Starting at ACU

Whether you’re starting your first degree, or returning to study after some time away, Orientation is about getting prepared so you can get the most out of your studies.

Get prepared for your best start to university life by accessing essential resources and registering for our Orientation programs... Information about our midyear Orientation program will be available in June 2023.

“There is too much information to process for one individual without going to orientation. It is beneficial for the transition of students.”

“A very welcoming experience and made me feel like I’m becoming part of something.”
New ACU Students

Virtual Welcome

To help you get started on your ACU journey, join one of our online Connect2Uni Virtual Welcome events. It’s your opportunity to:

  • meet fellow successful ACU offer holders
  • chat with current ACU students and staff
  • hear from our successful alumni
  • ask questions about transitioning to university life

Register now for your preferred date by clicking the link below

Campus Date Time
Virtual Welcome Tuesday 4 July 12pm-1.15pm
Virtual Welcome Thursday 6 July



Getting Started

Set yourself up with the skills to thrive academically at university. Attend the Getting Started - program and participate insessions designed to give you the confidence and skills to navigate your academic journey at ACU The program explores common academic challenges that students experience throughout the first year. It offers a space to connect with peers and staff and will help you understand what you need to be successful.

Semester 2 Getting Started Program dates

Campus Date Time
Blacktown Monday 17 July 2023 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Brisbane Tuesday 18 July 2023 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Melbourne Tuesday 18 July 2023 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
North Sydney Thursday 20 July 2023 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Strathfield Tuesday 18 July 2023 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Virtual Evening Wednesday 19 July 2023 &
Thursday 20 July 2023
5:45 pm – 8:00 pm
*Session will run over both nights.

*An additional session for International Students will run on each campus from 8:15 am – 9:15 am.


Attending Orientation Day is an essential part of starting your journey at ACU. During your Orientation Day you will find out important information about your course, and what to expect in your first semester. You can explore ACU and get to know your new campus. Go on campus tours, learn about your Campus Student Association, Student Clubs and Societies, make friends, and speak to our expert staff about everything that ACU can offer you.

Semester 2 Orientation dates

2023 midyear Orientation will take place across most campuses and virtually.

Campus Date Time
Blacktown Tuesday 25 July 2023 9:00am – 3:30 pm
Brisbane Wednesday 26 July 2023 9:00am – 3:30 pm
Melbourne Wednesday 26 July 2023 9:00am – 3:30 pm
North Sydney Thursday 27 July 2023 9:00am – 3:30 pm
Strathfield Wednesday 26 July 2023 9:00am – 3:30 pm
Virtual Day Friday 28 July 2023 12:00pm -5:30pm

International students

Find out more about accepting your offer and enrolling

Contact the friendly team at international student support

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If you have any questions, contact us at AskACU.

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Call us on 1300 275 228.

In the meantime, you can access important resources below to help you get settled in at ACU.

Getting Started Handbook

This handbook is a starter’s guide to life at ACU. It’s a quick reference for ACU’s support services, clubs and societies and co-curricular activities.

Learn about the first few weeks at ACU, and tick off the new student checklist to make sure you’re prepared.

Download handbook (PDF)

New student checklist

We’ve compiled a step-by-step checklist for you to use to ensure you tick-off all the essential tasks before you start uni.

Access your checklist (PDF, 264KB)

Predeparture Guide for International Students

This guide is to help international students with their preparations to leave their home country to come and study at ACU in Australia.

Download the guide (PDF)

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