Preparing to go

Pre-departure module

All students must complete the Pre-Departure Module. This tutorial will guide you through the process of undertaking an overseas experience as well as examine the health risks and travel warnings to your selected country.


If you travel internationally as part of your studies, insurance support is available for authorised and approved trips. Approval for these activities is included in the funding application process or through your College/School. Approved activities include placement, course related travel, and other overseas opportunities. More information can be found here

International SOS

The University of Newcastle has a 24/7 resource on call, online and even on the ground to help with any medical, security and logistical questions, concerns and situations that may arise. If you need a medical referral, lose your medication, seek pre-travel advice or experience a medical or security crisis, University of Newcastle has a fully integrated program in place so you receive the care and expertise that you need, whenever and wherever you need it. All students travelling overseas on an official University activity must register with the International SOS Travel Locator System and download the Assistance App. More information can be found here

Arrange your academic matters

Before you depart, you must arrange a credit transfer for the courses you are going to study and ensure you are enrolled in the Exchange Codes for Exchange and Short Course (agreement) Programs. More information can be found here

Passport and visa

Check if you have a valid passport and understand the visa application and requirement as early as possible. More information can be found here

Global Experience Portal

Check out the Global Experience Portal for more pre-departure information and complete the necessary steps before you depart on your global adventure

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Kieren, Technical University Munich, Germany

I can’t recommend anything more highly than an overseas semester exchange. I only wish that I had made the decision to go on a semester exchange earlier during my degree, because I would love to go on another one.”

Kieren, Technical University Munich, Germany

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.