University Tuition Fees

Lower study costs using our list of universities in Australia with their tuition fees for international students.Tuition fees are a big financial consideration for international students. Here we list Australian universities with their tuition fees and give 5 tips on how to choose courses with lower fees.

It typically costs around $50,000 to study in Australia for a year. Tuition fees account for about half of this. Other costs are everyday living, travel and set-up (such as buying a computer and books).

As you can see from our university list with tuition fees, the cost of studying in Australia varies by university and degree. It shows the potential to save money when choosing a university and study program.

List of Universities, with Tuition Fees for International Students ($)

Indicative

2014 Fee

 

28,069

20,137

29,397

31,046

21,040

17,985

19,680

19,577

28,244

 

22,544

12,738

22,335

18,626

22,730

20,789

 

22,632

22,491

28,156

30,066

29,131

24,379

 

19,292

28,940

23,859

23,393

26,703

26,596

 

23,358

23,528

20,465

18,969

19,888

22,458

32,879

 

21,297

24,075

20,088

28,427

21,911

22,930

23,521

Bachelor of

Arts

 

24,500

18,200

25,984

31,856

20,520

16,320

15,600

18,480

28,800

 

19,576

10,360

21,450

15,700

21,000

20,480

 

20,500

21,350

27,288

27,722

25,700

22,600

 

18,712

26,400

20,650

18,568

23,760

24,600

 

21,120

22,400

17,920

18,080

17,800

20,480

30,500

 

20,263

21,504

18,900

26,230

20,360

21,000

21,581

Bachelor of

Business

 

30,000

21,600

30,111

31,856

21,180

16,880

19,200

19,080

26,800

 

22,032

-------

24,000

16,700

20,200

20,000

 

21,500

22,080

29,733

33,594

35,200

24,500

 

17,024

33,360

20,290

18,568

32,160

24,600

 

24,960

23,880

16,560

17,940

17,800

21,760

34,000

 

20,763

24,240

20,940

30,870

21,160

23,600

23,865

Bachelor of

Science

 

28,500

-------

30,111

31,856

22,470

19,840

23,920

24,000

28,500

 

28,024

-------

23,050

21,200

26,600

24,960

 

25,000

25,810

26,160

33,354

32,600

26,400

 

22,016

34,320

26,105

27,853

30,840

30,200

 

28,800

25,500

22,400

-------

20,800

25,120

38,400

 

22,226

28,992

19,000

32,290

23,200

26,000

26,660

Master of

Education

 

28,500

18,200

-------

-------

19,460

18,240

19,600

18,000

25,830

 

20,624

12,000

21,200

18,400

22,600

18,720

 

22,500

20,440

28,160

27,424

25,000

23,900

 

18,712

25,920

22,360

21,617

21,760

24,400

 

21,120

21,400

22,575

18,080

19,800

-------

31,500

 

21,263

24,240

20,500

25,870

20,960

22,000

21,970

Doctor of

Philosophy

 

-------

20,000

33,181

30,046

-------

18,480

20,400

18,480

30,660

 

22,872

14,180

21,600

21,200

23,200

19,840

 

23,500

-------

-------

28,192

27,400

24,240

 

19,840

24,960

29,920

30,831

25,400

29,200

 

21,120

24,300

22,575

19,200

23,000

24,000

30,000

 

-------

21,480

20,500

26,920

23,630

22,000

23,896

Sources: University websites, with tuition fee data supplied by University Reviews Australia.

Tips on tuition fees and choosing a university course

Choosing a university and course based on tuition fees may involve trading off cost against quality.Saving money on tuition fees is a good idea if you can do it without compromising education quality. It really depends on (i) your what you need from the course and (ii) how much you need or want to save.

Tip 1: Study at a non-prestigious university

The biggest single factor that determines tuition fees for a particular type of course is university prestige. This can be seen from the university list.

The prestigious University of Sydney has an indicative tuition fee for international students of $32,879 in 2014. Compare this with the more modest University of Western Sydney. It has an indicative tuition fee of $21,911.

If you want to study at one of the older, highly ranked universities, you have to pay for it. There is an 81% correlation between world university rankings and tuition fees (source: University Reviews Australia).

Studying at a prestigious university can be an advantage if the university is so well known that employers give you credit for having studied there. Prestigious universities also tend to be of a higher quality.

However, aside from the highly prestigious universities, employers usually don't care which university you attended. You might be better off ignoring prestige (and world rankings) and focusing on other things, including tuition fees.

Our list of the best universities for international students is a good guide to where there is value for money. Universities are scored in terms of cost as well as quality (measured by university rankings).

Tip 2: Don't go with the crowd

Popular Australian universities also tend to charge international students higher tuition fees - so don't follow the crowd.Tuition fees tend to be higher at bigger universities with more international students. There is actually a 48% positive correlation between a university's fee level and the number of international students on campus.

This suggests that fees are demand driven. Universities that are in high demand with international students charge higher fees.

One way of saving on tuition fees is to choose a low-fee university that is not in especially high demand.

Almost every Australian university has a significant international student program. You should and can expect a good level of service whichever university you attend. So think about studying at one of the smaller universities for international students if the course, student services and university in general look good.

Tip 3: Study in regional Australia or the suburbs

Universities in regional Australia (or at least a good drive away the centre of a major city) have lower tuition fees. Many universities also set tuition fees lower in their satellite campuses compared to their main, inner-city campus.

Fees away from CBDs are lower partly because of less competition for course places. Also, service costs (including teacher salaries) may be lower due to a lower cost of living.

Regional universities that specialise in distance education also tend to be cheaper. It seems that they subsidise on-campus study using revenue from online courses.

Whatever the cause, studying away from the centre of a major city helps to reduce both tuition fees and living costs. It can also help make the university experience more peaceful and study focussed.

Tip 4: Take units from different faculties/schools

A multiple faculties university study program.Having a "generalist" study program across multiple faculties or schools is a way of reducing tuition fees. It means you are choosing units from a bigger menu. This allows you to stack your program with more low-fee units.

How far you can take this strategy depends on the flexibility of the course/major and also on the university. Universities differ in how far they let students pick and choose across disciplines. Also, while some have wide variation in unit fees, others have flat fee structures (where costs don't depend much on which units are chosen).

We don't recommend choosing subjects just to minimise tuition fees. But it makes sense to look at fees when choosing between non-essential subjects.

Tip 5: Choose a shorter MBA or other Master's course

Courses for Australian MBA degrees range from 1 to 2 years and from 3 to 4 semesters.There are big inconsistencies in how universities present and price master-level courses.

The standard length of a master's course in Australia is one year (which is 2 semesters). However, quite often master's courses go for 1.5 years (3 semesters) or 2 years (4 semesters).

For MBA courses, the standard duration is 1.5 years (3 semesters). However, often the 1.5 years is compressed into 1 by having a three-semester annual program. There are also plenty of two-year (4 semester) MBA programs.

Universities tend to charge higher annual tuition fees for shorter courses. But not all do. Generally, shorter versions of master's courses have lower total fees.

It means you can potentially reduce both tuition fees and student living costs by doing a shorter version of a course. If you are mainly interested in gaining a qualification, this may be a good way to lower study costs.

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