Cost of Studying in Australia

By | June 24, 2021

Studying at the excellent Australian universities, having fun with your new fellow students, discovering the fascinating Australian landscape and relaxing in comfortable accommodation – all of this has its price. There are some costs involved in studying in Australia. In addition to visa and travel, you also have to pay tuition fees and, of course, your living expenses.

Tuition fees in Australia

A large part of the cost of studying in Australia is tuition fees. Universities in Australia charge tuition fees from both international and local students. Due to government regulations, tuition fees are lower for locals than for students coming to Australia from other countries to study. The tuition fees vary depending on the university, subject and degree. Subjects such as human medicine or dentistry are very expensive, while a humanities degree is the cheapest. For a semester abroad in Australia, however, international students have to pay a fixed price. Depending on the university, this is between AUD 7,000 and 18,000. In addition to the course fees, some universities in Australia charge additional fees, such as registration and service fees. In addition, students of course also have to budget for the cost of learning material.

Cost of Living in Australia

The second important consideration that international students should keep in mind when considering the cost of studying in Australia is the cost of living. These are not only based on the personal lifestyle of the students, but also on where in Australia they live and study. Sydney and Melbourne, for example, are very expensive. The cost of living is lower in Adelaide, for example. Students in Australia first have to budget money for the rent. Depending on the type of accommodation, there are additional costs, for example for electricity and gas, telephone and internet, and costs for daily meals. In the case of student residences or host families, these costs or part of them may already be included in the rental price. Since you also want to experience something during your studies in Australia, there are also costs for activities such as going to the cinema. Also, transportation costs as for public transport or other travel within Australia, should take into account international students. The same applies to communication costs through the cell phone. An important point in the cost of studying in Australia is also health care costs, such as student health insurance in Australia.

You can also find information about the cost of studying in Australia and valuable tips in the experience reports of students who have already studied abroad in Australia. Here you can find out, for example, where you can eat particularly cheaply, shop well or get a bike cheaply.

Funding options for studying in Australia

There are several options to cover the cost of studying in Australia. Financing options are, for example, BAföG abroad, scholarships, student loans or jobs while studying.

Foreign BAföG

International students can apply for BAföG for a semester abroad in Australia. This includes a grant of up to EUR 4,600 towards the tuition fees. In addition, there are subsidies for travel and living expenses. It can also be paid out to students who are not eligible for BAföG for their studies in Germany. This is due to the fact that the assessment limits for foreign BAföG are higher than for domestic BAföG. The competent authority for BAföG abroad for Australia is the Studentenwerk Marburg.

Scholarship, Student Loan and Jobs in Australia

Scholarships for international students in Australia are available from various sources to help cover the costs of studying in Australia. This includes:

  • the DAAD
  • various foundations and organizations promoting talented students
  • Australian universities
  • the Australian Government, which sponsors particularly talented international Masters and PhD students through the Endeavor Awards

Student loans are another option for financing studies in Australia. In addition, international students who have entered the country on a student visa are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during the semester, and more during the semester break. In this way they can earn extra money for their studies in Australia.

Academic Year in Australia

The academic year in Australia is divided into two semesters at most universities. The universities also offer summer sessions between the semesters. At some universities and other academic institutions in Australia, the academic year is divided into trimesters. At almost all universities there are a few days of vacation during a semester or trimester in Australia, the so-called mid-term break.

In general, the dates for the academic year can vary from university to university. Therefore, students should inform themselves individually about the dates of the academic year at their desired university in Australia.

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Semester system in Australia

The following information on data for the academic year in Australia is intended as a guide only. At some universities, the semesters and summer sessions can start or end a little earlier or later. A semester usually consists of 13-14 weeks of lessons, plus the examination phases.

Semester Period
Autumn February-June
Jump July-November
(Summer Sessions) November-February

Trimester system in Australia

At universities and other academic institutions in Australia, where the academic year is divided into trimesters, the dates differ even more than at universities that operate in the semester system. Therefore, students should also ask for the dates of the academic year here individually. The university trimesters are in most cases about as long as the semesters. Around the same time as the other universities take summer vacation or offer summer sessions, another term takes place at universities with trimesters instead of. However, there are also universities here that handle things a little differently. By dividing the academic year into trimesters – and by the way also through the summer sessions – the duration of the studies can be shortened.

Cost of Studying in Australia