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Before you leave home checklist for international students

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Apply for a student visa


Get medical, optical and dental checkups and immunisations (if necessary)


Book your flight to arrive in time for
enrolment and orientation (at least 2 weeks before classes start)


Organise airport pick-up and get confirmation of your booking


Organise short-term accommodation for when you first arrive


Lodge an application for on-campus
accommodation or Homestay (if required)


Buy some local currency


Investigate the cost of living and make a budget


Attend a pre-departure briefing (if one is available in your home country)


Organise childcare or school for your children


Put together an important documents file


Get an international driver’s licence
or a translation of your licence


Organise your belongings and start packing


Familiarise yourself with the local customs and quarantine information


Complete the pre-enrolment requirements


Postgraduate research students make an appointment with your supervisor


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