What is Orientation and Academic Preparation Week?

During Orientation and Academic Preparation Week you can find out all the important things to know and do before you start, such as enrolling into your classes, getting your timetable and collecting your books. Plus, you will meet loads of other students and find out where everything is on campus. You can also join a range of fun activities to help you settle in and begin making friends.

You will learn exactly what is expected from you (and what you can expect from your program) in sessions including:
  • Program-related presentations by your program managers, subject coordinators and teachers.
  • Introductions to the aims and objectives of all your subjects, so you know what is required and what is coming up. If you are doing any subjects that require a diagnostic test, you will do it during Orientation and Academic Preparation Week.
  • Social meetings to form learning groups within your subjects and get to know your classmates and teachers through team-building exercises and practical activities.
  • Study Success sessions, run by UTS College academic staff, to help you best prepare for your studies and include information on how to:
     a) develop your learning skills whilst studying at UTS College, including our blended approach to teaching and learning.
     b) prepare for your classes, what types of assessments you will be expected to complete and what type of support is available to you.

During Orientation and Academic Preparation Week you can also find out about the support services at UTS College. These include the learning support program, peer support, Study Success Advisers, special needs, special consideration, UTS counselling and health services.

Dates

Here is an overview of when each Orientation and Academic Preparation Week session takes place. You should receive an email with information on your Orientation and Academic Preparation Week. It will tell you when and where you need to arrive. Orientation and Academic Preparation Week information may change, so please keep checking your UTS email account and this webpage for the most up-to-date information.

What to do before you arrive

If you are an international student, there are a number of things you need to do before you arrive in Australia. This pre-departure checklist will help you prepare yourself.
 
You will need to get ready to start at UTS College. Reviewing this information, will ensure you get off to a smooth start and set you up for success.

What you should have with you

  1. Your Orientation and Academic Preparation Week Letter.
  2. Your completed Registration Form (Foundation students only).
  3. Your passport or birth certificate for identification, along with a certified copy.
  4. If you don't have a passport, please also bring one of the following: Driver’s Licence, NSW Photo Card, Proof of Age Card, or High School Student Card.
 
For international Sstudents:
  1. If not already provided, a certified copy of a document confirming your visa status, and
  2. Original copies of your academic transcripts, IELTS/TOEFL/PTE (academic) results.

What to do if you miss Orientation and Academic Preparation Week

Academic students can arrive up until the end of the first week of classes. This is only allowed if visas are delayed or for some other serious reason. If you are an English language student, you will need to arrive before your classes commence or enrol for the next English program term.
 
If your arrival is delayed, contact the Student Centre as soon as you arrive to enrol and get set for classes. If you don’t go to the Student Centre to complete your arrangements, your enrolment could be cancelled. If you are an international student this will impact your visa.

Who to contact for help

For further assistance, please refer to the following contacts:
 
  • Fee information

Email: studentcentre@insearch.edu.au

  • Any problems with enrolment

Email: enrolment@insearch.edu.au

  • Advice on which electives to choose

Email: academic.advisers@insearch.edu.au

  • Issues accessing eStudent or webmail

Please log a support request via the ITDS Service Desk portal or dial +61 2 9218 7000  – include your name, student identification and a screenshot of the problem.