Pre-departure briefings - Section contents

Pre-Departure Briefings are held each semester in a number of countries. All commencing international students and their families are invited to attend.

Pre-Departure Briefings are designed to support you in your transition to life in Melbourne. You'll learn about everything from visa requirements to the weather, and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Applications to volunteer at a Pre-Departure Briefing are now open until Thursday 17 October 2019.

Training sessions will be held from 14-22 October 2019.

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Contact us for more information.

Pre-departure briefings calendar

Beijing

When: Saturday 11 January, 1.30pm registration for 2pm start.

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Shanghai

When: Saturday 11 January, 1.30pm registration for 2pm start.

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Guangzhou

When: Sunday 12 January, 1.30pm registration for 2pm start.

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Hong Kong

When: Thursday 5 December 2019, 5.30pm registration for 6pm start.

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Bengaluru

When: Thursday 23 January, 3.30pm registration for 4pm start.

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Mumbai

When: Monday 27 January, 3.30pm registration for 4pm start.

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Delhi

When: Wednesday 29 January 2020, 3.30pm registration for 4pm start.

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Chennai

When: Satruday 1 February 2020, 10.30am registration for 11am start.

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Jakarta

Session 1

When: Saturday 23 November 2019, 9am registration for 9.30am start.

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Session 2

When: Saturday 18 January 2020, 9am registration for 9.30am start.

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Surabaya

When: Friday 31 January 2020, 4.30pm registration for 5pm start

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Kuala Lumpur

When: Saturday 11 January, 1 - 4pm

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Singapore

When: Friday 17 January, 6 - 9pm

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Taipei

When: Sunday 8 December 2019, 5pm registration for 5.30pm start.

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Hanoi

When: Saturday 18 January 2020, 11am - 1pm
Where: Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi - MGallery, 29 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 010000, Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City

When: Monday 20 January 2020, 4 - 6pm
Where: Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, 88 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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Bangkok

When: Thursday 23 January 2020, 6 - 8pm
Where: Westin Hotel The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, 259 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok

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Colombo

When: Sunday 9 February 2020, 10am - 12pm
Where: Cinnamon Grand Colombo, 77 Galle Rd, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka

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Volunteer with us

Volunteering to assist with our Pre-Departure Briefings is a great opportunity for students travelling home during the break.

Participation is counted towards the Leaders in Communities Award, and volunteers are recognised with a certificate of participation and a thank you event.

The role of a volunteer is to give new students a positive and enjoyable experience at the pre-departure briefing, and to make new students feel comfortable and confident about their transition to the University of Melbourne. You'll have the opportunity to:

  • make new friends, answer questions, and share your personal experience
  • develop your interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • increase your cross-cultural communication ability
  • attend a training session to build your facilitation skills
  • meet current and new students
  • network with alumni volunteers
  • help international students settle into life in Melbourne.