Before You Arrive

Before You Arrive: Checklist

You are getting very close to joining us at CELUSA/SAIBT, but there are still a couple of things you will need to organise! We have outlined the steps to follow so you can organise and prioritise your pre-departure plans.

Extremely important to also book alternative accommodation if you plan on arriving prior to when your booked accommodation is available. The last thing you want is to arrive without a place to stay.

You can apply directly online or with help from a local representative. Please visit for more information about student visas.

On a student visa, the Australian Government requires you to hold Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of your student visa. OSHC will pay for medical and hospital care, for some prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport. It does not cover any illness or disability you had prior to arriving to Australia and it does not cover dental, optical or other ancillary services. Remember to bring your medical and optical prescriptions with you.

These include:

  • CELUSA/SAIBT Letter of Offer

  • Letter of Acceptance(CoEs)

  • Proof of Funds

  • Temporary Resident Visa (If required)

  • Certified copies of your academic transcripts (including evidence of your English language proficiency), if you have not already provided these documents

  • Passport

  • Evidence of guardianship is required for students under 18. For example, Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW).

  • Personal identification (e.g. birth certificate, etc)

  • Driver’s licence: check that it is current for the period you will be in Australia and renew your licence if necessary. If your home licence is not in English, you should bring a certified translation with the licence

  • Any medical or optical prescriptions/certificates, immunisation records

  • References from previous employers

  • Receipts for valuable new goods that you are bringing with you to Australia

  • Contact telephone numbers for family and friends

The currency in Australia is Australian Dollars (AUD$). You will be able to exchange most major currencies at airports, banks and large shopping centres.

  • Credit Card and approximately $800 cash on-hand

  • International pre-paid phone card

  • Pictures of family and friends

  • Document folder – to secure your important documents

  • Clothing – dress codes in Australia are generally casual, with most students preferring comfortable, casual clothes such as jeans, shirts, etc. Bring some jumpers/pullovers/sweaters and jackets for winter and one or two outfits for formal occasions

  • Adaptor plugs – Australia has 240 volts, AC 50Hz cycle. The Australian three pin outlet is different from most countries, so you may need to purchase an adaptor plug for electrical appliances. Adaptor plugs are readily available at travel or electrical stores throughout Australia

  • Electrical equipment – you may consider bringing electrical appliances such as rice cooker, stereo equipment and hair dryer

  • Personal items – basic toiletries (e.g. toothbrush), dictionary, alarm clock, etc

  • Optical spares – a spare pair of spectacles or contact lenses if you wear them, as these may be expensive to replace in Australia

  • Basic household items – most accommodation will not include cooking

  • Utensils, bed linen, blankets, pillows or towels. Most of these items can be purchased in Australia

  • Medication – If you take medication for an illness or condition, you may need to bring a supply with you as it may not be readily available, or available at the same price in Australia. You may need a certificate (in English or translated into English) from your doctor stating that the medication has been prescribed. Check with Immigration authorities; you must declare any drugs or medicines you bring into Australia

  • Check the maximum amount of kilograms that you are allowed to carry on the airline. Check the quarantine and customs regulations to be aware of what you cannot bring into Australia with you. Further information about Australian customs and quarantine can be found at:

Please activate your account and register so you are fully prepared to enrol in classes when registration opens

It is always good to know as much as possible about Australia and Adelaide before arriving, allowing you to feel more at home

 When you arrive you can safely hail a taxi cab and they will take you to your local destination. You can alternatively pre-arrange airport pickup. Where CELUSA/SAIBT has arranged your accommodation - airport pickup is included

 When you arrive in Adelaide you will need to know your local address and contact numbers

It is important to make sure someone in Australia knows you are coming, in addition to calling your family when you land

It is compulsory for all new students to attend Orientation

Relax and spend the last days at home with family and friends. Make sure you have all their contact information so you can remain connected abroad

Did you know? We recommend setting up social media accounts to remain in touch with your friends and family back home. Social media sites such as, Skype, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, RenRen, Weibo, QQ, and FaceTime, are all good options to consider.