ‘How to accept and enrol' webinars where we will walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

'How to accept and enrol' Webinars


Online Events 

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm AEDT (view the local time in your country)
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International Orientation

If you couldn't attend Orientation Day in February, don’t worry, we have a couple of options for you to catch-up on all the useful information for starting at Western.

Catch-Up Sessions on Campus

Date:         Tuesday 10th March 
Time:         10:30am - 11:30am ADST
Location:   Building EB, Ground Floor, Room 02 (EB.G.02) 
Parramatta South Campus

Date:         Friday 20th March 
Time:         1:00pm – 2.00pm ADST
Location:   PC-01.7.39  
169 Macquarie Street 
Parramatta City Campus

Catch-Up Session Online

If you do not arrive in Australia in time for either of the above sessions or maybe you will be busy settling in and will not have the time to attend in person, you can register to attend our online orientation session on Thursday, 12 March at 6pm – 7.00pm.

Understand your visa obligations

Rules and visa requirements

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) National Code is designed to protect your rights as an international student studying in Australia. Your visa comes with a number of conditions. It is important that you are aware and maintain your student visa conditions whilst studying on a student visa in Australia.

Course progression and assessment

It is important you understand academic progress, assessment methods and practices and attendance requirements as these factors may affect your visa. Western Sydney University provides assistance to help you achieve and maintain satisfactory academic progress and to complete your course in the allowable period of time.

Australia – what to expect

Australian Culture

Western Sydney University has a rich culturally and linguistically diverse student population. We have a large number of international students and students who have recently migrated to Australia.

Adjusting to life and study in Australia can be challenging and means having to make some changes in your life, and a chance to try new things. Find out more about living in Sydney and adjusting to life in Australia.

Working in Australia

Once your course starts you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during session and full-time in vacations. Understand your study obligations before you commit yourself to part-time work and don’t expect that you’ll find part-time work immediately. Find out more about your working in Australia visa conditions.

The University’s Careers Service can support you by connecting you with available jobs on and off-campus, and volunteer opportunities. The GetREAL (Real Experience and Learning) program is designed to give international students the opportunity gain valuable experience through programs, activities, workshops and events specifically designed to provide exposure to Australian work culture.