Welcome information

​​​Congratulations, you are about to begin a wonderful adventure! 

Travelling to a foreign country can be one of the most enjoyable and interesting experiences of your life. To help you get the most out of your study program in Queensland, we recommend you read this information brochure. It will give you useful information for your study experience. Preparing yourself well before you depart can ease your stress about travelling abroad and help you to understand and enjoy many of the things you will see and do while in Australia.


Education Queensland International (EQI) and our host schools provide orientation programs for students and host families, training and accreditation for school coordinators, and agreements with education agents to ensure students receive a safe, well- organised and enjoyable study experience.
Thank you for choosing a Queensland Government school for your international study experience and we wish you a wonderful stay with a lifetime of happy memories.


Pre-departure program

The aim of the Pre-departure program is to:

  • help students and their families understand Queensland’s lifestyle and customs

  • help students and their families understand the Queensland education system

  • identify the potential benefits and outcomes of the student’s study program in terms of English language ability and confidence, intercultural experience, personal growth and future study options and

  • advise participants of their responsibilities and expected behaviour during their study program.


Study program

Participating in our EQI study program will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • experience school life and routine in Queensland

  • live with a Queensland family

  • explore a variety of tourist and cultural destinations

  • strengthen English language competence and confidence through real life experiences

  • learn about the Queensland way of life and culture

  • learn about the people, places, institutions and traditions that are part of the Australian environment

  • gain an insight into cultural differences and how they impact on human relationships

  • improve your cross cultural communication skills

  • develop skills such as teamwork, English communication skills and problem solving, that will enable you to perform better in all of the other subjects you study

  • practise and apply new knowledge and skills in an academic and cultural setting

  • form international friendships and

  • learn about tertiary education opportunities in Australia.


How to use this information

Your education agent will provide information to help you plan for your trip. To assist them, EQI has prepared an online Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) package which consists of a series of activities to work through at your own pace. You should ensure you have completed this PDO program before you leave for Australia.

This online information has been prepared for you to read with your parents. We recommend that you read it again before you depart and bring it with you to Queensland. Remember, you can never be too prepared.


Preparing for your trip

Passport and Travel Documents Make sure you apply for your passport and other travel documents well before your departure as these can take some time to obtain. Your education agent will assist you with information regarding your required visa and any other travel documents you may need.


Travel insurance

It is recommended that all international students have travel insurance (suitable for Australia) for the duration of their stay. Check with your education agent about the type of insurance recommended and the procedure you need to follow to obtain the best cover. Your teacher or homestay parent may also need this information to be able to ssist you, so it is advisable to have the instructions available in English.

Immunisations and medication

Before leaving home, arrange with your doctor to have the recommended vaccinations for Australia. Current information regarding disease control and quarantine issues is available on the DFAT website: www.dfat.gov.au.

If you plan to carry medication with you, please check with the Australian Diplomatic Mission (Consulate/Embassy) in your home country to ensure you are permitted to bring those medicines into Queensland. You may need to carry a letter from your doctor for some medications and this will need to be in English.

Even though most common medicines are readily available and are of a very high standard in Australia, some people prefer to carry a personal first aid kit with them. You may be asked to open the contents of the first aid kit at Customs upon entering Australia.

As a traveller you are not able to carry on board in the cabin or carry- on luggage more than one litre in total of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs). LAGs must be in containers no larger than 100ml (3.5 fl oz) each and fit comfortably within a one litre transparent re-sealable plastic bag. Exceptions apply for medicines/medical products.

Learn about Queensland

It is a good idea to learn a little about the area you will visit before you arrive. Refer to a map or tourist websites to familiarise yourself with some of the features of the area you are visiting.
Taking an interest will increase your appreciation and understanding of what you will experience and this will be regarded positively by your homestay family. Some helpful websites are listed on the Enjoy Living in Queensland page.

What to bring

In addition to your personal belongings you may wish to consider the following when preparing for your trip:



It is necessary to bring some Australian currency with you. It is recommended that you arrive in Australia with a minimum of AUD$100, sufficient for the first week of your program. Other currency should be in traveller’s cheques which can be exchanged at a bank or Currency Exchange. Currency Exchanges are located at each of the international airports; however, there may not be enough time for exchanging money at the airport in your schedule. Safe storage of money and valuable items should be discussed with your host family. It is not recommended to carry more than AUD$200 cash with you at any time.


The type of clothing you need will depend on the season, the location you are visiting (refer to the temperature chart, in the ‘About Queensland’ leaflet) and the activities in your program.

You will need to bring casual clothing such as:

  • Jeans 
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts 
  • Jacket
  • Hat 
  • Swimwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes

Some students like to bring the national dress of their home country to wear at functions and cultural festivals.

Electricity adaptors

The electricity voltage in Australia is 240 volts with a frequency of 50 hertz and Australian electrical sockets take three pronged plugs. Therefore, if you wish to bring electrical items from home with you, you will also need an adaptor. Adaptors for Australian sockets can be bought abroad but will probably be easier to find in Australia.

Personal items

Items such as sunscreen, insect repellent, personal hygiene products and toiletries are all readily available in Australia, however you may wish to bring your own. This will save you having to visit shops soon after arrival. Some students also like to bring personal journals and address books.

This is an essential item to pack so that you can show your family and friends photos of all the people you met and the experiences you had during your time in Queensland. Ensure you keep it in a safe place at all times.


Electronic dictionaries are expensive and not readily available in Australia.
It is recommended that you bring a phrase book or electronic dictionary with you to assist with communication.


Photos of your family, home, school and your hometown can be a great conversation topic
and are a good way to show Australians how you live at home. Photos are useful for informal talks or in presentations. Your buddy and homestay family may be interested in seeing photographs of your home and family.


You may wish to bring a small gift to give to your host family as a token of friendship and gratitude. You may find it useful to bring this travel wallet to refer to during your stay.

Check list

  • Glasses/Contacts 
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Hair Brush Soap/Shampoo Tissues
  • Passport/Travel Documents
  • Prescriptions, with a letter from your doctor 
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent 
  • Vitamins 
  • Cold/Flu tablets 
  • Lip cream 
  • Sunscreen
Touring bag
  • Small sturdy day pack to carry Camera
  • Reading material/Journal Phrase book/Translator 
  • Snacks
  • Pen and notebook
  • Bag for laundry Socks Underwear Shorts/Skirts Trousers/Jeans Belt
  • Shirts Handkerchief Coat/Jacket Hat
  • Swim wear 
  • Comfortable shoes
Just in case
  • Sewing kit 
  • Towel
  • Ziplock plastic bags for wet/ leaking items
  • Mobile phone and charger 
  • Camera
  • Electronic Translator iPod/MP3 Player

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Last reviewed 15 July 2016
Last updated 02 September 2016