Get Started at Flinders!

What better way to kickstart your student experience by getting to know Flinders and your fellow students? All commencing international students are expected to participate in orientation activities to familiarise themselves with the different academic system at Flinders and to learn more about the new environment and culture. Students who know how to access services and find their way around are on the way to success!

The following activities should serve as a checklist for commencing international students. 

Flinders Arrival Briefing (FAB)

What should you do first? Come to International Student Services (ISS) office to attend your Flinders Arrival Briefing (FAB). This session covers enrolment, orientation activities, Student ID and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) card collection, work conditions, university policies and important government regulations relating to your stay in Australia. Please note, all international students MUST attend this session.

In addition to general FAB Sessions, in Semester 1 2015 a specific FAB session for Exchange and Study Abroad students is being offered on 24 February, 9:50am.

Please book online.

If you require further assistance, please contact the ISS.

ISS Orientation

Attend the Orientation Day to have your questions answered, meet new people and receive valuable information and tips to ensure that your transition to Flinders, the City of Adelaide and Australia is informed and enjoyable. Orientation covers:

  • Student Support Services
  • Adjustment and Adaptation
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • A formal welcome by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)
  • Welcome by all four faculties
  • Light refreshments will be provided.

Please book online.

Faculty and Course Orientation

There may also be course specific orientation related to your degree that you MUST attend.

For more information, please visit O'Week 2015.

University Wide Orientation

The O'Week 2015 helps you to beome an effective and confident new student familiar with Flinders services such as the Library. For more information about university wide social activities, please visit O'Week 2015.


The ISS organises a range of tours and trips including guided tours to the city, Westfield Marion Shopping Centre and the beachside suburb of Glenelg.

Please click this link to find out more about tour activities and to book online.

Academic Orientation

The University’s Student Learning Centre runs an academic orientation program called Academic Preparation Program which highlights a number of important differences regarding assessment requirements, online learning tools and academic culture.

Australia Awards students (formerly AusAID)

If you are the recipient of an Australia Awards scholarship, you must attend a compulsory five-week orientation program called Introductory Academic Program (IAP). The details of this were in your offer letter. For further assistance, please contact the Australia Awards liaison team at Flinders (Elaine Kane (elaine.kane@flinders.edu.au) and Julie Rayner (julie.rayner@flinders.edu.au).

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