Pre-departure information for new and current international students

Before you travel to Australia, you will require a valid Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and Visa.

Travelling to Australia Webinar

Our comprehensive Travelling to Australia Webinar offers you support and advice on everything you need to know before leaving your home to transition to Australia

Make sure you view the resource list in the Webinar for more helpful resources, including the Victorian Police Safety Session in our Living in Australia Webinar.

Entry permit and COVID-19 test

All students will need to obtain a COVID-19 test before you depart your home country. You will need to be able to demonstrate a negative test result within 72 hours of your scheduled flight.

Undertake the COVID-19 border entry process by applying for your permit to enter Victoria from overseas.

Complete your International passenger arrivals permit application

Vaccination requirements

La Trobe has a duty to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 at our campuses. From December 2021, anyone attending La Trobe’s campus will be expected to be fully vaccinated.

For students with a valid medical exemption or other legally-recognised exemption from vaccination, La Trobe will make arrangements to enable work and study to continue beyond December.

La Trobe has a vaccination clinic operated by Austin Health at La Trobe’s Melbourne campus as one of Victoria’s state vaccination hubs. Vaccinations are available to international students free of charge.

Frequently asked questions

You will require a valid Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and Visa to return to Australia.

La Trobe has issued all international students who have taken a Leave of Absence with:

  • A returning CoE
  • An extension to the new end date of your course

If you need to update your visa, please contact the Department of Immigration

Visit the Applying for a student visa website for more information.

Visit the Department of Immigration for all visa-related enquires.

You will need to apply for a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

For information about how to apply for a new CoE, please see the Extend student visa and CoE FAQ

All arriving international students are invited to attend a comprehensive Travelling to Australia Webinar that offers support and advice on:

  • COVID Safety at La Trobe
  • Getting here – free airport pick up, finding housing
  • Check-in on campus & meet the team
  • All about Australia – transport and how to get around, Australian summer, keeping yourself safe
  • Working in Australia & banking
  • Making the most of campus life

La Trobe will continue to facilitate online study in 2022 as students transition back to on-campus study in Australia. However, as we return to normal, there may be limitations to the subjects that we are able to offer online.

Australia continues to meet all COVID safety measures and vaccination targets set by the Australian Government. Our borders are slowly opening to international travellers with an exemption and to Australian citizens and permanent residents. This is a clear indication that Australia is a safe country to travel to and within.