Study in Australia: How much does it cost to study in universities in Australia?

The tuition fees you will need to pay is dependent on the institution, level of study and type of course you choose to study.

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Benchmark

As a benchmark, we have listed the average costs of different levels of study in Australia (source: Study in Australia 2019).

Education Type Average Tuition
Secondary school AUD $7,800 - $30,000 per year
English language course AUD $300 per week
Vocational Education and Training AUD $4,000 - $22,000 per year
Foundation courses AUD $15,000 - $33,000 total
Bachelor Degree AUD $15,000 - $33,000 per year
Master's Degree AUD $14,000 - $37,000 per year
Doctoral Degree AUD $14,000 - $37,000 per year
MBA AUD $11,000 - $121,000 per year


Australia is one of the best study destinations for affordable tuition fees. Academic quality is exceptionally high and the qualifications are recognised globally. Click here to read more on Australia University Rankings and other ways to compare universities.

It is also important to note that unlike some destinations like the United States, students who hold a valid study visa can work part-time which help offset the cost of studying abroad. Click here to read about working while studying in Australia.

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Background information

To fully understand the costs of studying university in Australia, here are some essential background information you need to know.

Units

Universities in Australia charge per units you undergo. A standard academic year is comprised of 24 units of study (usually 12 units per semester). Students enrolled in at least 9 units in a semester are considered studying full-time.

Degree Lengths

Compared to other countries like the US, Bachelor Degrees in Australia are relatively shorter in length and are as follows:

Degree

Duration

Bachelor Degree

3 years full-time study (24 units)

Honours Degree

4 years full-time study (32 units)

Masters Degree

1.5 years (12 units)


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University costs

So, what are the actual costs? Bachelor Degree Tuition Fees for international students in Australia begin at around AUD$20,000 per year, with the average tuition fee sitting around AUD$30,000 per year (source: Australian Universities 2019).

You will find that tuition fees in smaller Australia cities and suburban areas are slightly cheaper than tuition fees in larger cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

Bachelor Degrees

The price of Bachelor Degrees in Australia ranges from AUD$23,200 to AUD $43,680 per annum. Here is a summary of prices (per year) of various fields of study at the three main universities in Adelaide.

University

Business

Medicine

Accounting

Law

Engineering

Flinders University

31,500

74,000

31,500

33,500

37,000

Uni SA

32,600

-

32,600

32,600

35,900

University of Adelaide

39,000

76,000

39,000

39,000

42,000


The tuition fees quoted are before any scholarships or bursaries are applied.  Click here to learn more about university scholarships available in Adelaide.

Master’s Degree

In regards to Master Degrees, tuition fees range from AUD $26,600 to AUD$76,584 per annum.  The following is a summary of the tuition fees (per year) of various master degrees at the three main universities in Adelaide.

University

Business

Medicine

Accounting

Law

Engineering

Flinders University

35,000

74,000

36,000

-

37,000

Uni SA

35,900

-

35,900

-

36,900

University of Adelaide

42,000

-

42,000

40,500

42,000


Now that you know the prices of the tuition fees in Australia, click here to read our blog on what does it really cost to study in Australia which deep dives into all the costs involved including visa application, living costs and more.

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