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One of biggest considerations for many students is how to finance an overseas study experience. The cost of studying overseas varies from person to person as it depends on a number of factors, including the destination country are travelling to, the program you choose and the length of your trip.

While it helps to have a little in your savings account, there are a number of other funding options for you to consider to make overseas study as easy and affordable as possible.

Costs of study

There are a range of expenses that you will need to be mindful of when budgeting for your overseas study. These may include:

  • subject tuition fees (Note: Exchange students do not pay tuition to the host institution)
  • travel insurance fees (Note: The University offers free travel insurance to students travelling on approved University programs)
  • passport and visa fees, including travel to another city for an interview if necessary
  • flights and in-country transport costs
  • accommodation (on or off-campus) fees
  • health insurance fees
  • daily living expenses
  • spending money.

Read more about how to plan your budget.

Keep in mind

It's a good idea to hold off paying for anything until you have received your acceptance notification from your host institution. This ensures you don't forfeit any costs paid if your overseas study plans need to change.

Consider funding options

All Australian students in a Commonwealth supported place are eligible to apply for an OS-HELP loan from the Australian Government, which allows eligible students to defer loan repayments through the taxation system.

If you receive Centrelink payments in Australia, you may be eligible to continue receiving these payments while overseas. Visit the Department of Human Services for more information.

There are many scholarships, grants and fellowships awarded for a variety of circumstances. Browse our Scholarships page for more information.

Almost all students going on Exchange or Fee-paying programs will need to finance some of their costs out of personal savings. Getting a casual or part-time job in the year or months leading up to your overseas study experience is recommended. Explore the Careers and Employability site for more information.

Whether or not you are allowed to work while studying overseas will be dictated by your student visa. Visit the Living and working overseas webpage on Smartraveller, or contact your host institution for more information.

For more information, visit our Funding options page.

It's easier than you think

In order to make things simpler, follow our easy Step-by-step guide to help you through the decision-making and application process. The guide will help you choose a destination, select a program and submit your application. While this is mostly done online, Stop 1 and your faculty can also lend a helping hand.

You can also take a look at the other information available to help you decide on and plan your overseas study experience.

Reasons to study overseas

Studying overseas is an unforgettable experience with a wide range of benefits.

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Choose the right program

Read about the types of overseas study programs available, and decide which one might be best for you.

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When and where to travel

Choosing a destination and dates is the exciting part! But there are some key things to think about before you decide.

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Next steps

See what the next steps are to start preparing the application for your chosen overseas study program.

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