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USU Australian Discussion Group Semester 2 2023

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Make new friends and practise English at USU Australian Discussion Groups!

Come along to our our weekly ADG sessions, where we welcome you to Sydney, teach you some slang, local sports and introduce you to Aussie food and drinks 👋

Meet other international students, learn about the most iconic spots around USYD Campus and Sydney city, plus enjoy FREE lunch at The Bevery in Courtyard Restaurant & Bar.

Here is our Semester two schedule:

DateSession TopicContent
Tuesday 15 August

The Bevery
Welcome to Sydney!Introduction to Australia! We will talk geography, key information about the country and have the chance to get to know some new friends.
Tuesday 29 August

The Bevery
G'day Mate!: Aussie SlangHave you ever not been sure what it meant "to have a bevvie in the arvo?". Look no further than this ADG session where we talk all things slang, idioms and Aussie expressions.
Tuesday 12 September

The Bevery
Australian WildlifeYou've seen it on movies and tv shows but we will have a little deep dive into some of Australia's most iconic animals!
Tuesday 3 October

The Bevery
Aussie Food and DrinkGet to try some Australian cultural foods in a classic afternoon tea! We'll have a chat and look into the history and stories behind some iconic Australian treats!
Tuesday 17 October

The Sutherland Room

First Nations: Indigenous Culture in AustraliaGet to know the longest living continuously culture in the world! We will be bringing in a representative from the Gadigal Centre here on the University to speak with you! 
Tuesday 31 October

The Sutherland Room
Australian Discussion Group Closing PartyCelebrate getting to the end of the program with some fun games and activities, and food! 

Frequently asked questions:

What are USU Australian Discussion Groups? 

Led by our friendly group facilitator, Australian Discussion Groups (ADGs) are social sessions where you can meet international students, practise English and learn more about Australian culture. 

ADGs run fortnightly throughout the semester, with each session on a different topic including Aussie Slang and Aussie Food & Drinks. Free lunch included!

See all our upcoming ADGs here!

Who can join Australian Discussion Groups?

These sessions are open to all USU Members. If you aren’t a member yet, make sure you sign up today so you can come along and enjoy all the fun. The best part is, it's free for all USYD students! Sign up for USU membership here.

What are the Covid-19 safety requirements? 

Attendees are required to follow all of the University's Covid Safety Precautions and any Covid Safety requirements issued by the NSW Health.

What if I don’t receive my confirmation email? 

Please email us if you don't receive confirmation of your registration. 

Tickets are sold out. What do I do now?

Please email us if you'd like to join the waitlist, and we'll contact you as soon as a spot opens. But don't worry if you miss out on this Australian Discussion Group, the next one is just around the corner!

Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Assumption of Risk:

By participating in this event, I agree to the terms and conditions:
1. Participants are responsible for their own behaviour and any resulting consequences. The University of Sydney Union shall not be liable for any loss, damage, or theft of personal belongings or any injury to the individual or others resulting from the event. Furthermore you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of this event.
2. By registering or participating in this event, you hereby confirm that you are over 18 years of age, or in possession of consent by a legal parent or guardian and have the authority to enter into the terms herein.
3. All attendees must adhere to all COVID-19 safety requirements, including but not limited, to wearing a mask on ALL public transport.
4. I consent to being contacted by the USU via email about upcoming events and activities. I can opt out of these communications at any time.

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