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Getting ready for your Aussie adventure

Leaving home to live and study in a foreign country can be an exciting and challenging experience. Australia is an easy and relaxing country to live and we will assist you to settle into study at your chosen education institution and living in your chosen city.

Before you travel to Australia, you may like to refer to our pre-departure checklist to make sure you do everything you need to do before you leave home.

Pre-departure checklist

Before you leave home there are some important things you will need to do to make sure you don't overlook anything.

  • Visa: Organise your student visa and note any conditions therein.

  • Passport: Ensure your passport is current and is valid for the intended length of your study period in Australia.

  • Health Insurance: Ensure your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) has been organised for the entire period of your study before your arrive in Australia.

  • Arrival: Ensure your flight is booked to arrive at least one week prior to term start so you are in the country to attend the orientation also known as ‘Week Zero’. 

  • Medical care: Obtain medical history and doctor’s letter detailing prescribed medicines (in English or translated in English) if required. Have medical, optical and dental check-ups and organise any prescribed medication you may require.

  • Flight Details: Make note of departure and arrival times including any in transit times of your flight and ensure your luggage complies with your airline’s size and weight limits.

  • Airport pickup: Find out about our free on arrival airport pick up during the consultation session.

  • Accommodation: Book temporary accommodation before you leave your home country. We can assist you with finding accommodation (temporary or long term).  

  • Money: Organise to have at least AUD$2,000 available to you on arrival in Australia (approximately AUD$500 in cash and rest accessible by ATM/ cheque.

  • Consular assistance: Make a note of the contact details of your country's embassy in Australia.

  • In case of emergency: Make a note of your chosen institution’s emergency contact numbers for international students. 

  • Documentation: Pack a document folder containing your offer letter, Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), academic transcripts from previous study, identification documents, important contact numbers, a written character reference (translated into English) to help in securing accommodation, details of pre-arranged accommodation and important medical records.

  • Customs and Quarantine: Check customs and quarantine regulations and pack any items you wish to declare separately. More information about what not to bring into Australia is detailed in What to bring in Australia

  • Orientation: Note the dates for your chosen institution’s Welcome week and Orientation Schedule.

  • Travel Insurance: Organise insurance for your personal belongings.

  • Memories: Don’t forget to pack in beautiful memories from back home - photos of your loved ones!

To find out more, talk to us.

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