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Cost of studying in Australia for Nepalese students

cost of studying in australia

Beginning your educational journey in Australia is an exciting prospect, but it also comes with its own set of financial considerations. From the bustling streets of Sydney to the serene campuses of Adelaide, the cost of studying in Australia varies significantly, making budget planning an essential part of your academic adventure.

This comprehensive guide delves into the myriad of expenses that international students encounter, ranging from tuition fees to Course Specific costs, and other vital financial aspects. As you plan your educational future, understanding these costs is crucial in making informed decisions and ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience in one of the world's most sought-after study destinations. So, let's begin with this financial exploration, equipping you with the knowledge to navigate the monetary aspects of studying in the Land Down Under. 

University Tuition Fees in Australia

The amount you spend on tuition fees will vary based on the kind of qualification you're pursuing and your choice of university or school. Degrees in fields like veterinary science and medicine, for example, tend to be more expensive compared to others. Let's explore the approximate tuition fees across various educational institutions.

Tuition fees vary depending on the discipline, degree level, and university at which you enroll.

Tuition costs for international students:

  • Bachelor's degrees: 20,000–45,000 AUD per year
  • PhD and master's degrees: between $22,000 and $50,000 annually

Study Program

Average Annual Fees in Australian Dollar ($)


$14,000 to $30,000 annually

English Language Studies

$300/week (varies as per course length)

Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma)

$4000 - $22,000 annually

Bachelor’s Degree

$20,000 to $45,000 annually

Master’s Degree

$22,000 - $50,000 annually

Doctoral Degree

$20,000 - $42,000 annually

Related Article: Australia Govt Website



United States

United Kingdom


Average Tuition Fee

$20,000 - $50,000

$25,000 - $55,000

$15,000 - $35,000

$15,000 - $30,000

Living Expenses

$15,000 - $25,000

$18,000 - $25,000

$14,000 - $20,000

$12,000 - $18,000

Application Process

Streamlined and relatively easy

Complex and time-consuming

Moderately complex

Moderately complex

Visa Requirements


Strict and competitive

Moderately strict

Relatively easy

Post-Study Work Opportunities





What do Tuition Fees cover?

Tuition fees in Australia are determined based on the specific units or modules a student selects, tailored to their individual study requirements. Generally, these fees encompass a range of services and resources, including:

Educational Content: This includes participation in lectures, seminars, and the necessary tutorials leading up to final examinations.

University Resources: Students gain access to essential university amenities, like libraries and computer laboratories.

Specialized Facilities: For certain courses, this includes the use of specialized equipment and facilities, such as art studios and scientific labs.

Administrative Services: Fees also contribute to the overall academic services and the administration of courses.

It's important to note that tuition fees usually do not cover personal academic materials like textbooks and stationery. Additionally, living expenses such as accommodation, transportation, and utility bills are typically separate from tuition costs. 

Tuition Fees At Top Public Universities in Australia


Undergraduate Program (AUD/year)

Postgraduate Program (AUD/year)

PhD Program (AUD/year)

Australian National University (ANU)

~42,560 - ~47,940

~45,360 - ~47,940

~39,870 - ~85,120

University of Melbourne

~38,000 - ~55,000

~40,000 - ~60,000

~40,000 - ~55,000

University of Sydney

~37,000 - ~57,000

~41,000 - ~61,000

~40,000 - ~60,000

University of Queensland

~32,000 - ~46,000

~30,000 - ~52,000

~30,000 - ~50,000

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

~38,000 - ~48,000

~39,000 - ~49,000

~38,000 - ~48,000

University of Western Australia

~30,000 - ~48,000

~31,000 - ~51,000

~30,000 - ~50,000

Monash University

~33,000 - ~43,000

~34,000 - ~44,000

~34,000 - ~44,000

University of Adelaide

~31,000 - ~41,000

~32,000 - ~42,000

~31,000 - ~41,000

Note: The fees listed are approximate and can vary depending on the specific course and year of study. It's advisable to check the universities' official websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for International Students in Australia

The following table provides a concise overview of various scholarships and financial aid options available for international students wishing to study in Australia. It includes the names of the scholarships along with the grants or benefits they offer. 

Scholarship Name



Australia Awards Scholarships

Funded by the Australian Government, these scholarships are aimed at students from developing countries, particularly those in the Indo-Pacific region.

Full tuition fees, living expenses, return air travel and health insurance.

University of Sydney International Research Scholarships

Offered by the University of Sydney, these scholarships are targeted at high-achieving postgraduate research students.

Tuition fees and living allowance for up to three years.

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards

These awards support international students to undertake a postgraduate degree in Australia.

Tuition fees, travel and establishment allowance, monthly stipend.

Monash University International Scholarships

Monash University offers various scholarships for international undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Varies - can include full or partial tuition fee waivers, and living allowances.

University of Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships

Available to high-achieving students undertaking graduate research at the University of Melbourne.

Full fee offset, living allowance, relocation grant, and health insurance.

Adelaide Scholarships International

Provided by the University of Adelaide, these scholarships are available for master's and doctoral research students.

Tuition fees, annual living allowance, health insurance.

ANU International Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Offered by the Australian National University for postgraduate research students.

Tuition fee waiver, living allowance, dependent child allowance, thesis allowance.

Queensland University of Technology Academic Excellence Scholarships

Aimed at high-achieving undergraduate and postgraduate students at QUT.

A scholarship to cover a portion of tuition fees for the first two semesters.

University of Western Australia Global Excellence Scholarship

For high-achieving undergraduate and postgraduate students from selected countries.

Up to AUD 45,000 for undergraduates and up to AUD 30,000 for postgraduates.

Deakin University International Scholarships

Offered to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Deakin University.

25% of tuition fees.

Student Visas and Associated Costs for Studying in Australia

For international students planning to study in Australia, understanding the costs associated with obtaining a student visa is crucial. This table outlines the various expenses involved in thevisa application process, providing a clear financial picture for prospective students. 

Expense Category


Estimated Cost (AUD)

Visa Application Fee

The primary cost for the Student Visa (subclass 500).


Health Checkup

Mandatory health examinations as part of the visa application.

Varies (Approx. $200 - $300)

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Mandatory health insurance for international students.

Varies (Approx. $500 - $1,000 per year)

Biometrics Collection

Required for visa applicants in certain countries.

$60 - $85

English Language Test

If required (e.g., IELTSTOEFLPTE).

$200 - $300

Police Clearance Certificate

Required to prove the applicant has no criminal record.

Varies by country

Courier and Document Verification Fees

For sending documents or getting them verified, if necessary.


Visa Application Fee: This is a non-refundable fee that every applicant must pay.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC): This is a mandatory health insurance cover for the duration of your stay in Australia. The cost depends on the chosen insurance provider and the length of coverage.

In conclusion, studying in Australia involves considerable costs, including tuition,  living expenses, visa fees, and health insurance. AECC, a premier study abroad consultant, offers comprehensive support to Nepalese students, helping them find affordable courses, secure scholarships, and navigate visa processes.  

With AECC's guidance, students from Nepal can confidently plan their educational journey in Australia, ensuring a financially manageable experience. Contact AECC for expert assistance in realizing your Australian academic aspirations. 

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