Pre-departure guide

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to La Trobe. Here’s some of what you’ll need to know before you leave home.

At La Trobe, we make sure you have a broad support network so you can get the most out of university. We’ll help you settle into life in Australia, make new friends, succeed in your studies and prepare for life after university.

This starts with our Acceptance and Pre-departure Guide [PDF 4.6MB]: our comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about accepting your offer and preparing for Australian life.

The Guide includes information on:

  • applying for a student visa and preparing for your departure, including enrolling online before you leave home
  • Australian living costs and banking options
  • managing internet access and mobile phone coverage
  • how to arrange accommodation
  • what happens when you arrive at the airport
  • how to be safe and comfortable in Australia
  • our extensive student support services.

It also offers a full checklist of all the tasks you need to complete before you leave.

Make sure you arrive in Australia in time for check-in, which is when you’ll register your arrival at La Trobe.

Your academic success can depend on how well you adjust to studying and living in Australia, so you also need to attend Orientation. This is compulsory because it gives you important information about your life at La Trobe, but it’s also a great opportunity to make friends.

Even if you can’t arrive in time for the scheduled check-in days, you still need to attend the compulsory Orientation.

We’ve also produced a set of pre-departure information videos to help you prepare for study and life in Australia.

These briefings include:

Or you can watch all our briefings in a single playlist.

Want help with getting ready for overseas study? Our Transition @ La Trobe groups on Facebook and Weibo connect you with trained eFriends and other new students before you leave home.

Our eFriends are experienced La Trobe students and International Student Services staff members. They’re active on our Facebook and Weibo pages answering any questions you may have about living in Australia and studying at La Trobe.

If you live outside China, you can ask to join our Transition @ La Trobe – International Welcome Group Facebook group – but please ensure the name of your Facebook account appears the same as it does in your application to La Trobe. Students who are living in China can join the La Trobe Weibo group.

We’ll also e-mail you an invitation to join the Transition group after you’ve accepted your offer to study with us. This invitation will include details about how to attend the live chats.

We recommend you plan to arrive in Australia on a weekday, as most of our offices are closed on weekends and public holidays.

If you do plan to arrive on a weekend, read the Weekend Survival Guide as well as the Acceptance and Pre-departure Guide.

Have more questions?

You can always contact our helpful International Student Services team.