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2018 Event & Trip Calendar

 Trips & Events Date
IFIS Welcome BBQSaturday 24 February
Transition to Australia WorkshopThursday 1 March
Cuppa After 5Tuesday 6 March
Day trip: Dolphin Watching in Jervis BaySaturday 10 March
Welcome to WollongongThursday 15 March



IFIS Welcome BBQ 


 The Illawarra Friends of International Students (IFIS) invite you to a traditional Aussie BBQ.

Meet people from the community, make new friends, play some games and enjoy the food!

After lunch we will head down to the beach to meet the Life Guards who will give you some tips about staying safe at Australia's beaches.

Finish the day with some beach soccer or volleyball at Wollongong's famous North Beach. 

Bring your friends and the whole family along! Everyone is welcome :)

When: Saturday 24 February | 11am – 4pm

Where: Stuart Park & North Wollongong Beach, North Wollongong, 2500

To get to Stuart Park, jump on the free 'Gong Shuttle' to the Novotel and walk north along Stuart Park towards the 'Lagoon Restaurant' and the playground. Look out for the large ISP and IFIS flags. 

Registration opens in February 2018

Transition to Australia Workshop


Have you recently arrived in Australia? 

Moving between cultures can be a roller coaster of emotions.

Find out a few things about Australia and Australians, and learn some strategies to settle in and succeed. We will event treat you to a free lunch!

When: Thursday 1 March | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Where: SMART Infrastructure, Bld 6, Room 105 (6.105)

Cost: Free

Registrations open in February 2018

Cuppa After 5

Cuppa After 5 

Join us for an informal 'Cuppa' to meet other mature age students who are juggling similar challenges. 

Representatives from UOW Support Services will be at this event to help you get acquainted with the services available to you as a UOW student.

Coffee, tea, juices and a light meal are provided. Feel free to bring your children and partner along with you.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

When: Tuesday 6 March 2018 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Where: TBC

Hosted by: UOW Student Life. Funded through SSAF

Cost: FREE

Registration opens in February 2018

Day Trip: Dolphin Watching at Jervis Bay


Make the most of summer and come with us to Jervis Bay! 

Jervis Bay is famous for its natural beauty and its playful dolphins that roam the bay.

Jump on board the 'Dolphin Wild Cruises' vessel and search the bay for pods of dolphins, seals and sea birds. You will also cruise past many of Jervis Bays's beautiful white sand beaches. 

On our way to the ‘Bay’ we will stop in the rural town of Berry, which is full of cafés and little craft and gift shops. 

When: Saturday 10 March 

Departure: 9am, UOW Main Campus (Northfields Ave bus stop)

Return: 5pm (approx.)

Tickets: Ticket sales will open in February 2018

Welcome to Wollongong 


Have you recently moved to Wollongong?

The University, together with Wollongong Council and the local community are coming together at this special event to welcome you to the Illawarra.

Enjoy the entertainment and performances from our multicultural community, participate in the activities and enjoy a light dinner together. 

If you are able to bring your special national dresswear to Wollongong, we would love for you to wear it on the night!

When: Thursday 15 March 2018 

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Where: University Hall, UOW Main Campus

Dress code: Smart casual (for those not wearing their special national dresswear)

Registration opens in February 2018