International fees

As a prospective international student, you are required to pay your fees for the first teaching term before you can be enrolled as a Western Sydney University student.

Tuition fees

You are required to enrol in a full-time load for each teaching term. This is a condition of your Student Visa.

You will be advised of your estimated fees on your official offer letter, including tuition fees and compulsory Overseas (International) Student Health Cover.

You will be issued with a Statement of Account (SoA) for each term that you are enrolled, which will inform you of your fees owing for that term. Please note that your fees are due by the start date of each term.

International tuition fees

Making payments (payment options)

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Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

OSHC is a compulsory health insurance policy that is required for the issue of a Student Visa.

After receiving an offer of a place at the Western Sydney University, you will usually be asked to pay for OSHC unless you already hold a policy.

If you are classified as Australia Award sponsored, or belong under certain categories of IDP sponsored students, you may be eligible to have OSHC paid for you by your scholarship provider.

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Failure to pay fees

If your tuition fees are not paid in full by the program commencement date, the University will send an email to your student account alerting you to your outstanding balance and give you a notice informing you that you are at risk of your enrolment and CoE  being cancelled. A Hold may be put on your record until fees are paid, which may impact your ability to access vUWS, graduate, re-enrol or receive official documents, including your results.

As a student visa holder, it is very important to maintain your enrolment in order to comply with student visa conditions.

The University is obliged to report any non-enrolment due to non-payment of fees to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) which could lead to your visa being cancelled.

Please note that tuition fees do not include other expenses associated with university study such as books, equipment, accommodation and living expenses. See the Other costs section on the Fees page for more information.

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If you are eligible to apply for a refund you can apply by using the Request a Fee Refund form.

If you are taking a break from studies (or a leave of absence) you are not eligible for the fee refund as this will be credited to your account and apply to your next session’s tuition and SSAF fees.

If you are requesting a refund because you are transferring to another institution, or resigning from your studies, you need to have first completed a Discontinuation application.

Please note that International students discontinuing a program of study will be reported to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) as required by legislation.

Withdrawal before the census date

You are entitled to receive a refund for a portion of your tuition fee under the following circumstances.

  • Your International application for a student visa is rejected prior to you commencing studies, in which case all tuition fees will be refunded. Appropriate documentary evidence is required.
  • The University withdraws an offer of admission, or is unable to provide a program. This will apply unless the University made the offer on the basis of incomplete or incorrect information provided by you. In this case, the University reserves the right to retain an administrative fee of 10% of the term tuition fee paid, as well as any agent's commission which may have been incurred.
  • You provide written advice at least 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching term that you are unable to commence or continue a program. A refund of 90% of the term tuition fee will apply.
  • You provide written advice less than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching term, but prior to the census date for that teaching term. A refund of 50% of the term tuition fee will apply.
  • You do not meet University progression rules and are suspended or excluded from enrolling. A full refund will apply for any tuition fees paid in advance for future teaching terms.
    If you have completed one academic year of study and are approved for a transfer to another higher education provider in Australia, you are entitled to a refund if you have paid tuition fees for a future term at Western Sydney University. This is subject to the notification provisions above.

Withdrawal after the census date

If you withdraw from a subject or resign from your program after the approved census date for that teaching term, you will not be eligible to receive a refund.

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