TAFE South Australia

Established: 
1975
Location: 
Adelaide
CRICOS code: 
00092B
Student Population: 
64,000

Government owned and operated, TAFE SA is South Australia’s largest vocational education and training (VET) provider, delivering more than 90 award courses to international students across over 47 modern and well equipped sites.

Over the last 30 years, TAFE SA has helped more than one million students get the careers they want. Courses offered to international students at TAFE SA include certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas as well as higher education qualifications across a broad selection of study areas.

TAFE SA study areas include:

  • Agriculture and biology
  • Arts and design
  • Building and furnishing
  • Business and marketing
  • Education and languages
  • Electrical and electronics
  • Engineering and transport
  • Food and wine
  • Hair and beauty
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Information technology

TAFE SA has strong connections with universities and many of its courses can provide entry to, and/or credit toward, university degrees. In fact, TAFE SA has over 250 entry and/or credit transfer arrangements with some of Australia’s best universities. This means that our students can move on to complete their university degree in less time and at a lower cost. 

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  • The city of Adelaide by night. Photo credit: SATC

    The city of Adelaide by night. Photo credit: SATC

  • Students socialising in the atrium at Adelaide City Campus. Photo credit: TAFE SA

    Students socialising in the atrium at Adelaide City Campus. Photo credit: TAFE SA

  • At TAFE SA, many students become friends for life. Photo credit: TAFE SA

    At TAFE SA, many students become friends for life. Photo credit: TAFE SA

  • Students studying in the library. Photo credit: TAFE SA

    Students studying in the library. Photo credit: TAFE SA

  • Adelaide College of the Arts. Photo credit: TAFE SA

    Adelaide College of the Arts. Photo credit: TAFE SA

  • North Terrace, a cultural and educational hub in the centre of Adelaide. Photo credit: TAFE SA

    North Terrace, a cultural and educational hub in the centre of Adelaide. Photo credit: TAFE SA

Campuses and facilities

TAFE SA has 47 campuses which stretch from the heart of the Adelaide CBD throughout the city’s suburbs and out to regional South Australia.

Campus facilities are state of the art and offer a variety of specialised training facilities including virtual enterprises, theatres, studios, restaurants, kitchens, workshops, nursing wards, dental clinics and hair and beauty salons. Campuses also offer a range of facilities for students including libraries, study rooms, computer suites, prayer rooms, child care centres, cafeterias, student common areas, food preparation facilities and easy access to public transport.

International students generally choose to study at metropolitan campuses, most of them within 15km from the CBD. Some of these campuses include the Adelaide Campus, Adelaide College of the Arts, Regency Park Campus, Gilles Plains Campus, Port Adelaide Campus, Urrbrae Campus, Sustainable Industries Education Centre (Tonsley TAFE).

Teaching and links with industry

Strong working relationships with business and industry mean that TAFE SA courses are designed to give students the real-world skills needed by employers, making our qualifications highly sought after. Some TAFE SA courses offer students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience of working in their chosen field through work placements. Our lecturers are highly experienced and qualified in their field and ensure that they stay up-to-date with current industry skills and knowledge. 

Student life in Adelaide

Adelaide’s lower cost of living means that students here enjoy great quality of life, with rent, transport costs and food all more affordable than in most other Australian cities. All international students at TAFE SA get free airport pick-up and accommodation support upon arrival in Adelaide in order to help them settle in to their new surroundings more easily.

TAFE SA has its own student accommodation – Regency International House – which is on the TAFE SA Regency Campus, just 15 minutes from the centre of Adelaide. It is close to public transport, shopping centres and a wide variety of multicultural restaurants and offers 24 hour security, comfort and care.

There are many other accommodation options in Adelaide to suit all budgets and needs including student residences, homestay and private rental accommodation.

International students at TAFE SA have access to a wide array of support services in order to make their transition to studying and living in Australia as easy as possible.

Support services are designed to help students succeed and are available from the moment students arrive right through until their graduation.

Services on offer include an orientation programme on arrival; counseling and academic support.

Students can enjoy a great lifestyle living in South Australia, which is one of the largest states in Australia. With a pristine coastline stretching over 3,800kms to unique and spectacular landscapes and places of great cultural interest, there is something for everybody in South Australia. Our state capital, Adelaide, has a vibrant culture, relaxed living and an exciting future. Adelaide is a safe, friendly and affordable metropolis with a bustling retail hub, world-class wine, rich culinary scene and a relaxed multicultural lifestyle. It is also home to more than 400 events throughout the year including the Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Festival of Arts, and WOMADelaide, just to name a few. 

Student Testimonials

  • Donna Chee. Photo credit: TAFE SA
    Studied Certificate IV in Hospitality, Diploma of Human Resource Management and Diploma of Business Management

    "When deciding where to study, I found that TAFE SA had a lot more options which meant that I could easily transfer credits if I decided to pursue...

  • Studied Custom Made Footwear

    "I was working in a printing company in Tokyo but had always been obsessed with shoes. With my savings, plus additional funds from my family, I...

  • Mananti Butar Butar. Photo credit: TAFE SA
    Studied Diploma of Salon Management

    "TAFE South Australia was my first best friend when I arrived in Australia! TAFE SA supported me through my English course and then I continued my...

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