As with all countries around the world, the tuition fee cost will vary depending on the location of study, the institution of study and the course you enrol on. The level of study, be it undergraduate or postgraduate, will also impact on the cost. Postgraduate tuition fees are generally in line with those for undergraduate study.
For international students, tuition fees must be paid before you embark on your studies. It is essential to also consider the costs of materials and institution facilities that may be in addition to the tuition fee payment. Some institutions charge students a Student Services and Amenities fee
As a benchmark, we have listed the average costs of different levels of study in Australia
AUD $7,800 - $30,000 per year
English language course
AUD $300 per week
Vocational Education and Training
AUD $4,000 - $22,000 per year
AUD $15,000 - $33,000 total
AUD $20,000 - $45,000 per year
AUD $22,000 - $50,000 per year
AUD $18,000 - $42,000 per year
AUD $11,000 - $121,000 per year
It is also important to note that unlike some destinations, students who hold a valid study visa can work part-time for which help offset the cost of studying abroad.
To fully understand the costs of studying at a university in Australia, here is some essential background information you need to know.
Tuition fees are calculated slightly differently to some countries around the world. Universities in Australia charge per units you undergo. A standard academic year consists of 24 units of study (usually 12 units per semester). Students enrolled in at least 9 units in a semester are considered studying full-time.
Each unit of study is placed within a fee band and added up across the year to calculate the tuition fee for that year of study. This means that tuition fees vary for students, even those studying on the same course.
Compared to other countries like the US, Bachelor Degrees in Australia are relatively shorter in length and are as follows:
3 years of full-time study (24 units)
4 years of full-time study (32 units)
1.5 years (12 units)
Bachelor Degree Tuition Fees for international students in Australia generally begin at around AUD$20,000 per year, with the average tuition fee sitting around AUD$30,000 per year.
You will find that tuition fees in smaller Australia cities and suburban areas are slightly cheaper than tuition fees in larger cities like Melbourne and Sydney.
Southern Cross University
University of Canberra
Charles Sturt University
Charles Darwin University
University of Sunshine Coast
Australian Catholic University
University of New England
University of Divinity
University of Southern Queensland
University of Queensland
University of New South Wales
Australian National University
University of Newcastle
University of Adelaide
James Cook University
Central Queensland University