If you live outside of Australia (or already carry an Australian Student Visa) and are interested in a future in digital media, AIT has a supportive international team to help you begin your journey.

AIT’s international student community is comprised of students from more than 31 countries. Talented individuals from nations as diverse as Japan, Italy, Brazil, France, South Africa, India, China, and South Korea have chosen AIT’s unique educational environment as the place to launch their journey into the digital media industry.

AIT has many services to ensure that you have a comfortable transition as an international student, including:

  • International Student Center – providing assistance with issues pertaining to visa status, as well as daily living issues such as banking and obtaining a driver’s license
  • Accommodation – assistance with finding an apartment and/or roommates
  • Student Council – a group of student representatives that organises student events, parties and competitions throughout the year.

Enrolment Procedure – International Students

International students, can apply online, in person or via post.

Step 1: Application Submission

Fill out either the online or the paper application form below.

Step 2: Document Submission
Once you have filled up the application form, submit the following supporting documents to complete your application:

  • Signed application form with application fee
  • Academic qualification(s) or transcript(s)
  • Certified copy of your passport or Australian visa
  • English Proficiency Results (e.g. IELTS)
  • Certified English translation of non-English documents
Step 3: Interview

Once we receive you application, you will be contacted within one business day by one of our friendly admissions staff to arrange a suitable time for interview. Interview in person or via telephone/Skype.

Step 4: Offer of Placement

Receive an offer letter. A formal letter of offer will be sent to your nominated address and/or email address.

Step 5: Acceptance

Accept the offer. Once tuition fee payment is confirmed, a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) Letter will be sent out to you, so that you could apply for the relevant student visa with the Department of Immigration.

Step 6: Orientation Day

Come to the orientation day. You will receive your Student Welcome Pack with confirmation of your enrolment and important information on your Orientation Day.

International applicants are required to provide documented evidence of:

  • Satisfactory English
  • Bachelor Applicants: IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent
  • Diploma Applicants: IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent. AIT offers package courses with Greenwich English College.
  • Successful completion of senior high school equivalent to Year 12 level of education in new South Wales, Australia. A minimum level of achievement is expected for direct entry into a Bachelor Degree.
  • Students without Year 12 level of education may enter Diploma level study with the completion of a Certificate II or above.
  • Compulsory overseas student health insurance which may be purchased from AIT & paid with the initial enrolment payment.
  • Applicants must attend an interview in person or by telephone with AIT’s admissions staff. This may be arranged via Skype.
Applicants are encouraged to begin this process well in advance of intended start date to allow adequate time for processing of documentation. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian sign all admission agreements. Please contact AIT Admission Office at +61 2 9211 8399 or email [email protected]

What if I don’t meet the English requirement?

Don’t worry. Students who do not meet the English requirements (e.g. IELTS 5.5) are still encouraged to apply. Depending on your English ability, we may request you to take up additional English studies delivered by an approved English provider prior to commencement of your AIT course.

The Academy of Information Technology (AIT) has received approval from the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection to participate in Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements.

Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) enables eligible higher education providers to assess visa applications as though they have a lower immigration risk, regardless of your passport country.

Assessment Level 1 students can continue to apply to AIT through our standard International Application process.

Student Assessment Guidelines have been developed for agents to undertake certain checks for students applying from assessment Level 2 and 3 countries as a means of meeting the requirements under our SVP arrangements.

For more information on SVP, please contact our International Office on [email protected]

Applicant Eligibility Checklist


Have all original or certified* copies of academic, English language and employment history declaration been provided?

*if originals are not provided, all copies must be officially certified as true and correct

Financial Requirements

The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection recommend the following as a minimum annual requirement for students to cover the cost of living in Australia:

Expenses Per Person Amount required in AUD
Travel Applicant Return air fare to Australia
Family members One return air fare to Australia per person
Tuition Applicant Course fees
children aged 5-18
AUD8000 per year
Living Applicant AUD18 610 per year
Partner AUD6515 per year
First child AUD3720 per year
Each other child AUD2790 per year


The following documents will be accepted as evidence of Financial Capacity:

  • Pay slips in the name of the student or the person providing the financial support to the student;
  • Bank statements in the name of the student or the person providing the financial support to the student;
  • Official statement on interest earned from investments;
  • Business registration papers;
  • Business income statements;
  • Bank statements showing the amount of available credit for a loan;
  • A statement from the person providing financial support to the student, declaring financial capacity.

Applicants will also be required to complete the Financial Declaration Form.

Application Submission

Once completed, applications can be submitted to AIT for assessment.


Successful applicants will be issued an offer letter outlining student requirements.


Upon acceptance of their offer, students must provide:

  • Signed offer letter
  • Signed declaration of financial capacity
  • Minimum payment
  • Any additional required documentation as stated in offer

Issuing COE 

Once completed, AIT will then issue the COE. The student may then submit their Form 157A to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

What is SVP?

Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) enables eligible higher education providers to assess visa applications as though they have a lower immigration risk, regardless of your passport country.

How does SVP affect my application?

Students from assessment level 1 countries can continue to apply to AIT as normal.

AIT is required to ensure that students from assessment level 2 and 3 countries are genuine students who have access to sufficient funds to support themselves and any accompanying dependants during their course of study. This will require all students who receive an offer to read and sign a Streamlined Visa Processing Declaration form as part of their acceptance.

I’m an international student, can I apply direct to AIT for SVP?

AIT will only accept international student applications from our agent list.

Intake dates

AIT offers 6 intakes through the year. You can begin your studies at your convenience in January, March, May, July, September & November.

2016 Important Dates Term 1 – B16 Term 2 – D16 Term 3 – F16
Orientation Week 07/03/2016 04/07/2016 24/10/2016
Classes Commence 14/03/2016 11/07/2016 31/10/2016
Census Date 04/04/2016 01/08/2016 21/11/2016
Mid term Intake 02/05/2016 29/08/2016 09/01/2017
Mid term Census Date 13/05/2016 09/09/2016 20/01/2017
Mid Term Session Ends 19/06/2016 16/10/2016 21/02/2017
End of Term 19/06/2016 16/10/2016 28/02/2017
Note: Christmas break is 19th of December – 02 Jan

2017 Important Dates Term 1 – B17 Term 2 – D17 Term 3 – F17
Orientation Week 06/03/2017 03/07/2017 23/10/2017
Classes Commence 13/03/2017 10/07/2017 30/10/2017
Census Date 03/04/2017 01/08/2017 20/11/2017
Mid term Intake 01/05/2017 31/07/2017 08/01/2018
Mid term Census Date 12/05/2017 08/09/2017 19/01/2018
Mid Term Session Ends 18/06/2017 15/10/2017 24/02/2018
End of Term 18/06/2017 15/10/2017 24/02/2018
Note: Christmas break is 18th of December – 07 Jan

2018 Important Dates Term 1 – B18 Term 2 – D18 Term 3 – F18
Orientation Week 12/03/2018 09/07/2018 29/10/2018
Classes Commence 19/03/2018 16/07/2018 05/10/2018
Census Date 09/04/2018 06/08/2018 26/11/2018
Mid term Intake 07/05/2018 03/09/2018 07/01/2019
Mid term Census Date 18/05/2018 14/09/2018 18/01/2019
Mid Term Session Ends 24/06/2018 21/10/2018 24/02/2019
End of Term 24/06/2018 21/10/2018 24/02/2019

Note: Christmas break is 24th of December – 06 Jan

The Accelerated Bachelor program includes Term 3. Students studying the Standard Bachelor program will not study during term 3.

Located in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, Sydney is the countries’ most global and dynamic metropolitan city. With over 4.4 million people, it is one of the highest ranked cities in the world in terms of quality of life and has been ranked as of the most liveable cities in the world for several years running by the Economist’s Global Liveability Report.

With world famous attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and The Harbor Bridge as well as natural landmarks such as the Blue Mountains and Bondi Beach, Sydney is a great place to live and study. It is a vibrant harbour city offering a dynamic business environment supported by world-class facilities and quality lifestyle.

Sydney is uniquely multicultural and as a result many International students feel right at home. Around 40% of residents are born overseas. The highest percentage of nationalities come from Britain, China, New Zealand, Vietnam, Lebanon, Italy, South Africa, Greece, Hong Kong, South Korea and The Philippines.


One of the main attractions for those travelling to Australia is the comfortable and temperate climate. Famous for its beaches and surf culture, summer in Sydney is quite warm with temperatures sometimes getting up to 35 degree Celsius, with an average of around 26 degrees. In winter, temperatures rarely dip below 8 degrees Celsius, with an average of around 16 degrees.

If you are from the Northern hemisphere, keep in mind Australia has “reverse” seasons, with winter being in the middle of the year (June, July, August) and summer over the new year period (December, January, February).


Sydney is a lively and vibrant city offering of unique cultural events year round, including indoor and outdoor music and arts festivals, world renowned sporting events and rural exhibitions.

Some popular Sydney arts events include the Festival of Sydney which is held every January and Vivid Festival which is includes live art installations all around Sydney and is held in late May.

Sydney hosts several famous worldwide music festivals such as the Soundwave festival and the rural Tamworth country music festival. Sydney’s annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a celebration of the gay community that includes a massive weekend parade.

For an up to date guide on all Sydney events head to http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/ or city search for listings of events, shows, theatres, live music and much more!


Sydney has a multi-dimensional transport system that includes trains, buses, taxis and ferries. International students may be eligible to pay less for train, bus, ferry or light rail travel using reduced price MyMulti 2 and MyMulti 3 tickets.

International students may be eligible to receive up to 35% off yearly MyMulti bus tickets. For a step by step guide on how to access this international concession please visit the Transport NSW website.

Sydney’s new Opal card system allows you to tap on and off from any train or ferry location without having to buy a ticket, with bus implementation in the pipeline.

AIT’s campus is easily accessible by numerous bus routes and is a short walk from central station.

Cost of Living

It is important to plan your finances carefully before deciding to study in Australia. Students are often surprised at the many hidden costs that can spring up when they are studying and working. Below is a typical weekly living cost guide for students in Sydney. Please note that these figures are estimates only.

Rent $250+
Food $120+
Utilities (electricity, gas, water usage) $50
Travel $40
Laundry $30
Internet/personal $80
Stationery and textbooks $30
Don’t let this intimidate you, Sydney is a great location for international study with careful planning. Many students find shared accommodation assists with managing their funds. Some popular student accommodation around AIT includes unilodge and Iglu.

Emergency contacts

Australia is an extremely safe and welcoming place however it is always important to know how to contact the correct emergency services in the case of an accident. Police, Ambulance and Fire emergency services can all be contacted by dialing triple zero (000)

Ph: 000

Be ready to say which service you need and where you are. In the case of an emergency, remain calm and if you can, give the operator the street name and number and the name of the nearest intersection (cross street).


Accommodation is not available on campus, however AIT Student Services can assist students with finding the suitable accommodation options. There are a variety of accommodation options such as homestay (single or shared), hostels, hotels, student accommodation and serviced apartments.

Here are some useful accommodation links:


Homestay is a cultural exchange between a local individual or family (called a Host) and a visiting international student. The student lives as a guest in the home.  As a student you should expect to be provided with your basic needs including your own room, food and space to study.  Over the period of your time together the host will assist you to become familiar with the local area and customs in a relaxed and friendly household setting.



Australian hostels are a fun and cheap option for accommodation in Australia. Australian hostels have high standards, are clean and are conveniently located close to the city.


Shared Accommodation:

Find like minded people looking for roommates with the following websites.


Rental Accommodation:

If you are looking to rent your own place, most available rental properties can be viewed on the following sites.


Student Accommodation:

There are many purpose built specialist student living lodges that provide affordable living solutions near major education sites. These student lodges are internationally recognised and nationwide, giving students access to fully furnished and conveniently located accommodation.  AIT is located close to many student accommodation sites that provide fun communities for international and domestic students looking to live close to campus.

Village Living Australia has modern affordable accommodation in Sydney, and offers great discounts to our students. VLA have properties to suit every taste and budget, catering to both international and domestic students.

Accommodations range from self-contained studio apartments starting from $200 per week, to private and dormitory style rooms in share housing from $162 per week. Short or long term leases can be made available depending on your needs and further discounts for students who require more permanent housing can be arranged.

Be sure to mention you are an AIT student to receive any special promotions that may be on offer.




For more information about accommodation, visit www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/global/live-in-australia/accommodation

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