Types of study

Choose a course to suit you

In New South Wales there are a wide range of courses available to suit your study level and interests. Your options include:

Schools

Students in NSW have the choice of public or private schools. The main education provider is the NSW State Government; 2/3 of NSW primary and high schools are public schools.

NSW government schools are mostly co-educational, comprehensive schools for students living in their local area. There are also single sex schools – boys or girls only and some specialist high schools.

Private schools, also known as non-government schools, are either schools that are part of the Catholic system or Independent schools that may be of a religious or non-religious background. Most are co-educational but there are also many single sex schools. Enrolment is usually through each individual school and the conditions for enrolment may vary depending on the school.

The Department of Education International (DE International) provides choices for international students wishing to enrol in NSW government schools in Sydney or regional NSW. Most international students complete their secondary education and gain a NSW Higher School Certificate as a pathway to further study. The Study Abroad program offers international students a short term experience for a period of one term through to one year.

Many schools in NSW offer a range of support programs, including welfare support, an international student coordinator and English as a Second Language support to students with language backgrounds other than English.

To enrol international students schools must be registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutes and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Study Tours

Want to explore NSW? Study tours enable you to visit our well-equipped, beautiful educational institutions and discover the best location for you.

Exchange Programs

While you are studying in NSW you may be eligible for an exchange program with an overseas institution. Exchange programs offer a great way to learn about other cultures and develop new skills. Contact your educational institution for more information.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are tertiary courses that provide practical training focused on technical and work-related skills in order to prepare you for employment or further study.

In NSW, both TAFE NSW and private providers offer VET courses. VET qualifications include certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas.

Universities and Higher Education Providers

NSW has a range of universities and higher education providers to choose from, with excellent teaching facilities, support services for international students and a variety of 'on campus' activities.

Higher education providers offer both undergraduate qualifications such as higher education diplomas and bachelor degrees, and also postgraduate qualifications (courses for students who already have an undergraduate qualification) such as graduate diplomas, masters and doctorates.

English Language Course (ELICOS)

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are designed to cater for international students of all abilities. If English is your second language or if you want to continue on to further education, you will need to enrol in an ELICOS course to develop your English language skills.

You must complete an ELICOS course before entry into VET, university or higher education courses. The Australian English language industry is highly regulated to ensure that all students receive a high level of instruction.

Study in Australia: find a course

Visit studyinaustralia.gov.au to search for courses and institutions.

Study in Australia: find a scholarship

Visit studyinaustralia.gov.au to search for scholarships.

NSW Research Map

The NSW Government has launched a new geospatial database showcasing the state's higher education. research & development capabilities. 

The NSW Research Map is a virtual 'one-stop shop' for information about more than 650 organisations and pieces of critical Research & Development (R&D) infrastructure across NSW. Start searching using the new map.