International students pay tuition fees to study in Australia. Here are tables showing the cheapest (lowest fee) universities for students from abroad.
- Fees shown are annual (per year) tuition costs for popular degrees.
- Most bachelor degrees take 3 years of study. Professional (or honours) bachelor degrees take 4 years. Masters degrees represent 1-2 years of full-time study.
Note for Australian students: Fees for Australian (domestic) students are subsidised by the Australian Government. For bachelor degrees, student contributions are broadly similar across the public university system. Postgraduate fees are variable (and generally higher). For all study levels, HECS-HELP government loans are available to Australian citizens.
Bachelor Degree Annual Fees
Masters Degree Annual Fees
Updated: 21 January 2017
Sourced from university websites. Fees may vary depending on course and unit choices.
Lowest Tuition Fees for International Students
Tuition fees for international students are around $20,000 per year at Australia’s cheapest universities. If you want to study at one of these low-fee universities, you will be probably studying in country Australia. Tuition fees in big cities such as Melbourne and Sydney start at around $24,00 per year.
Low-fee universities in country Australia
Universities with low tuition fees are often regional universities. Being based away from major cities helps to keep costs down. Several low-cost universities also specialise in distance education.
The tuition fees list shows that the cheapest Australian universities for international students are:
- University of New England (Armidale)
- Charles Darwin University (Darwin)
- University of the Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast)
- University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)
- Southern Cross University (Lismore).
Low-fee universities in capital cities
The cheapest universities in Australian capital cities are often suburban universities. Tuition fees are lower compared to inner-city universities because there is less demand for places from students. The 5 cheapest capital-city universities are:
- Victoria University (Melbourne)
- University of Canberra (Canberra)
- Flinders University (Adelaide)
- Australian Catholic University (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra)
- Western Sydney University (Sydney).
Cheapest universities in Melbourne
The cheapest mainstream Melbourne universities are Victoria University and Australian Catholic University. Both set tuition fees for international students in the low to mid $20,000s.
- ACU is a multi-state university with a strong Melbourne presence. Despite the name, ACU is open to people of all religions.
- Victoria University is based in the western suburbs but has teaching facilities in the city centre.
Another Melbourne universities with tuition fees often below $25,000 per year is Swinburne.
Cheapest universities in Sydney
Sydney has 6 universities based in the city, with 3 in the mid-to-low cost range.
- Australian Catholic University is the cheapest, with a typical tuition fee of around $22,000 per year.
- Western Sydney University is next, with fees for international students starting from $23,000.
- The other Sydney university with some fees below $30,000 is University of Technology Sydney.
Cheapest universities in Perth
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 for comparing tuition fees for masters courses.
- Note that the fees are annual (2 semesters) and masters degree vary in length from 1-2 years of full-time study (2-4 semesters).
- A shorter course can save money on tuition fees and other study costs.