Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Polytechnic Institute Australia a recognised institution and are its courses formally accredited?
Yes, Polytechnic Institute Australia is registered as an approved Higher Education Provider by the Commonwealth Government through the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA Registration PRV14049).
Polytechnic Institute Australia’s award courses are also accredited by TEQSA. Polytechnic Institute Australia is formally registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS Registration 03535M).
The degrees and awards conferred by Polytechnic Institute Australia conform to the Australian Qualifications Framework.
2. Why should I study at Polytechnic Institute Australia?
Polytechnic Institute Australia provides individual attention and exciting new courses right in the heart of Sydney.
3. How does a degree from Polytechnic Institute Australia compare with one from an Australian university?
The degrees and awards conferred by Polytechnic Institute Australia conform to the Australian Qualifications Framework so they are at the same level as comparable courses offered by Australian universities.
4. What courses are available?
5. How do the fees at Polytechnic Institute Australia compare with those of Australian universities?
The cost to students is considerably less than that typically charged by universities in Australia. Please refer to the Fees section under the Apply menu tab to see the respective fees and charges.
6. How big are your classes?
At Polytechnic Institute Australia we focus on the individual so our class sizes tend to be smaller than those at universities.
Unlike traditional learning methods, Polytechnic Institute Australia courses are structured to suit workplace realities, and develop multiple competencies in Business, Accounting, Marketing, ICT and Networking.
7. What modes of study are available?
Australian students can study either full-time or part-time. International students on student visas must study full-time on campus.
8. What is a unit of study?
An academic course is made up a number of units of study. A degree is usually made up of 24 units of study while a diploma has 8 units.
9. How much time (on average) do I need to spend a week on a typical unit?
Every unit is taught over 12 weeks. Students will need about 10 hours per week per unit. That includes the actual teaching time which is usually about 3 hours per unit. If you are taking 4 units in a semester your study load is 40hrs per week.
10. What type of people can I expect to team up with at Polytechnic Institute Australia?
Polytechnic Institute Australia has an international student mix and we encourage close student interaction.
11. I have completed some bachelor level subjects at another institution. Can I get credits towards similar units at Polytechnic Institute Australia?
You can apply for Credit for Prior Learning for the units you have previously competed. Polytechnic Institute Australia awards credit for prior learning for equivalent units completed at recognised institutions, and applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. You need to provide supporting documentation such as transcripts and subject outlines with your applications.
If you are interested in applying, please see the Advanced Standing Policy and Procedure
12. How many intakes are there every year?
Three. They are usually in February, June and October. See Important Dates
13. Is mid-trimester enrolment possible?
14. What resources can I access for my assignments?
The Institute provides a library, WiFi and well-equipped internet labs so you can access printed publications, the internet and the EBSCO databases.
15. Will there be help if I have a personal problem?
Yes. Our Student Services team is here to help you if you have any problems. See Complaints and Appeal Policy and Procedure
16. How do I pay my fees?
There are a number of ways you can pay your course fees to Polytechnic. Visit our How to Apply