Study Costs

Australia's high-quality courses, supportive institutions, liveable cities and excellent lifestyle make it an economical option for international students.

The costs of studying in Australia will depend on the institution and the level of study you choose. Your living costs will vary according to factors such as your lifestyle and location.

 Tuition Fees

International Student must pay the tuition fees up-front.

Most of the institutions charge for other costs, such as library, laboratory or sports facility as well. Your institution will provide you with information on how and when to pay your tuition fees.

The list below gives you an indication of the range of course costs for different types of qualifications.


  • School - $7,800 to $30,000
  • English language studies - Around $300 per week depending on course length
  • Vocational Education and Training
    (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) - $4,000 to $22,000
  • Postgraduate Masters Degree - $20,000 to $37,000*
  • Doctoral Degree - $14,000 to $37,000*

 Living Costs

  • Groceries and eating out

    $80 to $200 per week*

  • Gas and Electricity

    $60 to $100 per week*

  • Phone and Internet

    $20 to $50 per week*

  • Public transport

    $10 to $50 per week*

  • Car (after purchase)

    $150 to $250 per week*

  • Entertainment

    $50 to $100 per week*

* Source: studyinaustralia.gov.au, institution websites in 2013

 Insurance and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

You need to maintain insurance called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) while your student visa is valid. You will also be responsible for your own accident and property insurance. It is also advisable to purchase travel insurance before leaving your country to cover lost baggage, cancellation of plane tickets and repatriation.

 Working whilst you study

One of the advantages of being an international student in Australia is that you can receive permission to work part time (up to 40 hours fortnightly) whilst you study, and full-time in the session breaks.

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