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Scholarships options for international students In Australia

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A common misunderstanding is that there are no Australian university scholarships for international students. This is untrue. Universities value high-performing students and have many scholarship programs designed to attract the world’s best and brightest to study in Australia. 

IDP, through its close relationship with Australian schools and colleges, brings you access to the latest scholarships and bursaries for international students. We make sure you know about the latest offers and how to apply.

Explore scholarship opportunities

There are numerous government and university-specific scholarships designed to attract high-performing students as well as those hoping to work in the country after graduation. Many of these programs offer a substantial bulk payment, educational subsidies, or living allowances designed to make life easier for those looking to study in Australia. 

Australian university scholarships

The Australian Government has a large scholarship program for scholarships for international students and invests some $200 million dollars per year in programs at universities and other tertiary institutions around the country. Many of the country’s top institutions including The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, and the Australian National University (ANU)  offer scholarships to study in Australia with added extras, like health cover. 

Click on the links below to view scholarship opportunities in Australia: 

National

Charles Sturt University

Receive a $1900 bursary per subject for a total of seven subjects, when you confirm your offer to study at Charles Sturt University Study Centres in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney in their next intake. 

That is up to $13,300 if you enrol in seven subjects! This offer applies to international students currently in Australia and New Zealand confirming their offer to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in our intake commencing 9 November 2020.

To secure the bursary you must accept your offer to study by 30 September 2020.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Victoria

La Trobe University:

Destination Australia Scholarship

The Destination Australia scheme supports new international students to study in regional Australia and offers students a high-quality learning experience.

Value:
For eligible applicants, these scholarships are worth up to A$15,000 per annum for up to four years. Applications now open for students commencing in Term 5 2020.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Victoria University:

VU International Excellence Scholarship

The VU International Excellence Scholarship recognises and rewards the achievements of commencing international students. The Scholarship is based on academic merit and requires students to have achieved results that are higher than VU’s academic entrance requirements.

No application is required, students are automatically assessed after submitting their application for an eligible qualification. If successful, the scholarship will be reflected in your final Letter of Offer.

Value:

Vocational Education and Training (VET): $750 per semester. The total value of the scholarship is up to $3,000 towards the total tuition fees for a two-year VET degree.

Undergraduate: $3,000 for the first two study periods. The total value of the Scholarship is up to $12,000 towards the total tuition fees for a four-year undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate (coursework): $3,000 for the first two study periods. The total value of the scholarship is up to $6,000 towards tuition fees for a two-year postgraduate (coursework) degree.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


VU College Diploma Merit Scholarship

The VU College Diploma Merit Scholarship recognises and rewards international student achievement. It is open for students with higher education diploma in Business (Enterprise), Information Technology or Engineering.

Students who have received a scholarship or sponsorship from another organisation are ineligible for these scholarships. Students are required to have an academic achievement with at least a distinction in each unit in the first semester of a diploma at VU College in Melbourne.

No application is required. Students are automatically assessed upon completion of their first semester.

Value:
$2,000 grant for the second semester of studies.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Swinburne University

Swinburne University is offering a wide range of scholarships, up to 75% off your tuition fees. Some scholarships are awarded based on the grades of your previous study, meaning the better your grades, the higher the scholarship amount. Other scholarships are awarded based on your ability to meet the entry requirements of selected courses.

Swinburne International Excellence Scholarships I 4 years Bachelor Degree

WAM/Scholarship

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

WAM 60-69%/GPA 6-6.99

10%

10%

10%

10%

WAM 70-79%/GPA 7-7.99

20%

20%

20%

20%

WAM 80-89%/GPA 8-8.99

30%

30%

30%

30%

WAM 90-94%/GPA 9-9.49

50%

50%

50%

50%

WAM 95%/GPA 9.5+

75%

75%

75%

75%

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Deakin University

Deakin Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship

This scholarship is open to all students commencing studies. It is recommended that scholarship applications be submitted at least one month prior to commencing your studies at Deakin.

Applicants must:

  • be a prospective international student for a coursework degree at Deakin University

  • be eligible to study at Deakin University

  • have achieved an 85% average (or equivalent) in previous studies

Value: 

  • All of your tuition fees or 50% of your tuition fees.

  • * Participation in the Vice-Chancellor's Professional Excellence Program (VCPEP). Students will be required to participate in this program as part of the DVCIS scholarship.

  • Priority place for on-campus accommodation (at own cost and subject to availability

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Deakin International Scholarship

This scholarship is open to all students commencing studies at Deakin. It is recommended that scholarship applications be submitted at least one month prior to commencing your studies at Deakin.

Value:
25% of your student contributions (tuition fees)

Applicants must:

  • be a prospective international student for a coursework degree at Deakin University

  • be eligible to study at Deakin University

  • have achieved a 65% average (or equivalent) in previous studies

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New South Wales

University of Newscastle

Academic Excellence Scholarships Recognising Outstanding Performance in Undergraduate Studies

These scholarships will be awarded via the five academic Faculties:

  • Faculty of Business and Law

  • Faculty of Education and Arts

  • Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

  • Faculty of Health and Medicine

  • Faculty of Science

Value:
The scholarships will be available to students progressing from year 1 to year 2, from year 2 to year 3, and from year 3 to year 4 (in four-year degree programs). They will be awarded to domestic and international students on the basis of academic excellence and will be worth $10,000 each.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Western Sydney University

Vice Chancellor's Academic Excellence Postgraduate Scholarships 

Open to new international students commencing in 2021 for any CRICOS registered undergraduate degree (excluding the Doctor of Medicine). All international applicants have been automatically considered for the scholarships funded by the university; no separate scholarship application is required

Value:
Fifty percent (50%) of tuition fees per session for full time enrolment for the duration of the degree up to a maximum three year. 

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Western Sydney International Scholarships – Undergraduate

Western Sydney International is offering $6,000 and $3,000 multi-year scholarships to new commencing international students enrolling in undergraduate degree coursework programs at Western Sydney University in 2021.

All new applications for admission will be automatically considered for a scholarship. If you are successful, your scholarship offer will be outlined in your Offer of Admission letter. Scholarships are granted on academic achievement in a completed Year 12 qualification or equivalent recognised by Western Sydney University for admission.

Value:
$6,000 per year contribution towards tuition fees (up to three years maximum) or $3,000 per year contribution towards tuition fees (up to three years maximum)

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Vice-Chancellor's Academic Excellence Postgraduate Scholarships

Open to new international students new international students commencing in all 2021 intakes for all CRICOS registered postgraduate coursework degrees with a minimum one year and up to a maximum two years duration. Postgraduate research degrees are excluded. 

All international applicants have been automatically considered for the scholarships funded by the university; no separate scholarship application is required..

Value:
Fifty percent (50%) of tuition fee per session for full-time enrolment for the duration of the degree not exceeding two years.  

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Postgraduate Business Quarter 4 - 10% fee reduction

As with Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 before, WSU is offering a 10% fee reduction to all students commencing in this intake – Quarter 4 September 21st 2020.

Value:
Qualifying students will also benefit from our existing scholarship program with $7,500 or $5,000 multi-year scholarships applied to their subsequent quarters of study.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Bachelor of Nursing - Direct English Entry Program (BNDEEP) - Special Introductory 50% Scholarship Offer

This program is focused to build skills and knowledge for students to achieve the required official test score of IELTS 7.0 level in all bands or equivalent prior to enrolment. The new BNDEEP program is due to commence in September 2020.

Summary:

  • 12 weeks of intensive English study, 20 hours per week.

  • IELTS 6.5 entry level or equivalent.

  • 2020 Start Dates: Sept 14th – Dec 4th ;  October 26th – Jan 29th

Value:
Cost $5,700 ---- Special promotion for 2020 is a 50% fee scholarship! Students pay only $2,850 (plus enrolment fee and principal course deposit fee).

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UNSW

The UNSW Scientia Scholarships

The UNSW Scientia Scholarships were established to encourage students who achieve an ATAR score (or equivalent) of 99.90 or above in an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. HSC), or equivalent, to undertake full-time undergraduate study at UNSW.

International applicants undertaking this qualification must be residing in Australia and attending an Australian High School to be considered.

The scholarship is available to students in most undergraduate degree programs, except for Medicine. Only a very limited number of scholarships may be available to students enrolling in the Medicine (BMed MD) program. The scholarship is automatically awarded by UNSW based on Australian Year 12 results for students applying for admission via UAC commencing Term 1, 2021. 

Value:
$10,000 available for Duration of program (minimum)

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship. 


The UNSW Global Academic Award

The UNSW Global Academic Award has been established to support high-achieving UNSW Global students to take undergraduate study at UNSW. Students who successfully complete a UNSW Global Foundation Studies program and intend to progress to a UNSW bachelors degree are eligible for the UNSW Global Academic Award. 

It's open to international students commencing studies at UNSW in Term 1, Term 2 or Term 3 2021.

Value:
Offer 1: $5,000 for a duration of one year
Offer 2: $10,000 for a duration of one year

Payment will be made towards tuition fees in the student's second term of the first year of study.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Australia's Global University Award

Australia's Global University Award has been established to support high-achieving International students to take undergraduate or postgraduate study at UNSW. It is open to international students:

Commencing full-time study on campus in a UNSW Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework program (excluding PG online and UNSW Canberra)

Must have applied and received an offer of admission* into a UNSW undergraduate or postgraduate degree program

*Open to students commencing their studies at UNSW in Term 1, Term 2 or Term 3, 2020.

Value:
Offer 1: $5,000 for a duration of one year
Offer 2: $10,000 for a duration of one year

Payment will be made towards tuition fees in the student's second term of the first year of study.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


TAFE NSW

Destination Australia Scholarships

Destination Australia Scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government, and are designed to attract and support students who choose to live and study in regional communities. 

Scholarships are provided for specific courses and locations only, as shown below, and require full time class attendance for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Value:
Each Scholarship provides $15,000 per student per year of course enrolment to support costs for living and studying in regional Australia.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Queensland

Griffith University

International Student Academic Merit Scholarship

Scholarships will be offered to eligible students entering undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.

Value:
The scholarship covers 20% of tuition fees which will be deducted from undergraduate or postgraduate coursework tuition fees for the duration of the program. Each deduction will be applied by the Griffith University census date of each relevant trimester of the program. 

To be eligible to receive the scholarship deduction, students must be enrolled full-time (40CP), unless credit prevents full-time enrolment, and maintain a GPA of at least 5.0.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


International Student Academic Excellence Scholarship

Scholarships will be offered to eligible students entering undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.

Value:
The scholarship covers 25% of tuition fees which will be deducted from undergraduate or postgraduate coursework tuition fees for the duration of the program. The deduction will be applied by the Griffith University census date of each relevant trimester of the program. 

To be eligible to receive the scholarship deduction, students must be enrolled full-time (40CP), unless credit prevents full-time enrolment, and maintain a GPA of 5.5.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


University of Southern Queensland

International Student Support Scholarship

In Semester 3 2020, Semester 1 and Semester 2 2021 the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) will offer scholarships to new international students intending to study on-campus after Australian Government travel restrictions are lifted. 

Students who wish to commence their studies in the online mode prior to attending campus will need to apply for the on-campus offering and be accepted through the USQ admissions processes.

This scholarship is based on meeting the entry requirements for the program of study and successfully passing all courses within the program.

International students in all areas of award programs (except for Bachelor of Nursing), undergraduate and postgraduate are welcome to apply.  

Value:
Each scholarship will have a maximum value of 25% of the tuition fees for the duration of the approved study program and will be applied as a 25% reduction of the tuition fees.

(Students are responsible for paying the remainder of the fees as per the offer letter).

Continuation of the scholarship is subject to the recipient receiving a passing grade for completed courses.

Additional Accommodation/Food Package:
In Semester 1 and Semester 2 2021, in addition, this scholarship will include the cost of accommodation on the USQ Toowoomba Residential Colleges for the first semester of on-campus study.  If the Australian government imposes a self-isolation period for incoming travellers during 2021, this scholarship will also include an accommodation food package for the duration of that self-isolation period. 

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


International Student Support Nursing Scholarship

In Semester 1 and Semester 2 2021, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) will offer scholarships to new international students intending to study the Bachelor of Nursing on-campus at USQ after Australian Government travel restrictions are lifted.  Students who wish to commence their studies in the online mode prior to attending campus will need to apply for the on-campus offering and be accepted through the USQ admissions processes.

This scholarship is based on meeting the entry requirements for the program of study and successfully passing all courses within the program.

Value:
Each scholarship will have a maximum value of 10% of the tuition fees for the duration of the approved study program.The scholarship will be applied as a 10% reduction of the tuition fees. 

(Students are responsible for paying the remainder of the fees as per the offer letter).

Continuation of the scholarship is subject to the recipient receiving a passing grade for completed courses.

Additional Accommodation/Food Package:
In Semester 1 and Semester 2 2021, in addition, this scholarship will include the cost of accommodation on the USQ Toowoomba Residential Colleges for the first semester of on-campus study.  If the Australian government imposes a self-isolation period for incoming travellers during 2021, this scholarship will also include an accommodation food package for the duration of that self-isolation period. 

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Western Australia

Murdoch University

International Welcome Scholarships

The International Welcome Scholarship is worth up to $12,000 for Business and Nursings degrees and up to $11,000 for all other degrees.

The scholarship works as a partial fee-reduction so the amount you receive depends on your course duration. The scholarship is open to:

  • ​Undergraduate - 3 year degree

  • Undergraduate - 4 year degree

  • Undergraduate - 1 to 2 years if you have received advanced standing

  • All combinations of 6 months to 2 years for Masters

Eligibility:

  • you are an international, full fee-paying student

  • you are starting studies at one of Murdoch's Western Australian campuses in 2020 – 2024 intakes;

  • you are starting studies in a Murdoch coursework degree (this is a bachelor, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters-by-coursework degree) 

Eligible courses:

  • all bachelor degrees available to international students and delivered at one of Murdoch's Western Australian campus'

  • ​all graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters by coursework degrees available to international students and delivered at one of Murdoch's Western Australian campus'

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Edith Cowan University

Executive Dean's 2021 Master of Engineering Scholarship

The Scholarship is offered to International students who can demonstrate high academic achievement in their previous studies. All applicants who meet the criteria are automatically eligible for this scholarship when they apply for a select postgraduate course within the School of Engineering. 

Value:
The scholarship offers a 10% reduction in tuition fees for the duration of the course at ECU

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


2021 International Australian Alumni Scholarship

The 2021 International Australian Alumni Scholarship recognises the connection international students have to Australian study. It is open to students from all nationalities who have previously completed an education program in Australia.

Value:
The scholarship offers a 20% reduction in tuition fees for the duration of your course at ECU.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


2021 International Undergraduate Scholarship

The International Undergraduate Scholarship is offered to international students from selected countries who are applying for a Bachelor degree at ECU. 

Value:
The scholarship offers a 20% reduction in your tuition fees for the duration of your course at ECU. The scholarships are open to future international students seeking to enrol at Edith Cowan University in a Bachelor degree.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


2021 International Masters Scholarship

The International Masters Scholarship is offered to international students from selected countries who are applying for select Masters degrees at ECU. 

Value:
The scholarship offers a 20% reduction in your tuition fees for the first year of your Masters course at ECU. The scholarships are open to future international students seeking to enrol at Edith Cowan University.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Curtin University:

2021 - Curtin International Scholarships – Merit Scholarship

Curtin University strives to give high achieving students around the world the opportunity to pursue their ambitions and gain a world-class education. Through the Merit scholarship, Curtin welcomes eligible students who have citizenship in any country other than Australia.

Value: 
This scholarship category awards eligible students 25% off their first year of tuition.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


2021 - Curtin International Scholarships - Australian Year 12 Scholarship

Curtin University understands there is a growing body of international students around the world studying for an Australian high school certificate. In support of this cohort, this scholarship aims to assist international students of any nationality except Australian, who successfully complete an Australian high school qualification either in Australia or overseas.

Curtin offers an extensive range of undergraduate programs and this scholarship will help these students to pursue their dreams and continue their education association with Australia.

Value:
This scholarship provides eligible students 25% off their first year tuition fee, up to a maximum of 200 credits.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


2021 - Curtin International Scholarships - Alumni & Family Scholarship

Curtin University has an expanding alumni community and is pleased to offer the Alumni & Family Scholarship to any nationality except Australian. It's open to students who can demonstrate close personal ties to Curtin University.

For example, students must present evidence that they, their sibling, half-sibling, parent, or child are members of Curtin Alumni or are currently enrolled students.

Value: 
This scholarship category awards eligible students 25% off their first year of tuition.

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Tasmania

The Tasmanian International Scholarship (TIS)

All international students who submit an International Student Application to study in an undergraduate degree (with the exception of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Dementia Care and AMC Seafaring courses) will be automatically assessed for the TIS Scholarship. 

Value:
25% reduction in registered tuition fees for the duration of their course (provided satisfactory grades are maintained).

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Destination Australia Scholarship

Available to international students who are commencing a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree at the University of Tasmania in 2021 in either Hobart, Launceston or Cradle Coast. To be eligible, students must be commencing studies at the University for the first time and be studying on a valid student visa. Selection will be based on academic merit and quality of written application.

Value: 
$15,000 per year, up to 4 years

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


TasTAFE

TasTAFE scholarships are available for any student who is currently living outside of Australia, who applies to study at TasTAFE and commence in February 2021, July 2021 or February 2022 in the following study areas:

  • Laboratory Technology

  • Engineering

  • Information Technology

  • Hospitality

  • Tourism

  • Commercial Cookery

Students must apply by October 31, 2020.

Value:
$1000

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


Northern Territory

Charles Darwin University

Vice-Chancellor's International High Achievers Scholarships (VCIHAS)

CDU offers a limited number of scholarships for international students who have a record of academic excellence and high achievement. 

Applications close:
Semester 1 intake - 30 November 2020
Semester 2 intake - 15 May 2021

Value:
The scholarship applies to an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree covering 50% or 25% of the tuition fee for the full duration of the course.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


CDU Global Excellence Award

CDU Global offers a limited number of CDU Global Excellence Scholarships to international students who have a record of academic excellence and high achievement. 

Applications close: 
Semester 1 intake - 30 November 2020
Semester 2 intake - 15 May 2021

Value:
The scholarships applies to an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree covering 50% of the tuition fee for the first year of study and 10% in subsequent years.

Book an appointment with our education counsellors to find out more about this scholarship.


ACT

Australian National University

ANU Chancellor’s International Scholarship

In 2021, The Australian National University (ANU) will offer up to 200 awards known as the ANU Chancellor's International Scholarship.  ANU looks to attract a diverse range of high calibre international students to enrol in undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs offered by the University.

The scholarship is available only for applicants commencing their studies in Semester 1 2021.

These awards are distributed into 6 categories:

Category

Number of Awards

Scholarship Value

Undergraduate International applicants

25

up to $25,000

Undergraduate International applicants

25

up to $25,000

Postgraduate International applicants

75

up to $15,000

International applicants from South Asia Region

50

up to $25,000

International applicants from South Asia Region

30

up to $25,000

International applicants from Middle East and Africa Region

10

up to $25,000

International applicants who have completed International Baccalaureate (IB)

10

up to $20,000

Applicants will be assessed in the above categories based on their citizenship. Application closes on 16 November 2020

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