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Sydney Institute of Business & Technology (SIBT)



Located in the heart of Australia's vibrant capital city, the Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT) is a specialist pathway college with flexible entry criteria with a choice of study programs aimed at bridging the gap between secondary education and university level studies.

SIBT's diploma is equivalent to the first year of a bachelor's degree program and, after completion, students can directly progress into the second year of one of the many undergraduate degrees offered at Western Sydney University (WSU). SIBT is part of the Navitas Group, a globally recognised education provider, and since its foundation in 1997, has been working in collaboration with its partner universities to help thousands of students realise their aspirations of enrolling in a degree program at WSU.

Living and studying in Australia offers a rich and varied experience. The country has a vast range of landscapes and climates, from mountains and rainforests to miles upon miles of sandy beaches, tropical islands, coral reefs and, of course, the famous Australian Outback. Australia is an extremely diverse country with a culture entirely of its own, and Sydney is one of the greatest multicultural capital cities of the world. Over 180 national backgrounds are represented in its population. SIBT is located in the very heart of downtown Sydney, and is walking distance from shops, restaurants, art galleries and many of the city's best attractions, including the Royal Botanical Gardens, the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Sydney regularly ranks in the most popular cities for international students.

SIBT is located within the WSU campus and, for the duration of their studies, college students have access to the same facilities as their university counterparts. SIBT students are even able to join university clubs and societies, bringing opportunities to socialise with WSU's diverse community of students, and to ensure a smooth transition into university life.

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What's new

What's new

SIBT is a progressive and forward-thinking college and has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure the health and safety of students and staff. In accordance with national health guidelines, the college has designed a schedule of safety measures to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment for all of its students. The college has a regularly updated information page with frequently asked questions about studying at SIBT during the coronavirus pandemic.

SIBT is transitioning to a hybrid learning model, where students can choose between an online or face-to-face learning model. The campus remains open for students to access the library, lab, wi-fi, study areas, student lounge and other facilities. A number of safety precautions are in place to ensure students are safe while there are on campus.

The faculty team have built a highly effective online learning platform, where tutors are able to provide feedback on coursework and assignments, and arrange personalised tutorials with individual students. SIBT's digital campus model encourages student engagement with the SIBT learning community.

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SIBT students have access to all facilities and services in the Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus. Located in Elizabeth Street, just across the road from Sydney's beautiful Hyde Park, the SIBT campus offers its students everything needed for academic success, and personal development.

The Sydney City campus is equipped with the latest technological facilities, including computer rooms, study spaces, interactive whiteboards and recording facilities. The college supplies laptops and iPads for in-class presentation and tutorial work, and the iHelp team provides face-to-face and remote technical support for all students and staff. Students enrolled at SIBT can access the on-campus Navitas library, with thousands of books, journals and online resources to support research and coursework assignments.

The campus is surrounded by cafes, food courts and restaurants. Chinatown and Koreatown are each just a short walk away, as well as other cuisine options from around the world.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

SIBT has built its reputation as an institution with an excellent standard of teaching and tuition and since its foundation, has guided over 25,000 students to achieve their goal of undergraduate study, while fostering a diverse and supportive learning environment for all its students.

There is a wide choice of pathway programs available, taught by SIBT's highly qualified and experienced academic team, many of whom have worked and taught internationally. Students benefit from their experience and expertise, and staff are able to communicate effectively to students from all backgrounds. A particular advantage of studying at SIBT is the relatively small class sizes, which results in more contact time with lecturers and tutors and provides a more personalised learning environment.

Over 90 per cent of SIBT students progress to their chosen degree programs, and the college also achieved over 90 per cent satisfaction rating for student support. Students prepare for success with a customised learning approach, quality mentorship and integrated English language support. SIBT is always looking to enhance their education strategy, and communication between staff and students is an important aspect of the success of its graduates.

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Department structure

Department structure

SIBT offers alternative routes into undergraduate level study. The SIBT Diploma can be completed in as little as eight months. Completion of the diploma allows successful students to progress directly to the second year of their undergraduate degree course at WSU, providing academic standards are maintained. With courses starting in March, July and October, students can choose their degree program based on their choice of diploma:

  • Diploma of Arts
  • Diploma of Business Administration
  • Diploma of Engineering
  • Diploma of Information Technology
  • Diploma of Media and Communication

Prospective students who have completed Year 12 studies or equivalent will be enrolled onto one of these five Diplomas. They are comprised of eight university level units studied over the course of three trimesters, with five core modules and three electives.

Applicants who have completed only Year 11 level studies can enrol in SIBT's foundation program which can be completed in two to three trimesters, comprising eight pre-university units which guarantees entry to one of the five diploma programs. Students on either of the college pathway programs will also develop transferable skills that will prove essential in their further studies and future careers, such as communication, presentation skills and project management.

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Student support

Student support

SIBT is dedicated to providing a high level of pastoral care to its community of around 500 international students. SIBT understands that moving and studying abroad can bring its own set of personal challenges, and is committed to providing its students with free and confidential support to instil confidence in the decision to study in Australia. This support ranges from academic to personal guidance and includes a variety of study and learning support services. Services provided by the college include:

  • Peer mentoring support
  • Personalised learning
  • Pre-university support programs
  • SIBT social activities
  • Student representation
  • Help with sourcing a part-time job
  • Welfare support and counselling
  • Disability support

The college also has a team of student learning advisors who provide additional support and guidance, focusing on welfare and language enhancement to ensure the continued success of SIBT students in reaching their personal and academic potential.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

The SIBT foundation and diploma programs offer a direct route into enrolment in a huge range of competitive degree courses at WSU. With SIBT students improve their employability and professional skills while gaining critical experience which will be an asset when looking for graduate employment. There are also a number of workshops on interview training, CV writing support, mentoring schemes, and a schedule of careers workshops and networking events organised throughout the year.

Sydney itself is the largest and farthest reaching business and industrial centre within Australasia, with a highly developed central business district and connections with some of the fastest growing and most dynamic markets in Asia and the rest of the world. SIBT graduates are ideally placed to take advantage of this, and are able to supplement their time at college and university with internships and work experience which gives them a running start on their future careers.

CRICOS code: 01576G [SIBT] 00971K [WESTERN]

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