TAFE South Australia (TAFE SA)

Choose TAFE SA and you’ll benefit from great course choice, intensive teaching, university pathways and the opportunity to gain practical and professional skills for your career.  

TAFE SA is the leading institution for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in South Australia. For more than 40 years, we've provided practical, relevant courses that lead students into careers and on to university. Each year, over 70,000 students from more than 70 nations choose to study at TAFE SA. Our qualifications are recognised around the world.

Studying at TAFE SA gets results — research by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in 2016 showed that 90 per cent of graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training and 85 per cent find jobs or continue studying.

International students from more than 70 countries choose to study at TAFE SA for the quality of education and support they receive, as well as the enviable South Australian lifestyle.

For practical, professional skills and real-life industry experience that will take you to the career that you want, TAFE SA is the choice for your future.


You will study at one of nine main campuses in or close to the centre of Adelaide. TAFE SA campuses and centres of excellence are equipped with state-of-the-art specialist facilities, including restaurants, kitchens, studios, workshops, nursing wards, dental clinics, automotive workshops, CAD suites, animation and production suites, and fashion workshops. Our facilities allow students to learn in real-life environments, making their skills immediately transferable to employment.

All TAFE South Australia campuses offer a range of facilities to help you make the most out of your studies, including:

  • prayer rooms on selected campuses
  • child care
  • access to public transport
  • a cafeteria
  • student common areas and food preparation facilities.

Many of TAFE South Australia's courses offer credit pathways to university. For more information, visit tafesa.edu.au/international.


TAFE South Australia offers more than 120 courses to international students, from certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas to higher education level qualifications and accredited university pathway programs across many disciplines.

Study areas include:

  • accounting and finance
  • aged care and early childhood care
  • nursing
  • automotive
  • building and interior design
  • business and management
  • electrical engineering
  • English language
  • fashion and footwear
  • hair and beauty
  • horticulture
  • hospitality and tourism
  • IT
  • marketing and advertising
  • massage and natural therapy
  • performing arts, design and production
  • veterinary and laboratory.

Real industry experience for a real career

Practical, professional skills and hands-on learning are at the centre of your education with TAFE SA. Industry work placements are a key element of many of our courses so that you can build your professional skills while you study and be employment ready on graduation.

Work placements allow you to develop your skills in a professional environment, gain new skills and real experience, as well as develop valuable industry knowledge.

University pathway programs

TAFE SA offers more than 50 university pathway programs that provide you with guaranteed entry to university and generous credit — allowing you to complete your degree faster. You'll have the career advantage of practical skills and theoretical knowledge with dual qualifications.

Many of TAFE SA’s courses offer credit pathways to university. For more information, visit tafesa.edu.au.

The support you need

TAFE SA provides you with a range of support services both before and after you arrive in South Australia. Once you have enrolled in your course, we offer information on airport pickups, accommodation and orientation.  

Once you have arrived in Adelaide you will receive a comprehensive orientation by the international office, as well as English language support and counselling if you need it. 

  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure and orientation
  • English language support
  • Counselling

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