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Newcastle International College

Before you leave: Checklist

Submit your application


Receive your offer letter


Accept your offer


Arrive at NIC


Speak to one of the Marketing Team directly

You can also connect with the NIC student community before arriving via the NIC Facebook page.

Phone: +61 2 4921 8888


You are getting very close to joining us at NIC, but there are still a couple of things you will need to organise! We have outlined the steps to follow so you can organise and prioritise your pre-departure plans.

    1. Have you booked your accommodation? If you plan on arriving before your arranged accommodation is available, it's extremely important to also book alternative accommodation. You don't want to arrive without a place to stay!

    2. Have you organised your student visa? You can apply directly through the Australian High Commission or with help from a local representative. Please be aware that application processing times differ from country to country.

    3. Have you compiled the documentation you will need to pass through Australian Immigration? Make sure you bring your:

      • NIC Letter of Offer

      • Letter of acceptance

      • Proof of funds

      • Temporary Resident Visa (If required)

      • Original academic certificates and transcripts

      • Passport

    4. Have you organised your bank account and currency? The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar ($). You will be able to exchange most major currencies at airports, banks and large shopping centres.

    5. Have you packed/organised these important items?

      • Credit card and approximately $100 in cash on-hand

      • International pre-paid phone card

      • Medical and immunisation records

      • Medicines and products which may not be available in Australia (make sure you check if any items are illegal in Australia)

      • Contact numbers & addresses (both local and abroad)

      • Adaptors (electrical systems in Australia are 220-240 volts)

      • Pictures of family and friends

      • Clothing/ toiletries

      • Bedding

    6. Have you created your UON Student Account? Please activate your account so you are fully prepared for orientation.

    7. Have you prepared for NIC orientation?Make sure you arrive in time to attend your compulsory orientation program. For specific dates please check the NIC website.

    8. Have you booked your airport pickup? NIC offers new students a complimentary airport transfer from Newcastle Airport. This service must be booked in advance. For more information please email If you are arriving at Sydney Airport please see the 'Airport Pick Up' section of our website for details on bus and train transfers to Newcastle.

    9. Have you confirmed your Australian addresses and contact numbers? When you arrive in Newcastle you will need to know your local addresses and contact numbers.

    10. Have you contacted NIC Admissions with flight information and visa status? If you are working with an agent, they will let NIC know when you are arriving in Australia. If not, please email with your arrival details. It's important that someone in Australia knows when you are coming!

    11. Connect with the NIC social media accounts.