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Living and Studying In Sydney 

Dr Nora Mohd Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE

The northern region of Sydney has beautiful tree-lined avenues, cosmopolitan restaurants and cafes, and excellent surfing beaches. Northern Sydney also contains one of the city's major business districts, and is home to many highly educated young professionals. The international influences in this area come from both Asia and Europe, and a high proportion of people who live here speak more than one language.

With eight campuses located in this safe and beautiful area, the Northern Sydney Institute has welcomed thousands of international students over the past 30 years. NSI graduates can now be found throughout all parts of the world. Each campus has students from around the globe who work, study and enjoy life in Australia together.

The Institute is fully funded by the NSW Government, and has established an international reputation for education and training, and is consistently chosen by overseas organisations to train their educators and specialist personnel.

Living in Northern Sydney

Northern Sydney is one of the most appealing areas of Sydney in which to live. Beaches, bush, national parks and Sydney's famous harbour and city centre are all close by. There are also some of the best restaurants, cafes, shops, cinemas and sporting facilities in Sydney. Transport  services are excellent - in many parts of the region, the city centre is just 10 minutes away by bus, train or harbour ferry. Student accommodation ranges from homestay to hostel and share accommodation in houses or apartments.

Our Services to You

The service begins from the moment that you arrive. We can meet you at the airport, and our accommodation officer will help you find accommodation. On each campus, our International Student Co-ordinators provide the information and support you need to feel at home while studying in Australia. The coordinators maintain contact with all our international students, arranging special activities and excursions, organising individual tutoring and providing friendly support, both personal and academic, throughout your course.

Major course areas include:

  • Art & Design
  • Business Management
  • Accounting, Banking & Finance
  • Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunications
  • Film & Television
  • Information Technology
  • Tourism & Hospitality

University Links

The Northern Sydney Institute has established strong links with major universities across NSW. For example, the Institute has a partnership with the University of New England, providing dual qualifications leading to Bachelor and higher degrees in Engineering, Business or Hospitality. Many of our graduates, including international students, have success- fully continued their studies at University, with credits for their TAFE courses.

Studying English

The TAFE English Language Centre at Northern Sydney Institute features state-of-the-art language training facilities, and  is conveniently located at our Northern Sydney Campus. You can choose from a range of intensive English Language courses, or study an individual program that is specifically designed for your needs (such as Business English).

Specialist language-teaching facilities include:

  • A computerised language laboratory
  • A modern computer room with language learning software .
  • Free e-mail services .
  • Facilities for collaborative activities using CD-ROM software

TAFE English students also have access to campus amenities and services, including an excellent library and individual- learning facilities. The Centre's location provides international students with an opportunity to meet a wide range of other students, both from Australia and around the world, and to practise their English in less for- mal situations. The Institute's International Student Centre is located just one minute's walk away. Recognised Qualifications All students who successfully complete their course at the Centre receive a recognised certificate of study. Students who have successfully completed the Certificate in English for TAFE can enter TAFE vocational courses without having to sit a language proficiency test.

These students may also sit in on vocational classes before they enrol, giving them further preparation for vocational study.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Nora Mohd,

Manager International Student Programs

Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE

213 Pacific Highway,

St Leonards


Tel: (612) 9942 0022

Fax: (612) 9942 0356





For information contact:

Dr. Nora Mohd

Manager International

Student Programs

Northern Sydney

Institute of TAFE

213 Pacific Highway

St Leonards


Tel: (612) 9942 0022

Fax: (612) 9942 0356




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