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

Masters Degree Annual Fees

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:

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.