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.
  • The figures are sourced from university websites. Fees may vary depending on course and unit choices.
  • 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

UniversityBusiness degreesEngineering/scienceArts and education
Australian Catholic University$23,800$21,000
Australian National University$39,024$41,040$36,720
Bond University$33,640$33,640$33,640
Charles Darwin University$20,440$26,000$18,520
Charles Sturt University$22,800$18,400
Curtin University$30,000$34,000$30,000
Deakin University$28,952$33,000$25,088
Edith Cowan University$27,600$25,760$27,200
Federation University Australia$24,700$28,800$23,300
Flinders University$24,400$30,700$25,000
Griffith University$26,500$32,500$26,500
James Cook University$27,000$33,000$27,000
La Trobe University$27,000$29,260$25,500
Macquarie University$34,726$34,726$30,570
Monash University$39,100$38,900$28,900
Murdoch University$27,867$31,065$27,806
Queensland University of Technology$27,700$32,300$26,700
RMIT University$28,800$34,560$27,840
Southern Cross University$20,560$27,760$20,560
Swinburne University of Technology$24,680$31,220$23,400
University of Adelaide$35,500$35,500$29,000
University of Canberra$24,500$21,610$23,740
University of Melbourne$36,832$35,824$29,632
University of New England$19,920$25,560$21,800
University of New South Wales$39,360$41,760$32,160
University of Newcastle$25,440$33,160$25,610
University of Notre Dame Australia$24,714$37,071$24,714
University of Queensland$36,336$38,432$27,824
University of South Australia$28,400$33,400$24,400
University of Southern Queensland$22,300$25,850$21,920
University of Sydney$38,500$42,000$35,000
University of Tasmania$26,500$31,500$25,500
University of Technology Sydney$31,560$36,220$25,760
University of the Sunshine Coast$20,600$20,600
University of Western Australia$36,000$38,310$30,000
University of Wollongong$26,448$32,400$23,856
Victoria University$23,600$26,400$20,400
Western Sydney University$24,280$28,520$22,680

Masters Degree Annual Fees

UniversityMBA degreesEngineering/scienceArts and education
Australian Catholic University$26,240$21,000
Australian National University$41,040$39,024$36,720
Bond University$36,164$21,312
Charles Darwin University$25,000$26,936$21,200
Curtin University$44,000$40,000$30,000
Deakin University$37,184$33,320$25,088
Edith Cowan University$31,680$26,320$28,000
Federation University Australia$27,600$28,800$28,700
Flinders University$29,200$32,000$27,300
Griffith University$37,000$32,500$26,500
James Cook University$28,000$36,000$27,000
La Trobe University$35,500$33,000$27,500
Macquarie University$40,000$32,584$32,584
Monash University$34,700$38,900$30,700
Murdoch University$31,371$32,783$27,438
Queensland University of Technology$43,800$29,300$27,500
RMIT University$37,440$34,560$26,880
Southern Cross University$23,680$28,000
Swinburne University of Technology$29,000$31,200$24,480
University of Adelaide$41,000$38,000$31,000
University of Canberra$30,930$27,250$26,000
University of Melbourne$85,470$38,976$31,776
University of New England$22,080$26,400$21,800
University of New South Wales$40,800$41,280$31,440
University of Newcastle$33,600$27,720$36,280
University of Notre Dame Australia$28,772$37,071$24,714
University of Queensland$69,456$34,944$27,088
University of South Australia$35,300$33,400$28,400
University of Southern Queensland$23,760$24,480$24,320
University of Sydney$42,000$43,000$33,500
University of Tasmania$29,750$31,000$29,250
University of Technology Sydney$33,470$33,470$28,180
University of the Sunshine Coast$23,800$26,000
University of Western Australia$71,000$38,500$30,500
University of Wollongong$35,136$32,400$23,424
Victoria University$26,800$26,800$21,400
Western Sydney University$27,400$28,720$24,280

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:

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 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.

Cheapest universities in Perth

The greater Perth area has 5 universities. The cheapest is Edith Cowan University. Average fees for international students are around $27,000. 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 (2-4 semesters).
  • A shorter course can save money on tuition fees and other study costs.

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