About your Application


  • DoHA - Department of Home Affairs
  • SSVF - Simplified Student Visa Framework
  • OSHC - Overseas Student Health Cover
  • N/A - Not applicable
  • GTE - Genuine Temporary Entrant
  • LoO - Letter of Offer
  • CoE - Confirmation of Enrolment

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: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500

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, Department of Home Affairs 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:

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 purposes 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 the Department of Home Affairs.

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.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are payable in advance on a per-semester basis, unless otherwise specified in the LoO. 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, text books, stationery, or equipment. See Courses to find current information on the additional fees for each course.

Overseas Health Cover

The Australian Government requires that international students have health cover for the entire duration of their visa. OSHC helps to pay for medical care you need while in Australia. To remain compliant with your visa conditions, your health cover must start BEFORE you arrive in Australia.

Read more about Overseas Health Cover.

Undertake paid work on a restricted basis only

Student visa holders may work up to 40 hours per fortnight during term and full-time during holiday periods, providing it does not impact their studies. If granted a student visa, you will have permission to work (as will your dependents, if applicable). Please note that you are not eligible to commence work until you have enrolled and commenced your program.

Receiving a Letter of Offer

Your application will be assessed and if successful, a Letter of Offer will be issued.

Find out more about receiving a CIT Letter of Offer.

Receiving your Confirmation of Enrolment

When you have completed the steps and met the conditions outlined in your Letter of Offer (LoO) you will be requested to make payment. Once payment and additional documentation has been received by CIT, you will receive an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE).

Find out more about receiving a CIT Confirmation of Enrolment.

CRICOS - Protection for Overseas Students

As an overseas student on a student visa, you must study with an education provider and be enrolled in a course that can be found on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) at https://cricos.education.gov.au/

CRICOS registration guarantees that your course and education provider meet the high standards required for overseas students. Please check that the details of your course, including its location, match the information on CRICOS.

For further information regarding the rights and responsibilities of international students studying on a student visa under the ESOS Framework, please visit www.internationaleducation.gov.au/regulatory-information/pages/regulatoryinformation.aspx

Fee Payments

All initial fees for tuition (refer to 'Attachment 1' of your Letter of Offer) will need to be paid prior to studying at CIT. This includes accommodation placement, airport pick-up and Overseas Health Cover (OSHC).

  • Once a student is studying with CIT, each semester's tuition fees will be invoiced 6 weeks before the start of semester. Fees not paid by the due date on the invoice will incur a late fee of $250.
  • Invoices will be sent to your current email address. It is the responsibility of the student, and a student visa requirement, that CIT International be advised of any changes to your contact details within seven days of the changes occurring.
  • If a student is out of the country or not in Canberra at the time tuition fees are due, payment must be made before departing Canberra to meet the due date.
  • Fees can be paid by Visa, MasterCard, cash or by electronic transfer.
  • All payments must be made in Australian dollars.
  • For bank details, please contact us.

For more information see Payment Options, Fees and Refunds.

CIT Educational Agents

CIT Educational Agents are located in countries throughout the world. They are official representatives for CIT and can help you apply for your chosen course in Canberra. CIT Educational Agents deal directly with CIT on your behalf, making the application process easier for you.

CIT can only accept applications from authorised CIT Educational Agents or directly from students.

For more information see Benefits of using a CIT Agent.

CIT's International Services Unit

The International Services Unit (ISU) is staffed by personnel who are well equipped to assist students with questions, problems or issues that they may have while studying at CIT such as stress, fitting in, study and adjusting to their new lifestyle.

To find out how they can help you apply and support you through your studies at CIT, see CIT International.

Entry Requirements

It is important to read and understand the entry requirements to apply for study at CIT.

Please see Entry Requirements for details on the following topics:

  • Academic Entry Definitions
  • Adult Entry
  • ACT Year 12 Certificate country equivalents
  • CIT English Tests
  • English Language Requirements
  • English Language Tests Equivalence Table
  • Genuine Temporary Entry
  • Statement of Purpose