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2018 tuition fees for international students

Program tuition fees

The below fees are indicative only, you will need to check the exact fee by clicking on your choice of study program:

Pathway programs


Program fee**
English Language Programs A$200 application fee and A$415 per week full-time tuition*
Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) A$9,300 per one semester program
Enabling courses Available to undergraduate students enrolled at USC who wish to strengthen their background in Chemistry, Statistics, Biology, Mathematics and Computer Skills. These courses are available free of charge to international students.

* English for Academic Purpose programs run in ten week blocks.

** You must also refer to Notes for important tuition fee information 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs
Program  Indicative program fee per teaching period**
Diploma programs A$10,500 -A$11,800 
Undergraduate programs A$11,000–A$13,500 
Postgraduate programs A$11,100–A$13,000 

** You must also refer to Notes for important tuition fee information 

The full schedule of tuition fees for international students in 2018 can be found here.

Study Abroad programs
Program  Program fee per teaching period**
Study Abroad (Undergraduate) A$10,400
Study Abroad (Postgraduate) A$12,500

** You must also refer to Notes for important tuition fee information 

  1. Teaching period refers to either semester, trimester or session.
  2. Tuition fees are reviewed each calendar year. The fee you must pay for a given teaching period is that which has been approved by USC for the calendar year in which the teaching period commences.
  3. Any increase in tuition fees from one calendar year to the next will be no more than 7 percent.
  4. Estimated total tuition fees for a program are based on 2018 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.
  5. Refer to the What Can I Study section for your chosen program's tuition fee. Other fees listed are based on a standard full-time enrolment.
  6. Undergraduate degree and postgraduate  program students are charged tuition fees on a semester / session / trimester basis according to the number of courses in which they enrol. The fees quoted here are based on a standard full time enrolment.
  7. Study Abroad students pay the approved program fee irrespective of whether a student is enrolled in three or four courses. Enrolment in additional courses will incur a fee.
  8. All prices quoted are in Australian dollars (A$).
  9. All program details are subject to change.
  10. For further information about administrative fees that may apply please contact USC International.
  11. For information about our refund policy and procedures refer to USC's Student Fees, Charges and Refunds  - Procedure
  12. On 1 January 2012, a new Student Services and Amenities Fee was introduced for students at Australian universities. For international students enrolled in programs for which the SSAF applies, the cost is included within the International Tuition Fee rates in 2018.

Course-related costs

In addition to general living costs, you’ll need things like textbooks, a computer, memory stick and stationery. Also remember to budget for course-related equipment such as lab coats or uniforms, and regular expenses like printing costs, parking or public transport.

Some professional programs (eg education, health) may require memberships, certifications, licences and/or immunisations. Check your program page for details.

Design program students should allow additional money for materials and printing costs.

The Co-Op book shop store is located at the Sippy Downs campus, you can refer to their website for indicative textbook prices

Second-hand textbooks are often available at reduced prices (check the student forums on Blackboard) or your textbook maybe available for loan in the library (English Language Program students are loaned textbooks for the duration of their course)

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is compulsory for most International students who are studying in Australia on a Student visa.

The costs for OSHC vary depending on the type of cover (single, dual or multi family) and the duration of your studies. This cost is separate to your tuition fees.

USC can arrange visa-length OSHC for you and accompanying family members on your behalf with our preferred provider Allianz Global Assistance. Fees can range from $376 for one semester to $2,138 over three years for an OSHC Essentials single cover policy*.

To find out more about the cost of OSHC, you can contact us for a quote.

*Based on current pricing

Living costs

An international student at USC would normally require approximately A$380+ per week to live comfortably on the Sunshine Coast. This covers typical accommodation costs, food, transport and other daily life expenses. This amount is in addition to airfares, visa application, health cover and tuition fees and will vary depending on your lifestyle and preferences.

If you have a spouse or dependent child accompanying you to Australia, you will need to allow more for living expenses.

The Department of Home Affairs provide an outline of how much a student should budget for living costs for themselves and any dependents.

Study in Australia also provide information about indicative costs for living in Australia.

If your dependents are of school-age, you will be required to pay full fees for their schooling. You should allow at least A$8,000 per year for the cost of each child's schooling.

The below should be used as a guide only.

Expenses Approximate cost
Private share accommodation A$85–$215 (per week)
Homestay accommodation (includes some meals) A$235-325 (per week)
Food A$80+ (per week)
Gas, Electricity A$35 -$140 (per week)
Telephone (depending on number and distance of calls) A$10–$20 (per week)
Transport A$20-$55 (per week)
Stationery, photocopying, etc A$20 (per week)
Entertainment A$80-$150 (per week)
Cinema ticket (student rates) A$16.00
Postage (within Australia) A$1 minimum
Postage (international) A$2.75 minimum
Food items *  
Bread A$1.90- $3.50
Milk (2 litre) A$2.00 - $3.10
Cheese (500g) A$5.50 - $8.60
Cereal (small box) A$3.50 - $5.00
Powerade (Sports drink - 600ml bottle) A$2.90 - $3.30
Corn chips (200g large bag) A$1.99 -$3.20
Big Mac A$5.50
Can soft drink A$1.80- $2.50

* Food costs are approximate only, taken from a local supermarket website and are current at the time of publishing.

Scholarships for international students

The scholarships listed below are specifically for international students. Students should also check with their home institution and government to find out if other scholarship options are available to them.

Australia Awards

The Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links, and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours through Australia's extensive scholarship programs. The program brings together scholarships offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Read more about Australia Awards at USC.

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for international students to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia. Read more about Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships.

Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship

The Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowships are open to high-achieving female researchers from APEC economies for research opportunities in partnership with Australian education and research institutions. The fellowships aim to support women’s economic empowerment in the APEC region and raise the profile of female role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read more about the Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship.

Other scholarships

There are other scholarships available from within USC, as well as from external providers. Some of these scholarships may be available to Australian citizens and permanent residents only.

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