Pre-departure Checklist

Welcome to Western Sydney University. You’ve got your offer, now what?

Moving to a new country to study is both exciting and challenging. We have everything you need to know, to help you adjust to your new life in Sydney.

Before arriving in Sydney, make sure you follow these steps.

Is your family coming with you? Here’s what you need to know.

Accept your offer and enrol

Did you know you can accept your offer and enrol before coming to Orientation, leaving you more time to make friends, explore the campus and enjoy the activities on the day? For step by step instructions visit our website or join one of our ‘How to accept and enrol' webinars where we will walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Understand your visa obligations

Rules and visa requirements

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) National Code is designed to protect your rights as an international student studying in Australia. Your visa comes with a number of conditions. It is important that you are aware and maintain your student visa conditions whilst studying on a student visa in Australia.

Course progression and assessment

It is important you understand academic progress, assessment methods and practices and attendance requirements as these factors may affect your visa. Western Sydney University provides assistance to help you achieve and maintain satisfactory academic progress and to complete your course in the allowable period of time.

Australia – what to expect

Australian Culture

Western Sydney University has a rich culturally and linguistically diverse student population. We have a large number of international students and students who have recently migrated to Australia.

Adjusting to life and study in Australia can be challenging and means having to make some changes in your life, and a chance to try new things. Find out more about living in Sydney and adjusting to life in Australia.

Working in Australia

Once your course starts you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during session and full-time in vacations. Understand your study obligations before you commit yourself to part-time work and don’t expect that you’ll find part-time work immediately. Find out more about your working in Australia visa conditions.

The University’s Careers Service can support you by connecting you with available jobs on and off-campus, and volunteer opportunities. The GetREAL (Real Experience and Learning) program is designed to give international students the opportunity gain valuable experience through programs, activities, workshops and events specifically designed to provide exposure to Australian work culture.