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What are the fees?


2017 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
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs
  • Study Abroad programs
  • Notes

Course-related costs

Some courses require additional materials, for example laboratory coats (from A$28) or art supplies.

  • Design students should allow at least A$60–A$100 per semester for materials and printing costs.
  • As a general guide, allow A$400 per semester / session / trimester for new textbooks.
  • The Co-op book store is located on the ground floor of the Information Communications Technology Centre (Building J).
  • Second-hand textbooks are often available at reduced prices — check the student forums on Blackboard.
  • 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 Immigration and Border Protection provide an outline of how much a student should budget for living costs for themselves and any dependants.

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$150–$180 (per week)
Homestay accommodation (includes some meals) A$265 (per week)
Food A$80+ (per week)
Electricity A$10 -$15 (per week)
Telephone (depending on number and distance of calls) A$10–$20 (per week)
Transport A$25 (per week)
Stationery, photocopying, etc A$20 (per week)
Entertainment A$30 (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.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) program focuses on improving the quality of Australian research. If you already have a graduate qualification, an IPRS scholarship lets you study in Australia with some of the best researchers in your field. You can read more about these scholarships at the Department of Education website.

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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