What happens at Orientation?

Orientation covers 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’ll meet loads of other students and find out where everything is around campus.  You can also join a range of fun activities and excursions to help you settle in and begin making friends.

Below is an overview of when each Orientation session takes place. Please check the information in your Orientation and Academic Preparation letter for details on when and where you need to arrive.

Orientation information may change due to unforeseen circumstances, so please keep checking your UTS email account and this webpage for the most up-to-date information.

What do I bring to Orientation?

  1. Your Orientation Letter
  2. Your completed Registration Form
  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 Students: 

  1. If not already provided, a certified copy of a document confirming your Permanent Residency status (if applicable)
  2. Original copies of your academic transcripts, IELTS/TOEFL/PTE (academic) results.
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What is Academic Preparation Week?

After Orientation, everyone who is about to start either UTS Foundation Studies or Diploma Program attend Academic Preparation Week. It’s your first step towards academic success at UTS Insearch.

Just like Orientation, it’s compulsory you attend because you learn exactly what’s expected from you (and what you can expect from your course). Here are some of the sessions covered:

  • Presentations and introductions by your program managers, subject coordinators and teachers.
  • Course-specific activities (organised by your Program Managers) with your classmates and teachers, such as team-building exercises, excursions and practical activities.
  • Introduction to the aims and objectives of all your subjects, so you know what’s required and what’s coming up.
  • If you’re doing any subjects that require a diagnostic test, you’ll do it in Academic Preparation Week.

Semester 1 Academic Preparation Week runs from Monday 12 March through to Friday 16 March, and you should be prepare to be available on all five days. You’ll receive your personalised Academic Preparation Week schedule at Orientation.

Have any questions?

Remember, we’re always here to help. Here’s how to contact us:

Semester 1 Orientation Schedule

Monday 5 March

All sessions are held on Level 2, Blue Building 187 Thomas Street

UTS Foundation Studies (Extended)8.30am - 5pm
UTS Foundation Studies (Standard)11am - 5pm
Diploma of Information Technology11.30am - 5.30pm

Tuesday 6 March

All sessions are held on Level 2, Blue Building 187 Thomas Street

Diploma of Business (Standard)8.30am - 5pm
Business Accelerated/Extended11am - 5pm
Diploma of Communication11.30am - 5pm

Wednesday 7 March

All sessions are held on Level 2, Blue Building 187 Thomas Street

Engineering (both Standard and Accelerated)8.30am - 5pm
Engineering (Extended)9.30am - 5pm
Science10am - 5pm
Diploma of Design & Architecture   (Architecture)11am - 5pm
Diploma of Design & Architecture (Design)11.30am - 5pm

Thursday 8 March

Free BBQ by Student Activities Club

When: 12 midday - 2pm
Where: Ground Floor Auditorium, 187 Thomas Street

Enjoy an Aussie BBQ (put on by our Student Activities Club) while you cover off some essentials:

  • Activate your bank account with CBA
  • Sign up and register for social clubs at UTS
  • Learn more about your health insurance
  • Get a free t-shirt
  • Plus, you'll get a bonus three (3) drink vouchers for the Semester 1 Welcome Party when you attend


Tour of Taronga Zoo

When: 2pm-6pm
Where: Meet in the Student Lounge, Ground Foor, 187 Thomas Street

One of Sydney's most famous attractions, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, Australian native wildlife, and rare exotic animals. Plus, it has breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.

Friday 9 March

Activities Club meet and greet

When: 12 midday - 2pm
Where: Student Lounge Ground Floor, Blue Building 187 Thomas Street

Learn about the Student Activities Club and all the exciting events coming up this year.

Enjoy a cup of bubble tea made by our very own volunteers. It’s free and it’s refreshing.

Plus, you'll get a bonus three (3) drink vouchers for the Semester 1 Welcome Party.

Semester 1 Welcome Party

When: 6pm - late
Where: 80 Proof Bar and Dining, 561 George Street Sydney

It’s time to party! Come along for free food, drinks and dancing. Plus, it’s a great way to meet some new people.

Important: if you’re under 18 years of age you’re definitely allowed to come - but you must have your guardian’s consent and you will need to leave by 9pm.