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Tuition fees in Australia

Our tuition fees guide for international students in Australia.


A 2013 HSBC report has named the cost of study in Australia as the highest in the world. But despite this, the nation still enjoys a higher international-to-local student ratio than other popular study abroad destinations Canada, the UK and the US.

Tuition fees in Australia are calculated per unit, which means they could be different for every student. Many Australian universities publish tables of indicative fees on their websites to give prospective students an idea of what they might pay.

Fees are also payable up front at the start of each academic year for international students. Still, don’t let that deter you: there are a number of scholarship and funding programmes to help get you on your way down under.

The fees below are a guide; we always recommend checking with the institution or department for the exact fee for the course you’re interested in.

Note: AU$1= £0.54 = €0.66



Undergraduate tuition fees differ depending on subject area and institution, but generally fall within the range of AU$15,000-AU$33,000 (US$13,551-US$29.812) per year, not including high-value courses such as Veterinary Science and Medicine.  

For example, 2014 typical course fees per year at the University of Melbourne  were listed as follows, by subject area:

  • Arts...AU$25,928-AU$29,516 (US$23,423-US$ 26,665)
  • Biomedicine...AU$2,384-AUD34,600 (US$ 29,256-US$31,258)
  • Commerce...AU$32,444-AUD34,744 (US$ 29,310-US$31,388)
  • Science...AU$31,604-35,104 (US$28,551-US$31,713)


However, all undergraduates at Bond University pay the same per subject fees, regardless of nationality or residence status. An entire, 24-subject undergraduate degree in Business, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences or Architecture is estimated to cost around AU$95,568 (US$86,336). A Bachelor of Law costs AU$127,424 (US$115,115), whilst a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery costs a cool AU$317,114 (US$286,481). 



As with undergraduate study, each institution sets its own tuition fees for postgraduate study programmes. On average, international students will pay around AU$20,000-AU$37,000 (US$ 18,068-US$33,426) per year in tuition for a master’s degree, excluding courses that require specialist equipment such as Dentistry or Medicine. PhD students will pay roughly between AU$14,000-AU$37,000 (US$ 12,648-US$ 33,426) per year.

For example, The Australian National University might charge around the following per year for a master’s degree, by subject area:

  • Arts...AU$30,111 (US$27,202)
  • Business Administration (MBA)... AU$31,593 (US$28,541)
  • Commerce, Law...AU$31,593 (US$28,541)
  • Engineering, Science...AU$30,111(US$27,202)


There are a number of scholarships, funding options and research grants available to international graduate students, from individual universities and government bodies. However, these are offered very competitively and students are advised to research their options thoroughly and apply for financial assistance as early as possible.


Once more, we always recommend you confirm the fees for a specific course with the institution or department themselves. This information is available on our site or you can contact the institution themselves through us.


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Monica Karpinski received her BA (Media and Communications) and Diploma in Modern Languages (French) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. An art and culture aficionado, in her spare time Monica enjoys film, reading and writing about art.


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