Prepare to arrive
Explore everything you need to know about International university study with JCU's Pre-departure Guide for International Students. You'll have access to detailed information about life on each of the main JCU campuses, as well as guidance on the required steps for moving overseas.
Engage with the International Student Support Team and receive immediate answers to your questions by attending a live pre departure webinar. We'll work with you to ensure you have everything you need before you depart.
Once you have confirmation of your acceptance to JCU, you will need to arrange an international student visa. Understand the requirements and additional rules about working in Australia while studying will assist you in preparing your living expenses budget and other arrangements.
It is a condition of your student via that your hold Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). You should have received details of this with your JCU Acceptance letter. Ensure you have finalised this before arriving in Australia.
Consider the different accommodation options available at your chosen campus. There are benefits to both on- and off-campus living. Explore available places and lock-in your stay as soon as possible to receive your preferred choice.
Set yourself up for success by understanding the living costs and other expenses you will face, including food, power bills, phone/internet, transport and entertainment. Use the Study Australia website and Insider Guides Cost of Living Calculator sites to help estimate your cost of living in Australia and build a realistic budget for the duration of your studies.
You should also consider opening a bank account before you arrive. This ensures that you will have immediate access to your funds and can handle any last minute expenses during your travel or upon arrival in Australia.
Organise your arrival
Confirming your travel details in advance will ensure that your arrival in Australia is smooth and stress-free.
Book your flight as early as possible to ensure you will arrive at JCU in time to attend the compulsory International Student Orientation.
Deciding what to pack and bring with you is an important part of the planning process. Your list will depend on where and what you are studying at JCU. While you will be able to find most things you need once you arrive, it is important to ensure that you don't leave any necessary items behind in your home country.
The Studying in Australia guide provides details on Australia's biosecurity requirements and lists products that cannot be brought into the country. You will also benefit from some tips to ease the border clearance process.
JCU offers free airport transfers from the airport to your accommodation in Cairns or Townsville upon your arrival. If you would like to arrange this, you can book an arrival service here.
If you are considering working while studying, you can read the tailored information provided by JCU Careers and Employment. Discover available jobs, view sample resumes and view upcoming workshops focused on enabling you to find employment.
If you are bringing your family to Australia, explore information about childcare and schooling. Support your whole family's transition to Australia and prepare your loved ones for this new and exciting experience.
You may also wish to download and activate the Sonder app. This multilingual safety and wellbeing app connects students with a support team that is available any time of the day or night. You'll be equipped to navigate a variety of unexpected situations and benefit from the assurance that someone is always there to help.
Access student support
The help doesn't end when you arrive. Explore the range of International Student-focused services available at JCU. Once you're on campus, the Student Centre can assist you with navigating life at an Australian university. From subject choices to exams and even directions, we've got you covered.