University of Sydney students walking together on campus

Before you arrive

Get Study Ready

Benefit from our free preparation modules for online study to give you a head start!

Available to all new students at Taylors College Sydney from January 2021 onwards.

This virtual suite of four new modules is uniquely designed to connect you with the college and develop the confidence and skills necessary to become a self-reflective, independent and effective learner. It's vital that you make the most of your time ahead of joining your pathway. We are here with you on every step of that journey.

Once you have confirmed your place at Taylors College, you’ll be enrolled in Study Ready at no extra cost.

What's included?

Approximately four weeks prior to their program start date, students will have access to a suite of four modules that focus on:

  • The Team and Campus of Taylors College - Get to know teachers and support staff and have a sneak peak of the campus 
  • Prepare to be an Online Student –  From setting up an effective study space to exploring virtual classroom learning and preparation for orientation
  • The Roller Coaster of Life – Takes students on a journey of tips and tricks for making the most out of a roller coaster ride of emotions that may come with studying abroad and online
  • Inside the Classroom - Academic integrity, critical thinking and understanding learning styles, essential for starting out in the Australian Education System.

Study Ready will help students develop confidence and prepare them for their journey ahead. 

Your arrival guide

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Australia!

We hope to make your study abroad adventure the best experience possible. When you apply to study with us, you will benefit from dedicated support from your Student Enrolment Advisor who can answer all your questions. Taylors College will then contact you personally two weeks before Orientation via email. A series of emails will be sent to you to introduce you to your program and to help you to nominate your preferred subjects. These emails simplify your transition to the USFP Program and it is expected that you will engage with them.

You’ll find some helpful advice and links below to help you plan your trip. We’ve included a guide on what to bring, visas, arriving at the airport and Customs.

What to bring


  • Your valid passport with student visa
  • Your letter of offer from Taylors College
  • A copy of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment form
  • A copy of your Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) form if you’re under 18 years old
  • At least three copies of your academic results, certified as true copies by the Principal of your school or by your agent
  • Your home address in English
Leonardo from Ecuador

“I love the weather. I love the people. The diversity is amazing too. I don't feel like I'm the only one who's a stranger here, it seems that we're all in some way strangers, but at the same time part of Sydney."

Leonardo, from Ecuador
Taylors College alumni
Now studying PhD in Civil Engineering at University of Sydney

What is a certified true copy?

A certified true copy is a photocopy of a document that has been endorsed by an official figure, confirming that they have seen the original document and that the photocopy is a true copy of the original. The photocopy must bear the stamp and signature of your Principal, a Justice of the Peace or your agent. In stamping and signing the photocopy they’re confirming that they have seen the original document.


Australians generally have a casual and relaxed approach to what they wear. On campus most students dress in informal clothing. Australian summers (December to February) are usually warm. Temperatures can reach the high 30s °C during the day. Students typically wear cool, light clothes such as t-shirts, shirts, jeans, casual trousers or skirts. You should wear a hat and long-sleeved shirt to protect you from the sun.

During winter (June to August) temperatures can drop to below 10°C. We recommend you bring sweatshirts, jumpers, a coat or other warm clothing for winter.

Personal items

Some students like to bring items such as toiletries, bath towels, bed linen, blankets for the winter months, a bilingual dictionary, an alarm clock, a camera, their driver's licence and their international driver's licence.

You can bring items such as desktop or laptop computers and similar electronic equipment tax free into Australia. Customs must be satisfied that you intend to take these items out of Australia when you leave. Note: you might need adapters as Australia uses 240 watts for electrical appliances.
You don’t need to bring cooking utensils and other household items. You can buy them for a reasonable price from department stores or second-hand shops in Australia.


Find out about Government student visa requirements for Australia.


On arrival in Australia you must declare all food, plant material and animal products. Customs need to make sure they’re free of pests and diseases.
Australia is an island, which means it’s protected from many of the pest, plant and animal diseases found in other parts of the world. Food, plant material and animal products from overseas could introduce some of the world's most serious pests and diseases into Australia. This could devastate our valuable agriculture and tourism industries and unique environment.

What can’t I bring into Australia?

Read information from the Australian Government about items that cannot be brought into Australia.

Join us today

Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We can’t wait to meet you.