International Students

 International Students

Seven reasons you should study with TAFE Western:

  1. Gain a real Australian experience studying in a regional setting, surrounded by the incredible flora and fauna of Central Western New South Wales, while still having access to all of the social comforts of a large city.
  2. Living in Australia should be affordable for both Australian and non-Australian students. TAFE Western covers more than 50% of the state of NSW, primarily in regional and remote areas. The cost of living in terms of accommodation in these areas is between 180-250% LOWER than if you chose to stay in Sydney or another major capital city. So all the extra money you save on accommodation can be spent on other activities!
  3. TAFE Western proudly holds a 94% student satisfaction rate in the Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Survey, based on the quality, resources and support that we provide to our students.
  4. We understand that you need flexible learning options, so with TAFE Western you can combine classroom studies with workplace training, online eLearning modules, connected classrooms, study blocks, mobile learning units and more.
  5. At TAFE Western we offer Diploma-to-Degree (D2D) pathways for various industries which guarantees you credit at Charles Sturt University, which boasts one of the highest graduate employment rates in Australia.
  6. With more than 120 years’ experience in educational delivery and with a staff of industry-current and enthusiastic teachers, studying with TAFE Western can give you the theory, the practical skills, AND the life experience to forge ahead in your chosen career.
  7. Rest easy in your choice to study with TAFE Western, knowing that we are a CRICOS registered institution in Australia (CRICOS Provider Code 00591E) meaning the quality of education we offer is of the highest standard and is closely monitored by the Australia Government.

Living in Regional NSW

TAFE Western offers support services to international students to help you find suitable and affordable accommodation as close as possible to the campus you choose to study at. We have contacts with Charles Sturt University who offer some availability at their on-campus student accommodation in Bathurst,Orange and Dubbo, or we can help link you with private share accommodation listings.

Regardless of which TAFE Western campus you choose to study at, Australia’s regional campuses are the best places to really explore our country’s true natural environment out of the city. Imagine passing kangaroos on your way to your campus, cycling through a beautiful national park on your lunch break, and visiting a local lake to swim or canoe on weekends. 

Our campuses tend to have a ‘real community feel’ due to being smaller than our city counterparts, making it easier to meet and get to know people and get involved in the local community. Don’t feel that you might be missing out on anything by attending a regional campus either – the Central West provides a relaxing and cosmopolitan lifestyle with similar leisure pursuits to what you would find in the capital cities (think state-of-the-art health care, cinemas, sporting venues, restaurants, cafés, bars and shopping). 

You might also find that TAFE Western offers speciality courses that are not as readily available elsewhere, and are tailored to the strengths of our local area. Think Motorsport and the Bathurst 1000 or some of the local medical and dental schools that train students to take up jobs in these regions.


We have a number of Student Engagement Officers operating across our campuses that are specifically here to support you through your studies, whether that be linking you with other services or answering any questions about what study options are open to you at TAFE Western.

TAFE Western employs a number of Counselling staff that all have qualifications in Psychology, and can provide confidential assistance to you in a wide range of areas, including: study difficulties, educational planning and goal setting, career development and guidance, or personal issues.

If you have a medical condition or a disability that makes studying difficult, TAFE Western employs specialist Disability Consultants to ensure that people with a disability have equal access to education and training at TAFE Western campuses. 

To find out more about any of the above support services, email TAFE Western at 

 When you can start

Most courses start in February and July each year, however some of our more popular courses also have mid-semester intakes. Visit TAFE Western's  Find a Course page for details about enrolment dates and study options.

Study with Australian students

TAFE Western has over 30,000 Australian students and one of the highest percentages of Aboriginal students in the State (23%), with 7,000 students who identify as Indigenous and/or Torres Strait Islander persons.

Our student population is fairly equal between the sexes with 48% female and 52% male students. In terms of age groups there is a fairly even proportion of students under the age of 19 years (36%) to students aged between 20-34 years (32%), with the smaller sections of the population aged 35-49 years (20%) and 50 years or older (12%). We also welcome multicultural diversity across our campuses and have approximately 9% of students that identify as being from non-English speaking backgrounds. We are proud to promote that studying with our students will give you one of the best possible perspectives on life in Australia.

How to apply

You can apply:


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