Hello and welcome from the Monash Graduate Association (MGA)

Starting a new graduate course can be both exciting and daunting! During Orientation Week, the MGA strives to provide you with all the information you need to start your year armed with everything you need to know to thrive in your studies.

We create free, fun-filled opportunities for you to get to know your campus or digital environment and make some new connections with other students.

Read on for an overview of the benefits you can reap from the MGA’s Orientation program.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To ensure the health and safety of all staff, volunteers and participants, physical distancing, regular hand sanitisation and QR code check-in and/or event registration are required for all on-campus events. You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and do not attend any on-campus events.

Virtual Welcome event

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Are you sitting around staring at walls, waiting patiently for all the fun to finally start at Uni? Well wait no longer! The MGA is here to help you get a head-start making friends and connections at Monash before the semester begins. Join the MGA’s virtual welcome event via Zoom to talk with current and new students wherever you might happen to be. It’s going to be fun – not weird at all!

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

12:00pm to 12:45pm

via Zoom

Info Reception (Caulfield)

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Are you a 2020/2021 enrolled Monash graduate student looking to connect with other grads before the semester starts? Join us for free afternoon tea and get some useful tips on uni life in Australia. Hosted by current students who were once in your shoes, this will be a great opportunity to find out more about the MGA and make some new friends.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

3:00pm to 4:00pm

C2, MGA Caulfield Graduate Lounge

Caulfield campus

Info Reception (Clayton)

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Are you a 2020/2021 enrolled Monash graduate student looking to connect with other grads before the semester starts? Join us for a free morning tea and get some useful tips on uni life in Australia. Hosted by current students who were once in your shoes, this will be a great opportunity to find out more about the MGA and make some new friends.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

10:30am to 11:30am

G.54 Learning Teaching Building, 19 Ancora, Imparo Way

Clayton campus

Virtual Orientation

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This is a virtual crash course on how to step up your graduate student game! Hear about our free online events program designed to entertain and connect you with your community. Learn about MGA Advocacy, a free service all about supporting you through academic issues big and small. Make connections with your peers and ask a panel of current students any questions you like.

Thursday, 18 February 2021 & Tuesday, 23 February 2021

1:00pm to 1:45pm

via Zoom

Caulfield Graduate Village

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The MGA will be setting up a pop-up graduate village at the Caulfield O-Fest! It’s a special zone especially for graduate students (new and returning) to chill over lunch time, meet new friends, enjoy free snacks and walk away with some exclusive MGA freebies! There will be something new everyday so you are welcome to join us for all three days!

Tuesday, 23 February – Thursday, 25 February 2021

12:00pm to 3:00pm

Middle Lawn

Caulfield campus

Clayton Graduate Village

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The MGA will be setting up a pop-up graduate village at the Clayton O-Fest! It’s a special zone especially for graduate students (new and returning) to chill over lunch time, meet new friends, enjoy free snacks and walk away with some exclusive MGA freebies! There will be something new everyday so you are welcome to join us for all three days!

Tuesday, 23 February – Thursday, 25 February 2021

12:00pm to 3:00pm

Learning and Teaching Building Lawn

Clayton campus

Welcome Party @ Caulfield

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Join the MGA for a fun-filled evening on Caulfield campus. All 2020/2021 enrolled Monash graduate students are welcome to attend this event but registration is essential! There’ll be free food, drinks, games and entertainment. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the start of Uni.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

5:00pm to 7:00pm

MADA Courtyard

Caulfield Campus

Welcome Party @ Clayton

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Join the MGA for a fun-filled evening on Caulfield campus. All 2020/2021 enrolled Monash graduate students are welcome to attend this event but registration is essential! There’ll be free food, drinks, games and entertainment. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the start of Uni.

Friday, 26 February 2021

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Forum Lawn (next to the Chancellery Building)

Clayton Campus

Coursework Mentor Program

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Looking for a way to find your feet as a new graduate student at Monash? Consider getting paired with an experienced graduate coursework student mentor from your faculty, who will guide you to not only survive but thrive through your first year. The MGA Coursework Mentor Program is a 12 week peer to peer mentor program that is open to all NEW graduate coursework (Masters) students enrolled in their first semester.

Register by 5:00pm on Monday, 1 March 2021

Program kicks-off in Week 2 on Monday, 8 March 2021

Peninsula Welcome Picnic

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Join the MGA for a fun-filled afternoon at our Welcome Picnic for new and returning graduate students at Peninsula. There’ll be free games, entertainment, prizes, food and drinks.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Library Green

Peninsula campus

HDR Orientation

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Calling all new HDR (PhD or Masters by Research) students! Join us via Zoom where you will hear about our on campus and online events program designed to entertain and connect you with your HDR community. You will also learn more about our student advocacy and academic support service and have the opportunity to talk to a panel of PhD students who have once been in your shoes.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

11:00am – 12:00pm

via Zoom

HDR Mentor Program

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Are you a new HDR (PhD & Masters by Research) at Monash University looking to land on your feet sooner than later? The MGA HDR Mentor Program is a wonderful opportunity for new students to benefit from the kind of advice and support that only current student peers can offer. It’s a great way to network too! The program will run online over a 12 week period and all meetings will be conducted online every two weeks.

Register by 5:00pm on Friday, 19 March 2021

Program kicks-off on Monday, 29 March 2021

Get to know the MGA in 5 minutes!

Can’t make it to one of our virtual orientation sessions? Get the gist of it all through this introduction video that covers everything you need to know about being a graduate student at Monash University.