Gordon Institute of TAFE

The Gordon Institute of TAFE has been providing progressive and innovative vocational education and training to students around Australia and overseas for almost 130 years.

We are located in Geelong, the second largest city in Victoria and only one hour by train from the centre of Melbourne. It is a safe, friendly and affordable city with many restaurants, cafes, festivals and events, and is the perfect place to enjoy an authentic Australian experience.

We excel at hands-on learning and take pride in our graduates being work-ready. In fact, our graduates achieve a higher employment rate than the average for our city. Our international students gain real skills and experience, with work placements built into most courses, which can lead to an exciting and rewarding career.

Why study at The Gordon? 
The benefits of studying a TAFE or ELICOS program at The Gordon:

  • skills for employment, not just theoretical knowledge
  • quality education in a multicultural, safe community environment
  • access to affordable on-campus student accommodation
  • small classes and the chance to make friends with Australian students
  • lower entrance requirements and cost than a degree program
  • credits toward a university degree.


Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • accounting
  • aged care
  • building and construction
  • building design
  • building surveying
  • children's services
  • cookery
  • community services
  • computer systems engineering
  • conservation and land management
  • English language
  • graphic design
  • hairdressing
  • horticulture
  • information technology
  • interior decoration and design
  • laboratory technology
  • nursing
  • plumbing
  • remedial massage.

For those wanting to progress to university, The Gordon offers pathways to Deakin University.

Award programs
Certificate, diploma and advanced diploma.

February and some programs in July.

From six months to three years.

English language entry requirements
IELTS - 5.5+ (no band less than 5.0).

Some programs may require students to achieve a higher English language test score.

For a complete list of courses go to:

The Gordon: www.thegordon.edu.au/international

The Gordon provides international students with the following services:

  • affordable on-campus accommodation in our student residences*
  • homestay booking service
  • an airport booking service
  • health cover arrangements
  • orientation and enrolment
  • a 24-hour student helpline
  • careers advice and r

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