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Our students are supported every step of the way – from enrolment right through to graduation.


You can contact student support from

8:30am-5pm AEST, Monday - Friday

Student Life


    1. Enquire - Submit an enquiry through our website or Book an Appointment 2. Interview - Complete an interview with our Admissions Team. This can be done via. phone appointment, campus tour or open day, 3. Apply - Our Admissions Team will provide you with an application form after your interview. You will need to provide certified copies of the below documents: • passport • high school results • evidence of IELTS or equivalent English language proficiency • details of any further study or professional work experience Documentation must be certified by a notary, a Justice of the Peace, or your agency. 4. Letter of Offer - Successful applicants will be sent a letter of offer via. email. 5. Acceptance - Applicant signs and returns the Letter of Offer accepting their place at ICAT, makes payment of their Initial Tuition Fee and organises Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). 6. Confirmation – On receipt of the Initial Tuition Fee Payment and evidence of OSHC coverage, ICAT will issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). A CoE is required to apply for a student visa.
    Student visas are administered by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). For more information, please visit the DHA website. Student (Subclass 500) Visa Conditions + Remain enrolled in a registered course; + Maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC); + Maintain genuine access to sufficient funds; + Maintain satisfactory attendance in their course and course progress for each study period as required by your education provider; + Notify ICAT of any change in their residential address within 7 days of the change.
    The entry requirements for ICAT include qualification equivalent to an Australian Year 12 with the required entry grade, plus English language comparable to Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5. For our Communications and Media course the IELTS band score is 7.0 with no band less than 6.5. Applicants may also be invited to an interview as part of the final application process. Please note that ICAT cannot accept applications from students under the age of 18.
    Higher education providers in Australia must be registered to enrol overseas students in specific courses. Registered providers have a CRICOS provider code and a specific CRICOS course code for each course. This registration guarantees the provider and the course meet the high standards necessary for overseas students. For further information visit
    The Australian Government has established a legislative framework to ensure the provision of quality education and to ensure that the rights of international students are protected. This legislation is known as the Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework. Please visit Study Australia for more information on the legal rights and protections for international students in Australia.
    We put our students first. Our classes are highly interactive, industry-focused, and are taught by an experienced and supportive team of educators. We have a real-world approach to learning and our teachers are all experts in their chosen field. We limit our class sizes to ensure students receive individualised feedback and support. Students are encouraged to share their opinions and ask and answer questions, which also benefits peers and builds student confidence.
    We want all of our students to feel at home on campus. New students must attend a Student Orientation Program. As part of our Orientation Program, you will have a tour of the campus, and we will talk about your course, Academic Support, our expectations, and life in Australia.
    In order to study at Macleay, you must have access to a laptop, tablet, or similar, and you must have access to the Internet. You will be told about our IT requirements when you enrol.
    Our standards of practice and obligations to international students reflect the requirements of the ESOS Act which ensures that overseas students have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding place to study.​​​
    If ICAT cancels or suspends a student's enrolment, it will notify the student that this decision may affect their visa. ICAT is required to report students to the DHA through the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS). The student will then be given 20 working days to access the ICAT internal complaints and appeals process. The suspension or cancellation of enrolment will not take effect until all internal or external appeals are completed, unless extenuating circumstances relating to the welfare of the student apply.
    FIND AN ICAT AGENT Our agents are fully versed in the ICAT offering and can guide you through the process of becoming an International Student at ICAT. A list of current International Agents can be found here. BECOME AN ICAT AGENT To begin the process of becoming an official partner, please email Once we receive your initial email you will be contacted by an ICAT representative. Prospective agents should review our website and course offering before contacting us directly.
    ICAT does not currently offer scholarships to international students.
    Students should prepare themselves for accommodation and living costs to be at a minimum AUD $21,041 per year. Please be advised that costs may vary on the type of accommodation and location you choose to stay. For student cost of living visit: For more information on visas:
    Australia has a wide range of suitable accommodation options depending on budgets, plus our campuses are located in the CBD, close to transport hubs so you don't need to live nearby. HOMESTAY PROVIDERS + Auzzie Families + AHN - Australian Homestay Network + Global Experience + Study Vision STUDENT RESIDENCES + Iglu + Scape + UniLodge SHARE HOUSES OR APARTMENTS + + + + Flatmate Finders
    The state of New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital city, has well-defined tenancy laws that support the rights of landlords and tenants. For more information go to the If you have a problem with your landlord you can call Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or 13 14 50 for language assistance.
    Our Sydney campus is 200m from Sydney's main railway station and transport hub. Here are some helpful websites to help you find out more information about living in Sydney, Australia. Information about Sydney Sydney Transport Information International Student Guide to Australia Cost of Living Calculator
    Australian Government regulations require all international students to have OHSC for the length of their student visa. The current cost for 39 months' coverage is approximately AUD $2532. The OHSC Australia website provides a tool to compare all Australian Government approved providers. Visit OHSC Australia here. For more information, an FAQ on Overseas Student Health Insurance is available at the Department of Health website.
    You have access to a safe and healthy learning environment as a student at ICAT and your well-being is paramount to us while you are living and studying here in Australia. For additional information and support visit the International Student Health Hub. ​ At The Beach Only swim at beaches patrolled by surf life savers, and swim in the areas marked by red and yellow flags. For more information on beach safety check out this website and consider downloading the ‘Beach Safe app‘ as well. ​ On The Road Drive on the left side of the road. Learn and adhere to road, traffic, pedestrian, and parking rules. Online Scams Be careful of online scams often sent to you in the form of scare tactic e-mails impersonating the government, phishing e-mails that aim to get your details. To get more information on the kinds of scams to look out for and also what to do if you get scammed, check out this website. Drinking & Party Culture Check out this short-video from ‘Insider Guides‘ that discusses Australian ‘drinking culture’.
    You may need additional support outside of your studies. In an EMERGENCY call: 000 or 112 from a mobile phone.
  • EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS International students have the same workplace rights and protections as anyone else working in Australia. Here’s what you need to know before starting to work in Australia: You must be paid at least the minimum wage​ ​You must pay tax on your income You must receive a payslip From 1 July 2023, you can work up to 48 hours every fortnight during term time (unless you are a PhD and master's by research student), and unlimited hours during your holiday breaks. If you were already working in the aged care sector on 9 May 2023, you can continue to work unrestricted hours in the aged care sector until 31 December 2023. Casual work means you don’t have a fixed number of hours every week. International students can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for help if they’re having workplace issues, without fear of their visa being cancelled. This could be for issues such as not getting the right pay or other entitlements, like leave or notice. If you think you are not being treated fairly at work, talk to your boss or contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for help. There is free advice in multiple languages for anyone working in Australia. Phone - 13 13 94 Online - Fair Work Ombudsman
    The International Student Legal Service NSW gives free, confidential legal advice to international students living in New South Wales. Redfern Legal Centre’s International Student Legal Service is independent of the government. To speak to someone using a free telephone interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service first, on: 131 450. For more information for international students in your language.
    The Institute of Creative Arts and Technology is not legally permitted to provide advice about migration or visas. Only the Department of Home Affairs, a Registered Migration Agent or a Migration Lawyer are permitted to do so. You can search for a Registered Migration Agent on the MARA website at
    Students are advised that mandatory school fees for each school-age dependent are AUD$8,296 per year. The fees apply to both government and non-government schools.


Our online Library gives you access to a wide range of electronic resources including databases, journals, and eBooks. We have resources on academic support, academic integrity, and referencing with a dedicated Librarian who can help you with your research and study needs.




Our ICAT Library has a range of online databases and electronic resources that you can access anywhere and anytime. We constantly update our resources so that you have access to the best resources in Business, Communications, Finance, Accounting, and Law.​


ICAT has a dedicated Librarian as permanent full-time member of staff based at our Sydney campus. The Librarian is available for individual consultations with students to cover a range of areas, including, but not limited to, accessing online resources, information literacy, academic integrity, and referencing.

For online students, consultations can be booked virtually via the Learning Management System.

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Each trimester we have an exciting schedule of Guest Speakers, Excursions, Student Social Nights and Networking Events. Whether industry-focused or purely social, our events are designed to complement your academic journey, providing opportunities to learn, network, and create lasting bonds within our vibrant student community.


The student council play a crucial role in representing the students body, communicating their needs and concerns to administration, and working together for an improved student experience.

Comprising dedicated and elected student leaders, the council actively engages in fostering a dynamic campus environment. From organising events that enhance student life to advocating for student interests.


The Dean's Award recognises individuals who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievements, leadership qualities, and a commitment to excellence. This accolade, presented by the Academic Dean, serves as a testament to the recipient's significant contributions to their academic community and exemplifies a standard of excellence that inspires others


The Spirit Award is a special acknowledgment presented to individuals who embody the essence of enthusiasm, positivity, and unwavering dedication within the college community. This accolade celebrates those who go above and beyond, fostering a sense of unity and inspiration among their peers. Whether through acts of kindness, motivational leadership, or a contagious passion for the collective goals.

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