If you don’t know what you would like to study, no worries! We are here to accompany you into this research. Our career consultants and experts are trained to have a thorough knowledge of  all the courses and promos offered across the country.

We have combined here the most popular and cheapest VET courses in Australia for international students (Vocational Education and Training). If you want to discuss more details about those courses contact our team, we are here to make sure you find what you are looking for.  

What are the Cheapest courses for international students in Australia?

You want to stay longer in Australia and study a course eligible for a student visa but are on a budget? You might feel overwhelmed by all the information available on the internet, but we are here to give you some help. We have gathered all the cheapest courses available in Australia for International students. Studying any of these courses will help you get a student visa in Australia. You will find these courses pretty much everywhere: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth but also Byron Bay, Gold Coast or Noosa.

💼The business/ management type of courses are some of the cheapest courses.

The business/ management type of courses are the most popular amongst international students due to the bank balance and social life! These tafe courses are usually the cheapest courses in Australia. Prices starts from as low as $3900 for a 12 month course.

Choosing a business / management course can look a bit confusing at first – but it’s really not! Most schools all over the country offer Business, Leadership and Management, Project Management and Marketing and Communication courses.

Cheapest courses in Australia: Business

Business is a popular course because it provides a lot of transferable skills that you can use in the future. It covers units within marketing and communication, project management and leadership (details of the units on the clickable links of each course). The prices of the schools reflect the quality, or the learning provided. It is great for anyone who wants to up-skill, start their own business or show future employers that they know and understand everything in a fast-paced business world. Its goes from the Certificate III, to Certificate IV, then Diploma and Advanced diploma. Some schools also offers a Certificate IV in entrepreneurship and new business.


💻 Study Marketing 

Marketing and communication is very popular and a great course to do, you would have to start from the Certificate IV, and then if you want to, you can progress to the Diploma and Advanced Diploma. You can even progress into a Diploma in Social Media Marketing too afterwards. This is great if you want to learn how to promote a business, create a marketing plan and strategy.


🏢 Study Leadership and Management

Upon completion of a Leadership and Management qualification, you will have the ability to manage demanding targets, resolve conflicts and lead teams effectively. All of these qualities will ensure you are an attractive resource to companies facing organisational issues. Leadership courses impart transferable skills that help you excel in any field or career. There are 3 levels, some schools will offers the certificate IV in leadership & management, but most schools will starts from the Diploma followed by the Advanced diploma.

🔄 Cheap courses in Australia: Project Management

Project management course is fast becoming one of the most desired qualifications for employers to look out for when hiring as the skills and knowledge transfer cross many industries and roles. This is especially highly in demand skill in construction, engineering, tech startup etc. Same as above a few schools are offering the lower level: Certificate IV in project management practice, but most of them will offer only the Diploma of project management followed by the Advanced diploma of program management.


If none of these subjects interest you – there are many more cheap courses and colleges in Australia for international students on offer. Courses which are specific to a trade, skill or industry are usually slightly more expensive due to the nature of the topic. You get in touch with a friendly Study Destination Consultant we can look into all your options and find the best outcome to match your budget and goals!

🥼 Community Services and Health 

Make a real difference in the lives of others who are at risk. As a community services professional, you'll support individuals and communities' wellbeing, so if you are a helper this career can be the right one for you.  

Courses include community services, ageing support, individual support, disability, mental health, youth work or counselling.  Diploma of Nursing is also a very popular VET course in Australia that can lead you to PR in Australia and a great career worldwide. 

If you want to discuss the different options available for you, please contact our team.


What is the cheapest course in Australia?

General courses such as Business, Marketing & Communication, Leadership & Management and Project Management are the cheapest courses. There are 6-month courses from $2700 and 12 month courses from $4500.

Where is the cheapest place to study in Australia?

Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Byron Bay all have the same low prices for these courses.

What is the cheapest city to live in Australia?

Statistically speaking it is Hobart, however most regional areas across Australia have a cheaper cost of living. Such as Geelong, regional NSW or Adelaide.

Why Study in Australia?

You will live a dream!
Australia has a world-famous high-quality education system. With over 100 institutions and more than 22,000 courses to choose from. Melbourne has been named Australia’s most liveable city in 2022, outranking Brisbane and Adelaide and has been named 10th in the world according to Global Liveability Index 2022.

You will learn a lot.
Not only because of the high standards of Australia's education system, but also because you will immerse yourself in a new country and a new culture! International students have the chance to study English Courses (ELICOS), Vocational and Trade qualifications or University Programs. Some courses are more general based, such as Business or Project Management, others are more specific such as Carpentry or Graphic Design and others are more professional and career focused such as Nursing or Education.

New Opportunities.
Australia offers very good opportunities, especially for young people who have a good educational background and speak English. There are also charities and non-government organisations which offer volunteer work for students - a great way to meet people, gain hands-on work experience and contribute to the community.

You will get paid.
In Australia salaries are high and you will have the same protections at work as anyone else working in Australia.. You can pay for basic expenses: food, accommodation, phone bills ... and even save money to travel! 

You can work.
Currently, there is a temporary relaxation of working rights for international students which means full-time working hours are permitted before a course starts and during term time. (Normally there are no work rights before a course starts and just 40 working hours are permitted per fortnight)

You will always remember it.
You will not only learn and improve your professional skills, but you will also live a unique and unforgettable adventure. Impressive beaches, surfing, like-minded people, amazing weather, and all-round, 'good vibes'.