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Student visa costs for Australia

What is the cost of studying in Australia?

The cost of studying in Australia is considerably lower than other destinations such as the United Kingdom and United States. Below you will find an indication of typical costs associated with studying in Australia. Note: Please use this information only as a reference. Costs may change over time and vary between each city, institution and course of study. All prices are in Australian dollars.
Costs per course

Study English in Australia
Cost varies depending on the length or the institution of the course
Typically $250 - $400 weekly

Vocational Training & Certificates (I - IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma)
$5,500 - $22,500 per year

Bachelor's degrees
$14,500 - $33,500 per year

Postgraduate courses
$18,500 – $37,500

Master's degrees
$ 20,000 - $37,500

Doctoral (PhD) Degrees - $14,300 to $37,500

Cost of student visa for Australia

Applying for an Australian student visa
You will need to apply for the correct type of student visa in Australia, according to the kind of course you are following and your own personal circumstances. You can obtain further information on the current student visa categories for Australia here.

Cost of student visa Australia
The cost of a student visa for Australia varies and is dependent on your date of application for the student visa. Below are the costs of the two most common categories of student visa for Australia.

TU572 Student Visa (Vocational Education) $535.00
TU574 Student Visa (Postgraduate Research) $535.00

Medical check-ups for your visa
$950 - $1,000

Registration fees vary between institutions
(This cost is included in the cost per course)

Health insurance for overseas students (OSHC)

This is Mandatory for all international students
Note: There are various suppliers of OSHC or overseas health cover in Australia and costs vary between them. These prices are based on an average costs for a single person and also a family.

Single person - $437.00 for 12 months
Family cover - $2,022 for 12 months.
Providers of overseas health cover in Australia:

Cost of living in Australia

The genral cost of living in Australia is quite cheap in comparison to some other countries. Some examples of typical costs are listed below:

(For lodging, food, clothing, public transport, telephone, etc.)
Approximately: $350 per week or $1,400 per month

Homestay - $110-$270 a week
Hostels/guest house: $80 - $135 a week
Share accommodation: $70 - $250 a week
Rental accommodation: $70-$350 a week
Accommodation (University colleges or residences): $80 - $250 a week

Note: These costs are an approximate value and they will vary from city to city. Please review each institutional website and exchange for up-to-date information.

Why study in Australia?

Did you know that Australia is the third country in the world in terms of the number of international students, only surpassed by the United Kingdom and the United States of America, despite having a population of only 23 million? Not surprising if you consider that Australia has 7 out of the 100 best universities in the world. In fact, with more than 22,000 courses offered at 1,100 institutions, Australia is ranked above countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, ranking eighth in the U21 Ranking of Universities 2012 national higher education systems.

Although these academic credentials are important, Australian institutions are as well qualified as the cities that host them throughout the country. Australia has five of the 30 best cities for students in the world, based on the diversity of students, affordability, quality of life and activity of employers, all important elements when students choose the best educational destination. And with the contribution of more than $200 million per year from the Australian government for international scholarships, Australia provides the possibility to experience the difference that an Australian education can mean in your future career opportunities.

Are you interested in a specific area of study? Surely, Australia will meet your needs, since at least one Australian University is located within the top 50 worldwide in the areas of natural sciences and mathematics, life sciences and agriculture, clinical medicine and pharmacy, and physics.

Given this impressive academic pedigree, it is not surprising that today there are more than 2.5 million international alumni who have made an impact after studying in Australia. Some of these students are among the most brilliant minds in the world. In fact, Australians have won 15 Nobel Prizes, and people worldwide rely on and Australian discoveries and innovations such as penicillin, cervical cancer vaccine, ultrasound, the Bionic Ear, in vitro fertilization (IVF), wireless (Wi-Fi), and the flight recorder (black box) to improve their lives and the lives of others.

Why not study with some of the brightest minds in the world – and study in Australia?