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Before you depart

Pre-departure guide for international students

The following checklist will help you organise your pre-departure activities, before you leave to come to Intech Institute. Please make sure you read it carefully.

  • Confirm Acceptance by paying your fees according to the due dates listed in your Letter of Acceptance.
  • Check that your current passport will be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date.
  • Apply for immigration documents: passport, study permit, entry visa (if required)
  • Send us a copy of your Visa Grant Approval letter as soon as you receive it.
  • Please keep one set of visa documents with you.
  • Collect (& pack) any other documents you may need (for e.g, any documentation regarding ongoing health conditions, prescription medications, travel insurance, emergency contact information,  international driver’s licence, etc.). It is a good idea to take hard copies as well as soft copies of each of these and pack them in a separate bag, scan them or leave them at home with a family member in case you lose the original copy.
  • Book flights to arrive Brisbane, well in advance right after you have received your visa so you can settle in. It is strongly recommended that you attend the orientation because you will get important information related to your study and other information.
  • Check baggage and customs limitations.
  • Arrange transportation to/from the airport.
  • Arrange for a temporary place to live until you find something suitable.
  • Purchase essentials to pack (personal hygiene supplies, regular clothing, warm winter clothing if available in your country, personal accessories, electronic devices, anything specifically required for your program, etc.)
  • Visit our Facebook page to find out what’s happening at Intech Institute and connect with other students.

Important items to bring

  • Passport
  • Academic history and university transcripts
  • Airline Tickets
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Visa Grant Letter
  • Australian currency (about $500 is suggested for any immediate expenses especially if you are arriving late at night) and credit or debit cards
  • Mobile phone and/or SIM card with charger and outlet converter
  • Laptop computer with charger and outlet converter
  • Housing information (Temporary residence address and phone number, signed lease, etc.)
  • Medication (in original containers) and Immunization records and copies of prescriptions or doctor’s notes which is often useful for keeping customs officials at airports happy.
  • Prescription eye glasses and/or contact lenses

Travel Tips

Baggage: Airlines restrict the size and weight of the baggage and make charge you for excess baggage. Be sure to check with your airlines for their baggage restrictions.

Customs: There are import restrictions on certain items into Australia, such as food, plant material and animal products. You must declare for inspection all food, plant material and animal products on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free of pests and diseases. Information on customs regulations is available on here.

Money: For safety reasons, it is a not a good idea to travel with a large amount of cash. You may want to consider using a credit card or traveler’s cheques. It is recommended that you bring enough funds to cover your first week’s expenses.

Electronics: Don’t forget to pack travel adapters. Electronics from certain countries may need an adaptor (to change the plug). You can find a chart that summarizes the electrical systems used around the http://worldwanders.com/elec.htm