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Before You Leave For Australia – International Students

Before You Leave For Australia – International Students

It’s exciting when you receive your admission to study in Australia as well as your student visa to travel to Australia.  

Once you have confirmed this, it is important to plan your trip to Australia and make sure you have everything you need to make your journey to Australia a smooth one.

This will also be a good time to learn more about your chosen higher institution. You can find out information about the campuses, student culture, support services, orientation and so on.

This information is readily available on the school’s website or the international student office on campus.

Some universities also provide welcome packs that contain a lot of information that will help you learn more about what you need to be prepared for when you arrive in Australia.

To help you along this process we have prepared a checklist that you need, to properly plan your departure to Australia:

Passport and Visa

Make sure that you have a passport that is valid for at least six months before you enter into Australia and you must also have all your visa documentation.

It’s a good idea to make copies of your passport and documentation in case you need them.

Student Enrolment And Orientation Documents

You need to have your Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) as well as your student information pack that you received from your chosen institution.

Overseas Student Health Cover ( OSHC)

Another requirement for entry into Australia is having your health care cover policy arranged before you leave your home country and having the right documentation with you.

Travel insurance

In addition to your overseas student health cover, you should also look at getting travel insurance which would cover those things that your overseas student health cover me nots over.

These are things such as lost documents, optical care, flight cancelled flight or Dental.

Air tickets

Make sure you have the right documents to travel to Australia and also note your flight details and keep them in a safe place together with your passport and visa.

Contact Details

It is advisable to have a list of emergency contact smade up of members of your family as well as the embassy of your home country and your destination accommodation and institution details.  

This may also include the contact details of your education agent if you have one in Australia.

Australian Currency

You should have an amount of Australian currency with you when arrive the country.  You are able to get your money changed at the money exchanges available at Australian airports and in the cities. 

However, it is a better option to have some Australian currency with you before leaving your home country.

Airport Transportation

When you arrive at the airport in Australia, there are different options available for you to make your way from the airport to your destination.

These include taking public transport a taxi or being picked up from the airport by a third party or your education provider.

You should have the details for your transportation from the airport beforehand including the time, the route and the contact details of the third party or institution that is organising your pickup.


Ensure that you have the address of your accommodation or destination so you don’t have any problems finding or getting there.

Clearing customs

It is very important to know the things that you are allowed to bring into Australia and things that you’re not allowed to bring into Australia.

Some of the things that are illegal to bring into Australia including drugs, marijuana and of course cocaine and amphetamines. 

There is also a group of items that you must declare or your arrival in Australia.

These include firearms, weapons and ammunition or any amounts of more than 10,000 Australian dollars or foreign equivalence and some medicines.

If you’re not sure if you need to declare an item, declare it anyway on your passenger card which you will be given on the plane.  

Alternatively consider not bringing it at all. Do you know that if you fail to declare items it might result in an on the spot fine or potential prosecution.

YouEnrol is also able to help and advise you further on steps you can take to achieve your study and career goals as an international student in Australia.

Do not hesitate to book an appointment with us for a free no obligation discussion where we help you to get started on your journey to studying in Australia the right way.

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