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Pre-Departure Guidelines & Checklist

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The weeks leading up to your departure will be an exciting, stressful, and busy time. You should be as prepared as possible before embarking on your journey. If this is your first time living, studying and working overseas you will need to complete basic tasks which you might not be familiar with. This includes washing, cooking, cleaning, and managing your time effectively. Having parents or a maid to fall back on whilst overseas wont be an option so learn your favourite recipes and basic life skills before departing.

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  • What you should be doing prior to departure?

  • Essential items you should include when packing.

  • Common mistakes you should avoid when studying overseas.

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  • Do not miss orientation! Arrive early and take time to settle into your new surroundings.

  • Enrol in your units and open a bank account prior to your arrival {if possible}.

  • Join the universities social media page {s} and meet with fellow students prior to arrival.

  • Print hardcopies of your visa, university offer letter and academic documentation. Keep a copy whilst travelling as an immigration official may request these documents upon arrival.

  • Bring a copy of your medical documentation and a list of prescriptions you are taking. We advise you bring a doctors letter highlighting any pre-existing health problems, the medication you are taking and your blood type / group.

  • Undergo a full medical, dental and optical check-up prior to departure.

  • Hardcopy of immunisation and vaccine history.

  • Hardcopy of your passport

  • Passport sized photographs {each country has their own size requirement}.

  • Proof of Insurance.

  • Bring enough money whilst you wait for a bank debit card to arrive. This can take 1-2 weeks. Student should avoid bringing more than $10,000 in cash due to immigration rules.

  • Pack for multiple seasons throughout the year. The climate can vary significantly in parts of Canada, US and Australia, you should be prepared at all times.

  • Do not bring any “prohibited” items into the country. You could be issued a heavy fine upon arrival.

  • Pack items that cannot be purchased overseas. This might include toiletries, snacks, herbs and spices and your favourite mementos.

  • Pack a phrase book, travel guide and a bilingual dictionary.

  • Save important phone contacts, addresses and details of your nearest embassy / consulate in case of emergencies.

  • Print a copy of your address and keep this in your wallet / handbag for use at all times.

  • Research your nearest bus, train and tram stops.

  • Locate your nearest doctors surgery, optician and dentist.

  • Research mobile phone plans so you can purchase a SIM card upon arrival.

  • Book airport collection in advance.

  • Check if you can apply for an international driving licence. Obtain translated copies of your documents if a transfer is permitted.

  • Bring adapters for your electrical goods and ensure they are compatible overseas.

  • If you are applying for a part time job upon arrival bring hardcopies of your resume and employer reference letters.

  • Join websites like Meetup and find out the activities and events you can take part in whilst overseas.

What NOT to Do

  • Do not miss orientation.

  • Do not leave it too late to enrol in your units. Fewer options will be available the longer you delay.

  • Do not live {exclusively} with people from your own nationality. You should integrate as much as possible.

  • Do not bring prohibited items into the country {food, significant amounts of cash, unapproved medication or weapons}

  • Do not arrive in-country too early. Some countries allow entry no more than 30 days prior to course commencement.

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