G'day, mate! Slap on your thongs, grab your eski, and spend your Mundy arvo with your cobbers at the beach!

That may look slightly silly now, but after a semester in Australia, you'll be speaking "heaps more" Aussie slang (good on ya!). Despite its distance from the USA, Australia sometimes feels like our homeland's most natural neighbor. Other times, though, things may get a little lost in translation, but it sure is fun to argue over who's English is proper! If you want to study abroad in a new country, but not interested in exploring territories too exotic, Australia is calling your name.

Students who study abroad in Australia can expect to be immersed in rich traditions and innovative ideas. Whether you are touring an art gallery in one of Australia’s lively cities, or bushwhacking across the Australian outback, there is an adventure to be found for any student willing to try something new.

Australia's cosmopolitan cities (often situated on a beach!) make the perfect background to an unforgettable study abroad experience. Australia is a nation of diversity - from it's multicultural peoples to its varied landscapes, Australia's got it all!


Best known as the Harbour City, Australia's largest city is not just a place to "find nemo" - this Australian icon is a popular destination for study abroaders from all over the world. Sydney sparkles as the culmination of Australia's warm and friendly character, accented by nearby beaches, historical sight seeing, and exciting nightlife.

Sydney offers something for just about every study abroader - if getting into nature is more your thing, Sydney is just a few hours drive from the majestic Great Barrier Reef to the north, and the rugged beauty of the Blue Mountains to the west! The city's mild weather means there's no "bad time" to visit, so soak up that Sydney sun!


Arguably Sydney's older and more mature sibling, Melbourne brings a whole other flavor to the Aussie barbecue. The Yarra River runs amid the city streets, dividing Melbourne into two very distinctive characters.

Melbourne is known as the cultural capital of Australia, contributing greatly to the local art and music scene. Melbourne's central business district is known as the "Golden Mile" - and truly is a mile long! Melbourne's wide streets are lined with leafy trees and ornate Victorian-era architecture, nodding their hat to the area's early history.

Gold Coast

Many study abroaders flock to the major cities in the southeast of Australia, but you can stay a step ahead of the pack and study where all of those students will eventually vacation to - the Gold Coast! The Gold Coast is located along some of the finest beaches in the world, and situated near many natural World Heritage sights (including rainforests!) Explore the country's geological diversity, and see for yourself why Australia's varied landscapes are really its prized jewel.


If you're studying abroad in Sydney, living expenses will be much higher than other destinations in Australia, so keep that in mind when taking a look at these estimated costs.

An inexpensive meal may cost around $14 USD, whereas an average weekly grocery bill for a student averages at around $63. If housing isn't included as a part of the program fees, expect to pay from $942 - $1,311 in monthly rent. Utilities cost are $165 a month, and if you require a cell phone, your bill will likely come out to around $45 a month.

A monthly pass for local transportation will run you around $100, and including personal expenses, expect to spend around $6,000 - $7,500 a semester in Australia after airfare and program fees.

To save money, consider getting a part-time job while studying abroad. The Australian student visa allows students to work up to 40 hours every 2 weeks. Or, try direct enrollment instead of through a program provider; it'll save you more money in the long run, but expect to lead a more independent lifestyle.


While living in Australia may be comparatively cheaper to its European counterparts, you might find that the flight alone makes a significant dent in any of those dollars saved. While it may cost an arm and a leg to get you there, we're confident you will walk away feeling like your experience was worth every penny.

However, if you wish to alleviate the heavy costs of this investment, here is a starting point (barely scratching the surface!) for the number of scholarships out there specifically supporting study abroad. Hint* Double check with your university to see if your financial aid package is applicable to your study abroad experience!

How to Choose a Program

While Australia has been populated by indigenous peoples for more than 30,000 years, the Australia that we know of today has been around since the late 1700s, when Captain James Cooke led an expedition and created a new British colony.

Australia may be the world's smallest continent, but it is the world's 6th largest nation (it spans 3 time zones!). Regardless of which study abroad program you select, you will most certainly get a feel for Australia's infamous laidback attitude, appreciation for nature, and overall contagious good vibes.

When selecting a study abroad program, there are a number of factors to consider - luckily, we've got an outline for you!

1) Language: Since English is the language used in everyday life AND the medium of instruction in learning institutions, your language barriers are fairly limited. Your biggest concern will be attempting to master that sweet Aussie accent (and if you're feeling brave, try to learn the language of love for vegemite).

2) Housing: When you select a study abroad program, consider the differing types of accommodation offered. Whether you opt for university residences, private accommodation, or homestays, you should choose a program where your living situation is ultimately comfortable for you.

To get a real feel for the university life of the typical Aussie student, I recommend choosing a program where you can stay in a campus dormitory or university flat. Being surrounded by local or international students will add more depth to your experience than living with Americans for your entire experience!

IFSA-Butler's study abroad programs emphasize an integration with Australian students in all of their housing options. AustraLearn guarantees "pre-arranged accommodation to fit YOUR lifestyle," so whatever your cup of tea, you'll be happy to find it!

3) Immersion and cultural activities: Some program providers will include extra activities for weekend fun in their program fees. These cultural activities are intended to add an extra level of excitement into your study abroad experience - why stress over where to go, when someone will do all the planning for you?!

The Education Abroad Network gives their students the option of participating in as many added excursions as they see fit. With choices such as "Alternative spring breaks" in Thailand or weekends in South Island New Zealand, the Education Abroad Network happily organizes affordable sight seeing to ensure their students' experiences even more memorable. Conversely, CIEE's program in Perth automatically includes a surf lesson, Australian Rules football match, Aboriginal Heritage tour, and a wildlife park tour.

Study Abroad Programs in Australia

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IES Abroad
IES Abroad Sydney Direct Enrollment
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Our study abroad program in Sydney offers you the opportunity to...

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
IFSA: Study Abroad Programs in Australia
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Seamester: Transpacific, Tahiti to Australia - 66 or 80 Days
Multiple Countries
9 reviews4 interviews

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Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
IFSA: University of Sydney Partnership
6 reviews1 interview

If you are looking for a city and university that has everything, look...

IES Abroad
IES Abroad Sydney Summer – Society, Sport & Leadership
8 reviews2 interviews

It’ll be hard to sit still while you’re studying abroad in Sydney this...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Study Abroad in Gold Coast, Australia
17 reviews11 interviews

Students studying in Gold Coast, Australia have the unique opportunity...

CIEE Arts + Sciences in Wollongong, Australia
7 reviews1 interview

This seaside city lies along the south coast of Australia and is known...

Australia: Gold Coast or Brisbane - Undergraduate & Graduate Courses
7 reviews1 interview

USAC and Griffith University have teamed up to offer students the...

The Education Abroad Network
TEAN: Study Abroad in Gold Coast, Australia
94 reviews7 interviews

TEAN has partnered with Griffith University and Bond University to...

Seamester: Australia to South Africa - 90 Days
Multiple Countries
4 reviews2 interviews

This voyage is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail aboard S/Y...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Study Abroad in Sydney, Australia
12 reviews10 interviews

Study in Sydney, Australia with one of the 5 universities ISA partners...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Study Abroad in Newcastle, Australia
12 reviews6 interviews

Study in Australia at the University of Newcastle with ISA! The...

The Education Abroad Network
TEAN: Study Abroad in Sydney, Australia
62 reviews7 interviews

TEAN is proud to connect students with six partner universities in...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Study Abroad in Brisbane, Australia
12 reviews8 interviews

Students studying in Brisbane, Australia have the unique opportunity...

NYU Global Programs
Spend the Fall in Australia at NYU Sydney
10 reviews1 interview

Study at NYU Sydney in your fall semester—when Australia transitions...

Tours & Trips in Australia

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    Oz Intro - Work & Travel in Australia
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    Amazing Experiences + Go as part of a group + Work & Travel around Oz...

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    UltimateOz Gap Year. Work in Australia
    47 reviews3 interviews

    Looking for the ULTIMATE way to start your Gap Year and working...

  • Australian Surf Tours
    7 Day Surf Camp in Sydney, Australia
    4 reviews2 interviews

    We invite you to join us on a 7 Day Surf Camp in our home town of...

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    Whitsunday Islands Maxi Sailing Adventures
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    Explore the Whitsundays, sailing and snorkeling, swimming and relaxing...

  • Under Down Under Tours
    Under Down Under Tours - Ultimate 8-Day Tasmania Tour
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    We give you the ultimate Tasmanian experience as you travel a full...

  • Surf Camp Australia
    Surf Camp Packages in Australia
    17 reviews

    Surf Camp Australia's packages are diverse, ensuring you find the one...

  • Lets Go Surfing
    Byron Women on Waves Surf Lessons

    On your boards, ladies! Learn to surf over three consecutive weeks...

  • Nullarbor Traveller
    Adelaide to Perth Camping & Wildlife Adventure
    6 reviews

    Are you a free spirited traveller looking for wild adventures and...

  • Loop Abroad
    Australia Adventure Bonus Week
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    This one-week program is the perfect add-on to our Australia...

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to study abroad in Australia?

    The cost of studying abroad in Australia will vary greatly by the institution you hope to attend as well as your home institution. It's very possible to apply through an exchange program at your university in the states and pay exactly what you pay normally. You can also choose to enroll directly in an Australian university which will run you anywhere from $4,500-$9,700 per semester, or you can apply through a third party provider, which will cost between $9,200-$13,500. Keep in mind that you will also want to budget in living expenses for your semester, including meals, accommodation, transportation, cell phone plan, etc. The average cost for a semester in Australia after airfare and program fees is $5,000-$7,000.

  • Is it easy to study in Australia?

    The ease of studying in Australia really depends on what you're looking for in a study abroad experience. On the one hand, English is the official language of Australia, so for native English speakers it can certainly be a good option since you know you'll be able to communicate. Here are some other important things to note when considering a semester in Australia: it's relatively expensive, so you may need to budget more than you would for another country; the grading system is different than what is used in American schools; you'll need to get a visa if you'll be there longer than 3 months; and remember it's very far away! So jet lag will certainly be a factor.

  • Can I bring my family to Australia on student visa?

    Australia will generally allow people on a student visa to bring their immediate family members with them as dependents. Dependents can include your spouse (or partner) and children under the age of 18.

  • What is the student visa fee for Australia?

    The base application fee for a student visa to Australia is 620AUD or approximately $415 in USD.

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