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  • Locations: Perth, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Fields of Study: Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Science, Health & Nutrition, Hospitality & Tourism, International Business, Law & Judicial Sciences, Performing Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences
Housing Options: Independent Housing, Student Residence/ On Campus Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

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Edith Cowan University





Here are a few "Fun Facts" about Western Australia (WA) and about Perth

  1. The capital of Western Australia, Perth, is the most isolated city in the world

  2. Perth researchers discovered a meteorite older than Earth in the WA outback. The rock is around 4.5 billion-years-old

  3. After World War 1, the Australia government went to war against a horde of 20,000 emus and lost.

  4. There are an estimated 750 words used differently in Western Australia than in the Eastern states.

  5. Western Australia is more than three times the size of Texas

University Snapshot

  • ECU is home of the prestigious Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

  • ECU offers unique coursework in such topics such as motor sports, surf science, game design, counter terrorism security & intelligence, and screen studies

  • ECU has a student population of 27,000 with approximately 5,500 international students

  • ECU is ranked at 100 in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 list, which focuses on the best universities under the age of 50 years

  • ECU has been awarded the five-star ratings for Teaching Quality and Graduate Satisfaction from the Good Universities Guide


Edith Cowan University (ECU) is located in the Perth greater metropolitan area.  Perth is the capital of the state of Western Australia and the largest city with 1.74 million inhabitants. Perth is Australia's sunniest city and has been voted one of the world's most livable cities.

ECU has three campuses in Western Australia. The Joondalup Campus is the main campus and connected to downtown Perth by train. The campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including the Health and Wellness Building, a multi-million dollar sport and fitness center, an award-winning library and student hub, a microbrewery, an outdoor cinema for the summer months and on-campus accommodation. 

The Mount Lawley Campus is only a few miles from the Perth Central Business District and the Beaufort Street cafe strip. It is equipped with extensive teaching resources, first-rate IT and performing arts facilities, a sport and fitness center and on-campus accommodation. The campus is also home to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

The South West Campus in located two hours' drive south of Perth, and is within easy reach of the world-famous Margaret River region. The Campus is the largest university campus outside the metropolitan area and features modern facilities, small class sizes, a comprehensive range of courses and on-campus accommodation.

Students are encouraged to take courses only on one campus.

Academic Programs & Courses

Academic Calendar
The academic calendar is based on the Southern Hemisphere calendar. The academic year generally runs from February to November. The first semester typically begins in February to early-March and ends with an examination period in late June. The second semester typically begins in late-July and ends in November. Students can study for a single semester, an academic year (starting Fall quarter at Western), or a calendar year (starting Winter quarter at Western).

  • Semester 2:  early July to mid-November (Fall quarter at Western)

  • Semester 1:  mid-February to late June (Winter and Spring quarters at Western)

Note to students on Financial Aid: Students studying abroad during Semester 2 (July to November) will not receive financial aid from Western until the start of classes at Western for Fall quarter. For more information, speak with a study abroad advisor.

Australian Academic Terminology
Course: The term "course" refers to an entire program that leads to a degree.

Unit/Subject: The terms “unit” and “subject” are used interchangeably and refer to what is described as a class in the US. At ECU, students typically take 3-4 units per semester.

Mark: The term "mark" refers to a grade. ECU uses the following grading scale:





High Distinction












Pass (conceded)





Academic Credit
In Australia, universities assign a credit point value to each unit of study (i.e. class). The credit points represent the weight of an individual class in relation to others within the major, rather than the number of classroom or study hours. Therefore, an introductory breadth course may be worth ten credits, while an advanced core course may be worth 20 credits. Thus, the credit value listed on your transcript may not have a direct bearing on the number of credits actually transferred to your home institution. To understand how many classes you should take, you need to understand how the host site defines your “study load” as this definition varies among universities.

At ECU, a standard full-time semester study load is 60 credit points in the ECU credit system. Most ECU units are worth 15 credit points, so students will study four units per semester to make up their full-time semester study load. However, some ECU units are worth 10 or 20 credit points, so the number of ECU units you take to make up your 60 credit points for your semester may vary. Note that 15 credit points is equivalent to 6 quarter credits, so a full course load of 60 credit points would be the equivalent of 24 quarter credits.
Selecting Classes (units)
Refer to Edith Cowan University for instructions regarding choosing units of study. View the Unit Handbook for a list of available course and syllabi.

When considering your unit options, keep the following in mind:

  • Most Australian undergraduate degree programs are 3 years in length.

  • 1000-level courses are introductory (freshman/sophomore), 2000-level courses are comparable to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses, and 3000-level courses are comparable to senior-level U.S. courses.

  • ECU students enroll in four units per semester for a 60-point credit load.


On-campus and off-campus housing options are available. Campus Living Villages (CLV) manages these accommodation options.
Due to the high demand for on-campus accommodation, ECU recommends that you visit and make your online application early.

CLV hosts an online list of off-campus accommodation options close to each campus at ECU. Students can choose to rent an apartment, townhouse or house on their own or with fellow students.

Students can also participate in a homestay and live with an Australian family. Email for more information.

Cost for accommodations range from AUS $150 – AUS $350 per week.

Program Cost

Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees.  For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
Please note that students will be required to purchase two health insurance policies. As required by WWU policy, students must purchase study abroad health insurance. As required by Australian Immigration, students will also need to purchase Overseas Health Cover the full duration of the student’s visa, which can only be provided by Australian approved providers.

The 2018 OSHC Fees are as follows;

  • One semester: AUD$300 for 6 months

  • Two semesters: AUD$600 for 12 months

Cost Estimates

  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): ~$2,750 per quarter

  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): ~$3,940

  • Housing: AUS $185 – AUS $229 per week

  • Meals: AUS $80 – AUS $200 per week

  • Books: ~AUS $400 per semester

  • Airfare: $1,500 - $2,000

The program may allow for time, which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.

How to apply

Step 1: Nomination

You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to ECU. Here is the process:

  1. Create one EdAbroad application  

  2. Complete the following four items in the Pre-Decision Section:

    • Sign the Read & Sign forms

    • Pay the application fee

    • Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)

    • Submit a completed Recommendation.

  3. There are two other items in the Pre-Decision Section, but students can complete them either before or after the interview. 

  4. Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.

Deadline for Submitting Nomination material  

  • Fall Semester: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)

  • Spring Semester: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)

Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Once the student has come in for an interview, the status in their EdAbroad application will be changed to "Interviewed".
Step 2: Accept the Nomination

The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed. Note that different host sites have different nomination and application deadlines. The timeline of the host site’s application process strongly influences the order in which the EdAbroad office processes student applications.  
The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
In order to accept the nomination, students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.

Once nominated students have submitted their signed and initialed nomination letter, their EdAbroad Application status will be updated to "Accepted". When a student's application status is changed from "Interviewed" to "Accepted", the remainder of the EdAbroad application material will become available for review and completion.

 Step 3: Apply Online

  1. Students submit an online application using the ECU online admission system.

    1. Create an Account

    2. Return to online admission system page and login

    3. Click on the link “Non-Award, Cross Institutional, Study Abroad and Exchange Enrolments click here”

      1. In Section 2 of the application form you will need to select your course, please use X05

    4. Upload the following documents

      1. Official University Transcript

      2. Student Financial Declaration Form


  1. Deadline for Completing Online Application (date subject to change)

    1. Fall Semester: April 15

    2. Spring Semester: October 15

Step 4: Offer Letter

You will be sent the Offer Letter from our Admissions Department by email.

Step 5: Student Accepts Offer

You will need to accept ECU’s Offer online. When you do, you will also be required to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover fees. Instructions for this purchase will be provided. You can apply for housing at this time.

Step 6: Acceptance

You will receive the ECU Acceptance Letter, Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and Enrolment Instructions will be sent to the student by email.

Step 7: Apply for a visa

In order to study in Australia, you are required to secure a student visa prior to your departure. All exchange students should apply under Student Visa Subclass 500. You will need your COE (‘Confirmation of Enrollment' letter mailed or e-mailed to you by your host institution upon your acceptance) before you can apply for your visa. During the online visa application process (or on your visa application form), you will be asked for the number that appears in the upper-right hand corner of the COE. Please note that your host site will not send you your COE number until you have purchased your Australian Health Insurance (OSHC).
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This program is currently not accepting applications.