Tuition Fees Australia – Tuition fees for international students

Tuition fees for international students in Australia - Tuition fee and other costs must be calculated if you are studying in Australia as a foreign student.

Tuition Fee Australia

  • Bachelor degree: AU$10 000-AU$13 500 a year (based on arts, accounting, business and management, and at the higher range, on law courses)
  • Laboratory-based bachelor degree: AU$11 000-$A16 500 (based on science and engineering courses)
  • Graduate Certificate / Graduate Diploma: AU$9000-AU$16 000 per year
  • Masters and Doctoral degree: AU$11 000-AU$18 500 per year



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Cost of Studying in Australia

Cost of Living and Budgeting

For all students in Australia it is important to budget, it's even more important for international students. International students who hold a student visa in Australia are only permitted to work part time, part time employment is only 20 hours maximum a week. There is not alot of well paid part time employment readily available either. Unfortunately for international students they are not entitled to Australia's welfare programs.

Budgeting is essential with bills to pay including rent, utilities, transport and food it may be the only option to find work. Remember however full time tertiary study does need to be the first priority.

Research before you arrive

It is essential to research before arriving in Australia. There are so many things to consider, including rental prices, tuition fees, book costs, transport, utilities and still being able to feed your self at the same time. Higher education will offer mean further expenses including compulsory excursions which will need to be paid for.

The internet and government services will be able to assist the student in researching costs and the area where they will be renting. Always organise a rough budget before arriving in Australia, and be sure to have sufficient funds to support your self.

Cost of living is different in each city of Australia, if the student can not afford to live in one city then maybe applying at a University in a different part of Australia is a safer option. Also consider researching the different jobs available in the area as well to keep you on track with your personal budget.

Food and most other items in Australia have the addition of goods and services tax or GST, this means 10% is added to the price of foods. GST is monitored by the ACCC or Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, this ensures customers are not being over charged.

Put your self on a budget

A budget consists of making an estimate of the students weekly living allowances. It includes the students weekly income and then taking out of it weekly living expenses.

Most utility bills will either be mailed out to the student monthly or every three months, the student can divide the estimate of the bills total into weekly cost. Add these costs along with food, transport and any other living expenses.

Once all the information is written down subtract the expenses from the income, the remainder is what is left in the students bank account each week. If there isn't anything left over then it is essential to try and find a way to cut back expenses. Phone bills are usually the biggest expense for international students, it may pay to call the phone company the line is connected with to discuss the best plan for their usage.

Banking and Insurance

There are many Australian banks to choose from, it is essential to open a savings account with an Australian bank as soon as possible when arriving. Each bank has different fee's and interest rates, it is a good idea to shop around to find the best account for the student. Banks in Australia are open to the public between 9:30am and 4:00pm Monday to Thursday, and open between 9:30am and 5:00pm on Fridays. Many banks are closed on Saturdays with only big branches open to the public from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

To apply for a bank account the student will require visa and passport information, identification, proof of address (tenancy agreement or utility bill) as well as their tax file number.

Credit Cards

Australia offers Master Card, Visa, Bankcard and American Express.

Transferring funds

When transferring money into different accounts, it may take different time frames for the money to clear. In the case of a cheque it can take up to 5 working days for it to clear. Overseas bank drafts can take up to 10 days to clear.


Tipping is not essential in Australia, it is up to the customer whether or not they wish to tip. If tipping a food or drink waiter, anything up to a 10% of the total bill cost is acceptable.


Other then the Overseas Student Health Cover or OSHC students may wish to take out travel insurance. Travel insurance will cover any lost luggage or cancelled flights as well as medical expenses if the student is injured during their trip.

Contents insurance is a fantastic idea for any one who rents, this will help cover home contents in the case of a break in, fire or flooding.

Third part car insurance is essential for those who own a car or a motor cycle. A safe option in case there is any damage done to some one else's car.

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