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Why choose study in Australia

Home for the best universities in the world
Australia has some of the best colleges in the world. Several Australian universities are listed in the top 100 best universities in the world. With approximately more than 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions, a great number of fields or study areas are available, making it highly likely that you can take up your choice of degree, training or course.

The numbers above show that Australian education has the quantity and variety, but it is also worth noting that the country leads in quality. Seven out of the top 100 universities in the world can be found in Australia. Their university system also ranks 8th in the world, ahead of countries such as the UK, Germany and Japan. With these, Australia is recognized as a country that offers world-class education.

Some of the most popular fields to study are the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, social sciences and medical fields. Australian study programmes cover almost every possible subject students might need.

Australian degree is a globally recognized degree
When you study in Australia, your degree is trusted and recognised internationally. The Australian education system maintains its international reputation through high educational standards, with its universities standing out in world league tables. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorised by the Australian government.

Be at the forefront of Technology and Innovations
Australia has a reputation for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than in most other countries. Facilities for teaching, training and research are world-class in terms of state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, outstanding libraries and modern technology. One of the most appealing aspect of the country for international students is the quality of scientific research. Australia is at the forefront of new technology and innovations. Students who study in Australia can take advantage the country’s impressive technology and research resources. Australia has quality of scientific research programs available for international students.

Pay reasonable tuition fees
Australian education programs represent great value for money. Fees for vocational courses in Australia start from $AUD7000 and can reach around $AUD30,000 per year. An undergraduate program can cost you from $AUD15,000 to $AUD33,000 per year and postgraduate tuition fees range from $AUD20,000 to $AUD37,000 annually. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses start at around $AUD4000 while fees for foundation studies start from $AUD15,000 per year. Planning to take up an English language course? These courses start from only $AUD300 per week depending on the course length.

Australian courses are often shorter than alternatives in other countries, particularly in the US. Most Australian bachelor degree courses can be completed in three years and even less if the education provider works on a trimester system. This means that you can save a whole year's tuition fees if you choose to study in Australian rather than in the US or the UK.

Start a successful career while studying
Australian cities have excellent job prospects and a multicultural community of students who are supported through student services programs. Australian graduates have excellent job prospects from their internationally-trusted universities. Working during your studies is also encouraged – international students on student visas are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week to boost their living expenses. Work experience and internships are all ways in which you can gain Australian work experience in your field of study and be competitive in the international job market after graduation

University Overview

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet the English language requirements for entry into their preferred course.
For most certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses at The Gordon, students are required to show:
An IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band score below 5.0 (or its equivalent); or
Completion of Australian Year 12 certificate; or
A qualification undertaken in Australia at Certificate IV or higher and completed within the past 5 years; or
University studies in Australia of at least 2 years duration and completed within the past 5 years.
There are some courses that may require a higher IELTS score for entry.
Applicants from specified countries may be exempt from English language requirements for admissions purposes. These students will still need to provide evidence of meeting minimum English requirements for visa purposes. Students from these specified countries undertaking courses that require a higher IELTS score (6.0 and above) will not be exempt from the English language requirement and must provide evidence of meeting the IELTS (or equivalent) requirement at the time of admission.
Read more about the entry requirements here…


The Gordon has two main campuses in Geelong City and East Geelong, as well one campus in Werribee.
Geelong is a student-friendly, coastal city only one hour from Melbourne and 35 minutes from the Great Ocean Road. Close to the city, country and coast, Geelong offers an affordable cost of living and a wonderful sense of community.
Geelong is the second largest city in Victoria there is no shortage of fun-filled activities for students to do on weekends, from learning to surf, to seeing Australian wildlife and heading to music, food and cultural festivals. 
Werribee is a suburb on the western edge of Melbourne that is easily accessible by public transport, it only takes 30 minutes by train to travel to the Melbourne city centre.
One of the great benefits of training at The Gordon is its purpose-built facilities, many of which are designed to replicate industry environments so when the students are learning hands-on, they also experience what it will be like to do the work in the real world.
These facilities are constantly being upgraded to reflect industry standards. In fact, more than AUD 18 million has been spent in the last five years on redevelopments, infrastructure and equipment upgrades across a number of areas.
The Gordon also has two training venues at its Geelong City Campus that are open to the public, providing more real-life experience for the students and a great service for the community.


The Gordon is the number one large training provider in Australia and offers a variety of different vocational degrees, with a focus on providing relevant experience in the student is line of work. The institution also offers a number of diploma pathways so that students can move on to a university education.
With an average of just 15 students per class at the institution, there is plenty of opportunity for students to receive one-to-one tuition from industry-leading staff, who have lots of experience in their fields.
The Gordon provides a hands-on, practical learning experience, with every course giving students the chance to take part in work experience both on-campus and with partners throughout Australia. A high graduate employment rate and student satisfaction score for the institution means that students can trust they will graduate feeling ready for the world of work. In fact, the 2017 NCVER report has confirmed that Gordon graduates have a higher employment rate than the national average.
Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas from The Gordon can also be used as credit to move on to university degrees in Australia. So, whether students want support moving into further study, or finding their perfect career, The Gordon is the place for them.
The Gordon has a growing number of international students, with over 75 different countries being represented at the institution since 1930.
With three different campuses across Geelong and Werribee in the south-east of Australia, international students can use the institution as a great base from which to explore the coast. Geelong is the second biggest city in the state of Victoria and has lots of things to do that will keep students busy, such as a variety of music, food and cultural festivals. Geelong is only one hour away from Melbourne via train.

Scholarships & funding

The Gordon offers the following scholarships for international students:
Endeavour Scholarships
Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarships offer financial support for high
achieving international students studying a Diploma and/or Advanced Diploma in Australia. Recipients will receive a travel and establishment allowance, tuition fee stipend, monthly stipend, and
insurance coverage. To apply, students must be from a participating country and/or region.
Australian Awards
The Gordon is a proud partner of the Australian Awards, an international scholarships programme funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). These generous scholarships can cover full tuition fees, a stipend, a pre-departure programme, English language courses, OSHC and other expenses including supplementary academic support and travel.
Payment Plans
After completing the first semester at The Gordon current international students can apply to pay their tuition fees via a payment plan, meaning that they can opt to pay their tuition fees fortnightly or monthly, rather than paying fees up front.

Study options

Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)
The Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) prepares you for a career as a draftsperson and teaches you how to design for both residential and commercial buildings. Students will learn construction methods and techniques, design techniques, site surveying, environmentally sustainable design principles, 2D and 3D software, graphic presentation, project management and administration, scheduling and documentation management.
Certificate IV in Accounting
Get the practical skills and knowledge to enter directly into the financial services field, register with the Tax Practitioners Board or create a pathway to university. Students will learn BAS statements, operational reporting, preparing budgets, classifying and recording and reporting.
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
During the course students will learn how to prepare and cook appetisers and salads, poultry and game, seafood, meat, hot and cold desserts, pastries, cakes, and yeast goods. Students get the opportunity to get work experience in a real commercial kitchen at the Davidson Restaurant, The Gordon is on-campus restaurant that is open to the general public.
Diploma of Engineering - Technical
This course is designed for those wanting to work as an engineering technician, carrying out tasks such as engineering design, project management and quality control/assurance monitoring. You will learn how to use state-of-the-art CNC mills and lathes in impressive, large-scale engineering facilities.
Diploma of Nursing
This course includes 400 hours (11 weeks) of guaranteed placement throughout the two year course, which The Gordon will organise for you. As a diploma student you will put your skills into practice in our modern nursing labs and gain real work experience with a range of professional industry providers.
Certificate III in Individual Support
This course prepares you to work in community and aged care settings by combining 120 hours of practical work placement experience with class theory to boost your skills and make you work ready. You will learn to follow an individualised plan to provide personalised support due to ageing or disability.
Diploma of Hospitality Management
After completing the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery & Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, or the Certificate III in Patisserie & Certificate IV in Patisserie students can choose the pathway to the Diploma of Hospitality Management, where they will learn how to become a highly skilled operational manager with a broad range of hospitality skills.
Read more about the courses on offer to international students…

Teaching quality

Quality hands-on training that delivers
The Gordon focuses on practical training in a safe and supportive environment, which means less theory and more hands-on experience, ensuring that Gordon graduates are job-ready.
Work placements and practical training
Work placements and industry projects form a large part of the institution is course content, giving students the practical experience they need to enter the workforce with confidence. All work placements are organised by The Gordon and are a great boost to the students i CV.
Small classroom sizes
With an average of 15 students in each class, students will get lots of support and more contact time with their teacher. They will work on group projects with their peers so it is a great way to get to know their fellow students and make Australian and international friends.              
Industry-trained teaching staff
The teachers at The Gordon are industry-trained professionals who are up-to-date with the latest industry standards and make sure the courses they teach match the needs of industry.          
Connected to industry through accreditation
The Gordon is accredited and recognised by peak industry bodies including: NEAS, Australian Community Workers Association, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Design Institute of Australia.

What's new

The Gordon has been named the Australian Large Training Provider of the Year at the 2017 Australian Training Awards.
This national honour is the  most prestigious accolade in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
Gordon CEO, Lisa Line, who accepted the award on behalf of the institution, said, We are delighted that we are Australia is best large training provider. Our staff work tirelessly, with vigour and drive, to make the student experience as valuable and as rewarding as we can. In our commitment to meet industry is needs, now and into the future, we make sure that our students graduate with the skills, experience and outcomes they need to thrive in their chosen career.
The Gordon provides access and opportunity for individuals who want to forge a new life within a transformative economy and is a major partner in a number of initiatives focused on: employment; increasing educational attainment; industry demand; new materials, technology, and manufacturing processes; and emerging industries.
This award caps off a stunning year for The Gordon, after winning the Victorian Large Provider of the Year in 2017, celebrating its 130th year of operation, the commencement of the Geelong Tech School development, and The Gordon Rejuvenation Project.

Overall Cost of Living


Campus Accomodation






Overall Cost of Living Value

A$ 22.652

Campus Accomodation Value

A$ 7.020

Undergraduate Value

A$ 11.920

Vocational Value

A$ 11.490

Overall Review

Overall Experience : 4.5 / 5

Admission Process : 5 / 5

Scholarships : 4 / 5

Life Experience : 5 / 5

Job Prospects : 4 / 5