Once you've been accepted to participate in a short-term experience, it's time to get ready to go!

Before you leave for your global experience, be sure to read through our Pre-Departure Guide short-term experience. Below you'll also find some tips to help you make the most of your experience while ensuring you keep safe and healthy while overseas.

1. Health and safety

Medical advice

Visiting a doctor before you leave for your exchange is strongly encouraged. The doctor will be able to provide information about required vaccinations and health advice for your destination.

If you are on any medication, be sure to take an adequate supply, as an equivalent medication may not be available at your destination. You will require a letter describing the contents of your medication from a doctor in order to carry this through customs. You should also confirm that the medication is permitted in your host country.

Smart Traveller

We recommend that you register your travel plans on smartraveller.gov.au so that you can be contacted in the event of an emergency. The site also has comprehensive travel tips, up-to-date country information, and travel warnings for dangerous countries.

Download the Smartraveller app before you go overseas.

Registration & passports

  • If you are an Australian citizen you can register your trip online.
  • If your passport is lost or stolen you must report it to the nearest Australian consulate and report the loss online.
  • Get a copy of the police report or report number.
  • To get a replacement, you must complete an application and have proof of your Australian Citizenship.
  • Citizens of other countries should research the process of reporting a lost/stolen passport and obtaining a replacement for their home country.