Pre-Departure and Arrival

PRE-DEPARTURE

PRE-DEPARTURE CHECKLIST

Once you have been accepted to study at an Nova English and have received confirmation of your student visa, the next step is to start planning for your arrival.

Here is a checklist to help you plan your departure:

  • Passport and Visa – Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to your entry arrival in Australia, and that you have all your visa documentation. It is also a good idea to make copies of your passport in case you lose your passport.
  • Student enrolment and orientation documents – You will need your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) – This is a requirement for entry to Australia, so make sure you have your health cover policy arranged before you leave home.
  • Travel Insurance – You should also consider travel insurance, which covers things your OSHC may not – such as cancelled flights, lost documents, dental or optical care, etc.
  • Airfares – Make sure you are aware of the date and time of your flight. Keep your flight details in a safe and secure place, with your passport and visa.
  • Contact details – You may want to have a list of emergency contact details for family, as well as your embassy, accommodation and Nova English details. If you have used an education agent, keep their contact details on you, in case you need to contact them once you arrive in Australia.
  • Australian currency – There are money exchange places available at Australian airports and in cities, but it is recommended to have some Australian currency on you prior to leaving your home country  – $200
  • Transport from the airport – Whether you are taking public transport, a taxi, or you are being picked up from the airport, it is important that you have all the details including the time, the route and, if your travel has been arranged by agent or friend, their contact details. If you need a map to assist you in getting to your accommodation from the airport, they will be available at the airport, or you can print one prior to leaving.
  • Accommodation details – Make sure you have the address of where you will be staying as well as their phone number and payment confirmation (if you have already paid for your accommodation)
  • Standard voltage in Australia is 240 volts to make sure that you can use all your electrical appliances bring a convertor and adaptor with you or be prepared to purchase one on arrival.
  • Plant material, animal products and food – when you are packing do not bring fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, pork, eggs, nuts and dairy goods, live plants and seeds, as they will not be allowed into the country.
  • Incoming Passenger Card: see

http://www.immi.gov.au/About/Documents/managing-australias-borders/english-ipc-sample.pdf

Before landing in Australia you will be given an Incoming passenger card to fill in> You must declare prohibited goods, such as medicines, alcohol, cigarettes, all food, plants, grains and seeds as well articles made of wood. Australia has very strict laws about bringing food and other products into the country, with high penalties for not declaring items on the Incoming passenger card.

To ensure you fully understand what items you are not permitted to bring into the country check the website below. The information comes in many different  languages and you can select your own on

www.customs.gov.au

ARRIVAL AT MELBOURNE TULLAMARINE AIRPORT

If you have followed the pre-departure checklist you should be ready to arrive. Do not be afraid to ask airport staff for help.

TRANSPORT FROM AIRPORT

Taxi

There is a taxi stand outside the international terminal building.
A taxi fare from Tullamarine airport to Melbourne city centre is approximately $85.00.
Nova English is located at Level 5, 140 Queen Street in the city centre, with both trams and buses almost at the door. Two major train stations, Flinders Street Station and Southern Cross Station are a short walking distance from our campus.
For direct taxi travel (if you have your accommodation address you could use the website below to calculate costs.

http://www.taxi.vic.gov.au/passengers/taxi-passengers/taxi-fares/taxi-fare-estimator

SkyBus

SkyBus is an express bus service to and from Tullamarine airport, Melbourne. The service is available 24/7 including weekends and public holidays. Buses run every ten minutes throughout the day. A one way ticket is $18.00 and return ticket is $30.00.

The service operates from Southern Cross Station to Tullamarine airport.

On arrival at Southern Cross station students can take a taxi, train, tram or bus to their accommodation address.

SkyBus is a private company and you cannot use Myki

Bookings can be made online at

http://www.skybus.com.au/

Public transport in Melbourne – Myki

Myki is your ticket to travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses.

Information and planning a journey on Melbourne’s public transport

As no student concession is available for overseas students, it is recommended that students buy a weekly, monthly or period rail ticket in order to save on cost.  A weekly ticket is about the same price as four return tickets.

Myki

Myki is your ticket to travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. It can be purchased at any PTVHUB. (Public Transport Victoria, HUB). There is one at Southern Cross Station.

The reusable smart card is easy to use. Simply top up before your journey and then touch on and touch off at a myki reader as you travel.

You can buy and top up your myki at over 800 retailers including all 7-Eleven stores, the ticket office window at Premium Stations and staffed V/Line commuter stations, from a myki machine (full fare myki cards only) located at all train stations and major tram and bus interchanges, on this website and by calling 1800 800 007 (6am – midnight daily).

Customers are advised to only purchase myki cards from the authorized outlets listed above

For more information go to

http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/

Arrival at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

If you have followed the pre-departure checklist you should be ready to arrive. Do not be afraid to ask airport staff for help.

Transport from airport

Taxi

There is a taxi stand outside the international terminal building.

A taxi fare from Tullamarine airport to Melbourne city centre is approximately $85.00.

Nova English is located at Level5, 140 Queen Street in the city centre, with both trams and buses almost at the door. Two major train stations, Flinders Street Station and Southern Cross Station are a short walking distance from our campus.

For direct taxi travel (if you have your accommodation address you could use the website below to calculate costs.

http://www.taxi.vic.gov.au/passengers/taxi-passengers/taxi-fares/taxi-fare-estimator

SkyBus

SkyBus is an express bus service to and from Tullamarine airport, Melbourne. The service is available 24/7 including weekends and public holidays. Buses run every ten minutes throughout the day. A one way ticket is $18.00 and return ticket is $30.00.

The service operates from Southern Cross Station to Tullamarine airport.

On arrival at Southern Cross station students can take a taxi, train, tram or bus to their accommodation address.

SkyBus is a private company and you cannot use Myki

Bookings can be made online at

http://www.skybus.com.au/

Public transport in Melbourne – Myki

Melbourne transport consists of tram, trains and buses. You will need to purchase a smart card (Myki)to use public transport –

Information about Melbourne’s public transport is available at this website:   www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/ for trains, buses and trams.  Metropolitan rail, bus and tram and free city trams city circle timetables may be found at the following website:  www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/timetables

As no student concession is available for overseas students, it is recommended that students buy a weekly, monthly or period rail ticket in order to save on cost.  A weekly ticket is about the same price as four return tickets.

Myki

Myki is your ticket to travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. It can be purchased at any PTVHUB. (Public Transport Victoria, HUB). There is one at Southern Cross Station.

The reusable smart card is easy to use. Simply top up before your journey and then touch on and touch off at a myki reader as you travel.

You can buy and top up your myki at over 800 retailers including all 7-Eleven stores, the ticket office window at Premium Stations and staffed V/Line commuter stations, from a myki machine (full fare myki cards only) located at all train stations and major tram and bus interchanges, on this website and by calling 1800 800 007 (6am – midnight daily).

Customers are advised to only purchase myki cards from the authorized outlets listed above

For more information go to

http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/

 Facilities

Nova has 10 comfortable and bright light filled classrooms. Classrooms are fitted with overhead interactive projectors, desks, chairs, white boards.  CD players ,TV/DVD players and overhead projectors are also available for lessons.

Student Lounge/Lunch Room

Students are able to relax, chat over a drink, cup of coffee or tea in the student lounge/lunch room, which features a large refrigerator, two microwaves, electric kettle, table, chairs and vending machine.

Excursions and social activities

Students are encouraged to take part in social activities organized by Nova. Excursions include trips to Victoria or Prahran Market, The National Gallery of Victoria, the Ian Potter Gallery, the Moving Image Gallery, The Melbourne Zoo, The Aquarium, The Eureka Skydeck, Abbotsford farm, the Botanic Gardens, the Fitzroy Gardens, St Pauls and St Patrick’s Cathedral, The Shrine, Scienceworks, and Captain Cook’s Cottage, BBQ by the Yarra.

Day trips include trips down the Great Ocean Road, BBQ on the Lorne foreshore, visit to Erskine Falls, day trip to Mt. Buller in the snow season, Phillip Island to see the penguins and Werribee Open Plains zoo.

Students are also given information about events and social activities available around Melbourne, such as ethnic festivals, food festivals, film, music and flower festivals, sporting and other activities available to the public.