What to expect at UOW Orientation week

Enabling students to transition from previous backgrounds to university life and academic roles.

As exciting as it sounds, it can also be a trying time for both Australian and international students, as they adjust to the new norms of university life and enjoy more flexibility as young adults. From informative presentations hosted by current students and faculties, to fun activities and a variety of food, here are some of the highlights of my O-week experience.


As a Computer Science student, one of the first presentations that I encountered was the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences information welcome session. It might not sound like the most fun activity of the week, but it will cover the important rules, regulations and policies for plagiarism and the likes. Don’t worry if you can’t absorb every detail, just make sure you note key contacts of your faculty so you can contact them with any queries, such as planning your subjects and majors. Semester schedules, subject handbooks, and many resources are also provided to students. So, if you are concerned about anything, it’s the perfect opportunity to ask questions and get sorted at your faculty information session.

Student enquiring at UOWx stand

During O-Week,  I also explored amazing resources available at UOW like UOW Pulse, careers, library, study overseas, student services and UOWx. UOWx is an opportunity to develop co-curricular skills, personal and professional, through various work positions, workshops and programs which are formally recognised. Booking a planning session with UOWx after orientation enabled me to create a road map of the most beneficial activities and skills aligned with my strengths and weaknesses, to better prepare myself for the workforce once I graduate.

The careers team is amazing with anything related to your career woes. If you have no clue what profession to choose off the back of your degree, they’ve got you covered! If you have been thinking about studying abroad for semester exchanges, short courses, or internships the study overseas programs provide a ton of opportunities which are fully funded as per the New Colombo Plan.

Now to the fun part: one of the most anticipated events of the orientation week is the O-Festival, organised by UOW Pulse. From pool parties, movie nights, delicious food stalls and dance parties, you wouldn’t want to miss it! I have also heard this year UOW are ramping it up with ‘Campus Fest’, a three-day music festival in partnership with Yours and Owls.  

Students with market stalls in the background

You can also explore many clubs and societies as part of the Clubs Day in the O-week. There are over 120 Uni Clubs at UOW, so no matter your interests, there is one right for you. 

Over the variety of informative sessions and activities at UOW O-week, you can meet tons of new people, some of them who could be in your new uni squad! O-week is a head start to widen your social network prior to beginning your tutorials and lectures.

I recommend getting involved to receive the maximum benefits out of O-week, be prepared for your classes, make new connections and have the best time of your life. After all it’s about getting comfortable with the new phase of your life. Happy orientation!

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