The International Student Officer at CDU will assist you with all pre-departure requirements and will provide you with advice and ongoing support throughout your study abroad. The Officer will also provide the name and contact details of the Liaison Officer counterpart at the host university.
Arriving in a new country can be exciting and also challenging. It is important that you contact the Exchange Officer at your host university as soon as possible as they will assist you to adjust to living and studying in your new surrounds. They too will support you during your stay.
Before you go overseas to study, you must complete the following:
The online pre-departure tutorial, checklist and the international movement request must be completed by all students engaging in an overseas study experience. For students receiving funding or scholarship, payments can only be made after the pre-departure tutorial, checklist, movement request and the EFT funds transfer form is completed.
You can study virtually anything, provided that you have had your unit choices approved by your CDU course coordinator before departure. This ensures that the units you have selected will count toward your CDU program when you return.
Some universities specialise in particular areas; you should research the universities that you are considering to find out which one suits your area of study. You also need to confirm whether the units that you are interested in are being taught in English in the Semester that you wish to study overseas.
As a guide, it is easier to apply for credit for elective units, rather than core or specialist units. If you do wish to equate a core or specialist unit, you will need to print out all the documentation and take it to your course coordinator to prove the equivalency of the unit to the one being offered at CDU.
If you are applying for an exchange place with one of our partner institutions, you need to remain enrolled at CDU and must submit an enrolment form with HELP and other liabilities arranged or paid before your departure.
Students who travel overseas on official university activities are covered by the University's corporate travel insurance policy. This cover is limited to the duration of your University activities and allows two days of cover getting to and from the set destination.
In order to activate the University's travel insurance, students must submit and have approved a CDU Global Learning Abroad Agreement.
Find out what the University's travel insurance covers and does not cover before departing, and organise additional personal travel insurance if required. Please download and read the following documents:
All students are required to register with AIG Travel Guard before departing Australia. Travel Guard is a worldwide team of doctors, medical professionals and insurance specialist who are available 24-hours a day for advice and assistance for medical emergencies and any associated problems while outside of your country.
A visa permits you to enter a country for a particular purpose. As consular rules are constantly changing, we can't advise on visas. It is your responsibility to check with the appropriate consulate about visa requirements before departing Australia.
Smartraveller is a great source of information for all travellers. It is a requirement that all CDU students register with Smartraveller before departure. Smartraveller is provided by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Registration helps the Australian Government contact or find you in an emergency.
What to take with you
Your valid passport and current visa
Your letter of offer/admission from the host university
Address and contact details of the host university
At least AUD$500 or equivalent in cash
Other official identification such as your driver’s license
Any medical records (particularly of immunisations) and any necessary medical prescriptions
Personal items such as special medications and copies of prescriptions, camera, personal computer/laptop.
Before you leave home
You need to:
Check the validity of your passport; you must renew your passport if it has less than six months validity remaining
Apply for the appropriate visas using the letter of offer/admission issued to you
Read and understand the conditions of your visa
Complete the CDU Movement Request for International University Travel and have it approved as instructed
Obtain a copy of the AIG Travel Guard Insured Business Traveller letter with the emergency contact number; if you lose the letter go to Travel Guard