Pre-departure information

To prepare for your arrival in Australia and facilitate your smooth transition to university life at La Trobe, it is important that you read the resource guide for international students, the Pre-departure Guide [PDF 3.69MB]*.

It is recommended that you arrive in time for registration and orientation.

If there are reasons you are unable to arrive in time for the registration days, please make sure you attend the compulsory  Orientation.

Refer to the campus map for directions to the venues.

Pre-departure checklist

Before you leave home, there are some important things you will need to do upon acceptance. There are lists of things you need to bring with you to Australia. Download a copy of the pre-departure and arrival checklist [PDF 916KB]*.

Online pre-departure briefings

All La Trobe commencing international students and their families have been invited to participate in a live one hour pre-departure webinar, to help you prepare for study and life in Australia.

If you missed the sessions or would like to view the recording of the session, please click to view the sessions (While Collaborate supports all browsers, using ChromeTM gives you the best experience):

You may also find answers yourself from the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Topics covered at the briefings include:

  • preparing for departure
  • accommodation
  • living in Australia
  • arrival and settling in.

eFriends Transition @ La Trobe International Welcome Group

Our Transition @ La Trobe Facebook/Weibo program puts you in touch with trained eFriends and other new students before you leave home. An eFriend is an experienced La Trobe University student who volunteers their time to answer questions and queries about living in Australia and studying at La Trobe University through Facebook and Weibo.

New students will receive an invitation email to join in this Facebook (or Weibo) group once it opens (note the invitation is open for a limited time).

For Semester one 2017, this program opens from Monday 9 January 2017 and closes on Friday 31 March 2017.

For more information, email

Arriving on the weekend

If you arrive on a weekend or public holiday you will find that most University offices are closed. Where possible, we recommend that you arrive on a weekday. If you do arrive on a weekend, read the Weekend Survival Guide beforehand.

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