It is important for international students who want to study in Australia to have an idea about tuition fees. Australian universities charge tuition fees based on the number of units you take. The annual fee for a course is the cost of 2 semesters of full-time study (8 units). While a full year is normally 2 semesters, you can also do 3 semesters by studying during the Australian summer i. e. December-February. Australian university tuition fees vary depending on the university you want to study. Let’s find out the cost of tuition fees in Australia.
Degrees in Australia are shorter than in some other countries, reducing the overall cost. A Bachelors degree is 3 years of full-time study (24 units). A professional (or honours) degree is 4 years (32 units) and Masters degrees are typically 1.5 years (12 units).
Once you have accepted your offer to study, your International Student Written Agreement (letter of offer) will outline any initial fees you need to pay. This is referred to as a fee deposit and includes:
- Tuition fees payable for your first semester of study.
- An estimate of tuition fees for the duration of your study.
- Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of your study (if requested).
- An estimation of the cost of additional materials required to complete the course (where applicable).
Advice on how to pay this initial fee deposit is also included in your international student written agreement. The fees outlined are an estimate only (subject to approval) and may change. After your first payment, you need to make subsequent payments by the due date on your statement of account (invoice).
Undergraduate Degree Tuition
In 2017, the average international undergraduate studying in Australia needed $29,235 or £17,152 per year (all figures noted are in Australian dollars). Undergraduate degrees last between three and four years in Australia. Therefore an international student should expect to finish a three-year degree with $87,705 (£51,456) of debt in tuition fees.
Master’s Degree Tuition
A master’s degree costs $20,000-37,000 (£11,734-21,708), with a doctoral degree ranging from $14,000 to $37,000 (£8,213-21,707). Veterinary and medical degrees cost considerably more than this. For example, at the Australian National University in 2017, a BA in an arts subject cost $32,640 (£19,150) per year. On the other hand, a BSc in a science subject was about $43,632 (£25,599) per year.
Fees in Australia are generally calculated per unit, rather than per year. Most students study a combination of units from different bands and each unit will fall into a different band and costing. So all students pay varying amounts each year.
Like many other countries, domestic students pay far less to study in Australia than international students. The University of Melbourne, for example, lists the cost of a master’s in psychiatry in 2018 at $18,080 (£10,607) per year. It goes up to $54,880 (£32,198) for a doctorate in veterinary medicine. The contributions demanded from domestic students are capped and subsidised by the government. Fortunately, many are eligible for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).
You may need to buy specific items or equipment such as books, clothing or specialist tools to study some courses. These additional costs are not included in your tuition fees. Where possible, these fees are outlined in your international student written agreement. We advise you endeavour to confirm these fees with your course coordinator prior to enrolling in the course.