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Australia: Student Finances

Tuition fees in Australia

Our tuition fees guide for international students in Australia.

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Australia is the 17th most expensive country in the world according to Numbeo’s cost of living survey 2019. But despite this, the nation still ranks as the 2nd best country in the world and offers a high quality of life.

 

Tuition fees in Australia are calculated per unit, which means they could be different for every student depending on the number of units you take. 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 of the course you’re interested in. 

 

Undergraduate

Undergraduate tuition fees differ depending on subject area and institution, but generally the average yearly cost is AUD 30,000 not including high-value courses such as veterinary science and medicine.  

  

Postgraduate

As with undergraduate study, each institution sets its own tuition fees for postgraduate study programmes. On average, international students will pay around AUD 20,000-AUD 37,000 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 AUD14,000-AUD 37,000 per year.

 

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.