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2017 tuition fees for international students *

Click on your choice of study program to find out the exact fee for your program:

 Program type  Range of tuition fees *
Study Abroad  
  • Undergraduate program — A$9,900 per semester
  • Postgraduate program — A$11,800 per teaching period **
Undergraduate programs A$10,000–A$12,800 per semester
Postgraduate coursework programs (on campus) A$10,400–A$12,500 per teaching period **
Higher degrees by research (on campus) A$26,000 per year
Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)  A$8,800 per one semester program
Online postgraduate coursework programs A$11,900 per teaching period ^
English Language Programs A$180 application fee and A$390 per week full-time tuition
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.

^ International students cannot obtain a Student visa to study in a fully online program.

* 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 within which the teaching period falls.

** Teaching period refers to either semester, trimester or session.


  1. Any increase in tuition fees from one calendar year to the next will be no more than 7 percent.
  2. Tuition fees are reviewed each calendar year. The fee you must pay for a given semester/trimester is that which has been approved by USC for the calendar year within which the semester/trimester falls.
  3. Refer to the programs and courses section for your chosen program's tuition fee. Other fees listed are based on a standard full-time enrolment.
  4. To confirm your enrolment, payment is required before commencing in your program.
  5. Undergraduate degree and postgraduate coursework 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.
  6. Study Abroad students pay the approved program fee irrespective of whether a student is enrolled in three or four courses.
  7. ^International students cannot obtain a Student visa to study in a fully online program.
  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.

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 $367 for one semester to $2,055 over three years for an OSHC Essentials single cover policy*.

To find out more about the cost of OSHC, refer to the Allianz OSHC price list (PDF 79kb)

*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.

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.

On 1 January 2012, a new Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) was introduced for students at Australian universities, including USC. For international students enrolled in programs for which the SSAF applies, the costs have been included within the International Tuition Fee rates in 2016.

For detailed information about the SSAF.

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 and 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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