Crowds enjoying the UQ Union Cultural Fiesta

How much money you need while in Australia varies according to your lifestyle and requirements.

Make sure your budget is flexible enough to allow for unexpected costs such as emergencies and health expenses, and study-related costs such as field trips and textbooks. 

If you are a study abroad student, you must pay a flat tuition fee to UQ per semester. The 2016 tuition fee is AUD$11,250 per semester and the 2017 tuition fee will be AUD$11,700 per semester.

A standard full-time study load for one semester at UQ is eight units (which usually equates to four courses).

Go to the OANDA global currency converter website for an estimate of the tuition fees in your local currency.

If you are an exchange student, you must pay tuition fees to your home institution, based on its fee requirements. Contact the Exchange Office at your home institution for more information.

View the refund policies for international students.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) provides international students with basic cover for medical and hospital care costs while in Australia.

OSHC is a compulsory requirement for a student visa and is available from any government-approved OSHC provider. Prices vary depending on your particular situation. 

If you choose, UQ can organise OSHC for you through its preferred provider. 

There is a non-refundable visa charge when you apply for your visa. For more information on visa fees and charges please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Make sure you allow sufficient time for your student visa to be processed as it can take several months depending on the country you come from.

For more information on the current visa processing times and fees, please contact your nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. They will also be able to give you further information about how to apply for a student visa, and whether you will be required to undergo health checks or provide chest X-rays.

As a guide, if you are living in shared accommodation off-campus you will pay between AUD$17,400 and AUD$25,920 per calendar year. 

View the Expenses guide to determine which other ongoing costs you should consider.

Personal access to a computer and the Internet is recommended for all students and, in most programs, is required.

While computers are available on campus, students are advised to bring a computer with them or to purchase or hire a computer in Australia.

For students who wish to purchase a car, costs can vary from AUD$5000 to AUD$25,000 or more and running costs after purchase price are about AUD$100 per week. UQ strongly recommends that you use public transport.

International students and dependants in Australia on student dependant visas who are residing in Australia will automatically receive permission to work with their visa grant. Please note that a Tax File Number is required before undertaking work.

More information about applying for the Tax File Number, and obtaining part-time work while studying, will be given during Orientation week

How many hours a week can I work?

Holders of a student visa can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while their University program is in session, and full-time during University vacations. In general, students should not expect to cover tuition fees or living expenses from casual work.

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