Our academic year is made up of two semesters (four terms) and includes vacation breaks in the middle. English language course sessions start every five weeks.

Closing dates

Applicants for courses with additional entry requirements require longer processing and campus assessment.

Offshore students should allow eight weeks before the course starts for courses with additional entry requirements, and six weeks for the other courses, to allow visa processing and flights to Sydney.

Onshore students should apply four weeks before the course starts for courses with additional entry requirements, and two weeks for the other courses.

Many popular courses however, will reach full capacity and require early payment to secure your place and to avoid disappointment.

Certificate and Diploma courses

Certificate and Diploma courses


2016 Semester Dates
Teaching section available Monday 18 - 31 January 
Semester 1 Term 1:  1 February - 4 April 
Autumn student vacation:  4 - 17 April
Term 2:  18 April - 19 June
Teaching Section available 20 - 26 June
Winter student vacation 27 June - 10 July
Semester 2 Term 3:  11 July - 18 September
Spring student vacation: 19 September - 3 October
Term 4:  4 October - 27 November 
Teaching section available 28 November - 11 December 
Mid-summer student vacation 12 December -  to be advised


Degree courses

Degree courses


Semester 1 (February intake)
Term 1 22 February - 01 April
Autumn vacation 04 April - 17 April
Term 2 18 April - 17 June
Winter vacation 20 June - 24 July
Semester 2 (July intake)
Application closing dates For students who are not currently in Australia applying for
courses with additional entry requirements: 23 May
other courses: 13 June
For students who are already in Australia applying for
courses with additional entry requirements: 27 June
other courses: 11 July
Term 3 25 July - 16 September
Spring vacation 19 September - 03 October
Term 4 04 October - 25 November
Summer vacation 26 November - 10 February 2017

* Late applications may be considered subject to place availability in the course.

Read more about Degree courses.

English language courses

New students can start on Monday of any week, although at some centres, sessions start every five weeks.

English language courses


Session 1 04 January - 05 February Session 6 27 June - 29 July
Session 2 08 February - 11 March Session 7 01 August - 02 September
Session 3 14 March - 15 April Session 8 05 September - 07 October
Session 4 18 April - 20 May Session 9 10 October - 11 November
Session 5 23 May - 24 June Session 10 14 November - 16 December

 Read more about English courses.


International students can choose from over 300 courses in Sydney and regional locations. Search from Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor Degree.
Select from these options to see which courses meet your needs.

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For further general information about qualifications, work placement, articulation, facilities and equipment, assessment methods and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) visit about TAFE NSW.


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Agent search

TAFE NSW International has a worldwide network of representative agents who can help you complete and submit your application to study.

These representatives must provide you with accurate and up-to date information and advice regarding programs, courses, application procedures, living and studying in Australia. They can also assist with your visa application. If you wish to apply through an agent it is recommended that you use an agent on this list. If you choose to use another agent who is not published on this list, then TAFE NSW International is not responsible for the accuracy of the advice provided to you.

TAFE NSW English Language Centre agents

TAFE NSW English Language Centres also engage agent representatives and details of these agents can be found on the English Language pages for each of the listed Institutes. These agents may recruit students for intensive English language courses but not for any other courses at TAFE NSW.

If you have any concerns with regard to the service provided by our agent representatives, please contact us.