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What does it cost to study in Australia?

With currently over 60000 Indian students studying in Australia, the country has truly become a popular study destination. The quality of education offered at universities and colleges in Australia is extremely high in international terms. Impeccable research facilities are available along with state of the art research equipment. Universities in Australia are members of an International Academic community and the faculty employed at these institutions are recruited on an international basis. The impetus provided to education all comes together when you see that Australian graduates are not only recruited by institutions worldwide but they also find impeccable job opportunities. A safe country with pleasant climate coupled with a stable democracy, it has all the necessary ingredients for a perfect study abroad destination.

Through the excitement of deciding to study in Australia, there is one paramount consideration that you need to take into account. This is the cost factor.

The decision to study abroad is life altering, along with this come several decisions that you are required to make. One such critical component is that of cost.

This article looks to help you through all the necessary cost factors you should take into consideration when deciding to study in Australia.

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Tuition Fees to study in Australia

You are charged up-front tuition fees, which vary depending upon the course and institution. Courses in Australia may only be expensive when they have a laboratory or computer component involved.

The below given table looks to provide indicative figures to the cost of study in Australia.


 Courses  Fees (Per Year/Approx)
 Graduate Certificate  A$19000
 Graduate Degree  A$28000
 Undergraduate  A$22000-A$24000
 Postgraduate  A$25000-A$40000


Living Costs

As an international student in Australia, you are approximately going to spend A$ 19830 per year on living expenses. These living expenses are inclusive of:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Entertainment
  • Transport
  • Telephone charges
  • Incidental Charges

It is important that you take into consideration the fact that the living expenses you incur are largely dependent on your lifestyle and location.

Health Insurance

It is mandatory for all international students to have an Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC). The premium for the OSHC is supposed to be paid upon acceptance of the offer. The amount you are required to pay fluctuates from year to year and depends on the duration of your stay. Approximately it may range between A$650-A$750 per year.

Accommodation Charges


Type Approximate Cost
Hostels and Guesthouses A$90 to A$150 per week
Shared Rental A$85 to A$215 per week
On campus A$90 to A$280 per week
Homestay A$235 to A$325 per week
Rental A$165 to A$440 per week
Boarding schools A$11,000 to A$22,000 a year


Work Opportunities

You can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during the duration of the course and full time during course breaks. However you can only do so on a valid student visa.

Scholarships and Aids

There are over 300 scholarships offered yearly to students. Individual universities in some cases offer offer scholarships or research grants to academically exceptional students. The government has an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship scheme for postgraduate research students. Part scholarships are available at the Bachelor's and Master’s level based on academic performance.

Visa Costs

In order to study in Australia you are required to have a valid student visa. In order to attain the same you are required to pay a stipulated fee. This stipulated fee approximately comes to A$575.

Transportation Costs

Transportation facilities that exist in Australia include, buses, trains, trams and ferries. There are also public and private car services. However, your access to these are largely dependent upon your location. Some universities and colleges in Australia have their own in-house transport system.

The government provides transport concessions to international students on presentation of student identification card or an ACTION Students Concession Card. Different areas in the country have transportation discounts that it offers to its students.

Through the information obtained in the article, your decision to study in Australia is definitely going to be streamlined. Need further assistance and information about Australia? Look no further. Edwise will provide you with all the necessary information you require to have a smooth university experience.

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