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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Getting ready to study in Australia: OzTREKK Pre-departure Meet & Greets

It’s that time of year again—so many of our students are getting ready to go to Australia! Whether you have already accepted your offer, will be doing so in the next few weeks, you are invited to attend an OzTREKK Pre-departure Meet & Greet!

OzTREKK Pre-depature Meet & Greets!

See you soon!

So, what happens during an OzTREKK Pre-Departure Meet & Greet?

This year, we’ll be holding our pre-dep events in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary, and these 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!

While we will have a few short presentations, it won’t all be boring: we’ve got trivia and prizes, a photo booth, and a parent-networking section where parents can discuss their concerns and get their questions answered! Mostly, we just want all of you to have fun and to feel comfortable before heading off to study in Australia.

OzTREKK Pre-Departure Meet & Greets

Toronto: November 4, 2017 (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
Vancouver: November 12, 2017 (4 – 7 p.m.)
Calgary: November 13, 2017 (4 – 7 p.m.)

Watch a Live, Online OzTREKK Pre-departure Webinar

Not to worry: For OzTREKK students who are unable to attend an in-person pre-dep event, you can still join our online webinars and get the important info you need before you leave for Australia—because why would we leave you hanging? Even if you attended a meet and greet, you’re still welcome to join the webinars.

  • Pre-departure 101 – October 25
  • Financing Your Studies (with CIBC) – November 6
  • Transferring Money with Cohortpay – November 20
  • Accommodation – UQ, JCU, Griffith, Bond – November 9
  • Accommodation – Sydney, Melbourne, Macquarie – November 16
  • Accommodation – UWA, CSU, Newcastle, Monash – November 23

And when all else fails, you’ll be getting weekly pre-departure preparation emails from your admissions officer so you can stay on top of your to-do list.


You will be receiving our Meet & Greet details and webinar log-in info from your admissions officer—stay tuned!

Friday, September 29th, 2017

“Getting ready to go to Australia” tips with Meghan

It’s the end of September. There’s a chill in the air (finally), and time is ticking. Pretty soon you’ll be packing your bags and boarding your flight to Australia!

Getting ready to go to Australia

You should also have a beer to celebrate your arrival!

This pre-departure phase can be stressful for some students, so OzTREKK Admissions Coordinator / Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer Meghan Strank has recommendations for all the different stages—from application to arrival.

Before You Go

Once we have processed your application your OzTREKK Admissions Officer will send you an email with the application instructions. Keep this email handy; it provides you with the list of documents required for your application—you can even strike documents off when you have sent them in. It will be a good reference to see what you still need and what you have already done!

Best way to get prepared? Attend events! OzTREKK hosts lots of events throughout the year both in person and via webinars. These events are full of information and opportunities to meet other students. We haven’t finalized all the details yet, but be prepared to attend some amazing in-person meet-and-greet events where you can meet the people who will be studying with you! Don’t worry—your admissions officer will keep you in the loop.

Getting ready to go to Australia tips with Meghan

Flying over Fraser Island

The Trip

How to survive the trip to Oz? If you are like my boyfriend… you sleep, wake up for 15 minutes, take a sleeping pill, and sleep some more. If you are me, you take this opportunity to watch all the TV shows and movies you want.  My suggestion is to bring some on your laptop because if you have luck like I do, you will be in the middle seat and the older lady beside you will fall asleep with her elbow firmly pressed on your volume button and you will not have the heart to wake her up.

When you get to Australia

You need to try a flat white! I had never heard of them before and I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker prior… but they are soo good! (Even my boyfriend, the strict Timmy’s coffee drinker, liked them!)

How to make the most of your experience

Travel! Australia has a lot to offer and it is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. See as many things as you can!

Fraser Island is amazing! It has a little bit of everything. There is a runway on the beach and you can fly in a small plane over the island. I highly suggest spending the extra few $ to do this because it was the highlight of my trip!


Would you like more info about your pre-departure prep? We’ll be hosting several webinars this fall and our in-person events. Stay tuned!

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!