Pre-departure checklist for international and exchange students



One of the most important things to keep in mind when you travel internationally are your identification documents. You should always keep in your handbag or carry on a folder of these documents, including:


  • Valid passport with student visa
  • Offer of Admission letter
  • Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment
  • Receipts of payments (tuition fees, OSHC)
  • Scholarship letter (if applicable)
  • Original or certified copies of your academic transcripts
  • For credit exemption, all relevant documents, including syllabi for courses and subjects completed overseas
  • Personal identification documents such as driver’s licence or ID card
  • Medical records or prescriptions


In addition to that, you should save on your phone a contact person from the university/college you are going to attend in Australia. In case you lose any of your documents or experience any difficulties, they should be your first point of contact.


Money money money


You would need to have some money on hand in case of emergency before you can set up a bank account in Australia. It is quite inconvenient, not to mention risky, to have to exchange the currency, and then carry a fair amount of cash with you while travelling.


In situation like this, a prepaid card offers an excellent solution. With Vasco Pay, you can set up a Visa Prepaid card from anywhere in the world for under 3 minutes. This would spare you those stress, which you definitely need considering moving your whole life away to a new country doesn’t seem like an easy breezy process.


Moreover, you can receive and activate your Vasco Pay card before you arrive in Australia. Your family transfer you money directly to your Vasco Pay card before you leave your home country and while you’re in Australia, with competitive exchange rates.




Make sure you have arranged a place to stay before departure. The last thing you want is to drag your 40kg bulky luggage across a strange city looking for a decent shelter after an exhausting long flight.


We recommend university accommodations since you will be staying with people from your uni. They offer the best security, reliability and heaps of social events to help you mingle and settle in to your new living environment.


Note that university accommodations often filled up pretty quickly since there are limited spaces. You can check out other private student accommodations such as UniLodge, Urbanest or Iglu.


Other than that, you can check out Airbnb, Flatmates or Gumtree for more options to best suit your needs and budgets.


Clothes: to pack or not to pack?


A word of advice would be to pack only necessities. You can easily find amazing discount deals in Australia for good-quality clothes with a variety of choices. Sign up to be a Vasco Pay member and be part of the community to receive student deals from over 100 retailers across Australia.


Another thing to keep in mind is the weather of the city you are arriving. If you are going for the July intake, pack warm (or even extra warm) since it would be winter here and things can get quite cold. If you are arriving in October or February, put your sunglasses on and enjoy the Australian summer paradise.


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