Inbound students Study Abroad and Exchange at the University of Melbourne
Preparing to go
Naturally there is a lot to organise beyond being nominated and accepted by your host institution. It is a good idea to plan ahead and identify things you need to arrange to make your experience a successful one. Have you considered if you need a visa? Have you thought about flights? What about travel insurance? All of these are important questions that need to be worked through as part of your preparation to go.
Preparing for culture shock
Culture shock is a very real experience and it is important to be prepared. It is not limited to exchanges in countries with obviously different customs and languages. Often students travelling to countries that, from a distance, seem quite similar to Australia are the ones who are least prepared for the shock of the new. To read more about it and for useful strategies to prepare and cope with culture shock view the culture shock webpage.
Provided to all exchange students as part of the host institution acceptance process, and available to all other students, this booklet contains valuable information on an overseas stay, including travel document checklists and useful contacts. This is a useful resource for you to refer to in order to ensure you have completed everything ahead of your departure. To pick up your copy, please stop by the Melbourne Global Mobility office or download a copy.
As part of your preparation to go abroad you should consider what health and medical issues to be aware of. Please see the health matters page for more information.