International education and training

In the Northern Territory (NT), international education and training is a relatively small sector with significant potential. The NT Government has identified International education and training as a growth sector in the NT Economic Development Framework.

While the international education and training sector is relatively small, it is an important contributor to the NT economy. Ranked as the ninth largest export, international education and training contributes AU$88 million dollars to the economy and generates over 400 jobs.

Over 2500 international students from 70 different countries study in Australia's Northern Territory - mostly in the tropical capital, Darwin. Our top five countries of origin for students are: Nepal, India, Philippines, China and Bangladesh. Higher education enrolments make up 61% of all enrolments in the Territory followed by vocational education and training (VET), schools and English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS).

The Northern Territory offers a unique student experience with more than 100 multicultural societies reflecting the diverse population of international residents. These societies host cultural and religious celebrations throughout the year with international students joining a vibrant, multicultural environment that offers a unique Australian experience. More than 71% of international students work part-time during their studies in the Northern Territory earning an average weekly wage of AU$425.

StudyNT and NT education providers offer up to 52 Study in Australia's Northern Territory Scholarships each year for study in schools, VET, Professional Year Program, higher education and intensive English.

The NT has many quality education providers’ offerings, including:

Higher education

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is ranked in the top 2% worldwide and ranks 31st of world universities under 50 years old, but the Times Higher Education University Rankings. CDU is a dual sector university, offering higher education courses up to PhDs. CDU offers a wide range of courses including:

  • accounting and business
  • engineering and information technology
  • health sciences
  • education
  • creative arts.

Vocational education and training

VET is accredited training in job-related and technical skills. This allows international students to gain qualifications for all types of employment and specific skills to help them in the workplace. There are many providers of VET in the NT, including:

  • Alana Kaye College
  • Australia Careers College
  • BCA National Training Group
  • Carey Training
  • CDU
  • ih Business College
  • International College of Advanced Education.

VET providers have partnerships with local employers for work experience and offer courses in:

  • aged care, early childhood and school-aged care
  • hospitality and commercial cookery
  • engineering and civil construction
  • leadership and management.

English language

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students are delivered in the NT through:

  • International House Darwin
  • Navitas English Darwin.
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Professional Year Program

The Navitas Professional Year Program is a professional development program combining formal learning and an Australian internship placement. The program gives international graduates the skills to gain employment and excel in their chosen field.

Northern Territory schools

Studying in NT schools and colleges offers a number of benefits, including:

  • entry pathways into Charles Darwin University or other Australian universities
  • English as a second language is available
  • a broad range of subjects are available, including VET courses
  • modern facilities
  • academic and wellbeing for students from qualified teachers and support staff.

The benefits of studying in Australia's Northern Territory include:

  • high quality Australian qualifications delivered in a safe, friendly and multicultural community
  • casual jobs, internships and post-graduation career opportunities
  • it's Asia's gateway to Australia and Australia's gateway to Asia.

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