Cheapest Universities in Australia for International Students

Cheapest Universities in Australia for International Students

Cheapest Universities in Australia for International Students

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.


Cheapest Universities in Australia for Undergraduate Degree Courses ( International Students ) - Annual Fees

UniversityBusiness DegreeEngineering/ScienceArts and Education
University of New England$19,920$25,560$21,800
Charles Darwin University$20,440$26,000$18,520
Southern Cross University$20,560$27,760$20,560
University of the Sunshine Coast$20,600$20,600
University of Southern Queensland$22,300$25,850$21,920
Charles Sturt University$22,800$18,400
Victoria University$23,600$26,400$20,400
CQUniversity$23,760$30,240$21,120
Australian Catholic University$23,800$21,000
Western Sydney University$24,280$28,520$22,680
Flinders University$24,400$30,700$25,000
University of Canberra$24,500$21,610$23,740
Swinburne University of Technology$24,680$31,220$23,400
Federation University Australia$24,700$28,800$23,300
University of Notre Dame Australia$24,714$37,071$24,714
University of Newcastle$25,440$33,160$25,610
University of Wollongong$26,448$32,400$23,856
Griffith University$26,500$32,500$26,500
University of Tasmania$26,500$31,500$25,500
James Cook University$27,000$33,000$27,000
La Trobe University$27,000$29,260$25,500
Edith Cowan University$27,600$25,760$27,200
Queensland University of Technology$27,700$32,300$26,700
Murdoch University$27,867$31,065$27,806
University of South Australia$28,400$33,400$24,400
RMIT University$28,800$34,560$27,840
Deakin University$28,952$33,000$25,088
Curtin University$30,000$34,000$30,000
University of Technology Sydney$31,560$36,220$25,760
Bond University$33,640$33,640$33,640
Macquarie University$34,726$34,726$30,570
University of Adelaide$35,500$35,500$29,000
University of Western Australia$36,000$38,310$30,000
University of Queensland$36,336$38,432$27,824
University of Melbourne$36,832$35,824$29,632
University of Sydney$38,500$42,000$35,000
Australian National University$39,024$41,040$36,720
Monash University$39,100$38,900$28,900
University of New South Wales$39,360$41,760$32,160

Cheapest Universities in Australia for Masters Degree Programs - Annual Fees

UniversityMBA DegreesEngineering/ScienceArts and Education
University of New England$22,080$26,400$21,800
Southern Cross University$23,680$28,000
University of Southern Queensland$23,760$24,480$24,320
University of the Sunshine Coast$23,800$26,000
Charles Darwin University$25,000$26,936$21,200
CQUniversity$26,160$25,200$19,920
Australian Catholic University$26,240$21,000
Victoria University$26,800$26,800$21,400
Western Sydney University$27,400$28,720$24,280
Federation University Australia$27,600$28,800$28,700
James Cook University$28,000$36,000$27,000
University of Notre Dame Australia$28,772$37,071$24,714
Swinburne University of Technology$29,000$31,200$24,480
Flinders University$29,200$32,000$27,300
University of Tasmania$29,750$31,000$29,250
University of Canberra$30,930$27,250$26,000
Murdoch University$31,371$32,783$27,438
Edith Cowan University$31,680$26,320$28,000
University of Technology Sydney$33,470$33,470$28,180
University of Newcastle$33,600$27,720$36,280
Monash University$34,700$38,900$30,700
University of Wollongong$35,136$32,400$23,424
University of South Australia$35,300$33,400$28,400
La Trobe University$35,500$33,000$27,500
Bond University$36,164$21,312
Griffith University$37,000$32,500$26,500
Deakin University$37,184$33,320$25,088
RMIT University$37,440$34,560$26,880
Macquarie University$40,000$32,584$32,584
University of New South Wales$40,800$41,280$31,440
University of Adelaide$41,000$38,000$31,000
Australian National University$41,040$39,024$36,720
University of Sydney$42,000$43,000$33,500
Queensland University of Technology$43,800$29,300$27,500
Curtin University$44,000$40,000$30,000
University of Queensland$69,456$34,944$27,088
University of Western Australia$71,000$38,500$30,500
University of Melbourne$85,470$38,976$31,776

Lowest Tuition Fees in Australia 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.

  • Australian Catholic University is the cheapest, with a typical tuition fee of around $22,000 per year.
  • Western Sydney University is next, with fees for international students starting from $23,000.
  • The other Sydney university with some fees below $30,000 is University of Technology Sydney.

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.