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TAFE NSW Institutes



With a reputation for providing high quality teaching and education, Technical and Further Education New South Wales (TAFE NSW) has over 30 locations across the state for international students to choose from. TAFE NSW is the biggest training and vocational education provider in Australia with over 3200 international students studying at the institution each year. Located in picturesque New South Wales, with the world-renowned city of Sydney at its heart, students can study in a cosmopolitan and dynamic region.

TAFE NSW offers students the opportunity to select from over 120 courses offered at various levels including certificate, diploma and degree. Further, students can pursue English language courses and pathway programs that prepare them for enrolling in degree courses at Australian universities.

Students at TAFE NSW benefit from highly qualified faculty and small class sizes that enable personalised attention. One-to-one training from academics is regular and contributes to the unique learning environment. TAFE NSW ensures that students are exposed to best practice and industry knowledge embedded in programs, preparing them for the world of work after graduation.

International students are well looked after with excellent support services and structures. This includes personal counselling, academic and career development, study skills program and English language support. A comprehensive student orientation program is also provided and students are encouraged to join the Student Association in order to have access to events and activities on campus. The International Students Office, with dedicated international student coordinators, looks after the welfare of international students, with everything from answering queries to helping students settle in to life on campus.

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Study options

Study options

TAFE NSW has a range of study options available. Students can start with an English language course then take up a certificate or diploma course, finishing with a bachelor's degree.

Students can opt for these programs along with English language courses that are available from beginner to advanced levels:

TAFE NSW to University pathways

International students looking to study in Australia's top universities and earn credit can choose TAFE NSW to university pathway programs and enter a bachelor's degree.

Why choose this?

  • Students get to graduate, earning double qualifications – a TAFE NSW diploma as well as a bachelor's degree from a top university.
  • By paying low semester tuition fees, students choose a more reasonably priced way to enter a bachelor's degree program.
  • Students with good academic records and applied practical skills get well equipped.
  • Students are employable on graduation.

Which universities offer this program?

  • Australian Catholic University
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Torrens University

Diploma and advanced diploma courses:

These courses are for students who seek broader subject knowledge and paraprofessional skills. Study options range from agriculture, building design, international business, graphic design, hospitality management and human resource management.

Certificate courses:

Students who aim at theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialised work skills can opt for these courses. Certificate III and IV courses are available in a variety of subjects including accounting, beauty services, early childhood, education, design fundamentals, hospitality and tourism.

Degree programs:

Degree programs at TAFE NSW offer students opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge in a professional context. They are also trained in effective communication, critical analysis, teamwork and leadership skills. The degrees prepare graduates for professional careers and are designed to form study pathways to higher levels.

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How to apply

How to apply

The application process for international students at TAFE NSW involves the following steps:

  1. Applicants must first choose the right program.
  2. Applicants should make sure to meet entry requirements for the preferred program.
  3. Download and complete the application form – for TAFE NSW to university pathways, applicants should download the respective university application form and submit it along with the application.
  4. Prepare certified copies of documents. A certified copy is a copy of the original document signed and dated by the organisation that issued the original document, a government official, public notary or Justice of the Peace, or an agent of TAFE NSW, confirming that they have sighted the original.
  5. Submit the application via email.
  6. The institute assesses the application and issues an offer letter with an invoice.
  7. Student must confirm acceptance.
  8. TAFE NSW will issue a confirmation of enrolment (COE).
  9. Student must apply for a VISA and enrol at TAFE NSW.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All TAFE NSW degree and diploma programs require a Year 12 or equivalent. Apart from general entry requirements, students are advised to check for additional country/course specific entry requirements.

Certificate courses – Most courses require Australian Year 10 or equivalent and some courses require Australian Year 12 or equivalent.

Advanced diploma, diploma and pathways programs – Completion of an Australian Year 12 equivalent or certificate 3 or 4 qualification.

Bachelor's degrees – Year 12 qualification or equivalent or Certificate 4 qualification or equivalent, or completion of minimum of one-year full-time study in a degree programme at a higher education institute.

English language requirements:

  • Most certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses require an IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. Some courses may require an IELTS 6.0. Visit the TAFE NSW website for more details on entry requirements.
  • Bachelor degree courses require an IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in each section or equivalent.
  • Diploma of Nursing requires an IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in each section or equivalent

Visit the university website for COVID related information.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

TAFE NSW scholarships

TAFE NSW helps international students gain qualifications to meet their personal and professional goals – by awarding students AUD$2,000 towards their tuition fees.

Australian government scholarships

The Australian Government invests millions of dollars in international scholarships annually. The Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, and Australia Awards Scholarships are available to eligible international students.

Australia Awards scholarships:

The Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, offers Australia Awards Scholarships, which provide financial support for citizens of specific countries to study in Australia.

The Australia Awards scholarships have specific eligibility requirements and the student's study program must relate to their country's priority areas for development.

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With so many TAFE NSW locations to choose from, students can find the perfect one to suit their lifestyle. Students who enjoy the hustle and bustle of a thriving city lifestyle can enrol at TAFE NSW Ultimo, St Leonards or Randwick, where they can enjoy everything Sydney has to offer.

Located to the west of the Sydney CBD, the Western Sydney region is one of NSW's diverse cultural hubs. Enrol at TAFE NSW Nirimba or Kingswood to enjoy this region.

If students prefer pristine golden beaches, then TAFE NSW Kingscliff (less than an hour's drive from Byron Bay and the famous Gold Coast) would be ideal.

Perhaps students would like to experience the rolling hills of NSW wine country? If so, enrolling at TAFE NSW Newcastle or Kurri Kurri would be the best choice.

For an amazing combination of both hills and beaches, TAFE NSW Wollongong and Shellharbour cater to students' needs.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

TAFE NSW alumni have benefited from their study experience and have been placed in a variety of jobs. Few of the testimonials on graduate outcomes include:

Cassiano Garcia

Course/s: Diploma of Hospitality Management and a Diploma of Financial Planning

Campus: Brookvale and Meadowbank

Nationality: Brazilian

''I chose TAFE NSW because I needed a course that would give me knowledge and real practice at the same time. Both industries (Finance and Hospitality) are very competitive so I knew that I needed to do something about it to get my foot on the door. Both times it was very successful and worth my time and money.

My time at TAFE NSW was amazing. I learned by having fun. First becoming a Chef and working in a real kitchen at TAFE NSW, which gave me so much confidence to join the workforce. I have still a good relationship with quite a lot of people from TAFE NSW including teachers, staff and students.''

Paul Maduabuchi Ezidiegwu

Course/s: Certificate IV and Diploma in Telecommunications Network Engineering as well as an Advanced Diploma in Network Security (IT).

Campus: Lidcombe

Nationality: Nigerian

''My experience in TAFE NSW was phenomenal. With good teachers and an enabling environment, I was informed in ICT beyond my expectations.

My journey started back in Africa where I used to run an IT company. However, I decided to acquire more knowledge in ICT. My experience in TAFE NSW was phenomenal. With good teachers and an enabling environment, I was informed in ICT beyond my expectations.''

Jacquelene Tan

Course: Diploma of Dental Technology

Campus: Randwick

Nationality: Malaysian

''Before TAFE NSW, I had studied in universities. In my opinion, TAFE NSW is the best place for someone who appreciates hands-on training which prepare them to be more job ready.

Teachers here are very supportive and experienced at their own field. The teaching includes both theory and hands-on, practical which really helped me in my career.''

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Bankstown New South Wales 500 Chapel Road
Campbelltown New South Wales 181 Narellan Road
Castle Hill New South Wales Corner Showground and Green Roads
Blacktown New South Wales Main Street
Hornsby New South Wales 205 Peats Ferry Road
Liverpool New South Wales College Street
Granville New South Wales 136 William Street
Meadowbank New South Wales See Street
St Leonards New South Wales 213 Pacific Highway
Brookvale New South Wales 154 Old Pittwater Road
Kogarah New South Wales Cnr Princes Highway & President Avenue
Ultimo New South Wales Building A-Q & Z, 651-731 Harris Street
Wetherill Park New South Wales The Horsley Drive
Petersham New South Wales 27 Crystal Street
Richmond New South Wales Ceremonial Drive
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Kingscliff New South Wales Cudgen Road
Quakers Hill New South Wales Eastern Road
Port Macquarie New South Wales 70 Widderson Street
Lismore New South Wales 64 Conway Street
Tighes Hill New South Wales 266 Maitland Road
Ourimbah New South Wales Brush Road
Wollongbar New South Wales Sneaths Road
Ryde New South Wales 250 Blaxland Road
Coffs Harbour New South Wales 363 Hogbin Drive
Enmore New South Wales 110 Edgeware Road
North Wollongong New South Wales Foleys Lane
Mount Druitt New South Wales Mount Street & North Parade
Lidcombe New South Wales East Street
Macquarie Fields New South Wales 32 Victoria Road
Kingswood New South Wales 12-44 O'Connell Street
Glendale New South Wales Frederick Street
Oak Flats New South Wales 11 College Avenue
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Armidale New South Wales Beardy Street
Wagga Wagga New South Wales Coolamon Road
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Dubbo New South Wales Myall Street
Loftus New South Wales Rawson Avenue
Hamilton New South Wales 91 Parry Street
Bathurst New South Wales Panorama Avenue
Kurri Kurri New South Wales McLeod Road
Murwillumbah New South Wales Murwillumbah Street
Albury New South Wales Poole Street
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TAFE NSW is part of the vocational education and training system in Australia. It is the largest education and training provider in Australia. The Institute is a government-owned, government-operated and government-accredited, and therefore secure, stable, professionally managed and internationally recognized. A TAFE NSW higher education degree is a valuable qualification for students future. It has highly qualified teachers with business and industry experience.

TAFE NSW offers English language courses which are available in a number of study locations. Students have access to flexible start dates, affordable fees and highly qualified teachers who provide individual learning support throughout the program. It offers intensive English language courses at government-owned and operated English Language Centres across NSW.

The Institute offers a range of nationally recognized vocational qualifications including Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Graduate Certificate courses. It offers a range of pathway programs that provide guaranteed entry into a number of Australian universities which we call Diploma-to-Degree programs. Students will learn practical, work-related skills with academic theory which will be an excellent preparation for future career. The courses are developed by employer and industry experts. Students will be studying in modern and spacious locations with the latest technologies. Class sizes are small so they can receive individual attention.

New South Wales is divided into 10 TAFE regions. There are four TAFE NSW Institutes in the Sydney metropolitan area and six TAFE NSW Institutes across regional New South Wales. There are more than 130 campuses and each campus has its own range of courses and facilities. Some campuses are Centres of Excellence that specialize in certain types of training. TAFE NSW Institutes

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