International Students


Refer to our Student Handbook on the website for complete information about studying at Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) and Adelaide Flight Training Centre (AFTC) as an international student.


Studying in South Australia


Adelaide is the safest, cleanest, greenest and most affordable Australian city in which to study. South Australia welcomes thousands of international students every year into our schools and universities. Adelaide is sophisticated and modern and easy to get around. It has lots of cafés, festivals, a bustling retail hub and a multicultural population of 1.2 million people.


Studying at FTA and AFTC


FTA and AFTC offer the following nationally recognised aviation courses:


  • AVI50219 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
  • AVI50319 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter)
  • AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)
  • AVI50419 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)
  • AVI60219 Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Pilot in Command)

To find a suitable course, refer to General Aviation and Helicopter.


Our Commonwealth Register of Institutions & Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider code is 02649J. The visa subclass is 572, Vocational Education and Training (VET).


Entry Requirements


  • Pre-course assessment;
  • English language requirements (see below); and
  • Age 18 years.
English Language Requirements


CASA sets a minimum standard of general English language proficiency.


CASA has nominated IELTS or TOEFL or TOEIC as the acceptable general English language test. These international general English tests are delivered by commercial companies which are completely independent of CASA.


International students whose first language is not English are required to have an IELTS score of at least 5.5 per band or an equivalent proficiency per band. For further information visit general English test criteria.


How to Apply


  • Complete the request information form via the link below. You will receive an information pack and enrolment form.
  • We will assess your enrolment information and send you an offer of training via a written agreement.
  • An assessment for recognition of prior learning will be made based on information provided on the enrolment form.
  • Students must make sure they read and understand the training agreement before signing and returning it by email.
  • Students need to pay a tuition fee deposit as outlined in the training agreement.
  • A Certificate of Enrolment (CoE) will be issued on receipt of the signed training agreement and a tuition fee deposit.
  • After the CoE is issued, students can apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a student visa.

Supporting Documentation


Students must submit with their application:


  • Proof of identification (passport copy)
  • CASA aviation reference number (if obtained)
  • CASA aviation medical certificate (if obtained)
  • Copy of English test results – IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent)
  • Last two pages of logbook (if flown before).



New students will participate in an induction program on the first day of the course. Information includes:


  • Introduction to the college facilities and staff
  • Introduction to the college facilities and staff
  • Expected learning outcomes
  • Course delivery and assessment guidelines
  • Information about FTA policies
  • Work and Health Safety
  • Expectations and responsibilities of students including:
    • Attendance
    • Academic progress
    • Updating contact information
    • Behaviour and attitude standards
    • Dress code

FTA reserves the right to terminate students for any serious breaches of discipline, performance or visa requirements.


ESOS Legislative Framework


The Education Services for Overseas Students, or ESOSAct, provides the regulatory requirements for education and training institutions offering courses to international students in Australia on a student visa. ESOS provides tuition protection for international students. Please read and familiarise yourselves on provider and student responsibilities.


Further information about students’ rights and obligations under the ESOS Framework can be found in ESOS Framework Student Fact Sheet.


School Age Dependants

If you are a current or intending overseas student please be advised that Australian law mandates your obligation to ensure that any school-aged dependents accompanying you must be enrolled into a school. Visit the official government website for studying in South Australian government schools as an international student.


Student Support


We aim to provide a warm and friendly environment for students. Most students make friends very quickly and get support from staff and other students when necessary. We have a student campus committee who organises social and sporting activities on campus. The campus is serviced by a wireless network, giving students Internet access for all their personal needs, as well as Intranet access to an interactive learning environment.


We have a dedicated Student Welfare department who helps with personal issues. Student Welfare is the first point of contact should students need assistance of any kind, for example visa enquiries, medical needs or information about learning support services.


FTA has an English Language department to help student improve their aviation English.


Ground School and flying staff are always available for extra help with training and ultimately the Chief Executive Officer’s door is open for any student who feels an issue is not being resolved by FTA staff.


Unique Student Identifier (USI)


All students have to provide a USI before enrolment can be completed. Refer to information and links on the enrolment form.


Overseas Student Health Cover


All international students are required by law to have overseas student health cover prior to visa approval. Students are to obtain this cover prior to entry into Australia and are to be covered from the day they arrive until the end of the issued visa.


More information regarding OSHC can be found at, also see AHM


Complaints and Appeals


Refer to FTA’s Student Handbook for all information about students’ rights and obligation, including procedures for grievances and appeals.


Personal and Contact Details


Students have an obligation to notify FTA as soon as practicable of any change of address while enrolled in a course.


Personal information about international students studying with FTA may be shared with the Australian government and designated authorities, including the tuition protection services. This information includes personal and contact details, course enrolment details and changes, and the circumstance of any suspected breach of a student visa conditions. Refer to FTA’s Privacy Policy.


Payments and Fees


Private international students pay 50% upfront before the start of the module and the other remaining 50% at the half way mark of said module. FTA will not accept payment for a course until the contact agreement has been signed.


Payment Details


Preferred method of payment is by telegraphic transfer to FTA bank account or by Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). For telegraphic transfer payments bank details are provided on the bottom of the invoice and for credit card payments a credit card payment authority form is issued to the customer. Please ensure that payment is made in Australian Dollars.


Useful Links


Local Embassies


Australian Government information for International Students


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