Best Universities for International Students

The best universities for international students include the University of Wollongong based on attendance, low tuition fees and rankings.#1  University of WollongongThe best universities for international students are popular, affordable and high quality. Using these three traits, we've ranked Australia's universities as places to study abroad.

As well as a full list of rankings, we briefly discuss the top universities and the best in each of the individual categories: popularity, affordability and quality.

Top 3 Universities for International Students

The best universities for international students do well overall on popularity, costs and quality.The University of Wollongong is ranked as the best for international students. It is popular with foreign students - more than 10,000 study on-campus at UOW (close to 40% of the student body). It is reasonably affordable, with an average tuition fee of $23,000 per year. It is also high quality, taking second spot in general rankings of Australian universities.

RMIT University is ranked as Australia's second best university for studying abroad. RMIT owes it high ranking mainly to being very popular. It teaches more than 26,000 international students, making it easily the biggest destination for foreign students. They make up close to half the student body.

Monash University is Australia's third best university for international students. Despite pricey tuition fees, its study abroad program brings more than 21,000 foreign students to Australia. Monash is also positioned highly (8th) in general university rankings.

Most Popular Universities for International Students

University popularity is measured by international student numbers and percentages.#2  RMIT UniversityRMIT University is one of the best universities for international students based on its popularity.Popularity contributes a third of the overall score (and ranking) for each university. We measure "popularity" according to how many international students attend the university, in both absolute and percentage terms.

The three most popular universities with international students are RMIT, Monash and Curtin. Together, they teach more than 63,000 international students. Foreign students respectively make up 49%, 37% and 41% of each university's on-campus classes.

Cheapest Universities for International Students

The cheapest Australian universities for international students set annual tuition fees below $20,000.Federation University is one of the top universities for international students due to low tuition fees.#4  Federation UniversityTuition fees contributes a further third of scores and rankings. This allows low-cost universities to compete with prestigious ones.

An indicative tuition fee has been calculated for each university using published tuition fees for 2014. It is the average annual fee across five popular degrees (BA, BBus, BSc, MEd, PhD).

The universities with the lowest tuition fees are often smaller, regional universities with relatively few international students. Of the 8 universities with an average fee below $20,000 per year, there are four with more than 5,000 students. From lowest to highest charging, they are FedUni, USQ, CQUniversity and CSU.

Top Ranked Australian Universities

ANU's is a study destination for international students because of its high rankings.#18  Australian National UniversityGeneral university quality is measured by university rankings.The third way we rate universities for international students is by overall quality. For this, we use Australian university rankings by University Reviews Australia.

Rankings are based on academic reputation, student course ratings and graduate salaries. The top Australian universities are ANU, Wollongong, UWA, Melbourne Uni and UNSW.

List of Best Universities for International Students

Top universities for

international students

International

students on campus

Tuition fees

39%

49%

37%

48%

45%

41%

61%

24%

24%

31%

24%

25%

26%

24%

26%

27%

38%

26%

22%

24%

22%

11%

26%

31%

26%

15%

30%

20%

3%

25%

17%

28%

21%

31%

20%

29%

12%

33%

8%

8%

$22,930

$23,358

$29,131

$18,626

$24,379

$28,244

$19,577

$19,292

$22,544

$23,528

$26,703

$28,940

$30,066

$22,491

$21,297

$28,069

$22,458

$29,397

$22,335

$20,789

$28,427

$21,911

$17,985

$22,632

$24,075

$18,969

$20,088

$23,859

$23,393

$21,040

$26,596

$19,680

$32,879

$28,156

$22,730

$20,465

$20,137

$31,046

$12,738

$19,888

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10,580

26,323

21,151

5,658

8,454

16,231

5,282

1,081

7,222

8,312

10,728

12,145

12,311

7,701

5,169

6,736

9,229

5,137

4,572

9,228

5,406

4,095

913

5,580

8,917

1,028

7,314

5,375

267

3,860

6,866

4,085

10,571

10,803

3,580

2,574

2,663

1,854

119

678

General rank

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8

24

20

22

37

10

12

17

7

5

4

18

19

6

32

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16

27

3

14

25

28

26

23

38

21

11

29

15

36

9

31

30

39

33

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RMIT University is one of the top universities for international students based on attendance, low tuition fees and rankings.

#3  Monash University

Murdoch University is one of the best universities for studying abroad in Australia.

#5  Murdoch University

Curtin University is among the most popular universities for studying abroad in Australia.

#6  Curtin University

CQUniversity is one of the top universities for international students because of low tuition fees and a high percentage of foreign students.

#7  CQUniversity

UNE is highly rated for international students due to low tuition fees.

#8  University of New England

Deakin University is good for international students, with low fees and a high ranking.

#9  Deakin University

Sources: University websites, UCube Higher Education Statistics, University Reviews Australia (international student tuition fees, university rankings)

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