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Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Your Australian University Orientation Survival Guide

I cannot believe that plane tickets are being booked! I really can’t believe we’re well into “predeparture” and are starting to quickly get to orientation time—both with your Australian university and with OzTREKK!

I will not lie: OzTREKK Orientations are my single-most exciting time of the year. Beyond the whole “skipping winter” thing, there’s something a little magical about being able to observe, first-hand, so many lives changing. I tell all my friends that I really do feel our office is lucky to play even a teeny role as our students are on their way to becoming doctors, dentists, physios, vets.

Your Australian University Orientation Survival Guide

Learning what classes will be like at UQ med school

The first thing I want to promise you is that something is going to go wrong.

Our goal at the office is to try to ensure that the thing that goes wrong isn’t giant—but just be prepared. You’re travelling around the world, you’re losing days, you’re bringing luggage and your stomach is full of nerves. A little hiccup here or there is really a part of the experience, right? 😊

Anyway, outside of trying to remain as calm as possible, I thought I’d put together a few tips for you to try to make your first few weeks in Australia a really exciting and enjoyable time:

Be mentally (and physically) prepared for the weather

You’re leaving in the worst of winter and you’re arriving in the best / worst of summer. Take your vitamin C, drink water and get a lot of rest—your body is going to need it. You are going to have a shock. In OzTREKK Orientation 2015, I left Ottawa with a -40 degree wind-chill and I landed in Brisbane where it was a steamy +33. It was hot. I mean, it’s great when you settle but it’s a bit of a shock to the ol’ body!

Give yourself some time

I totally understand the desire to maximize every minute at home, but don’t forget that you’re making such a giant investment in time and money that you don’t want to short-change it! We recommend giving yourself at least a week to settle, get over jet lag, get your bearings, meet some people and be prepared for the start of classes. If you are hunting for housing when you arrive, you will want to give yourself at least two weeks. If the stars align and you have a week off, then get yourself to a beach, explore your city and try to embrace the Aussie lifestyle!

Your Australian University Orientation Survival Guide

The OzTREKK Shuttle—we legit fit everything in there!

Attend the OzTREKK Orientation

In the leading-up to your orientation, you received an invitation to attend an OzTREKK breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Depending on the number of the students, it may be a casual fish and chips, or it might be a large breakfast. Either way, I promise you, you will not regret going.

Last year at the UQ MD orientation, I remember thinking that all participants got a head-start: their tour involved the best places to sit in class, tips on the anatomy labs, the secret study spots, and guidance on how to start out strong on your PBL. It really was valuable! And it also means that you’ll get a really great opportunity to network with your future cohort. You’ll meet people in your program and not. You’re going to be there for years, so take this opportunity to make some friends when you land!

Get out and explore

Sometimes with all the prep of immunizations, enrollment, offers and deposits, this fact can be lost: you are going to study at a world-class institution in Australia! ENJOY it! Spend a little time and prep your “before I leave bucket list” and do some dreaming. You’re in an incredible country and there is a lot to see. Explore the little things (the great night market in the Gold Coast) to the big things (um, the Great Barrier Reef?)—there is a lot to do everywhere. I remember a rural dental student years ago saying, “If you’re bored, it’s not because of your surroundings.”

Anyway… the clock is ticking and the days are sliding by. I can’t wait to get on that plane (I’m a person who loves the plane—a delightful mix of sleep and so much TV)!

See you all in Oz!



Have you received your OzTREKK Orientation invitation? If you haven’t, please let us know by emailing your Admissions Officer or info@oztrekk.com.

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

If you’ve applied to a physiotherapy program in Australia through OzTREKK, then you’ve met Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh!

Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

Physio Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh

Krista’s prepared a blog for everyone getting ready to go to Australia with tips for your predeparture preparation. Take it away, Krista!

Whenever the weather starts to get colder here in Canada, something very special happens here in the OzTREKK office. Offers start to roll in, and we enter into Pre-Departure season. In other words, we start to help our students get ready to escape the cold and head to Australia.
While this is meant to be an exciting time, it can be very overwhelming for many, but OzTREKK wants you to know that we have you covered! Really and truly, there are no stupid questions in the predeparture phase and if you are thinking it, there is a really great chance that somebody else is thinking it, too! It’s sort of like turning to Google to answer your seemingly stupid question only to find that thousands of other people have wondered the very same thing (this does happen to you too, right?).

Whether you consider yourself a travelling expert or not, the majority of your anxiety likely comes from picking up your life, packing it in a suitcase and moving it across the world.

In light of this, I took the liberty of Googling some of the first things that would come to my mind in preparation for the long trek to Oz. I came across some really helpful tips and blogs that I think you will benefit from!

  1. How To Pack Your Life Into a Carry-on
  2. Booking an Airbnb for the First-Time User
  3. How To Survive a Long Haul Flight
  4. How To Dress Like a Local in Australia
  5. How To Pack a Suitcase in 30 Minutes
  6. How to Prepare for your Arrival with Google Maps
  7. How to Say Goodbye and Move Across the World
  8. Brush up on Australian Slang (because it won’t sound like English)
  9. Check out the Lonely Planet Website
Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

Are you getting ready to study in Australia?

Once you have browsed through all of this, you will likely have additional questions that come to mind. Feel free to Google away, and if there is anything you are unsure about, please make sure that you check in with your OzTREKK Admissions Officer so that we can help you out!

Happy planning and packing!


What are you predeparture questions? Send them our way: info@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355. We’ll get you ready to study in Australia!

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Don’t miss the upcoming pre-departure webinar for new Bond University students!

Calling all semester 3 Bond University Juris Doctor and Master of Occupational Therapy students! You’ve got lots to do before you book your flight to the Gold Coast. This is where OzTREKK comes in.

Don't miss the upcoming pre-departure webinar for new Bond University students!

Don’t miss your pre-dep webinar July 30

OzTREKK is proud to support our students from start to finish, so that means we help you with your application, your offer, your acceptance, your pre-departure preparations—and your arrival!

Since our Bondies are scattered across Canada, we will be hosting a pre-departure webinar on Tuesday, August 1 at 8 p.m. to connect everyone together. Just like the in-person, pre-dep seminars, the webinar is a great opportunity to get prepared for this exciting, new step in your life!

Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Time: 8 p.m. (EST)
Venue: Online

The webinars provide an excellent avenue to learn more about the Australian student visa process, your accommodation options, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), travel arrangements, banking and finances, and general info about the Australian lifestyle and culture. Essentially, the session breaks down what to do prior to leaving Canada and what to do upon arrival in Australia.

This is your chance to get your questions answered—and reassure your family members to boot!

Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question: If you are wondering about how to get a cell phone, you can bet everyone else is, too. Questions are via chat, so ask away, Bondies!


Make sure to contact your OzTREKK admissions officer if you have not yet received your Bond University pre-dep webinar log-in info!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

OzTREKK Pre-departure Seminars this fall

It’s almost time for your departure! Whether you have already accepted your offer, will be doing so in the next couple of weeks/months, or are yet to meet the conditions of your offer, you are invited to attend an OzTREKK Pre-departure Seminar.

OzTREKK Boarding Pass

OzTREKK Pre-dep Seminar 2012

Held across Canada, OzTREKK Pre-departure Seminars will guide you through the final steps as you prepare to live and study in Australia. It is also a great opportunity to meet other students who are also travelling to Australia to study.

OzTREKK Pre-departure Seminars are must-not-miss events! We are not kidding on this one: our students who turn up to learn about what they need to organize prior to leaving Canada and what to expect when they arrive in Australia are far more prepared! Bring your parents or BFF, and take advantage of the opportunity to meet your future uni mates!

Upcoming OzTREKK Pre-departure Seminars in Canada in 2013

Date: Friday, Oct. 25
Time: 6 – 9 p.m. (Alberta time)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26
Time: 2 – 5 p.m. (Alberta time)

OzTREKK Boarding Pass

Ask questions during the seminars!

Date: Sunday, Oct. 27
Time: 2 – 5 p.m. (BC time)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 2
Time: 2 – 5 p.m. (Monash University and University of Melbourne)

Date: Sunday, Nov. 3
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (University of Queensland, James Cook University, Bond University)

Date: Sunday, Nov. 3
Time: 2 – 5 p.m. (University of Sydney, University of Newcastle, Macquarie University)

Watch a Live, Online OzTREKK Pre-departure Webinar

For OzTREKK students who are unable to attend an in-person pre-dep, you can still view an online webinar and get the important info you need before you leave for Australia.

Upcoming Pre-departure Webinars

For all students beginning Semester 1 2014
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. (Ontario time)
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 6 p.m. (Ontario time)

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For more information and to register for an OzTREKK Pre-departure Seminars, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.