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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
The cost of living in Australia How much does it cost to live and study downunder? Stephen Bisset shows you the value-for-money offered by Australian institutions and the Aussie lifestyle. So, you’ve decided to further your education in Australia. With top-class facilities across all sectors offering internationally-recognised qualifications, an Australian education is a clever choice. But how much is it all going to cost? There is a lot to consider when choosing to study abroad – airfares, tuition costs, accommodation and living expenses, not to mention the incidental costs that will come up during your stay. The guide below will help you work out the cost of your study journey to Australia. An Australian education represents great value for money, particularly when compared to the US and the UK. Tuition fees As an international student, you must pay tuition fees upfront. You will also need to cover study costs for items such as textbooks, excursions, laboratory and sporting facilities. Some courses may require you to buy specifi c equipment or materials. University Each university sets its own tuition fees. Costs vary depending on the teaching requirements, facilities and equipment required for each course. • Foundation studies per year: $9000 to $14,000 • Bachelor degree per year: $10,000 to $16,500 • Graduate certifi cate / diploma per year: $9000 to $16,000 • Master or doctoral course per year: $11,000 to $18,500 Australian tuition fees tend to be less expensive than universities in the UK and the USA. For example, a year’s undergraduate fees in a public US college is from around An Australian education represents great value for money, particularly when compared to the US and the UK. Australia: The Education Destination AUD$10,000 and goes up to $35,000 per year for a private university. An international student in the UK could expect to pay from $12,800 per year for a bachelor degree, with an average of around $21,000, and up to $60,000 per year for a medical degree or MBA. An Australian university education also represents value for money in that most bachelor degrees are three years, unlike in the United States where many take four years to complete. That means an extra year of tuition and living costs for you in the United States. Vocational courses The vocational and education training sector offers a wide variety of courses at the following levels: Certifi cates I–IV, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. Tuition fees vary depending on the type of course you choose, and the facilities and equipment needed for the course. The cost of tuition for vocational qualifi cations range from $5500 a year for a certifi cate course through to $18,000 a year for an advanced diploma. Schools Your school tuition fees will depend on your choice of school – government or independent – and your level of schooling – primary, secondary or senior secondary. Fees for Australian schools range from $5000 to $11,000 per year at the primary school level, and from $6000 to $13,000 at the secondary school level. Living in a boarding house at school is an additional $10,000–$20,000. English language courses The costs for English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) vary depending on where you choose to study and the institution you choose. Tuition fees range from $250 to $350 per week for a typical full-time ELICOS course involving 25 hours of tuition per week. Depending on the length of the course, total fees may range from $3500 to $13,500 per year. > 89 INSTITUTIONS AND COURSES
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