It’s important to think about all the expenses you are likely to incur while abroad so you and your family can plan ahead. Your program fees section explains what your program fee does and does not cover, and will provide you with an overall estimate of expected expenses. For example, your airfare to Australia is not included in your program fee. It is important to note that the "Estimate of Additional Expenses" information is provided for planning purposes only, and may vary according to your own personal spending habits.

Items to consider

  • All student visas will allow you to work in Australia. Students are limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session, but may work full-time during holiday periods.
  • Allow about $20-30 per day for meals and basic expenses during the orientation (some meals will be provided). Orientation generally lasts about four days.
  • Expect to spend extra on meals and basic expenses during your first couple of weeks in-country as you settle in.
  • Some Australian universities assess a special course fee for enrolling in laboratory courses. Some assess a fee for every special course taken, while others assess the fee only if a certain portion of courses are taken within one of these departments. You should consult the "Estimated Cost of Attendance" noted with your program fees.
  • Depending on your program, special fees can range from $300 - $4,000 and usually this is billed after you have registered for classes overseas. Please check with your program manager for details.
  • Some studio art courses may be required to pay a supplies fee directly to the university after you arrive and register for courses.
  • If you are living in self-catered accommodation you may have to budget for some household items such as pots, pans, silverware, sheets etc.
  • The cost of meals, books, local transport and personal items will vary. If you are assigned to a university residence hall with a required meal plan, you will be billed for this extra cost about one month after your program begins. Personal expenses include costs for laundry, phone calls, entertainment, gym membership, etc.
  • Vacation expenses can really add up, depending on how far you go and how much time you take. If you are doing an academic year abroad you will have a three week to three month break between each semester. Most students travel during holiday breaks. Check your program calendar for other breaks and holidays that occur during your study period.
  • Determine your weeks of study and vacation if any are available to you under your program.
  • Make daily and weekly budgets, and stick to them.

Sample Budget WorksheetExpenses
Full program fee (including $500 deposit) $              
Orientation expenses
Meals (#program weeks _ x $ _ per wk)
Special Courses Fee
Local transport
Personal expenses
Vacation expenses
Total Expenses

Family contribution $              
Your savings
Stafford Loan (deduct 5% for origination fees)
Other financial aid
Other resources
Total Resources