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What does it cost to study abroad?

Planning for an overseas education? Here's a quick overview of how much you’ll need for tuition fees and living expenses.

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The total cost of taking an undergraduate course in the USA, Australia, UK and Canada (for international students) ranges from USD 109,314 to USD 165,231 (current value)

Annual tultion fees


Annual cost of living


Total cost for an undergraduate course


USA 29,254 12,054 165,231
UAE 28,853 13,658 148,788
Hong Kong 16,574 18,366 139,756
Australia 23,575 14,502 133,272
Singapore 17,247 17,310 120,950
UK 20,542 13,604 119,513
Canada 15,591 11,737 109,314
Taiwan 3,436 9,922 53,429
Indonesia 4,015 7,600 52,265
China 3,813 7,452 50,690


Global key findings - Parents have high expectations for their child's education but many do not have a proper plan in place.

  • 95% and 88% are considering university undergraduate and postgraduate education for their son or daughter, respectively
  • 78% have a favoured occupation in mind for their child, with medicine being the most popular profession, followed by engineering and computer science. Income-earning potential and job security are the top reasons driving parents' preferences.


Source: The total cost for students in each country is the sum of the average university tuition fees for international students based on the average length of courses, and the average cost of living per year. Annual tuition fees data have been sourced from the 10 largest universities in each country. The annual cost of living for students in each country is sourced from on 3 August 2015. The above fees are for reference only.

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