TAFE institutes for international students

Great Southern Institute of Technology


Every year, students from many countries around the world choose to study at Great Southern Institute of Technology, in the south of ​Western Australia.

Established in 1974, the Institute is the largest training provider in a region that covers an area of 40,500 square kilometres. From our home in Albany we offer a broad range of qualifications in Health and Community Sciences, IT, Business or Design and those with a focus on regional specialities such as Horticulture, Aquaculture or Conservation and Land Management.  The Institute offers first class educational facilities including a new Health Sciences and Community Services block that will enable students to better meet growing community demand for nurses, allied health workers and community and children’s services work.

​Great Southern Institute of Technology has helped students set and reach their goals, and provided them with the confidence and skills they need to succeed, for 40 years.​

​ Our Campuses ​

The main campus of Great Southern Institute is located in Albany, approximately 420 kilometres south of Perth.
An additional campus in Denmark, just over 50 kilometres away offers a Diploma in Music. Denmark is well known as a top tourist destination.

​Why Albany?

Relaxed Lifestyle with city benefits

If you would like to explore life outside a major city, we encourage you to consider Great Southern Institute of Technology in Albany. This is an option taken by many International students who have experienced the great relaxing lifestyle and beautiful natural scenery of the region. Located in one of Western Australia's leading holiday and tourist regions, Great Southern Institute of Technology is in the heart of some of the best coastal scenery and recreational areas in the country.

GSIT’s main campus is centrally located in Albany, one of Western Australia's premier regional centres.  Here you will find all the facilities you would expect in a city, but with the benefits of country living. Shopping is easy with a wide variety of major retailers, boutiques, cafes and specialty stores to service your needs and desires. Albany has a new Regional Hospital, excellent schools and childcare centres, a wide choice of sporting facilities and many Government agencies. Many students find part time employment while studying​ with local business, and have the opportunity for regional industry work experience.

Mild weather, rich culture and history, amazing natural beauty and gourmet produce

Studying at GSIT allows you to spend time in this amazing region and explore what is on offer. There is truly something for everyone here.

Albany’s weather is mild compared with Perth, there are very few days above 32°C ensuring plenty of days to explore this magnificent region. Albany and its surrounds offer some incredible views, beaches, walk trails and bays. If you are into aquatic leisure such as surfing, fishing, whale watching, swimming, diving and boating, this is the place for you. If adventure is your prefere​nce, you can four-wheel drive through some breathtaking country or take a leisurely bush walk among wildflowers and native ecosystems Spectacular karri trees, ancient river systems and secluded white sandy beaches are all on our doorstep.

Affordable living

There are a variety of choices when it comes to accommodation. Rent is more affordable than Perth and you can choose from inner city, rural acreage, forest or beachside locations.

Welcoming and inclusive community

Great Southern Institute students have access to additional English and academic support in a welcoming and supportive environment. Small class sizes mean a greater community feel and offer opportunities to get to know local students. Lecturers are well known for providing great support and being involved in the local community through sport, art or other ventures. Albany is a culturally diverse city with many communities established here from the Philippines, Italy, India and China amongst others. 

Former and current students have commented on how they have felt confident and welcomed ​in all aspects of living in the safe, clean and inclusive environment that Albany provides.

​Our Courses​

The Great Southern Institute delivers programs for international students ranging from Certificate to Advanced Diploma level in the following areas:

Pathways to University

Great Southern Institute has advanced standing agreements with several universities. Find out more information, and see which courses are eligible for university packaging through Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP), in the University Pathway Finder.

​Getting to Great Southern Institute

Albany has a regional airport with a direct service between Perth and Albany. See the Virgin airlines regional website for more information.
TransWA provides a bus service between Perth and Albany. See the TransWA website for more information.

Albany also has a bus service that operates between the city centre and suburbs including the Albany campus.


The International Student Coordinator is available to assist to find short and long term accommodation. Private rentals close to the CBD and the Institute are available in Albany or Homestay accommodation can also be arranged if required.

On arrival in Albany many internation​al students prefer short-term accommodation in either a share house or backpackers' hostel while they make arrangements for longer-term accommodation.

​International Support

From initial contact to the completion of the course, students are offered all the support they need to succeed in their studies.

A friendly welcome awaits all international students at Great
Southern Institute of Technology.

The International Centre provides services and support including:

  • Academic study support
  • Personal/social support
  • Employment advice and support
  • Accommodation referral service
  • Counselling support

​International Student Video Tours

Great Southern Institute students and staff have developed welcome videos for internation​al students planning to come to Western Australia and study at Great Southern Institute.

The videos ​will give you and your familie​s a better feel and understanding of Great Southern Institute and its campus locations before you get here.

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