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Cheapest courses for international students in Australia

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While Australian borders are still yet to be re-opened, many people from abroad are in Australia with nearing visa expiry dates looking for affordable courses to enrol in. One of the reasons may also be that many international students can now work full-time in Australia. We’ve also seen more and more offshore applicants being interested in securing a discounted tuition fee for the next year. Many Australian schools are offering special promotions due to the pandemic, so why not take advantage of it?

Update (June 2024): Here are the cheapest courses in Australia for international students in 2024

Update (February 2022): What’s changing for international students in Australia in 2023? Check the summary of the biggest Student Visa changes here.

Update (November 2022): See the cheapest courses for international students in Australia here.

Update (10th of January 2022): Are you looking for cheap courses for international students in Sydney or in Melbourne? In this article, you can find tips reflecting price changes from January 2022.

Update (20th of December 2021): Australian borders are open again and international students are now allowed to come to Australia. Please check the self-isolation or quarantine requirements for each state here.

TIP: Learn more about how to successfully apply for Australian Student Visa in this article.

Cheapest courses for international students from Study Anywhere

Are you on a tight budget – e.g. when moving from a Working Holiday Visa, but still want to study in Australia and apply for a Student Visa? These are some of the cheapest courses you should consider right now.

TIP: Are you wondering what exactly is the Student Visa application process? We’ve got you covered. Check How to successfully apply for the Australian Student Visa.

1. A course with the lowest upfront fees in Sydney

Cheapest course for international students in Sydney

$250 AUD. That’s how little you’d need to pay upfront if you choose to study at the Australian College of Business Intelligence (ACBI) with us. You can choose any intake you’d like and any course you’d like. You will get your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for just $250. The college will then charge you quarterly tuition fee instalments depending on the course you choose. The cheapest ones for $1,200 / every three months ($4,800 / year) are:

  • Diploma of Leadership and Management (1 year)
  • Diploma of Business & Digital Analytics Training (1 year)
  • Certificate IV in Environmental Management and Sustainability (1 year)

Update (15th of July 2021): With wintertime in Sydney ACBI discounted its prices even further. The college also fulfilled the request of many students and changed the way how they charge the fees. If you decide to enrol now, your tuition fees will be due every 6 weeks (8 payments per year instead of 4 quarterly instalments). The most affordable courses for international students at ACBI in Sydney now are:

  • Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication (6 months)
  • Diploma of Business & Digital Analytics Training (1 year)
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management (1 year)
  • Diploma of Project Management (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Program Management (1 year)
  • Diploma of Enterprise Resource Planning (1 year)

Each of these courses only costs $500 AUD / 6 weeks which is just $4,000 AUD per year.

Morning and evening timetables are available depending on the intake you choose. If that sounds interesting, please send us a message. One of our colleagues will gladly assist you with all the details of your enrolment. When you enrol with Study Anywhere, our registered migration agent will also help you to prepare your Student Visa application for free.

Update (20th of April 2021): ACBI is offering free enrolment and free materials for the Diploma of Business and Diploma Leadership and Management. When you enrol with Study Anywhere now, you will only pay $1,000 for your first term and $1,200 for the following terms. The college is also offering a 10% discount for Certificate IV in Environmental Management and Sustainability course.

Update (2nd of November 2020): There is an additional discount available for:

  • Diploma of Business focused on Digital Marketing and Digital Analytics (1 year)
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management (1 year)

Update (5th of October 2020): The $1,200 / term promotion has ended for most courses and the college increased its prices to $1,300 / every three months ($5,200 / year).

TIP: Save also on your OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) when applying for a student visa in Australia. Compare and get the cheapest student insurance on the OSHC Australia page. You can save hundreds of dollars.

2. Cheapest course with a weekend timetable

Cheapest course for international students with a weekend timetable

Are you considering studying in Australia, but you are worried about going back to school, because it may be too time-consuming? How about if you can get your studies done in one day per week? If Saturdays work for you, we’ve got you covered. Your tuition fee will only be $750 / every two months ($4,500 / year).

You can choose a variety of courses at Greenwich Management College in Sydney and Melbourne:

  • Business/Digital Marketing
  • Leadership and Management
  • Project Management
  • Marketing and Communication.

Spending your Saturdays in a classroom may not sound like the best idea, but some students really like it. Especially clients moving from a Working Holiday Visa to a Student Visa often look for a course to study over the weekends so they have more flexibility during the rest of the week.

Sounds like this is for you? Just let us know and we can assist you step-by-step.

3. Cheapest course eligible for a Graduate Visa

Cheapest course for a Graduate Visa in Australia

Would you like to stay in Australia even after you finish your course, but you don’t want to study for an expensive Bachelor’s or Master’s degree?

485 Graduate Visa may be your opportunity to stay for another 18 months 24 months (updated in January 2022) with full-time work rights. Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is our cheapest pathway towards this visa with the potential for multiple other visa pathways after your Student and Graduate Visa. 4Life College (Australian Learning Group) is the most popular school among our students willing to study Childcare. Enrol with Study Anywhere and you can choose a payment plan of $2,190 / every three months or $795 per month.

Update (12th of October 2021): If you enrol in the January 2022 intake, you will also receive a $500 discount off the enrolment fee (normally $595).

You can study this course at 4Life College (Australian Learning Group) in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth.

Please keep in mind that there are additional requirements when applying for a 485 Graduate Visa but our migration agent can help you and assess your case for free. Contact us for all the details.

4. The absolute cheapest course for international students in Sydney

The last course in our roundup of the cheapest courses for international students in Australia is Travel and Tourism offered by one of our schools in Sydney. If you want to save on your tuition fees as much as possible and the Travel and Tourism industry interests you, let us know. You can study for as low as $4,000 / year ($1,000 / every three months). Various course durations are available and you can apply for up to a 2.5-year Student Visa with this course.

Check other affordable courses

Still haven’t found your course for a Student Visa? Try the Study Anywhere website! We have a dedicated category where you can browse the most affordable courses for international students in Australia.

Don’t forget to also check our newer blog article about the cheapest courses in Australia for international students in 2024

All prices in this article are in Australian Dollars (AUD). Please note that when you are applying for an Australian Student Visa, you will also need to pay a fee to the Department of Home Affairs and also to get Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Get your free quote for the whole package here or reach out to us via Messenger to speak with one of our colleagues. You can join students from 60+ countries who study in Australia with Study Anywhere.

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The article is written by Candice Locklee

As one of the most isolated cities in the world, visiting Perth may not be at the top of your list when you first move to Australia. But with its balmy weather, white beaches, amazing food and wine and laid back Aussie lifestyle, the capital of Western Australia is a scenic paradise just waiting to be explored.

If you’ve only got 48 hours to spare in this vibrant city, here are our top picks of things to do in a short amount of time:

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KINGS PARK

Just outside of the central business district is one of the largest city parks you’ll find in the world and it’s a must-see while visiting Perth. Stretching over 400 hectares (that’s bigger than New York’s famous Central Park!), Kings Park is a spectacular mix of bushland, flat grassy parklands and colourful botanical gardens full of native flora and fauna.

Take a picnic and enjoy a day in the park, get some exercise jogging through the bush or grab your camera and snap some Insta-worthy shots of the city skyline at one of the many lookouts available in the area. Not only is Kings Park the perfect spot for city skyline photos, you can also get some gloriously uninterrupted views of the majestic Swan River, the rolling Perth Hills and endless blue skies that make this city beautiful.

For those who love a tour, there are free guided trail tours on offer that depart daily from outside the gallery shop Aspects of Kings Park at 10 am and 12 pm (1st Sept-30th June) and 2 pm. There are also self-guided tours available for those who want to explore at their own pace – just head to the Visitor Information Centre on the site for all the helpful brochures you’ll need to get started.

DIRECTIONS

KINGS PARK:

Just 1.5km outside of the CBD, Kings Park is easily accessible by public transport. From Perth’s main street St Georges Terrace, catch the 935 bus route to Fraser Avenue Precinct (stop Number 17501). From here, it’s an approximately short 429m walk to Kings Park.

Note: This bus travels within the Free Transit Zone so you can hop on and off for free.

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THE BEACHES

Western Australia’s world famous beaches boast miles of pure white sand and clear blue water that is perfect for swimming, surfing, snorkelling or just lazing around any time of the year.

Perth is within easy reach of some of the best beaches. Cottesloe Beach is a popular tourist beach halfway between Perth and Fremantle that has been a favourite holiday spot for generations. With over a kilometre of white sand, there’s plenty of time to have a swim and a snorkel before finding a spot to watch the sun go down over the Indian Ocean – sunsets are famous in WA and a must-see any time of the year!

Scarborough Beach is another popular spot. Located on the Sunset Coast, Scarborough Beach is a fantastic idea for those who want to soak up the sun and surf before heading off to one of the many cafés along the beachfront for something to eat. Hotels, hostels and shopping are also just a step away.

For something a little more adventurous, take a day trip out to Rottnest Island – a dazzling paradise of bright white sands and crystal waters that’s perfect for whale watching, bird spotting, snorkelling, swimming and surfing. There’s also plenty of hidden beaches if you want something a little more private, such as Strickland Bay, Mary Cove and Catherine Bay which are favourites for surfers.

DIRECTIONS

COTTESLOE BEACH:

There are two main ways to get to Cottesloe from Perth. You can hop on a train by catching the Fremantle line and getting off at Cottesloe. Trains leave every 15 minutes and the ride will take less than 20 minutes. Once there, just follow the signs to the beach just a short walk away.

Alternatively, you can take the bus line 102 from Elizabeth Quay Bus Station to Cottesloe Station. The ride should be about 40 minutes and cost less than $5. Check the link for a detailed timetable of all the stops, click here.

SCARBOROUGH BEACH:

Get to Scarborough Beach by catching one of the bus routes 410, 421, 422 and 990 that run past Scarborough beachfront.

ROTTNEST ISLAND:

Rottnest Island can be reached by ferry. You can book your ticket online through one of the ferry companies that leave from Perth, Fremantle and Hillary’s Boat Harbour in Perth’s North. Click on the company links for deals and tickets – Rottness Express or Rottnest Fast Ferries.

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THE WINERIES

If you want to indulge a little, why not head out to Swan Valley and visit one of the many wineries that make this region so famous? Only 25 minutes from Perth’s CBD, Swan Valley is a sweeping landscape rich in art, history, gourmet food and a thriving viticulture that can all be sampled along the famous Food and Wine Trail – a 32km scenic drive that will take you through the heart of the region for you to experience all that it has to offer.

While you’re there, take some time to visit the Caversham Wildlife Park. With over 2000 animals to see, including koalas, dingoes, reptiles, wombats and the super-cute Quokka, it’s a great way to spend the day with friends and take some memorable photos of your time in WA.

DIRECTIONS

SWAN VALLEY:

There is no regular public transport through this region, so it’s best to pre-arrange your transport. Guided tours are a great way to discover the Swan Valley and can take you from Perth city and along the Food and Wine Trail.

Check the link for details.

CAVERSHAM WILDLIFE PARK:

Caversham Wildlife Park is located in Whiteman Park and is open 9am-5:30 pm every day of the year (minus Xmas) – entry is $28 for one adult. From the Bassendean Station in Perth, catch bus number 955 or 956 to Ellenbrook and get off at the Whiteman Park stop on Lord St.

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FREMANTLE

No trip to Perth is complete without a visit to the nearby port city of Fremantle – a place that is pretty as a picture and rich with Western Australia history. Once there, check out one of the many popular things to do in town. Visit the foreboding Fremantle Prison that stands as Australia’s largest convict prison still intact, explore the Western Australian Maritime Museum to get an understanding of Fremantle’s interesting history (including its history of surf boards and marine creatures), head down to South Terrace where you’ll find an abundance of tasty cafés, restaurants and craft breweries and visit the popular Fremantle Markets open every Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday for an eclectic mix of great food, drink, Indigenous art and local music.

If you need to burn some extra calories, why not hire a bike for free from the Fremantle Visitor Centre and cycle to all of the places you want to see? Fremantle is very bicycle-friendly and there are bike lanes all over the city that can easily take you to all of the popular tourist destinations within the area.

DIRECTIONS

FREMANTLE:

Transperth, Perth’s public transport system, makes it easy to reach Fremantle. Catch the train on the Fremantle line from Perth Station and get off at the final stop, Fremantle Station. If paying for a cash ticket, it should cost you around $7.40 for a return, or $6.00 if using a SmartRider card. Buses are also available outside of train stations in order to easily meet up with train times and get you between Perth and Fremantle as well as anywhere you need to go in the city.

For details and to plan your journey click here.

NOTE:

Similar to Perth’s CBD, Fremantle offers a free shuttle service called CAT (Central Area Transit) meaning that you don’t have to pay anything to travel around the city. Watch out for the blue CAT that runs every 10 minutes and the red CAT that runs every 15 minutes. Check this link for bus stops and timetables.

 

 

 

 

 

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