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  • a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

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  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia.
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Getting prepared to come to Australia

Moving to a new country is exciting. You’ll get to see new places and try new things – but there’s a lot to organise before you go.

Before you fly

From student visas to airport pick-ups, there's a few things to arrange before you leave.

Bringing your family

Brisbane is the perfect city for families. Before you move any family members to Australia, you'll need to think about:

  • costs
  • visas
  • schools
  • language support.
Learn more about bringing your family
A family of three walk together at Streets Beach, South Bank in Brisbane.

After you arrive

See our guides on living in Brisbane, adjusting to UQ and working in Australia to help you settle in.

Important dates

Make a note of important dates for getting started at UQ, information sessions you'll have to attend, and when you can enrol and change courses. 

Preparing for semester

We'll walk you through how to enrol in classes, drafting a timetable, paying your fees, and everything you need to know to prepare for a successful semester.