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Cheapest courses for a Student Visa in Australia in 2023

Are you looking to study in Australia or is your current visa expiring soon? Save a ton of money with these special offers and pick one of these cheap diploma courses or bachelor degrees for international students in Australia.

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

What’s changing for international students in 2024?

We have several changes to discuss, among which one of the most significant is the heightened English Language requirement and the introduction of the Genuine Student requirement for Australian Student visa applications. Don’t forget to also double-check the current financial capacity requirement (commonly known as ‘show money’ for Australian Student visas). This blog article is here to give you all the details on when these changes kick in and share other recent developments that have piqued our interest.

TIP: Save hundreds of dollars on the mandatory Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Compare all eligible providers and purchase the cheapest one here.

Cheapest Student visa courses from Study Anywhere

As all the costs are rising, it now makes more sense than ever to look for affordable courses when you want to study in Australia. You can save thousands of dollars just by enroling in the right college or by choosing a little less popular city. So are you ready to find out what’s the cheapest course for international students in Australia?

TIP: No idea how to apply for the Australian Student visa? Just send us a message and we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step. You can also check our article about how to successfully apply for a Student visa in Australia.

1. Cheapest Student visa courses for international students in Sydney

Cheapest courses for international students in Sydney

We mentioned that tuition fees for international students are usually lower in less popular cities. However, let’s start with Sydney because we know many of you can’t wait to hit the waves at Bondi Beach. The cheapest CRICOS registered courses for international students in Sydney are offered by ELC Career College (formerly SELC). You can choose from courses in Business, Leadership and Management, Project Management, or Marketing and Communication, all for just $1,250 per term ($5,000 / year). Shorter or longer durations are available, and this pricing is valid until the 31st of January 2024.

Update (15th of April 2024): This promotion has now ended; however, ELC continues to offer their courses at a reasonable price of $1,500 per term ($6,000 / year). Contact us to enroll without the $250 enrollment fee. This offer is valid for both onshore and offshore enrollments. Additionally, ELC Career College has been risk-rated as an Evidence Level 1 college, which increases the chances of success for your visa application.

All the cheap Certificate, Diploma, and Advanced Diploma courses at ELC are eligible for a Student visa and we can even combine some of them into a course package for you. That’s handy if you’d like to study in Australia for a bit longer and apply for up to a 4-year Student visa with us.

Update (30th of December 2023): For more convenience, your quarterly instalments can now be split into two ($625 each) if you prefer.

To enrol, just send us a message and we’ll help you both with your enrolment and our migration agent also with your visa application.

Tip: Australian Student visas are typically granted for a duration slightly longer than the actual course period. Find more information in our FAQs.

These are the cheapest diploma courses in Australia for international students right now

A popular college for international students – the Australian College of Business Intelligence (ACBI) has introduced its end-of-the-year promotion. You can now choose several Certificate IV, Diploma, and Advanced Diploma courses in Sydney and study each of them for just $1,200 per term ($4,800 / year).

Update (28th of February 2024): The promotion has ended; however, ACBI still offers very attractive pricing starting from $1,400 per term ($5,600 per year). See details below.

ACBI in Sydney offers some of the cheapest Student visa courses in Australia right now:

  • Certificate III in Entrepreneurship & New Business ($1,400 / term)
  • Certificate IV in Business – Sustainability ($1,500 / term)
  • Diploma of Business – Digital Analytics ($1,600 / term)
  • Diploma of Project Management ($1,400 / term)
  • Diploma of Leadership & Management ($1,600 / term)
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership & Management ($1,700 / term)
  • Certificate IV in Health Administration ($1,500 / term)
  • Certificate IV in Marketing & Communications ($1,500 / term)
  • Certificate IV in Design ($1,600 / term)
  • Certificate IV in Environmentally Sustainable Management ($1,600 / term)

The second cheapest college for international students in Sydney is…

…Lloyds International College. They’ve unfortunately raised prices, however, you can still study for a reasonable amount and choose from a variety of interesting and flexible courses in Sydney:

  • Certificate II in Workplace Skills (1 year)
  • Certificate III in Business (1 year)
  • Certificate IV in Business (1 year)
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management (1.5 years)
  • Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication (1 year)
  • Diploma of Marketing and Communication (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Marketing and Communication (1.5 years)

Update (8th of November 2023): Lloyds International College has revised its prices but is maintaining discounted rates at $1,400 per term ($5,600 per year) for 2024. This pricing will be in effect until December 31, 2023. However, starting from 2024, a $40 material fee per term will be introduced, and the enrolment fee will increase to $250.

2. The absolute cheapest course in Australia for international students

Cheap diploma courses for international students on the Gold Coast

If you’re looking for something even more affordable, consider heading north to the Gold Coast or Brisbane, where Greenwich College offers a pretty good range of courses. Not only will you save on your tuition fees, but the cost of living in Queensland is also more affordable compared to Sydney.

These are the cheapest courses for a Student visa in Australia in 2024:

  • Certificate IV in Business (40-44 weeks)
  • Diploma of Business – Digital Transformation (48-52 weeks)
  • Diploma Leadership and Management (48-52 weeks)
  • Diploma of Project Management (48-52 weeks)
  • Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication (40-44 weeks)
  • Diploma of Marketing and Communication (48-52 weeks)

You can study any of these courses for just $900 every two months ($4,500 – 5,400 per course) + a $230 one-off enrolment fee. When we combine them into a package for you, you’ll be able to apply for up to a 3-year Student visa in Australia. Send us a message for more information. If you are onshore already, a 50% discount on the first term applies which means your total amount for a one-year course in Brisbane or Gold Coast would be just $4,050. When you enrol onshore with Study Anywhere, you won’t even pay the enrolment fee.

Update (20th of January 2024): Specials at Greenwich College are back and the same promotion is now valid until March 31, 2024.

Update (29th of March 2024): Greenwich College is extending this promotion until the 30th of June 2024 and it now includes courses in Adelaide too.

3. Cheapest diploma courses if you are already in Australia

Cheapest courses in Australia if you are onshore already

Onshore specials are always worth exploring. Are you eligible? Yes, if you are in Australia at the time of your application. Whether you’re transitioning from a Working Holiday (or Work and Holiday) Visa to a Student Visa in Australia or holding another visa, such as a Visitor/Tourist visa, or applying for another Student visa while onshore, you’re eligible. Just ensure to verify whether your visa Grant Letter includes a “No further stay” condition. If not, you’re good to proceed.

Currently, NVR Education in Sydney is offering the most enticing onshore promotion. The cheapest Diploma Courses, Certificate IV, and Advanced Diploma courses at NVR are priced at just $1,400 / every three months ($5,600 per year). Why should you consider this offer?

NVR Education provides an extensive array of courses in Marketing, Business, Leadership and Management, and Human Resource Management. HR courses for international students in Australia are often scarce and typically come at a higher cost. At NVR Education, you can pursue HR Management for 1-4 years.

Sounds interesting? Reach out to us for free assistance with your enrolment and Student visa application, provided by a registered migration agent.

4. Cheapest Bachelor degrees for international students in Australia

Would you like to unlock yourself an opportunity for a 2-year Graduate visa after you complete your studies?

Look no further than AIBI (Australian Institute of Business Intelligence) because they currently discounted their Bachelor of Cyber Security, Bachelor of International Business, and Bachelor of Enterprise Management Systems programs by a whopping 30%. Yup instead of $65,000 for a 3-year program, it will now cost you only $45,500 with instalment plans available.

Update (29th of April 2024): AIBI has extended its promotion for the most affordable Bachelor degrees for international students in Australia. You can enrol for September 2024 intake in both Sydney and Melbourne to qualify for the scholarship. If you are already in Australia, you can enjoy additional savings with a 40% discount.

Contact us and we will get you your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for as little as $1,000 upfront payment.

Up to 35% scholarship for international students in 2024

If you are interested more in Early Childhood Education, Counselling and Psychotherapy, or Arts Therapy programs, you need to check Ikon Institute of Australia. Enrol with Study Anywhere for any 2024 intake and receive a 25% scholarship for Early Childhood Education Programs, or an even greater 35% discount when enroling in Arts Therapy & Counselling and Psychotherapy Programs. Choose to study in Sydney or Melbourne. The 4-year Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Ikon now costs only $15,000 per year. While it may still sound like a lot, don’t forget that this degree will give you the opportunity to stay in Australia for 2 years after graduation and also possibly 4 years or longer with the change to the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.

Check other affordable courses

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

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.

So that’s it for the cheapest courses for a Student visa in Australia 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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Cheapest courses for international students in Australia

Renew your visa in Australia or score a discounted course fee for the next year. Check out our current special offers and save thousands of dollars on your tuition fees.

Is it worth applying now?

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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Australian Department of Home Affairs is changing the Student Visa application fee from the 1st of July 2019.

The cost of a Student Visa in Australia (Subclass 500) is now $620 (an increase from $575). If you will be applying in Australia and your current visa was granted while you were in Australia, be prepared that the Department of Home Affairs will charge you another $700 (Subsequent Temporary Application Charge) on top of the $620. This is often the case when someone is moving from the second year of Working Holiday Visa and this fee has not changed since 1. 7. 2019.

If you are planning to include your partner in your Student Visa application, you will be charged another $430 (Additional Applicant Charge 18+) by the Department of Home Affairs.

Do you want to save as much money on your Student Visa in Australia as possible? Why not take advantage of our current special offer? You can choose the cheapest course in Sydney and study for as little as $4,000 / year ($1,000 every three months). Contact us now for a free quote and all the details.

Students enrolling with Study Anywhere will get free assistance with their Student Visa applications by our registered migration agent.

All prices are in Australian Dollars (AUD). Please, check the website of the Department of Home Affairs for all the details about a Student Visa in Australia and FAQs on our website.

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in SYDNEY
for $5,600
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The price includes one year of tuition fees and Student visa assistance from a registered migration agent. Valid until June 30, 2024.