Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

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Looking for a pathway to university or a career for the future? You can change your life, find your career, and get real industry skills at Canberra Institute of Technology.

CIT is a large government institution with four campuses and two off-campus learning centres. It has over 28,000 enrolments annually and hosts over 1,200 international students a year, from more than 86 countries. The leading provider of vocational education and training in Canberra for over 85 years, CIT is highly regarded by both business and the community.

CIT staff are highly-qualified industry professionals with both national and international experience. Class sizes are kept small to make sure that teachers can provide one-on-one assistance and create a supportive learning environment. CIT students learn industry-relevant knowledge and skills that are practical and up-to-date with the latest technology and trends. Teachers are committed to helping students achieve workplace skills to make them job ready.

Six campuses around Canberra
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What can I study?

There are over 100 courses offered to international students at CIT. The Institute offers a variety of courses, from certificates to bachelors degrees. All are industry focused and well-regarded by both business and the community. CIT qualifications are accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This means that the qualifications are recognised anywhere in Australia. International students can choose to study in any of the following subject areas:

  • Art – Design – Media
  • Business – Accounting – IT
  • Community – Children – Disability
  • Environment – Technologies
  • Fitness – Health – Beauty
  • Hospitality – Culinary – Events

CIT offers two high-quality and hands-on specialty degree programs in the fields of science and information technology. The Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Investigation) and the Bachelor of Games and Virtual Worlds (Programming) are CIT’s only programs for Streamline Visa Processing.

CIT courses equip students to work effectively in business and industry or to go onto further tertiary studies, and are recognised nationally and internationally.

CIT also works closely with other education providers and has articulation arrangements in place which allow students to move easily from CIT to university with an appropriate level of credit. CIT works closely with top universities throughout Australia and has strong pathway arrangements with the Australian National University (ANU), University of Canberra and Charles Sturt University.

Student accommodation

CIT offers a range of accommodation options to suit almost every need with on-campus, off-campus and homestay accommodation!

  • On-campus accommodation: a footstep away from classes means you will never be late!
  • Off-campus accommodation: short distance to CIT Reid and within walking distance of shopping and recreational centres
  • Homestay: stay with an Australian family and experience the exchange of culture in a supportive learning environment

On-Campus Residence has been built in a semi-bush environment and is located on the northside of Canberra City in the grounds of CIT Bruce. The residence is a three-minute walk from classrooms, canteen, library, gym and the International Services Unit.

Off-Campus Residence is located in Canberra City, close to CIT Reid. Positioned centrally, these apartments are also close to our national museums and galleries, a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafés, cinemas, clubs, pubs, theatres, transport and Canberra’s beautiful Lake Burley Griffin.

Homestay - The best introduction to life in a new country is to arrange your arrival accommodation with a host from an accredited Homestay organisation. During this time you will learn about the Australian environment, culture and get help with the ‘Aussie’ English language. To make the most of your opportunity, it is important for you to be comfortable and 'at home' in your environment including your accommodation. Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) has contracted with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN) for both Homestay and ‘HomeShare’ welcoming and temporary accommodation for new international students.

Teacher and Industry Experience

CIT prides itself on the high quality of its teachers. The academic staff at CIT have a strong reputation for their expertise, practical methods, qualifications and personal support. Many CIT teachers have industry experience and can provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for the workplace and further study. CIT’s courses are practical as well as theory-based, which ensures that students get valuable hands-on experience which prepares them for a workplace environment.

Support and Services for International Students

CIT also considers that the support and services we provide to all our students as first class. Once you become a student at CIT you have access to many of these services and more:  

CIT Learning Support

Drop-in and be provided with assistance in areas including research and study skills; preparing oral presentations; understanding and responding to assignments; maths; time management and study tips; and using computers and the internet.

International Student Support

CIT provides additional support to international students through a manager of international pastoral care and pastoral care officers.

Pastoral Care Officers (PCO) are delegated teachers or staff in each centre who support international students in their area.

The Manager of International Pastoral Care is available for student referrals and advice, and coordinates some CIT events for international students. They work in collaboration with your centre Pastoral Care Officer to assist you to adapt to the Australian educational experience.

CIT Student Association (CITSA)

CITSA is an independent organisation that represents all CIT students. CITSA offers a wide range of student support, services, advice and social activities including Welcome Week, CITSA Market Days and various organised events where you can meet and socialise with other students.

"It’s All About You" is the focus of the CITSA team. CITSA are friendly, accessible and are there to support international students whilst at CIT. Do not hesitate to talk to CITSA about anything from support in the classroom to living in Canberra.

Canberra – the capital city of Australia!

In a recent survey conducted by the Property Council of Australia, Canberra has been voted most liveable city in Australia. The survey covered 10 cities with 5,400 people involved. For the past two years Canberra has been voted runner up next to Adelaide as being the most liveable city in Australia. Our rise to the top is driven by improvements to safety, education and healthcare.

The news is no surprise to us here in the Capital City. Canberra offers a unique and quality living environment with many opportunities to be involved in the wider community.  Canberra, the urban centre of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), is a cosmopolitan city of over 365,000 people.

Canberra is Australia’s Capital City, and one of the world’s few planned cities. It is a city in a park surrounded by native bushland and is often referred to as the “bush capital”. But hidden beneath the leafy surrounds is a thriving modern city with stylish restaurants, hip bars, boutique shopping and a busy calendar of events and festivals.

The surrounding region also offers more than 30 wineries, historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains.

Student Experience

  • Samantha O'Donoghue. Photo credit: CIT
    Samantha is from Ireland and is now studying an Advanced Diploma in Business at CIT
  • Ian Leach
    Ian is from Doncaster. He’s 27, and has just started a course in sports development at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)
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