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Vocational Education & Training

Adelaide’s vocational education and training (VET) institutions offer courses to build job-specific skills across a wide range of industries.

Why study VET in Adelaide?

Adelaide is a vibrant, welcoming and friendly city that offers something for everyone.

Adelaide’s VET institutions offer you the opportunity to learn specific and practical job skills. It’s the perfect route for international students who are looking for a quicker path into the workforce and a focus on real-world and industry-based skills.

VET courses cover a wide range of industries including trades/apprenticeships, retail, hospitality, technology and administration - whatever you want to learn, there’s a VET course for that!

Adelaide is a vibrant, welcoming and friendly city that offers something for everyone.

Adelaide’s VET institutions offer you the opportunity to learn specific and practical job skills. It’s the perfect route for international students who are looking for a quicker path into the workforce and a focus on real-world and industry-based skills.

VET courses cover a wide range of industries including trades/apprenticeships, retail, hospitality, technology and administration - whatever you want to learn, there’s a VET course for that!

Why study in Adelaide?

Adelaide is a vibrant, welcoming and friendly city that offers something for everyone.

Lower Cost of Living

Adelaide is up to 12% more affordable than Sydney or Melbourne and has the lowest median rent of all capital cities in Australia.
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Favourable Migration Pathways

With various temporary and permanent migration pathways, South Australia offers a great opportunity for you to live, study and stay here longer.
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Work While You Study

Work up to 40 hours per fortnight during semester, and unlimited hours during semester break.
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Adelaide is a vibrant, welcoming and friendly city that offers something for everyone.

Lower Cost of Living

Adelaide is up to 12% more affordable than Sydney or Melbourne and has the lowest median rent of all capital cities in Australia.
Learn More

Favourable Migration Pathways

With various temporary and permanent migration pathways, South Australia offers a great opportunity for you to live, study and stay here longer.
Learn More

Work While You Study

Work up to 40 hours per fortnight during semester, and unlimited hours during semester break.
Learn More

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TAFE SA
TAFE SA is the largest vocational provider in Australia and home to international students from more than 65 different countries.

TAFE SA has partnered with the University of South Australia, The University of Adelaide and Flinders University to offer packaged offers in a variety of fields. Over 90% of TAFE SA graduates go direct to university of their chosen career upon completion of their qualification.  

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Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT)
Adelaide Institute of Business & Technology (AIBT) is a dynamic, forward‐thinking centre of higher education with a home campus located in the Adelaide city centre.

Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT) is a growing school offering Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Graduate Diploma level courses as well as English Language Programmes.

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AHTS Training & Education
Adelaide Hospitality & Tourism School (AHTS) Training and Education was founded in Adelaide in 1981 and has launch thousands of graduates into successful careers in the exciting global hospitality industry.

The multi-award winning Adelaide Hospitality & Tourism School (AHTS) Training and Education provides great opportunities for students to enter this exciting industry. In the competitive job market, the quality of training is of the utmost importance in gaining a place in the industry.  

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EQUALS International
Established for over 30 years, EQUALS is an independent dual sector provider offering higher education and vocational education and training qualifications in health, nursing, human and social services and business.

EQUALS International is one of Adelaide’s longest established independent education providers and offers supportive and values based learning across its qualifications. With a strong focus on cultivating human potential, this leading higher education and vocational institute delivers innovative education and excellent employment pathways.

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International Australian Academy
The International Australian Academy (IAA) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) located in the heart of Adelaide’s city centre. IAA offers courses in business and English which provides students with nationally recognised qualifications.

The International Australian Academy (IAA) is a premier institution in the provision of educational services to international students. IAA believe that these services extend beyond the fostering of a stimulating and inclusive learning environment in the classroom to ensure that students are also physically, mentally and emotionally prepared for employment or progression to university by providing ongoing counselling, tutoring, and individual mentoring.  

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International Institute of Business and Information Technology (IIBIT)
IIBIT’s collaboration with the Federation University of Australia enables students to obtain an internationally recognised degree from an Australian university. The institution provides international students with the unique opportunity of obtaining a com

International Institute of Business and Information Technology (IIBIT) provides a range of high-quality, career-oriented programs from Certificate to Advanced Diploma level. In Adelaide, IIBIT also offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in association with Federation University Australia. These university programs are available in information technology, business information systems, business management, commerce and accounting.  

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ILSC Language School Adelaide
ILSC Language Schools has been offering language training programs to International students from more than 100 countries since 1991, and is the largest and longest running of ILSC Education Group’s 5 divisions.

Enjoy ILSC’s newest English language school campus, in a modern and fresh atmosphere! You’ll find the english school in an area that reflects the vibrant, relaxed feel of Adelaide. In the center of the city and minutes away from public transit, you will have no problem making it to class, wherever you stay. It’s also nestled beside great shopping, funky eateries, and delicious restaurants. You can spend lunch breaks at the Adelaide Arcade across the street, or after school at Rundle Mall just steps away.  

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Ironwood Institute
Ironwood Institute is a truly international education provider, where overseas students receive quality education while enjoying Australia’s unique culture and lifestyle.

Ironwood has grown steadily in the last nine years since its inception and as an Institute, endeavours to provide students with state-of-the-art training facilities, highly qualified and experienced staff to ensure students have a rewarding educational experience. Ironwood is proud to be the first private institute to deliver nationally recognised Horticulture and Agribusiness Management courses to international students in Adelaide, South Australia. With a dedication towards academic excellence and commitment to providing a great learning environment, our students can also undertake courses in Business, Leadership & Management and Marketing & Communications.

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Jabin Hopkins Institute of Technology
Welcome to the campus that build futures! Jabin Hopkins Institute of Technology (JHIT) is a government approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia, that enables domestic and international students to build their global career.

By providing Australian Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) courses, JHIT has transformed the lives of many students from all over the world. Not the training services only, it also provides RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) which enables candidates to achieve recognised qualification through experience and prior learning.

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Keystone College of Business and Technology (KCBT)
Keystone College of Business and Technology (KCBT) is dedicated to quality education and strive to provide students with the best possible learning aids to help them achieve their goals.

Keystone College of Business and Technology (KCBT) is a registered training organisation that specialise in delivering hospitality, business, social media marketing, and human resources training courses for international students in Adelaide. Located in the heart of Adelaide's city centre, the College provides a range of free guest lectures, workshops and masterclasses to their students.

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Le Cordon Bleu
Le Cordon Bleu Adelaide offers world class education in culinary arts, hotel & restaurant management at vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

For 30 years Le Cordon Bleu Adelaide has been inspiring hospitality dreams with its world-class hospitality programmes, from culinary arts certificates and diplomas (in cuisine or patisserie) to bachelor's and master's business degrees (in international hospitality management).

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Mercury Colleges
Mercury Colleges has been a part of the education industry since 1960 and with a long history in Australia, the College tailors their VET and ELICOS programs to best suit every students’ needs.

Mercury Colleges offer high quality and interactive courses at an affordable price and have flexible timetables for students studying VET courses which will enable them to also explore and work during their studies. Mercury Colleges arrange free consultation and trial lesson for prospective students, and is conveniently located in the heart of Adelaide’s city centre next to Rundle Mall.

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Quality Training & Hospitality College (QTHC)
Since 1992, Quality Training & Hospitality College has gained extensive experience in delivering hospitality and management training in South Australia. Its experience is multinational and spans diverse markets and a full spectrum of businesses.

Quality Training and Hospitality College (QTHC) has been a leading provider in delivering hospitality training across Australia for almost 30 years. QTHC’s industry expert staff have designed our training to empower students with the necessary skills to become leaders in the field. Our Industry Engagement Team supports our students by actively seeking employment opportunities and by engaging with their contacts in the industry to ensure students secure work within the hospitality industry.


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Queensford College
Queensford College (RTO 31736) are committed to the success of their students. With students from over 40 different countries, students at Queensford College experience many cultures in an environment of cultural harmony and empowerment.

Students will study courses with experienced, dynamic teachers who will help them communicate and share ideas. Being part of this process will open up a whole new world of learning where students will begin achieving more than they ever dreamed. Queensford College’s courses and programs also open up pathways for students to go on to further studies. Some students also choose to join various universities in Australia for higher education.

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Salford College
Salford College of Hospitality and Management believes in putting students first; the college understands that a high standard of adult education is not only good for the individual, but great for the community.

Salford College of Hospitality and Management is an innovative educational institution with many opportunities across diverse range of courses from Cookery in Hospitality to front of house, business and management offered to students to excel academically. The college have multiple campuses located in Adelaide’s Central Business District and in Sydney, Parramatta, being all conveniently situated close to public transport. At Salford College, the emphasis is on linking theory with practice to ensure students receive not only an academic education but practical life experiences.

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Sheffield College
Sheffield College offers various qualifications in automotive, business and hospitality streams in Adelaide. All courses offered are accredited and recognised nationally as well as internationally.

Sheffield College is dedicated to providing a high quality education and excellent student support services through its highly qualified, very experienced and motivated teachers and staff, the College prides itself on offering work integrated learning approach in most of our courses especially automotive studies which also include compulsory field placement component.

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Skills Australia Institute
Skills Australia Institute (SAI) delivers nationally recognised training and values the career progression, education achievements and the journey of its students toward their chosen path.

Skills Australia Institute (SAI) is one of the leading colleges in Adelaide for international students and provides nationally recognised training that values the career progression, educational achievements, and the journey of its students towards their chosen professional paths. SAI delivers the best academic support to all of its students which makes them more confident and enhances their skills and capabilities. Our dedicated trainers and staff are here to help the students achieve their goal.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there travel restrictions if I am coming to South Australia?

There may be travel restrictions in place if you are coming to South Australia from another state or territory.  If restrictions are in place, you may be granted an exemption to travel to South Australia if you are genuinely relocating. The most up-to-date information about restrictions can be viewed at https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions#sa

Last updated: 1 July 2021

Do I need any approval before entering South Australia?

If you are planning travel to SA, aim to complete the Cross-Border Travel Registration form at least 7 days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins. If you are applying for essential traveller categories (when relevant), please attach relevant documents to assist with assessment and determination.

 All travellers should download the mySA GOV app from Google Play or the App Store prior to travel to South Australia. COVID Safe Check-In is required at most shops and establishments in SA.

Last updated: 1 July 2021

Do I have to get tested for COVID-19 and/or self-quarantine when I arrive?

There are six levels of requirements and restrictions or prohibitions on anyone entering South Australia, appropriate to the risk associated with where they have been prior to their arrival.  The any requirements and restrictions or prohibitions applicable will be dependent on where you are travelling from.  The most up-to-date information about restrictions can be viewed at https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions#sa

Last updated: 1 July 2021

Do I need to book accommodation before coming to Adelaide?

We highly recommend you book student accommodation or secure living arrangements prior to arriving in South Australia. We have put together a list of student accommodation options for you to consider.

Last updated: 1 July 2021

Will transferring to Adelaide affect my student visa?

That depends on your individual circumstances. We recommend you get in touch with your education agent or registered migration agent to discuss your personal situation.

You might also want to read our article on Changing course on a student visa in Australia.

Last updated: 1 July 2021

What if I am feeling unwell after my arrival in Adelaide?

If you experience flu-like symptoms which could include fever, sore throat, a cough, nausea/vomiting and difficulty breathing, please contact a medical practitioner. It is very important that you stay home and call the doctor before you visit the practice to describe your symptoms and travel history. To find a doctor close to where you are living, visit Health Direct.

Last updated: 1 July 2021

What do I need to do when I arrive at Adelaide airport?

Travellers entering South Australia by plane must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at all times when on the plane or present at any airport.

Travellers who arrive by plane are required to use the COVID Safe Check-In to scan a QR code specific to the Adelaide Airport immediately after their arrival. For travellers who do not have a smartphone, they must provide their relevant contact details to a person authorised or required to collect such contact details.

Last updated: 1 July 2021