If there’s a downside to Sydney, it’s the relatively high tuition fees and cost of living. Average undergraduate fees are AU$29,235 (US$23,322; £16,769), but the most expensive courses, such as veterinary science and medicine are considerably more.
Tuition fees in Australia are usually calculated ‘per unit’ – with units belonging to a particular ‘band’, rather than per year. Because students choose their own modules – studying a combination of units from different bands, fees will be different or everyone.
Compared to the US and Europe, Australia is more expensive for things like groceries and eating out, rent and books. Costs are obviously very variable, but having a budget of around AU$350 (US$267; £200), per week to cover living costs, food and transport would be wise.
The Australia Awards are scholarships offered to students from participating countries in Asia, the Pacific, Middle East and Africa. There are also some university-specific scholarships that international students can apply for – check university websites for details.