Our pre-departure briefings will set your mind at ease

We run comprehensive pre-departure briefings to answer all your questions and set your mind at ease before you jet off. Including health and safety tips and how to sort out your accommodation. 

You will be notified via your student email of the time, date and location of your pre-departure session.

Before you leave

1. Complete your “Preparing for Learning Abroad Module”. This is for all RMIT students going on an overseas global experience.

2. Attend your comprehensive pre-departure briefing to have your questions answered and set your mind at ease before you jet off. You will get to meet and network with your peers.

You will be notified via your student email of the time, date and location of your dedicated pre-departure session.

3. Find out more about the RMIT complimentary student travel insurance

All RMIT University students travelling overseas on an approved program receive complimentary travel insurance. Find out more, including what you’re covered for and any exclusions.

4. Register your details with International SOS  before you leave for your global experience.

iSOS specialises in medical assistance, travel security advice and information, emergency services, healthcare and evacuation services. Before you leave and while you are overseas, you can reach out to iSOS to take advantage of this resource to find out more about your destination and if you need any assistance.

5. For Australian citizens, register with Smartraveller which is an Australian Government website where you can log your travel details, so the Government can assist you in case of an emergency.

For non-Australian citizens, check if there is a similar government service from your home country and register accordingly.

6. Research to find out if you need immunisations

You should seek information about any immunisations or health issues relevant to travelling and living in another country. Please refer to your own doctor for more information and you can also check International SOS as they have resources related to health information under each country listing.

7. Find your accommodation

In many cases, the host institution or organisation may provide you with relevant information regarding accommodation. It’s a good idea to do some research online to familiarise yourself with the area you will be living. If you are looking for temporary accommodation when you arrive in your host country, make sure you book for at least two weeks.

Please do not book any accommodation until after you have received a formal acceptance from the host institution.


When you arrive

Let your family know you have arrived safely
When you first land it’s easy to forget this very important and simple step in all your excitement. 

Contact your host intitution and attend orientation
Check in with your host institution to find out about orientation and any other fun events.This is a great way to meet people and make friends.

While you’re overseas

If you have any medical, security and logistical questions, concerns and situations 
Please contact International SOS first as they are a 24/7 rescource on call, online and on the ground.

Homesickness and culture shock
You are welcome to contact the Global Experience Office for information or recommendations on support services that are available to you. Don’t forget to use the services offered to you by your host institution.