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 (masters degrees take 1-2 years).

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

University Business degrees Engineering/science Arts and education
University of New England $18,440 $23,800 $20,200
Charles Darwin University $19,360 $24,320 $17,808
University of the Sunshine Coast $19,800 $24,600 $19,800
University of Southern Queensland $19,600 $25,680 $19,280
Southern Cross University $19,520 $26,400 $19,520
Charles Sturt University $21,600 $28,000 $17,600
Victoria University $22,600 $24,800 $20,400
CQUniversity $22,380 $28,080 $21,600
University of Canberra $22,890 $28,220 $20,350
Flinders University $22,400 $28,700 $23,300
Australian Catholic University $22,680 $20,000
Western Sydney University $23,560 $27,680 $22,000
Griffith University $22,790 $28,982 $23,500
Swinburne University of Technology $23,294 $29,450 $21,890
Federation University Australia $24,000 $28,000 $22,600
University of Newcastle $23,685 $30,400 $23,840
James Cook University $24,000 $30,000 $24,000
Edith Cowan University $26,000 $24,560 $24,160
La Trobe University $24,800 $29,260 $23,970
University of Tasmania $25,000 $28,500 $24,500
University of Wollongong $25,440 $30,576 $22,944
Deakin University $26,000 $32,000 $24,120
Murdoch University $27,060 $30,060 $25,260
University of South Australia $27,000 $31,500 $23,700
Queensland University of Technology $26,600 $29,600 $28,600
University of Technology Sydney $28,464 $32,324 $24,576
RMIT University $27,840 $33,600 $25,920
Curtin University of Technology $27,600 $35,600 $27,200
University of Adelaide $33,500 $33,500 $27,500
Bond University $33,112 $33,112 $33,112
Macquarie University $33,390 $34,980 $29,680
University of Western Australia $34,000 $36,316 $28,500
University of Queensland $34,611 $36,608 $26,500
University of Melbourne $36,426 $36,182 $30,092
Monash University $38,000 $37,900 $27,700
Australian National University $37,104 $37,104 $34,944
University of New South Wales $37,440 $39,360 $30,480
University of Sydney $38,000 $40,000 $34,000

Masters Degree Annual Fees

University MBA degrees Engineering/science Arts and education
University of New England $20,440 $24,464 $20,200
University of Southern Queensland $21,520 $24,950 $22,160
Edith Cowan University $21,600 $24,600 $23,200
Charles Darwin University $23,448 $24,488 $20,352
University of the Sunshine Coast $22,800 $25,000 $25,000
Southern Cross University $22,480 $26,640
Victoria University $25,400 $25,800 $18,000
Charles Sturt University $24,800 $28,000 $22,400
CQUniversity $24,480 $30,240 $20,640
Australian Catholic University $25,000 $20,000
James Cook University $24,000 $32,000 $24,000
University of Wollongong $25,344 $30,576 $22,416
Western Sydney University $26,600 $27,880 $23,560
Swinburne University of Technology $26,130 $29,450 $23,774
Federation University Australia $26,800 $28,000 $24,300
University of Canberra $28,900 $29,880 $22,980
Flinders University $27,800 $30,400 $26,000
University of Tasmania $32,500 $25,500 $26,500
University of Technology Sydney $30,672 $30,096 $26,880
Murdoch University $30,960 $32,160 $26,280
University of Newcastle $31,280 $32,830 $25,800
La Trobe University $33,510 $29,260 $25,790
University of South Australia $33,000 $32,250 $24,700
Griffith University $35,000 $29,500 $25,000
Deakin University $36,000 $32,000 $24,000
Monash University $32,700 $37,900 $29,600
Bond University $35,240 $35,240 $25,544
Curtin University of Technology $34,800 $35,600 $27,200
RMIT University $36,480 $33,600 $25,920
Macquarie University $38,000 $30,740 $30,740
Queensland University of Technology $42,200 $27,600 $26,800
University of Adelaide $38,500 $36,000 $29,500
University of New South Wales $38,880 $38,880 $30,480
Australian National University $39,024 $37,104 $34,944
University of Sydney $40,000 $38,000 $31,500
University of Queensland $66,144 $33,280 $25,792
University of Western Australia $66,000 $37,000 $30,000
University of Melbourne $81,400 $37,376 $28,192

Updated: 3 November 2015

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 studying in country Australia. Tuition fees in big cities such as Melbourne and Sydney start at around $23,00 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:

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:

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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 $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.

Other Melbourne universities with tuition fees often below $25,000 per year are Swinburne and La Trobe.

Cheapest universities in Sydney

Sydney has 6 universities based in the city, with 3 in the mid-to-low cost range.

Cheapest universities in Perth

The greater Perth area has 5 universities. The cheapest is Edith Cowan University. Average fees for international students are around $25,000. ECU is followed by 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 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.
  • A shorter course can save money on tuitions fee and other study costs.

The cheapest MBAs (per year of study) are at the University of New England, University of Southern Queensland and Edith Cowan University.