Before you leave your home, there are some important things you can do to prepare, to ensure your arrival in Australia is as smooth as possible:
- Passport - Check the validity of your passport and make sure it is valid for the entire duration of your studies in Australia.
- Student visa - you are obligated to make yourself aware of the responsibilities attached to your student visa and ensure you do not breach your visa conditions.
- Mandatory medical examination - You must be examined by one of the Department’s approved panel physicians or clinics. See how to contact a panel physician by finding the immigration office nearest to you.
- Remember, the visa application requires that you have a mandatory medical examination by an appointed doctor.
- Travel – Please ensure that you will arrive at least one week before the start of classes so you can attend the Orientation week.
- Medical and dental - Have a thorough medical, optical and dental check-up.
- Accommodation - Choose to live on or off-campus while you study with CDU. Whether you are moving interstate or to Australia from a different country, you'll find your home away from home. Accommodation options can be found online.
- Arrival form - Upon accepting your offer letter, you will receive an ‘Arrival Form’ from the Admissions team. Please complete this form, advising the university of your arrival details and accommodation arrangements. You can then return this form via email to email@example.com.
- Insurance - Organise insurance for your personal belongings, and ensure that your health insurance is current.
- Customs and quarantine – Check the regulations and pack items that you need to declare separately. Link to Australian Customs and Quarantine
- Currency - Please ensure you arrive in Australia with enough AUD currency to get you through your first few days (we recommend AU$500). There are plenty of banks and currency converters if you need to convert any currency into Australian dollars when you get here.
Read about your destination
There's an abundance of information about Darwin and Sydney available online, and it is important to do some research before you arrive. Life in Australia may be very different from your home country and may take some adjustment. Australia is famous for its multiculturalism and is very accepting of people from other cultures. Each city is very different, and we encourage you to do some travelling while you're here. Learn more about studying in Darwin, Alice Springs or Sydney.
What to bring
Aside from personal belongings and clothing, you must ensure you bring the following documents with you:
- Valid passport
- Flight tickets
- Visa grant notice
- Letter of offer from CDU
- Letter of offer from ELICOS institute (if applicable)
- Letter of scholarship award (if applicable)
- Copy of Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
- Certified copies of your academic qualifications
- Contact telephone numbers for CDU and your home country's embassy in Australia
- Written references to assist in securing accommodation or work
- Personal medical records and any medication prescriptions
- Doctors letters for ongoing medical conditions
Free airport collection
CDU organises free airport pickup from Darwin International Airport during peak arrival periods (February and July). You will have received an Airport Arrival Form from our admissions team – please ensure this is completed and returned to firstname.lastname@example.org least 72 hours before your arrival.
If this form is returned later than 72 hours before your arrival, collection will be subject to staff availability and is not guaranteed. Once your collection is organised, an email will be sent to you as confirmation.
International House Darwin (accommodation)
If you are staying at International House Darwin, you will be dropped at the main office. During office hours an IHD staff member will be there to welcome you and show you to your room.
If you are arriving outside office hours, you will need to call the resident leader on duty. There is a phone located outside the reception office near the main carpark. The resident leader will meet you and show you to your accommodation.
Customs and quarantine
Upon arrival at an Australian airport, you will be given a customs and quarantine form to complete. Answer each question carefully, as fines for violations are very high.
Australia has strict regulations to protect citizens from disease and pests. Declare or dispose of all quarantine items including all food or anything made from wood, plant or animal material that you have with you.
Don't bring any parcels that have been packed by others.
If you have items that must be declared to customs, it is wise to pack them together in easily accessible luggage. For new items, have your receipts ready.
For more information, refer to Australian Custom Services.
CDU and International House Darwin have free wi-fi available to students all over campus
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