photo of Perth Australia

Study Abroad in Western Australia in Perth

Dates | Costs | Location | Activities | Courses | Language | Eligibility
Housing and Meals | Application | Visa | Photos

Edith Cowan University is located in Perth, Australia and is the second largest institution in Western Australia with approximately 21,000 students. With an international student population of nearly 4,000, Edith Cowan is a truly international university. Courses are offered on two different campuses within the city. Edith Cowan places a great emphasis on conducting research with industry partners. It is home to several internationally recognized programs including the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. Click here for more information about Edith Cowan University.

Dates


Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Semester (2): mid-July to mid-November

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester (1): February/March - June

Costs


Students will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in Australia. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change.

Click here for the most current exchange rate.

All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees

$3,397

International Health Insurance

$265

Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee

$300

TOTAL PROGRAM FEE

$3,962

 

Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing

$4,200 -5,400

Airfare

$2,250

Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations

$775

In-country Health Insurance (OSHC, visa requirement)

$250

Texts/Course Materials

$500

Essential Daily Living Expenses

$2,200 - $5,600

TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)

$10,175 - 14,775           

Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)

$1,000 – 2,000

The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Not that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.


Location


Perth, located 20 miles from the Indian Ocean, is the largest city in Western Australia. Perth is friendly, safe, and relaxed, yet offers all of the attractions of a large international city. The warm and sunny climate allows ample opportunity to relax at the beach or enjoy a wide variety of water sports including surfing, sailing, scuba diving, or whale watching. The hinterlands, just north of Perth, allow for close encounters with critters unique to Australia including kangaroo and koala bears.

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Activities


All students will take part in orientation week, which will present students with activities and opportunities to get involved on campus. Edith Cowan has many clubs, organizations, and a fully equipped sports and fitness center.
Click here for more information about student activities

Courses


Students of any major will find relevant course work at ECU. Courses can be applied to Liberal Arts core, university electives, or towards your major. 15 ECU credit points = 4 UNC credits. Students will enroll in 3-4 courses at ECU (45 - 60 ECU credit points). The Monfort College of Business has approved Edith Cowan courses for transfer credit. MCB students should contact Dr. James Reardon for course approvals.

Click here for course catalogue
Click here for course timetable

Students can take course units at any of ECU's campuses.

Please keep in mind that UNC's fall semester is ECU's semester 2 and UNC's spring semester if ECU's semester 1 when looking for courses.

Language of Instruction


English

Eligibility and Availability


To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have completed at least two semesters of courses at UNC. This program is open to all majors. 2-3 exchange spots are available each semester. Students may only apply for one semester. Students will be selected for exchange based upon GPA, coursework, and quality of essay.

Housing and Meals


Students have two options: living on-campus or off-campus at any of the three campuses. Many options exist and various price points. There are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6-bedroom options. Click here for complete housing information.

Students will be able to purchase groceries and cook for themselves. Some meals may be purchased at on-campus cafés. 

Application


Students must first complete the UNC Study Abroad Application and an additional application for ECU, which they should obtain from their Study Abroad Advisor.

Visa


Students will need to apply for visa to study in Australia for four months. The visa process is simple and can be done online. Australia offers several visa types that may include study. We recommend students apply for the Australian Non-Award Student Visa (sub-class 575).
click here to visit the Australian Embassy site.

Please note that study visa holders in Australia are required to arrange Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before arrival in Australia and maintain coverage through their coursework. For complete information on this, visit here.

Photo Gallery


Photos UNC students have taken while in Perth

Mullallo Beach
Mullallo Beach, a 15 minute bus ride from Campus (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Bruder)

Kangaroos
Wild Kangaroos near the ECU Campus (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Bruder)

Kings Park
Kings Park in Perth (Photo courtesy of Cheerish Martin)


Library
Library at ECU (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Bruder)

Fremantle
Fremantle, a harbour town close to ECU (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Bruder)
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