- Which is the most expensive place to study ? Or the cheapest ?
- Is financial assistance such as bursaries or scholarships available ?
- What is the per-year cost of a university degree program ?
- What are the tuition fees at an Australian university ?
- How much are prices of tuition fees for Engineering, Accounting, Medicine, Economics or Science degree courses?
- What is the cost of a degree course per year for International students ?
Are there any scholarships for international students ?
Students holding Australian citizenship or permanent residency, PR (with conditions) are eligible for interest free loans under HELP (Higher Education Loan Programme). H.E.L.P. replaces the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS). Scholarships and other forms of financial assistance are also available (Youth Allowance, Austudy). Refer to this article for information. HECS loans need to be repaid upon degree completion and after securing gainful employment with a salary higher than some threshold level. Generally speaking and as a guideline, the total tuition fee cost for an International student is approx twice that for Australian citizen.
Overseas students ( ie. Non Australian citizens or Permanent Residents) have to pay full fees for university education and are not eligible for any loans from the Australian Government. Instead they may apply for international scholarships. The following fee figures below apply to non Australian students. If you are a Australian student ( citizen or PR over 2 years ), a different fee schedule applies to you involving HECS etc .
Fees for foreign students
- Undergrad Bachelor Degree : $20K – $42K per year
- Postgrad Masters Degree : $24K – $44K per year
- Ph.D Degree : $14K – $37K per year
- Primary / Secondary School: $7,800 to $30K per year
- English language studies – approx $300 weekly depending on course length
- Vocational Education & Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) – $4K to $22K per annum
* Note: Excludes courses such as veterinary and medicine. Visit individual uni websites directly to see costs for these courses.
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What is the duration of a Bachelor undergrad degree course ?
- Many Arts and Science courses are typically 3 years long ( full time )
- Arts & Science with Hons, Engineering, Accounting are typically 4 yrs (full time)
- Pharmacy, Optometry, Architecture – 5 years
- Medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, architecture 5-6 years depending on university
* Figures generally do not include sports facilities fees, text books etc. Please check at individual universities for details
Tuition fees by university :
Another matter for consideration is that universities in non big city locations may incur lower living costs ( accommodation , food, entertainment, transport ) than city based unis. Even within a city, the precise location of the university and therefore your rented home, will be a factor in cost considerations.
New South Wales : NSW
- Tuition fees at Macquarie University
- Tuition fees at Charles Sturt University
- Tuition fees at Southern Cross University
- Tuiton fees at University of New England
- Tuiton fees at University of Newcastle
- Tuiton fees at University of Western Sydney
- Tuition fees at University of Sydney
- Tuition fees at University of Wollongong
- Tuition fees at University of New South Wales
- Tution fees at University of Technology UTS
- Tuition fees at University of Melbourne
- Tuition fees at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
- Tuition fees at Monash University
- Tuition fees at Swinburne University
- Tuition fees at Deakin University
- Tuition fees at La Trobe University
- Tuition fees at Victoria University
- Tuition fees at Ballarat University
Queensland : QLD
- Tuition fees at Queensland University of Technology
- Tuition fees at University of Queensland
- Tuition fees at James Cook University
- Tuition fees at Griffith University
- Tuition fees at University of Sunshine Coast
- Tuiton fees at University of Southern Queensland
- Tuition fees at Bond University
- Tuiton fees at Australian Catholic University
South Australia SA
- Tuition fees at University of Southern Australia
- Tuition fees at Flinders University
- Tuition fees at University of Adelaide
Western Australia WA
- Tuition fees at University of Western Australia
- Tuition fees at Murdoch University
- Tuition fees at Edith Cowan University
- Tuition fees at Curtin University
Australian Capital Territory : ACT
Northern Territory : NT
- Tuition fees at Charles Darwin University
Tasmania : TAS
The costs of studying in Australia depend on the institution and the level of study you choose.
Tuition fees for overseas students need to be paid prior to start of course. Additional costs may include course materials and access to facilities such as gym.
The list below is a rough indication of the range of course costs.
- Primary , Secondary School – $7.8K to $30K
- English language studies – Aprox $300 p/w depending on course length
- TAFE Vocational Education and Training ( Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) – $4K to $22K
- Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – $15K to $33K
- Postgraduate Masters Degree – $20K to $37K
- Doctoral Degree – $14K to $37K
* This may not cover high value courses such as veterinary and medical which involve expensive lab based facilities. Please visit institution websites for info on costs for these courses.
In May 2014 the Government announced possible changes to university fees from 2016. If implemented, such changes would only apply to fees for domestic students, and are not expected to apply to international students.
- The announced changes relate to new policies applicable to domestic students only. These policies are not expected to have any implications for the fees charged to international students.
- From 1 January 2016, the limits on domestic student fees will be removed and the Government subsidy paid toward the cost of the course will be reduced. Universities and higher education institutions will be able to determine the fees they charge domestic students.
- The Government has announced changes to the repayment thresholds and interest rates for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) to the ensure the HELP scheme is sustainable into the future. HELP eligibility is restricted to Australian citizens and holders of permanent humanitarian visas.
- More information about these changes is available at: http://www.education.gov.au/higher-education-and-research-budget-information(opens in a new window)