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As an international student you will be charged the full cost of your university course, as well as a number of administrative fees. You will also have to meet the cost of your travel and living expenses. All this makes studying in Australia fairly expensive, but you will find that the total cost of studying in Australia for a year compares favourably with other English-speaking countries, in particular the US and the UK.

The table below summarises the major cost items per year:

Undergraduate Tuition Fees
(excluding Medicine)
A$ 16,000 to A$ 26,000
Postgraduate Tuition Fees
(excluding MBA)
A$ 15,000 to A$ 25,000
Overseas Students Health Cover A$ 350
Accommodation & Living expenses A$ 10,000 to A$ 20,000
Economy Return Airfare A$ 1,500 to A$ 3,500
Once you have narrowed down your choices and made a shortlist of the study programs you are interested in, AMES can provide you with a fairly precise estimate of the total annual cost of your study package.

We have indicated a cost range per year for each item, because what you may have to pay varies a lot depending on, in particular,

  • the university you choose,
  • the program you enrol for,
  • the city you decide to go to,
  • the type of accommodation you have,
  • your personal lifestyle,
  • how far you have to travel to come to Australia, and
  • the airline you fly with.

You will be required to pay your tuition fees before the course commences, but most institutions allow you to pay these fees in instalments, at the beginning of each semester (half-year).

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