CIT International

How to Apply

How to Apply

Before you apply

Before submitting your application either directly or online, you need to check the Department of Home Affairs website to find out what your evidentiary requirements are when you apply for a student visa (subclass 500). Countries requiring additional evidentiary documentation for financial and English language ability will need to apply through one of CIT's Educational Agents.

There are two ways you can apply to study at CIT:
Need help?

If you have any questions, you can contact us at any time during the application process. Phone CIT International on +61 2 6207 4662 or email

CIT's Application Process

Confused by the application process?

The application process can be a daunting experience. So we've developed a handy infographic to simplify it for you. Click on the image to view the useful quick guide to CIT's application process, or download a copy of the Application Process Quick Guide here.

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Important Information about your Application

Deadlines and intake dates

There are no formal deadlines for international students applying to CIT. Mainstream courses start in February or July, and English courses commence every five weeks.

Student Visa processing takes time

Are you applying for your student visa outside of Australia? Before submitting your application to study, you need to check the estimated visa processing times on the DoHA website at

Giving yourself the best chance for a successful student visa application starts with being prepared. Follow the student visa application process step-by-step and make sure to include all necessary documentation.

See when your preferred course starts and allow enough time to obtain a visa.

Successful applications to CIT

If your application is successful you will be issued with a LoO. A default date will be indicated on your LoO for each program. ‘Default Date’ means the final date for entry to your offered program of study.

Studies may be considered for deferral to the next intake date by informing ISU by email and providing reasons for the deferral.

Student Visas

Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)

On 1 July 2016, DoHA made a number of changes to its student visa processes. These changes include the introduction of SSVF. Under the SSVF:

  • all international students will apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course and level of study
  • all international students will be required to apply for their student visa online
  • a new immigration risk framework and tool is used to provide a guide of the evidence of English language, financial capacity and academic documentation that students will need to provide with their visa application.
Please refer to the following links and steps to determine your requirements:
  1. Go to
  2. The ‘Document Checklist Tool’ can be found further down the page or under the tab ‘Follow these steps’. Enter your ‘Country of Passport’
  3. Choose ‘Canberra Institute of Technology’ as the Education Provider (or CRICOS 00001K).
  4. Click ‘Display evidence’ to see your Document Checklist:
    • all international students will be required to apply for their student visa online

Entry to CIT on a Student Visa

To enrol in a CIT course on a student visa, you must:
  • select full-time study
  • have relevant academic qualifications
  • meet GTE requirements
  • gain temporary entry to Australia for study only
  • have relevant English language skills.

    All mainstream CIT courses are conducted in English. Each program will advise the language proficiency required for study. To obtain a student visa you may also need to meet the English language requirements specified for your country by DIBP.

    See English Language Requirements for more information

  • meet the prerequisites for your course You must meet CIT's prerequisites for the course you wish to study and DIBP’s requirements. If you do not meet the Institute’s academic entry level but are at least 20 years old, you may be eligible to apply as a mature aged student.

    See Adult Entry for more information.

  • Students must be 18 years or over

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are payable in advance on a per-semester basis. You must pay your first fee as outlined on the invoice in your LoO before CIT can issue a CoE. Remaining fees can be paid before each semester, after you receive an invoice. You may also need to pay additional fees such as material fees for text books, stationery, or equipment.

See Courses to find current information on the additional fees for each course.

Contact Us
CIT International
T: +61 2 6207 4662
Postal Address
PO Box 226, Jamison ACT 2614
Canberra, Australia
Physical Address
Room C102, First Floor, Building C
Vowels Crescent, Canberra Institute of Technology, Bruce ACT 2617
Canberra, Australia

CRICOS Provider | 00001K | RTO Code 0101

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