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Costs associated with your study at CDU will depend on several things, including your study program and where you choose to live. There are many online budget calculators to assist you with budgeting, such as Money Smart budget planner. This is a useful tool and we recommend using it or something similar to ensure you are prepared financially for coming to Australia.

Find out more about costs and fees associated with studying at CDU in the below section.

Fees and expenses

  • Looking for the tuition fees? You can find these in each course.

    1. Go to: https://www.cdu.edu.au/study and select your study area
    2. In each of the study areas are all of the course available at CDU
    3. Select your course, you will find all of the course details here
    4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to "International Student Fees".

    The fees advertised are the annual fee for the course. These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

    CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

  • On October 11, 2011 the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing universities to charge a fee for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature.

    The Minister for Tertiary Education also issued universities with strict guidelines on what your Student Services and Amenities Fees may be spent on. You can read about the guidelines on the Australian Government website. Find out more information below on what the CDU SSAF Fee is for this year. 

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  • In Australia, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a mandatory requirement of your student visa. You must have OSHC for the entire time you are studying here. OSHC also gives you peace of mind knowing your health will be looked after you can easily access medical services while you are in Australia.

    To get an accurate quote on how much this will costs, visit the Allianz Global Assistance website.

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    Alliance Prices

    How much you pay for OSHC depends on the type of cover you need. For example:

    • Singles –  covering only the overseas student who is the primary Student Visa holder*
    • Dual family – covering the overseas student, and either:
      • One adult spouse or de facto partner
      • One or more children under the age of 18 years old
    • Multi-family – covering the overseas student and more than one dependant, which can include:
      • Only one adult spouse or de facto partner
      • One or more dependent children

    The Australian Government requires that you have continuous OSHC for the entire length of your stay in Australia. So when you purchase OSHC, you’ll need to pay your policy premium upfront to cover you for the length of the student visa you’re applying for.

  • Travel costs

    Costs will depend on where you are flying from and to and the time of year. For example around December and January all flights are more expensive. Darwin in the Dry Season (April - August) are also more expensive. We recommend you research you flights through Webjet for an accurate quote.

    Estimated Costs in AUD below:

    To Darwin: $500 - $3,000

    To Sydney: $200 - $3,000

    Sydney to Darwin: $150 - $500

    Sydney to Alice Springs: $300 - $600

    Darwin to Alice springs: $300 - $500

    Airports

    Both Darwin and Sydney have international airports. However, you may need to fly into Sydney first, which is Australia’s main airport. Flights between Sydney and Darwin take approximately 4 hours. If you book a connecting flight, it is important to leave at least two hours between your arrival and departure times to allow for any unexpected delays.

    Darwin International Airport

    Sydney International Airport

    Alice Springs only has a domestic airport. you will need to fly to Darwin or to Sydney and then book another flight to Alice Springs.

    Alice Springs airport

    Airport Pick up

    Darwin: flying into Darwin you can arrange a free airport pick up. Details on how to arrange this can be found here

    Sydney: If you are staying in Sydney there are a few options:

    1. Train or public transport

    2. Taxi, Uber or other share ride

    3. Hire car

    Details of airport pick up options can be found online here. If you have a domestic flight to Darwin or Alice Springs you will generally need to visit the domestic terminal, here is more information on how to catch your next flight. 

    Alice Springs: details on the transport options from the airport to your accommodation can be found online here. 

    Unless you are taking advantage of the free airport pick up in Darwin, it is recommended to keep aside $15 - $100 AUD for airport transfers. 

  • The cost of living in Australia varies from city to city, and students should not expect to fund their studies or living costs in Australia through part-time employment only.

    The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 23 October 2019, the 12-month living cost was listed as:

    • Individual student - $21,041
    • Partner or spouse - $7,362
    • Child - $3,152

    However, costs will vary from person to person depending on where you live and your lifestyle choices. The below table gives a cost comparison between the living expenses in Darwin and Sydney (note: figures included are an approximate guide only).

    In addition to weekly expenses, you may also have establishment costs on arrival. These include security deposits, temporary accommodation, linen and basic home wares. You may also need to allow for a deposit on a contract for your mobile device.

    Cost of living in Australia

     

    Learn more about each campus and the cost of living

    Study in Darwin

    Study in Sydney

    Study in Alice Springs

  • During your studies, you will need to purchase textbooks and other items required to study. Text books can vary from $200 - $500 per semester depending on the course you are taking. Other expenses might include: stationary, printing, purchasing a laptop or computer, protective clothing, work materials, travel and accommodation for placement, working with children clearances and computing programs. These will depend on your course. 

  • New Students: All new students need to pay a deposit once they accept their offer. When an applicant accepts an offer they must pay their fees as stated in the acceptance fees in the letter of offer, this includes tuition fees, SSAF fees and the OSHC if purchasing through us. 

    Continuing Student: All fees must be paid by the first day of the semester, term or teaching period.

    Details on the CDU's policy regarding refunds can be found online here.

     

  • The University offers faster and secure payment options. You can pay via one of the following payment options listed below.

    Payment Options

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