WWU Exchange in Australia:
Edith Cowan University
Fun Facts about Western Australia (WA)
- The capital of Western Australia, Perth, is the most isolated city in the world
- Perth is the only city in the world where aircraft can land in the central business district.
- Western Australia is home to the longest stretch of straight railway in the world
- Perth researchers discovered a meteorite older than Earth in the WA outback. The rock is around 4.5 billion-years-old
- There is a naturally occurring, neon-pink lake on an island in Western Australia’s Recherche Archipelago
- After World War 1, the Australia government went to war against a horde of 20,000 emus and lost.
- There are an estimated 750 words used differently in Western Australia than in the Eastern states.
- Western Australia is more than three times the size of Texas
- The Laughing Kookaburra is not native to Western Australia
- There is roughly 7,770 miles of coastline in Western Australia
- Home of the prestigious Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
- Unique coursework in such topics such as motor sports, surf science, game design, counter terrorism security & intelligence, and screen studies
- Edith Cowan University (ECU) has a student body 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
- 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.
The Joondalup Campus
is the main campus and connected to downtown Perth by train. The Mount Lawley Campus
is 6km from the Perth Central Business District and is home to the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Students are encouraged to take courses only on one campus.
Academic Programs & Courses
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).
Australian Academic Terminology
- Semester 2: early July to mid-November (Fall quarter at Western)
- Semester 1: mid-February to late June (Winter and Spring quarters at Western)
: The term "course" refers to an entire program that leads to a degree (For example, a course is a bachelor of arts).
: The terms “unit” and “subject” refers to a single class. For example, students typically take 3-4 units per semester.
: The term "mark" refers to a grade. ECU uses the following grading scale:
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.
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 https://www.mystudentvillage.com/au/ecuvillage/
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 email@example.com for more information.
Cost for accommodations range from AUS $150 – AUS $350 per week.
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 2017 OSHC Fees are as follows;
- One semester: AUD$408 for 6 months
- Two semesters: AUD$765.00 for 12 months
- 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
You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to ECU. Here is the process:
- Create one EdAbroad application
- Complete the following four items:
- Sign the Read & Sign forms
- Pay the application fee
- Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)
- Submit a completed Recommendation.
- There are two other items, but students can complete them later.
- 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.
: Accepting the Nomination
- The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed.
- The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
Step 3: Apply Online
- 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.
- Students submit an online application using the ECU online admission system.
- Create an Account
- Return to online admission system page and login
- Click on the link “Non-Award, Cross Institutional, Study Abroad and Exchange Enrolments click here”
- In Section 2 of the application form you will need to select your course, please use X05
- Upload the following documents
- Official University Transcript
- Student Financial Declaration Form
- Deadline for Completing Online Application (date subject to change)
- Fall Semester: April 15
- Spring Semester: October 15
: Offer Letter
You will be sent the Offer Letter from our Admissions Department by email.
: 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 will receive the ECU Acceptance Letter, Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and Enrolment Instructions will be sent to the student by email.
Study Abroad/Exchange inbound guides
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