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Study at TAFE NSW

Fast track your career with English language training, job skills and pathways to University

TAFE NSW is recognised in Australia and internationally as a creative and innovative education and training provider with a range of programs that meet specific industry skills needs.

Our approach helps international students to realise their education, career and life goals. Our relationships with other educational institutions and universities provides students with clear pathways into undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Australia.

We are proud of our teachers, our students and our local communities. Come join us.

If you are an organisation looking for partnership opportunities with a recognised Australian training provider, find out more about the TAFE NSW difference on our Partner With Us page.


Find courses, prices and apply to study

  • Discover the best course for you, learn when and where it is offered and course fees.
    2018 Course List 

Once you have checked any entry requirements for the course you want to study, including visa requirements, previous learning or experience and required English language skills, you can apply by completing the Application Form on the NSW Government International website and submitting online, by post, in person or through an agent.

Student Life

To get an overview of life while studying at TAFE NSW, take a look at our Student Prospectus.

If you are looking for more detailed information on what life is like once you have enrolled and arrived in Australia, take a look at our student orientation information.

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Other important information, FAQs and useful links

If you are considering applying to study in Australia, you should be aware of some important information.

There are several types of visas covering differing types of study in Australia. You should be aware of the class of visa you wish to apply for and any requirements you may have to meet in order to successfully obtain that visa. For details, visit The Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

For most vocational training courses you must have completed a level of study equivalent to the Australian Year 11 or Year 12. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection website can also help you with this information.

You may need to sit an English test or demonstrate English language competency to a specific level before enrolling in a TAFE course. TAFE NSW offers English language programs that you can take prior to your course to ensure you are ready. Our Course List specifies English language prerequisites.

You are not alone, a lot of people have similar questions. Here are a few answers to the most common:

Can international students work while studying full time? 

You can work up to 40 hours per fortnight on a student visa in Australia.

What costs are involved? 

Tuition fees vary depending on the qualification; there are also administration fees to cover as well as accommodation and living costs. The course list provides basic tuition costs for your chosen course but you can contact us to help work through the range of costs you need to consider.

Can I study part time?

If you are on an international student visa you are required to study at least 20 hours per week.

What’s the difference between TAFE and university?

TAFE courses are more skills oriented, preparing you for the hands-on work needed in your job. Skills and qualifications obtained through TAFE study provide a strong foundation, and sometimes an accelerated pathway, to enable completion of further academic study and higher qualifications at university.

Make the most of your TAFE NSW experience.

Useful links you may need:

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) - Australian Government resource for those wanting to visit, live or work in Australia.

IELTS - The International English Language Testing System website.

Study in Australia - Guide to studying and living in Australia.

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