Over 400,000 (future) graduates from all over the world chose Australia as their study destination last year, making this beautiful country one of the most popular choices among international students.
The answer is yes, but it’s not that simple. Australia simply isn’t as affordable as most European countries, for example. So even the lower tuition costs don’t compare to what you’d spend in other regions.
Still, don’t forget that on this continent country, tuition can easily go over 40, 50 or even 60,000 AUD per academic year. So, the ‘affordable’ universities listed below are still much cheaper than many of their American counterparts, for example.
A few things to keep in mind:
- We’ve created these lists based on the programmes and higher education institutions listed on our portals: Bachelorsportal and Mastersportal. This means the lists don’t feature every single university, and you might be able to find other affordable degrees or universities in Australia.
- Universities can add or remove programmes periodically. If a university on these lists no longer offers an affordable degree, simply use the filters on our portals to find other Australian universities that do.
- To discover an even larger number of academic courses, you can visit the official website of your favourite Australian university.
Cheap Australian universities offering Bachelor’s degrees
- Charles Sturt University – Bachelors start at 2,638 AUD/year
- University of Southern Queensland – Bachelors start at 4,410 AUD/year
- Federation University Australia – Bachelors start at 21,900 AUD/year
- Victoria University – Bachelors start at 22,660 AUD/year
- Engineering Institute of Technology – Bachelors start at 23,500 AUD/year
- University of Sunshine Coast – Bachelors start at 24,000 AUD/year
- Australian Catholic University – Bachelors start at 24,105 AUD/year
- Charles Darwin University – Bachelors start at 25,330 AUD/year
- Western Sydney University – Bachelors start at 26,240 AUD/year
- Murdoch University – Bachelors start at 26,440 AUD/year
Cheap Australian universities offering Master’s degrees
- Excelsia College – Masters start at 15,000 AUD/year
- University of Tasmania – Masters start at 15,725 AUD/year
- Monash University – Masters start at 17,500 AUD/year
- Charles Sturt University – Masters start at 20,800 AUD/year
- Torrens University Australia – Masters start at 21,700 AUD/year
- Kaplan Business School – Masters start at 22,800 AUD/year
- Engineering Institute of Technology – Masters start at 23,500 AUD/year
- Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School – Masters start at 24,000 AUD/year
- University of Canberra – Masters start at 27,800 AUD/year
- RMIT University – Masters start at 27,840 AUD/year
Scholarships for international students in Australia
As an international student, you can apply to various scholarships offered by the Australian government, local universities or other organisations.
The official website ‘Study in Australia’ is the place where you can find all the available scholarships. Here are a few examples to get you started:
- Australia Awards – scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian government that cover full tuition fees, travel expenses and part of the monthly living costs.
- Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship Program – offers financial support to female researchers who come from APEC economies and plan to pursue a research programme in partnership with Australian universities.
- Destination Australia Program (DAP) – mobility programme financed by the Australian government, which encourages both local and international students to enrol at academic institutions in the regional areas of Australia.
You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies abroad.