on September 10th, 2020

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) has alumni from over 40 countries and is one of the only institutes in the world that can boast a truly global spectrum of learners due to its online student body. However, EIT also has two campuses in Australia that are ready and able to welcome both local and international students for on-campus studies in 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a delay in international students traveling to Australia. Encouragingly, EIT has the ability to allow students to stay abreast of their studies while waiting for travel restrictions to lift due to its unique, refined, online delivery model. EIT has been conducting and perfecting online engineering education for the last ten years. The Engineering Institute of Technology has therefore remained open throughout the year without disruption, and is offering future on-campus students an option to begin their studies online and finish the qualification on campus in Australia when borders re-open.

The Engineering Institute of Technology has two campus locations in Australia (Perth & Melbourne) and is planning to announce more in the future. The unfortunate reality that COVID-19 has presented international students who wish to complete their degrees on-campus in Australia with are the travel restrictions that have been enacted. However, at EIT, we have over ten years of experience with delivering high-quality engineering education to students around the world via our unique delivery model. For on-campus studies, we currently cater for both bachelor’s and master’s students.

Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Automation, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil and Structural Engineering are EIT’s undergraduate programs available for on-campus study in Perth, Western Australia. EIT also offers Master of Engineering programs in the same fields in both Perth, Western Australia, and Melbourne, Victoria. 

EIT’s future on-campus master’s students have been able to commence their qualifications via a unique September intake. These master’s students will complete one unit online and then transition to the campus once travel restrictions are lowered.

The benefit of completing one of the units of the master’s degree online will assist students in becoming accustomed to the unique delivery model EIT employs. They will also become immersed and engaged in their academic journey. By the time they reach the campus, they will be ready to hit the ground running.

The Engineering Institute of Technology is monitoring international travel regulations extremely closely. In the event that travel restrictions are still in place for our February 2021 intake, both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees will continue fully online.

Transitioning from online to on campus

Once travel restrictions are lowered, EIT will be welcoming students with open arms. We recently hosted a discussion with one of our master’s students who is currently completing his Industrial Automation qualification through EIT. Felix Okoh is a Nigerian student who went from studying through EIT’s online campus in his home country to relocating to Australia. He is one of our revered master’s students who has taken the option of completing his course on-campus.

In 2018, Felix was looking for a premium education provider that would further build his skills based on his prior experience. He finished two units in his hometown before deciding to open up a world of opportunities by completing his qualification in Western Australia.

“With my experience in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, combined with a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, I decided Industrial Automation was one of the fields that would keep me competitive within a wide range of industries,” Felix explained. “I chose EIT because of their specialization in Engineering, more affordable tuition fees, and the accreditation of its programs.”

Felix says that he was at first worried about combining full-time work and part-time online studies, but was quickly impressed by the knowledge of the lecturers and how seamless the learning environment worked for him. After successfully receiving his VISA, he managed to relocate to Australia to complete his studies.

“The online platform affords you a lot of flexibility,” Felix said, “But I decided to go on-campus because I read up a lot about Australia and the opportunities the country has. For students who have studied in Australia for two years and above, you can apply for post-study work rights that let you work in Australia.”

Once Felix commenced his studies in Australia, he explains he enjoyed the campus environment and meeting the capable lecturers that he had become so accustomed to on the online platform. He has made friends with other international students on campus and says that he is building a network of colleagues now that he knows he can rely on in the future.

“I am looking forward to having Australian work experience and being admitted as a member of the prestigious Engineering Australia. I encourage students to look into EIT and work toward improving their careers,” Felix concluded.

You can follow in Felix’s footsteps when you apply for an on-campus bachelor’s or master’s degree with the Engineering Institute of Technology.

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