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 studies armed with everything you need to know to thrive.

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.

Monash Digital O-Fair

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Look out for the MGA at the Monash Digital O-Fair on Monday, 11 July 2022. We have a booth with useful resources designed to tell you about our services and connect you with your community. In addition to that, there will be three auditorium sessions available from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.

  • 3:30pm: Mini Orientation with the MGA
    (Webinar ID:899 4517 7039  Passcode: 753325)
  • 4:00pm: Staying Connected With Your Graduate Community
    (Webinar ID: 856 2238 2661  Passcode: 989404)
  • 4:30pm: Tips for Staying On Top of Your Masters Degree
    (Webinar ID: 871 6177 3988  Passcode: 731434)

Brunch with a Bunch #1

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Are you a NEW Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters or PhD student looking to get a head start and make new friends before Orientation Week? Then join the Monash Graduate Association for an iconic Melbourne brunch for just $10 per student.

Thursday, 14 July 2022

11:00am to 1:00pm

Time Out Cafe, Federation Square

$10.00 per person

Brunch with a Bunch #2

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Are you a NEW Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters or PhD student looking to get a head start and make new friends before Orientation Week? Then join the Monash Graduate Association for an iconic Melbourne brunch for just $10 per student.

Friday, 15 July 2022

11:00am to 1:00pm

Time Out Cafe, Federation Square

$10.00 per person

Clayton Campus Graduate Tour

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Join the Monash Graduate Association on a tour that caters to you! We’ll show you all the places that will help you thrive on Clayton Campus. Look out for the MGA signage in front of Matheson Library – the tour will start from there.

Monday, 18 July – Wednesday, 20 July

Session 1: 10:30am to 11:00am

Session 2: 12:30pm to 1:00pm

Register for this via the Monash O-Planner.

Caulfield Campus Graduate Tour

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Are you new to the Caulfield Campus? Keen to find your new fav coffee shop or study nook? We’ve got you covered! Spot the ‘MEET HERE’ sign out the front of the Library for a tour from your Caulfield student organisations – MONSU Caulfield and MGA!

Monday, 18 July – Tuesday, 19 July

10:30am to 11:00am

Meet in front of the Campus Library

Register for this via the Monash O-Planner.

MGA Booth @ Clayton Orientation Hub

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Are you a Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters or PhD student? Come down to the Forum Lawn to find out how your representative body, the Monash Graduate Association, can help you thrive at Uni. Don’t forget to collect your free MGA swag bag!

Monday, 18 July – Wednesday, 20 July

10:00am to 1:00pm

Forum Lawn

Register for this via the Monash O-Planner

MGA Clayton Orientation

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Join the MGA for a one-hour crash course that will give you all the information you need to know about our free services, events and programs available to you as a Monash graduate student. You will also get a chance to interact with a graduate student panel on how to ace your studies, meet other grads and use University services to help you thrive during your graduate student journey at Monash.

Monday, 18 July 2022

1:30pm to 2:30pm

G31, Learning Teaching Building (LTB), Clayton campus

Register for this via the Monash O-Planner.

MGA Clayton Meet & Greet

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Come and meet the MGA at the Graduate Hub. Learn how to get around, find work while you study and get involved in all things Uni Grad Life. Light refreshments provided. 

Monday, 18 July 2022

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Graduate Hub, Ground Floor Building 89, Clayton campus

Register for this via the Monash O-Planner.

MGA Booth @ Caulfield Orientation Hub

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Are you a Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters or PhD student? Come down to the Forum Lawn to find out how your representative body, the Monash Graduate Association, can help you thrive at Uni. Don’t forget to collect your free MGA swag bag!

Tuesday, 19 July

10:00am to 1:00pm

Blue Basketball Court

Register for this via the Monash O-Planner

MGA Caulfield Orientation

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Join the MGA for a one-hour crash course that will give you all the information you need to know about our free services, events and programs available to you as a Monash graduate student. You will also get a chance to interact with a graduate student panel on how to ace your studies, meet other grads and use University services to help you thrive during your graduate student journey at Monash.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Room H126, Building H, Caulfield campus

Register for this via the Monash O-Planner.

MGA Caulfield Meet & Greet

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Come and meet the MGA at the main Caulfield campus graduate lounge. Learn how to get around, find work while you study and get involved in all things Uni Grad Life. Light refreshments provided.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

5:00pm to 7:00pm

MGA Graduate Lounge, Level 2 Building C, Caulfield campus

Register for this via the Monash O-Planner.

MGA Peninsula Welcome Lunch

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Are you a graduate student based at Peninsula? Come and share a welcome lunch with the MGA, find out about our free services, programs and events and meet other graduate students on your campus.

Tuesday, 19 July

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Library Lawn, Building L, Peninsula Campus

Register for this via the Monash O-Planner

Peninsula Trivia Night

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MONSU Peninsula, Monash Graduate Association, Aquila College, & Monash Residential Services have joined forces to bring you some fun and games. Join us for a fun-filled trivia night and get to know other students based at Peninsula Campus. Pizza, snacks and soft drinks will be provided free for participants.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Seahorse Tavern, Building U, Monash University Peninsula Campus

MGA Clayton Orientation

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Join the MGA for a one-hour crash course that will give you all the information you need to know about our free services, events and programs available to you as a Monash graduate student. You will also get a chance to interact with a graduate student panel on how to ace your studies, meet other grads and use University services to help you thrive during your graduate student journey at Monash.

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

11:00am to 12:00pm

G31, Learning Teaching Building (LTB), Clayton campus

Register for this via the Monash O-Planner.

MGA Wine and Cheese Evening

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Celebrate the start of a new semester at the MGA’s Wine and Cheese social for Grad Cert, Grad Dip, Masters or PhD students! Join us at the Secret Garden Eatery at the Hargrave Andrew Library for music, games, prizes and a Gouda time on us!

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

3:00pm to 6:00pm

Secret Garden Eatery, 13 College Walk, 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 in your first year.

The MGA peer mentor program is open to all new graduate coursework (Masters) students commencing in July 2022. The program runs purely online and includes six sessions over an eight week duration.

Register by 9:00am on Friday, 22 July 2022

Program kicks off in Week 1 

MGA Speed Friending @ Caulfield

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The start of a new semester is the perfect chance to expand your social circle. Join the MGA on Caulfield campus for a chance to make a new friend or two (or more!) at our biannual speed friending event! Our friendly volunteers will prompt attendees with conversation starters and every few minutes, when a bell rings – those sitting on one side of the table shuffle down to meet the next potential new friend.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

5:00pm – 7:00pm

MGA Graduate Lounge, Building C, Level 2, Caulfield campus

MGA Webinar: Want to find a part time job? 

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Want a part-time job while studying? This webinar for new students will offer tips for finding a part-time job while studying at University. Saskia Italiano from the Monash Jobs for Students Program will speak about how to find a part-time job while studying. This will be held via Zoom.

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 885 2075 8997

Passcode: 879234

MGA Speed Friending @ Clayton

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The start of a new semester is the perfect chance to expand your social circle. Join the MGA on Clayton campus for a chance to make a new friend or two (or more!) at our biannual speed friending event! Our friendly volunteers will prompt attendees with conversation starters and every few minutes, when a bell rings – those sitting on one side of the table shuffle down to meet the next potential new friend.

Thursday, 28 July 2022

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Ground Floor, Graduate Seminar Hub 2, 21 Sports Walk, Clayton campus (accross Share Tea)

MGA Mini Orientation

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The MGA Mini-Orientation is a 30-minute virtual crash course adapted from the MGA in-person orientation session. It is designed to offer you valuable advice and useful contacts that will help you thrive and succeed in your graduate studies. You will find out about the services offered by the MGA such as advocacy support, social events and seminars – many of which are free for graduate students.

Thursday, 28 July 2022

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Zoom Link

Academic Support Webinar

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When starting a Masters, we all hope that nothing will go wrong, but we sometimes encounter problems and issues we do not expect. When and if this happens, a speedy and appropriate response can make all the difference between relief and disaster. Our academic and professional experts offer advice and insights on how you can avoid common mistakes and disastrous consequences.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Zoom Link

HDR Orientation

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Join the Monash Graduate Association (MGA) for a virtual orientation session on Zoom. You will hear about our free online and on-campus events and programs designed to connect you with your HDR student community. Find out about MGA advocacy, a free service that can help you through academic issues big and small. Meet an MGA representative, make connections with your peers and ask a panel of current students any questions you like. There’ll be prizes to win too!

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Zoom Link

HDR Mentor Program 

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Are you a new Monash PhD or Masters by Research student looking to find your feet quickly? Apply now to be mentored by a peer graduate student with valuable experience and guidance to offer.

The MGA HDR mentor program is a 12-week program commencing in March. You will be matched with a current research graduate student from your faculty who will provide regular, guided check-ins and help you to settle into your research journey.

Register before Monday, 15 August 2022

Program kicks off on Monday, 22 August 2022

New Student Competition

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Are you a new graduate student at Monash? Want to win one of three $100 Coles/MYER giftcards? Here is your chance!

All you need to do is sign up for our newsletter and fill in your details here to go into the draw to win.

Competition opens: Monday, 11 July 2022 (9:00am)

Competition closes: Friday, 12 August 2022 (5:00pm)

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Get to know the MGA in 5 minutes!

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