Getting Ready to Study

What to pack

Now that you’ve made the decision to study in Australia, you’ll want to start getting organised. From choosing what clothes and personal items to bring to ensuring your documentation is in order, we here at Martin Higher Education will help you prepare for your time in Australia.

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Getting a Student Visa and Health Insurance

Once you have received your offer letter from Martin Higher Education, it’s time to get your Visa and Health Insurance sorted. Below you’ll find the key information you need to make your transition to studying in Australia as easy as possible.


Depending on which course you have been accepted to study, a number of Higher Education visas are available. Click here to find out which Student Visa is right for your study needs.


Every International Student who studies in Australia is required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Click here for more information about getting your OSHC.

Are your documents ready?

Now that you have your bags packed and your visa and insurance sorted, it’s time to organise your important documentation. These documents will be used by the College to finalise your enrolment and ensure that your study goes smoothly. Do you have all of these documents ready?

  • Valid passport with student visa
  • Your Letter of Offer from Martin Higher Education
  • Copy of electronic Confirmation of Enrolment form*
  • At least 3 copies of your academic results that have been certified as true copies by the Principal of your school or by your agent * 
  • Certified true copy of your birth certificate, passport and visa * 
  • Your home address in English

Clearing Customs

Being an island, Australia is protected from many of the pests, plants and animal diseases that can be found in other parts of the world. In order to keep Australia protected, our government has very strict rules surrounding what foods, plant and animal products are brought into the country.

High-risk products including fresh vegetables, dried herbs and meat products will not get through customs, so avoid bringing them with you. If you’re unsure about the items you have packed, just ask a friendly Customs Officer at the airport and they will help you.

To find out more about what you can bring into Australia and what you cannot, check out the Australian Customs and Quarantine checklists.

* Some of these documents are very valuable and as such, you may not want to bring the originals. In this case, it is advisable that you bring 'certified true copies' of these documents. A certified true copy is a photocopy of your document that has been stamped and signed by your Principal, a Justice of the Peace or your agent. These individuals are verifying that they have seen the original document and that the photocopy is a ‘certified true copy’