Tuition Fees for International Students
The Australian universities with the lowest tuition fees for international students (and Australian graduate students) are a mixture of types. Generally, there are in regional areas. Many specialise in distance education.
Australia's cheapest universities
The tuition fees comparison list shows the three cheapest universities are University of Divinity, Torrens University Australia, and Charles Darwin University.
Those with the lowest tuition fees are often regional universities with relatively few students attending classes on campus.
The University of Divinity and Torrens University are exceptions. Both are new, city-based universities with relatively few courses. Divinity offers degrees in Ministry and Theology in Melbourne. Torrens mainly delivers commerce, education, management and public health courses in Adelaide. But the next seven low-fee universities are based outside major cities.
Being regional and small helps to keep costs – and, therefore, tuition fees – down compared to the big-city universities. Several low-cost universities also specialise in distance education.
Cheapest universities in Melbourne
The two cheapest mainstream Melbourne universities are Victoria University and Australian Catholic University. Both set tuition fees for international students to around $20,000 per year.
- Vic Uni is based in the western suburbs but has some teaching facilities in the city centre.
- ACU is a multi-state university with a strong Melbourne presence.
Other Melbourne universities with tuition fees averaging below $25,000 per year are Swinburne, La Trobe, Deakin and RMIT.
Cheapest universities in Sydney
Sydney has six universities in total, with three in the mid to low cost range.
- Australian Catholic University is the cheapest, with an average tuition fee of around $20,000 per year.
- The University of Western Sydney is next, with an average fee for international students of around $22,000 per year.
- The other Sydney university with fees below $25,000 is the University of Technology, Sydney.
Cheapest universities in Perth
The greater Perth area contains five universities. Two are expensive (UWA and Curtin) and three are affordable without being especially cheap.
The cheapest university in Perth is Edith Cowan University. Average fees for international students are a little over $22,000. It is followed by the University of Notre Dame Australia (a private uni in Fremantle) and Murdoch University.
Lowest Fees for Masters and MBAs
Tuition fees for masters degrees, including MBAs, vary between universities and courses. The tuition fees list is a good guide to which universities set low tuition fees for masters courses. It is worth noting that the cheaper universities tend to have smaller postgraduate programs, meaning they may not have the course you are interested in.
Another cost factor to consider is the length of course. Masters degrees and MBAs can take anywhere between 1 and 2 years of full-time study. A shorter course can save money on tuitions fee and other study costs.
Best value unis for international students
Best Value Universities1. University of New England2. University of Wollongong3. Deakin University4. University of Western Sydney5. Charles Darwin University6. University of Southern QLD7. Federation University8. Edith Cowan University9. University of Tasmania10. University of QueenslandValue-for-money universities have low tuition fees compared to how they perform in other areas—including reputation, course ratings and graduate salaries.
We've put together a top 10 list of great-value universities by adding (scaled) scores for "low tuition fees" and "Australian university rankings". It complements the ranking of the best universities for international students (which factors in numbers of international students).
The top 10 value universities include 4 of the 10 cheapest: the University of New England, Charles Darwin University, University of Southern Queensland and Federation University. All four do well with respect to graduate salaries. UNE is also one of the top universities for course satisfaction.
The other 6 best-value universities are mid to high ranking universities in the middle range of course fees. All set tuition fees below the market average except the University of Queensland. It has a fee premium of $1,747 per year, which is small for one of Australia's most prestigious universities.
Australia's most expensive universities
The University of Sydney charges international students the highest tuition fees. It is followed by Bond University, a small private university on the Gold Coast. Next on the list are Australia's top ranked universities: Melbourne Uni and ANU.
Australia's high-fee universities are generally the most prestigious. In fact, there is an 81% correlation between tuition fees for international students and a university's reputation score. We measure "reputation" using world university rankings.
Only 2 out of the 10 universities with the highest tuition fees—Bond University and Curtin University—are outside Australia's top 10 in world rankings.