Acceptance and 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 our resource guide for international students, the Acceptance and Pre-departure Guide.

It is recommended that you arrive in time for check-in and orientation. Refer to the campus map for directions to the venues.

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

If you need more information, contact International Student Services team.

Online pre-departure briefings

All La Trobe commencing international students and their families are invited to view our pre-departure information videos, to help you prepare for study and life in Australia.

Topics covered at the briefings include:

Watch all videos

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.

2020 eFriend program dates

Period Start date End date Live Q&A*
Semester 1 20 January 27 March 12 February 
Semester 2 22 June 28 August 8 July
Summer 1 28 September 4 December 14 October

*Students will be invited to join the group and Q&A via email or can ask to join our ‘Transition @ La Trobe - International Welcome Group’ on Facebook.

If you already have a Facebook account, just log in to your account and copy the URL into the browser. Click the ‘Request to join’ button.

If you don’t yet have a Facebook account simply fill in the registration details on the Facebook home page. Then, copy the above URL link into the browser. Click ‘Request to join’ button. Your registration will be confirmed within 72 hours.
** Please ensure the name of your Facebook account appears the same as in your application to La Trobe University.

Students who are living in China can join La Trobe Weibo group from here or copy this URL link ( into the browser. You will find useful pre-departure information and receive answers to your enquiries via Weibo.

Attend our live Q&A chat! - You will receive a reminder email on how to join closer to the date.

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.