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Fees and Costs

You will find that the cost of living in Canberra is very affordable and much cheaper than the larger cities, plus you will live in a safe clean environment. A Study Abroad or Exchange Student is responsible for the following fees and costs:

  • Cost of Living: This will vary depending on your budget for rent, food, travel, clothing, recreation, books, telephone and other living expenses
  • Airfare to Australia, accommodation and living expenses while at UC
  • UC will provide your home university with the documentation for your student visa to study in Australia. You are responsible for obtaining and paying for your student visa
  • You need to pay the compulsory Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) fee of $469 (subject to change)
  • Keep in mind that wherever you study the currency exchange rate will impact your finances in some way, you can refer to the Currency Converter

Summary of Fees and Costs

All fees are per semester, in Australian Dollars (AUD) and subject to change each year.

Please make sure to create a budget specific to your situation and based on your spending needs.  Check out our estimated cost of living table to assist you.

Exchange Semester 

Fee TypeExplanationAmount
Tuition*4 units (modules/classes) per semester (includes general service fee)You pay your home University tuition
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)Compulsory Government Health ChargeAUD $469**
TOTALPAYMENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRAAUD $469
Accommodation and Living ExpensesLiving costs (rent, food, travel, clothing, recreation, books, telephone)AUD $9,500 (suggested minimum)
TOTAL COST FOR EXCHANGE SEMESTERThis estimate includes all costs minus tuition paid to your university & airfare. Actual costs depend on your preferred lifestyle.AUD $9,969

Study Abroad Semester

Fee TypeExplanation2018 Fees
Tuition3 - 4 units (modules/classes) per semester (includes general service fee)AUD $9,100
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)Compulsory Government Health ChargeAUD $469**
TOTALPAYMENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRAAUD $9,569
Accommodation and Living Expenses (estimate)Living costs (rent, food, travel, clothing, recreation, books, telephone)AUD $9,500 (suggested minimum)
TOTAL COST FOR STUDY ABROAD SEMESTERThis estimate includes all costs minus your airfare. Actual costs depend on your preferred lifestyle.AUD $19,069

*If you are an Exchange Student, your tuition fees are paid to your home institution, but you are responsible for paying the OSHC fees.

**Approximate cost and subject to change. Only Swedish, Belgian and Norwegian students may be exempt from paying OSHC as per government arrangement. Please see here more details