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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
102 >AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 APPLICATIONS AND VISAS >COST OF STUDYING ‘Australians have one of the highest standards of living in the world but with a reasonable cost of living.’ Above: Your everyday costs in Australia will depend on such factors as your location, accommodation arrangements, entertainment choices and lifestyle. Quality education at an affordable price An Australian study journey offers a world-class education at an affordable price. International students enjoy the Australian high standard of living at reasonable prices. Ahigh quality Australian education offers value for money. Australians have one of the highest standards of living in the world but with a reasonable cost of living. An average international student will spend around A$360 a week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport and telephone. Prospective international students must have the necessary funds to meet the cost of living and studying in Australia. Before you receive a visa, you will have to show that you have enough money to cover your study and living expenses. 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 specific 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. For example, a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering has a higher fee than a Bachelor of Economics. Your institution will explain how and when to pay your fees. Foundation studies per year: $9000 to $14,000 Bachelor degree per year: $14,000 to $35,000 Graduate certificate / diploma per year: $15,000 to $36,000 Master or doctoral course per year: $15,000 to $36,000 Australian tuition fees are comparable with those in the UK and the USA. An Australian university education represents value for money as 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 in the United States. VOCATIONAL COURSES The vocational and education training sector offers a wide variety of courses at the following levels: Certificates 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 qualifications ranges from $5500 a year for a Certificate course through to $20,000 a year for an Advanced Diploma. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY 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 $6000 to $30,000 per year. The higher fees will include living in a boarding house at an independent school. EVERYDAY EXPENSES Where you study in Australia will affect how much you spend on day- to-day living costs. For example, living in regional or outer metropolitan areas is usually cheaper than living in a large city like Sydney or Melbourne. But no matter where you choose, Australia offers one of the highest standards of living in the world while remaining affordable to students on any budget. Australia’s visa regulations require international students to show that they can contribute to the cost of living and studying in Australia. Prospective student visa applicants must have access to $18,000 a year to meet the living costs requirements. On average, as an international student, you can expect to pay somewhere between $300 and $360 per week on living costs including accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, utilities and other incidental costs. Your lifestyle will also determine your living costs.
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