Arriving in Australia

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Arriving in Australia

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Introductory Academic Program

As an Australia Awards scholar you must participate in a compulsory Introductory Academic Program (IAP) before your course begins. The IAP lasts for four to six weeks and is very important in preparing you to succeed in your studies in Australia.

The program is designed by your educational institution to prepare you for the hard work that will be required to gain an Australian tertiary qualification. It also includes lots of practical advice to help you make major academic, social and cultural adjustments to life in Australia.

By the end of the program, you’ll be equipped to complete your course successfully and on time.

Topics covered are:

  • Australian tertiary education standards
  • study and research skills
  • academic writing, referencing and plagiarism
  • accommodation
  • living costs and budgeting
  • equity and access
  • chaplaincy and prayer rooms
  • national and state laws
  • support services provided by your institution.

For more information about the IAP program at your university, please contact your Student Contact Officer.


Orientation Week (O-Week) is a university-wide celebration for international and domestic students who are beginning their studies. The program includes social and sporting opportunities, study and support sessions, and events to help you get familiar with the campus, meet people and get prepared for study. O-Week is held in the week before the start of the first and second semesters and attendance is compulsory for faculty-based programs. O-Week is a great opportunity to sign up to various university clubs and societies, meet other students, make new friends and settle in to life at your university.

Awardees with disability

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that people with disability are included in and benefit equally from Australia’s development assistance.

This commitment to inclusive development is streamlined into the Award cycle, beginning with promotions and running throughout the application, selection, pre-departure, on-award, demobilization, reintegration and alumni engagement stages.

Please speak to your Student Contact Officer if you have questions regarding support for awardees with disability. Details about this are in your Offer Letter and in Section 9 of the Scholarships Policy Handbook.