As a general rule, you may need between AUD$12,000 -$15,000 per semester of overseas study. To help you budget for your experience abroad, please find a few key costs outlined below.

WATCH the UQ Abroad Costs and Scholarships presentation HERE

Tuition Fees

While you will pay no tuition fees to your host university, some host institutions have a mandatory fee for Student Services and/or public transportation concessions. For more information about these fees, please visit your host university’s webpage on this site.

You remain liable for tuition fees or student contributions (HECS) at UQ and you remain enrolled at UQ while on exchange. Accordingly, you will be charged 8 units (a standard full-time load) for each semester on exchange, regardless of the number of units granted towards your UQ degree for the courses undertaken at the Host University while on exchange. If you are enrolled in only 6 units at UQ while on exchange (either because you are going in your last semester and have only 6 units remaining in your degree OR you have been approved by UQ Abroad to take the equivalent of 6 units while on exchange) you will only be charged for 6 units.

Australian Citizens, PRs, New Zealand Citizens

Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents with or without a Humanitarian visa and New Zealand citizens will continue as Commonwealth supported (HECS) undergraduate students and will have their student contribution charged at the Band 1 (Arts) rate (in 2017 $396.81 per unit).

Postgraduate domestic students on exchange will be required to pay fees at the Band 2 domestic student tuition fee rate for 8 units (in 2017 $1090.00 per unit). Australian Citizens will continue to be eligible for FEE-HELP for exchange courses; Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens (who are not eligible for FEE-HELP) will be required to pay their tuition fees up-front.

International Students

International students on exchange who commenced their current program of study before 2016 will be charged 8 units at the Band 9 international student tuition fee rate ($1,540.00 per unit in 2017).

International students who commenced their program of study after 2015 are charged program based fees. Program based fees means that all courses, including exchange courses, are charged at the same tuition fee rate for a given academic year. 2017 indicative program fees for one semester are available here.

All students

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF): Outgoing exchange (UQ Abroad) students will be exempt from paying the SSAF.

Please note that tuition fee and student contribution rates increase each year. You can use the Fee Calculator to check the fees for exchange (EXCH) courses.

Budget for exchange

Your budget will vary depending on the cost of living in your destination. Some costs to consider include:

  • airfares
  • student visa (if required)
  • travel/health insurance
  • accommodation
  • food
  • additional travel
  • entertainment
  • textbooks
  • incidental expense

Working while on exchange

Prior to departure, you will need to save sufficient funds to cover all of your expenses for the duration of your exchange.

If you wish to work while you are away, it is important to note that work rights for international students vary from country to country. For further information about your visa restrictions please contact the consulate or embassy of your host country.

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