An estimate of the cost of an Australian university education

2020-03-27 17:30:18
An estimate of the cost of an Australian university education
Australia is a fantastic destination for international students to embark on their studies. Although the average cost of living is higher than in other countries, Australia has managed to attract a record number of international students. If you’re planning to study in Australia, here are the fees you need to know

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


Education Type

Average Tuition

Secondary school

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

Foundation courses

AUD $15,000 - $33,000 total

Bachelor Degree

AUD $20,000 - $45,000 per year

Master's Degree

AUD $22,000 - $50,000 per year

Doctoral Degree

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.


Degree Duration

Compared to other countries like the US, Bachelor Degrees in Australia are relatively shorter in length and are as follows:




Bachelor Degree

3 years of full-time study (24 units)

Honours Degree

4 years of full-time study (32 units)

Masters Degree

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.




Bachelor Tuition

Postgraduate Tuition

Southern Cross University



University of Canberra



Charles Sturt University



Charles Darwin University



University of Sunshine Coast



Australian Catholic University



Victoria University



University of New England



University of Divinity



University of Southern Queensland



Monash University



University of Queensland



University of New South Wales



Australian National University



Curtin University



University of Newcastle



University of Adelaide



James Cook University



Macquarie University



Central Queensland University



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