International Students

Study at AIE's Australian Campuses

Australia is a great place to study and live. AIE Campuses are located in cities that have been consistently ranked by the OECD as amongst the best cities in the world for students in terms of student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity.

Entry Requirements

Overseas applicants must be over 18 in order to be eligible for study at AIE.

English Language Requirements

Applicants will need to provide evidence of an acceptable English language test score or evidence that they are exempt by meeting the criteria below.

English Language IELTS Overall Score:

A score of 5.5 (with a minimum score of 5.0 for Writing, and 6.0 for Listening). Students who do not meet the English requirements will be given a Provisional Letter of Offer. In this situation you will be required to enrol in a suitable English language course prior to commencing your studies at AIE. AIE works with many providers and is able to help you with your choice of language centre.

Exempt Category:

  • Students who have completed at least five years’ study in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
  • Citizens and passport holders of one of the following English speaking countries: UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland
  • Students who have successfully completed in Australia in the English language either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or studies at the Certificate IV or higher level, in the two years before applying to study at AIE
  • Students who are enrolled in full-time school studies as a principal course including in a secondary exchange programme, a postgraduate research course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), and Foreign Affairs or Defence sponsored students

Interview and Portfolio

As part of your entry into the course, we will conduct an interview with a teacher to assess your suitability for the course including any specific requirements you may have. At the interview we will look at your portfolio to see what knowledge and skills you are bringing into the course. Visit this page for more information about the interview process and what we're looking for in a portfolio.

Academic Qualifications and Direct Entry

Completion of high school in your home country is highly desirable. Students who do not fulfill this requirement are still encouraged to apply as the success of application is primarily decided on portfolio or programming potential. Students with existing skills or experience can apply for Direct Entry and may be eligible for credit and/or advanced standing into second year of study.

Living in Australia


Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra offer a range of accommodation options for international students including: hostels, serviced apartments, furnished or unfurnished houses or flats/apartments. International students often organize temporary accommodation for their arrival and then find rental accommodation in a share house or independently. Generally, accommodation becomes more expensive the closer it is to the CBD. You would therefore need to consider the combined cost of rent and transport when choosing accommodation. For more information about accommodation, visit

Living Expenses

Living costs include things like accommodation, food, entertainment, utilities (water, power, internet) and clothing which will vary according to your lifestyle. Checkout this cost of living factsheet as a general guide.

For specific accommodation, transport and information on the local area around each of our campuses, please visit the campus pages:

Other Information

Unfortunately, at this stage AIE does not accept enrolments from overseas students under the age of 18.

Additional Resources

In addition to tuition fees for the games and 3D animation courses, there may be additional resources students need to purchase including textbooks, stationery, hardware, software and other material and equipment. Please contact AIE for further information.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Students intending to study in Australia are required to take out Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before being issued with a Student Visa. AIE’s preferred provider is Australian Health Management (AHM). Please refer to the following website for further information on costs, terms and conditions: Australian Health Management.

Students Under 18

Unfortunately, at this stage AIE does not accept enrolments from applicants under the age of 18 to any of our full-time games programming or 3D animation courses.

Student Visa Requirements for AIE Courses

For information on how to apply for a Student Visa for AIE games, 3D and film courses, please contact your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate, or visit the Department of Home Affairs for more information.

ESOS framework

As an international student studying with an CRICOS registered provider you have rights and responsibilities which are governed by Australian Law. These rights and responsibilities are outlined in the ESOS Framework which is available from the Australian Government. You will be required to read this document prior to enrolling at AIE.


International fees can be found on our fee page

Policies and Procedures

  • International Deferment, Suspension and Cancellation of Enrolment Policy and Procedure

  • International Learner Tuition Fee Refund Policy and Procedure

  • International Learner Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedure

  • Learner Progress Policy and Procedure

  • Safety, Emergency and Critical Incident Policy and Procedure

  • Transfer Between Registered Training Providers Policy and Procedure