International students get the countries they pay for

Australia is an international leader – certainly in the cost of study

The feds have crunched the numbers for 2017 bachelor degree fees, various nations charged international students.  In 2017 US dollars, adjusted for purchasing power parity, the US was most expensive, charging an annual average of $25 000. Canada followed at just over US$20 000 and Australia, just under. Sweden is fourth, at a touch under $15 000, followed by Chile, around $7500. At the other end of the scale Germany and France charge nothing, or next to.

However, the Department of Education’s analysis concludes the market is not at all price sensitive. “Sweden and Chile, had high fees and low enrolments of international students. These results suggest that tuition fees are generally not the primary factor influencing international students’ choice of study destination.”


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