The land down under is an ideal study abroad location for students who wish to study overseas without a language barrier. But it’s also a country that is notorious for a high cost of living. How does the cost for study abroad in Australia compare?
How much can you expect to spend on tuition for a semester in Australia?
A semester in Australia can cost anywhere from $9,180 on the USAC Australia Gold Coast program to $19,080 at Monash University.
Tuition for direct enrollment for a semester at:
- University of Queensland : $17,500 (2016)
- University of Sydney: $17,000
- Macquarie University: $12,590
- University of New South Wales: $18,775
Tuition for a semester with a program provider:
- CIEE Program in Perth: $16,580 (2016)
- USAC Australia Gold Coast: $9,180 (2016)
- ISA Study Abroad in Sydney: $15,600 (2016)
- API Study Abroad – Brisbane: $11,800 (2016)
How much does it cost to live in Australia for a semester?
Expect to spend about $4,800 to $5,500 for basic living costs and accommodation (if your program doesn't include it in their fees). Rent alone is about $942 - $1,311.
|Monthly rent||$942 - $1,311|
|Utilities||About $165 per month|
|Cell phone||About $45 per month|
|Local transportation||Monthly pass about $100|
|Total||Expect to spend about $6,000 - 7,500 for one semester in Australia after airfare and program fees.|
|Source: Australia Numbeo|
What's the average price of a flight to Australia?
Depending on where in the U.S. you're flying from, you should budget about $1,100 to $1,600 in round trip airfare. Typically, flights are cheaper from the West Coast than the East.
How much does it cost to study abroad for a semester in Australia?
The total price of a semester in Australia could run you as low as $15,000 if you're on a low-cost program provider (and flying out of Los Angeles) to well over $26,000 if you’re direct enrolling at a more costly university and flying out from the East Coast.
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