The best universities in Australia for international students don’t just provide good teaching and a world-class degree. They also provide good value (low tuition fees). They are also likely to be popular study choices for international students.

Our rankings list of the best universities for international students uses 3 factors: quality, demand and value. Based on these factors: the top universities are the University of Wollongong, University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

Top Universities for Studying in Australia

RankUniversityAust rankIntern'l studentsTuition (avg)
1University of Wollongong212,429 (41%)$26,000
2University of Melbourne115,534 (29%)$35,000
3RMIT University3526,391 (45%)$29,000
4Monash University723,298 (35%)$36,000
5Curtin University1915,205 (31%)$29,000
6James Cook University136,211 (29%)$25,000
7University of Southern Queensland174,548 (18%)$21,000
8Griffith University128,432 (19%)$24,000
9Charles Darwin University201,820 (18%)$20,000
10University of New England11933 (5%)$20,000
11University of Adelaide36,573 (25%)$33,000
12La Trobe University147,811 (23%)$26,000
13Victoria University399,903 (36%)$23,000
14CQUniversity264,437 (25%)$23,000
15Swinburne University of Technology308,425 (25%)$24,000
16Flinders University184,063 (17%)$24,000
17Murdoch University339,961 (43%)$27,000
18Deakin University107,528 (15%)$27,000
19University of Newcastle165,338 (16%)$25,000
20University of Queensland611,236 (23%)$34,000
21University of Canberra313,952 (24%)$24,000
22University of Western Australia45,207 (20%)$34,000
23Federation University Australia386,652 (48%)$25,000
24Charles Sturt University346,847 (18%)$22,000
25University of Tasmania234,809 (17%)$26,000
26University of South Australia226,084 (20%)$27,000
27Australian National University55,977 (27%)$37,000
28Edith Cowan University244,009 (16%)$25,000
29Queensland University of Technology217,525 (16%)$28,000
30University of Technology Sydney329,722 (26%)$29,000
31Western Sydney University294,537 (11%)$24,000
32University of the Sunshine Coast361,121 (11%)$21,000
33University of New South Wales812,283 (24%)$37,000
34Southern Cross University401,921 (14%)$21,000
35University of Sydney913,000 (24%)$38,000
36Macquarie University278,790 (23%)$33,000
37Australian Catholic University372,635 (9%)$24,000
38Bond University281,763 (35%)$33,000

Updated: 4 November 2015

For details about components, see Australian rankings and tuition fees.

The ranking formula combines scores for quality (Australian ranking), demand (number and % of students from abroad) and value (indicative annual tuition fee for bachelor degrees).

How the Rankings are Calculated

The rankings depend on a university’s combined score on 3 factors.

  1. Quality is measured by a university’s score in general university rankings. It depends on reputation, course ratings and graduate pay results.
  2. Demand measures both the number of international students attending the university and the percentage of students who are from abroad. It reflects both demand for and availability of international student placements. ‘Demand’ also indicates how experienced the uni is at receiving international students and how likely a student is to meet people from the same country.
  3. Value measures how cheap international tuition fees for the university are compared to other universities.

The university that is best for you depends on your individual circumstances. Value is important if you are on a tight budget. Otherwise, you may care more about quality. Location is another of many possible considerations.

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