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During Orientation Week, the MGA will provide you with the information and experiences you need to start your studies on the right track. Our program is full of free, fun-filled opportunities for you to get to know us, your campus, and make new connections with other graduate students.

Welcome from the Monash Graduate Association!

Are you a new PhD, Masters, Grad Dip or Grad Cert student? Then this program is for you!

During Orientation Week (19 – 23 February 2024), the MGA will provide you with the information and experiences you need to start your studies on the right track.

Our program is full of free, fun-filled opportunities for you to get to know us, your campus, and make new connections with other graduate students.

Program

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Make new friends and get to know your new city in true Melbourne style! 

Brunch with a Bunch is a social meet-up for new Masters and PhD graduate students beginning their journey at Monash. Hosted by the Monash Graduate Association (MGA), we want to see you making new friends and get to know your new city doing what Melbournians do best… over brunch!

Tickets are $10 each and cover the cost of your food + one drink. 

Date: Tuesday, 13 February 
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Time Out Fed Square
St Pauls Court, 2 Swanston Street
Melbourne
Price: $10 per graduate student

Book your spot here
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Make new friends and get to know your new city in true Melbourne style! 

Brunch with a Bunch is a social meet-up for new Masters and PhD graduate students beginning their journey at Monash. Hosted by the Monash Graduate Association (MGA), we want to see you making new friends and get to know your new city doing what Melbournians do best… over brunch!

Tickets are $10 each and cover the cost of your food + one drink. 

Date: Thursday, 15 February 
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Time Out Fed Square
St Pauls Court, 2 Swanston Street
Melbourne
Price: $10 per graduate student

Book your spot here
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Clayton Campus Tours by the MGA

The Clayton campus is a big place, so let us show you around! The MGA is running regular tours throughout O Week of our key graduate student spaces, including the MGA lounge and office, as well as the graduate student and PhD hubs. Meeting point is at the MGA Village located on the lawn opposite the Learning and Teaching Building.

Dates:
Day 1: Monday, 19 February
Day 2: Tuesday, 20 February
Day 3: Wednesday, 21 February
Day 4: Thursday, 22 February

Time:
Twice per day each day:
11:30am - 12:00pm
1:30pm - 2:00pm

Venue: Lawn opposite Teaching and Learning Building, Clayton campus.

Book via Monash O week planner

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Caulfield Campus Tours by MONSU Caulfield and the MGA

Are you new to the Caulfield campus? The MGA and MONSU Caulfield are running regular tours throughout O Week to help you get your bearings and introduce you to some of our fabulous graduate student spaces. You’ll find us at the start of the tour with a ‘MEET HERE’ sign outside the Library.

Dates:
Monday, 19 February
Tuesday, 20 February
Wednesday, 21 February

Time:
Twice per day each day:
11:30am - 12:00pm
1:30pm - 2:00pm

Venue: Building A (Library), Level 1, Caulfield campus

Book via Monash O Week Planner

 

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MGA Village @ Clayton

Come visit us at our designated graduate-only zone, the MGA Village! Meet the team from the Monash Graduate Association, learn more about our services, enter some of our competitions to win prizes and collect your very own ‘swag bag’ plus a welcome gift. All graduate students, both new and returning, are welcome.

Dates:
Day 1: Monday, 19 February
Day 2: Tuesday, 20 February
Day 3: Wednesday, 21 February
Day 4: Thursday, 22 February 

Time:
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Venue: Lawn opposite Teaching and Learning Building, Clayton campus

Book via Monash O Week Planner

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MGA Village @ Caulfield

Come visit us at our designated graduate-only zone, the MGA Village! Meet the team from the Monash Graduate Association, learn more about our services, enter some of our competitions to win prizes and collect your very own ‘swag bag’ plus a welcome gift. All graduate students, both new and returning, are welcome.

Dates:
Day 1: Monday, 19 February
Day 2: Tuesday, 20 February
Day 3: Wednesday, 21 February

Time:
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Venue: Campus Green, Caulfield campus

Book via Monash O Week Planner

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MGA Orientation @ Clayton 

We’d like to welcome you to the Monash Graduate Association with an introduction hosted by one of our Executive Committee members, followed by a student panel discussion with a Q&A session.

Date: Monday, 19 February

Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Venue: Room G.31, Learning and Teaching Building, Clayton campus

Book via Monash o week planner
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Grad Carnival @ Clayton

Celebrate the beginning of a new semester at the MGA Grad Carnival! This is a must-not-miss social event for new and returning graduate students featuring free food trucks, live music, games to play, prizes to win and new friends to make, all packed into one.

Dates: Monday, 19 February

Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Lawn opposite Teaching and Learning Building, Clayton campus

Book via Monash O Week Planner

 

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MGA Orientation @ Caulfield

We’d like to welcome you to the Monash Graduate Association with an introduction hosted by one of our Executive Committee members, followed by a student panel discussion with a Q&A session.

Date: Tuesday, 20 February

Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Venue: Lecture theatre H1.16, Level 1, Building H, Caulfield campus

Book via Monash O Week Planner

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Grad Carnival @ Caulfield

Celebrate the beginning of a new semester at the MGA Grad Carnival! This is a must-not-miss social event for  new and returning graduate students featuring free food trucks, live music, games to play, prizes to win and new friends to make, all packed into one.

Dates: Tuesday, 20 February

Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue: Campus Green, Caulfield campus

Book via Monash O Week Planner

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MGA Welcome Booth @ Peninsula O-Fest

Come visit us at our designated Peninsula MGA Booth! Meet your reps, learn more about our services, enter some of our competitions to win prizes and collect your very own ‘swag bag’ plus a welcome gift.

Dates:
Tuesday, 20 February
Wednesday, 21 February

Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Venue: Building L, Library Lawn, Peninsula campus

Book via Monash O Week Planner

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Peninsula Campus Tours by MONSU Peninsula and the MGA 

Are you new to the Peninsula campus? The MGA and MONSU Peninsula are running two tours during O Week to help you get your bearings and discover some of our best student spaces. The meeting spot will be outside the Library.

Dates:
Tuesday, 20 February
Wednesday, 21 February

Time: 12:30pm - 1:00pm

Venue: Building L, Library Lawn

Book via Monash O Week Planner

 

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Outdoor Movie Night on Peninsula Campus

Grab a bean bag, settle in, and enjoy a movie under the stars with MONSU Peninsula, MGA, MRS and Aquila College. The flick will be accompanied with free pizza, popcorn and drinks.

Date: Tuesday, 20 February
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Building L, Library Lawn

Book via Monash O Week Planner

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MGA Orientation and Lunch @ Clayton

We’d like to welcome you to the Monash Graduate Association with an introduction hosted by one of our Executive Committee members, followed by a student panel discussion with a Q&A session. Lunch will be included for those in attendance.

Date: Wednesday, 21 February 
Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Venue: Room G.31, Learning and Teaching Building, 19 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton campus

Book via Monash O Week Planner

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MGA Coursework Mentor Program

Are you a new graduate coursework student looking for a way to find your feet in your new graduate student life at Monash?

Join our program and find a mentor from your faculty to guide you through your first semester. The program runs online and includes six sessions over an eight week duration. 

Program kicks off in Week 1 
Limited spots available
Register by Thursday, 22 February 2024 
Read more here.

IMPORTANT: If you are a new graduate student from the Faculty of IT, please sign up for the mentor program run by your faculty and not this program.

Register Now

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MGA Mini Orientation

Can't make it to one of our orientation sessions in person? Don’t fret! You can join us for an online orientation crash course designed to offer you valuable advice, inform you about our services and provide you with useful contacts to help you thrive in your graduate studies.

Date: Wednesday, 28 February
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: ZOOM LINK

Book via Monash O Week Planner

 

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Speed Friending (Clayton)

Get to know your peers at the social event of the season!

We know that making new friends can be daunting, so let us help you! The MGA is hosting a 'speed friending' event ahead of the semester so that you can get to know your peers. You'll have a couple minutes to introduce yourself to each partner, with time for larger group interaction at the end.

Date: Tuesday, 27 February
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue: Graduate Hub (Seminar Room 2), Building 89, 21 Sports Walk), Clayton campus

Book your spot here

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Speed Friending (Caulfield)

Get to know your peers at the social event of the season!

We know that making new friends can be daunting, so let us help you! The MGA is hosting a 'speed friending' event ahead of the semester so that you can get to know your peers. You'll have a couple minutes to introduce yourself to each partner, with time for larger group interaction at the end.

Date: Thursday, 29 February
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue: K.105 Program Room (Level 1, Building K), Caulfield campus

Book your spot here

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MGA HDR Mentor Program

Receive the wisdom and experience of a HDR peer mentor.

Are you a new PhD & Masters by Research at Monash University looking to land on your feet sooner than later? This 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!

Program kicks off in March 2024
Limited spots available
Register by Wednesday, 13 March 2024
Read more here

Register Now

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HDR Virtual Orientation

Calling all new PhD or Masters by Research students commencing in 2024!

Join us online to find out everything you need to know about surviving and thriving in your research journey.

You will hear about our online and in-person events program designed to keep you connected with the HDR community, learn more about our advocacy service and have an opportunity to listen and engage with a panel of experienced research students.

Date: Thursday, 14 March
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: ZOOM LINK

Register Now

 

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New Student Competition

We're giving away TEN exclusive MGA hoodies to new graduate students! For a chance to win, complete these two steps:

STEP 1: Log in to our website with your Monash student account via OKTA. You will be asked to accept a privacy agreement just this one time.

STEP 2: Fill in your details here to go into the draw to win.


Competition opens: Monday, 5 February 2024 (9:00am)
Competition closes: Friday, 1 March 2024 (5:00pm)

Join Now

MGA Videos

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Can’t make it to one of our on-campus or virtual orientation sessions? Get the gist of everything we offer from these videos. They cover everything you need to know about being a graduate student at Monash University and how the MGA can help you on your  journey.

Get to know the MGA in 5 minutes!

The 24/7 MGA Graduate Lounge

International graduate students

Parenting and study

Moving from undergrad to grad

Mature age graduate students

MGA COVID-Safe Guidelines

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last five days or are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, we ask that you do not attend the event. Remember to follow all Victorian State Government guidelines and report your positive result on the University’s COVID-19 reporting form.

When attending an MGA event, remember that:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended indoors and outdoors where physical distancing can’t be maintained. 
  • MGA will have masks available for attendees who request them.
  • Physical distancing (1.5 metres) should be observed where possible.
  • Practicing good hand and basic hygiene can help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

The MGA team

Got a question or request about anything at all? Get in contact with one of our staff members – we’d love to hear from you. Alternatively, drop by the MGA office at Clayton or Caulfield so we can help!

Meet your current elected representatives

Curious to know who’s representing you at the moment? Get to know your elected representatives, what they do and how you can get involved.

Work for the MGA

The MGA employs Monash graduate students to fill the receptionist roles at the Clayton and Caulfield offices. When a vacancy arises we advertise the position through our email newsletter and on our website.

The Monash Graduate Association (MGA) is the representative body for all graduate research and coursework students enrolled at Monash University. So, what sets us apart from the University services? The MGA is an independent, not-for-profit association governed by graduate students, for graduate students. Our primary aim is to be there for you! If you can’t find what you are looking for, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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