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Study Abroad in Perth, Australia

Edith Cowan University (ECU) 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.


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 such as 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.

Activities & Excursions

Edith Cowan has several clubs and organizations, as well as a fully equipped sports and fitness center. There are academic, equity, social, and sports clubs available, so students can make friends with locals while taking part in activities ranging from badminton to quidditch to Buddhist clubs.

Learn more about Student Activities

 Mullallo Beach, a 15 minute bus ride from Campus


Students must first complete the UNC Study Abroad Application. Accepted students will be nominated online by UNC. Students will then receive an electronic application from ECU to complete in order to receive their documents needed to apply for their visa and to reserve housing.


  • Spring Deadline: September 29
  • Spring Semester: February - June

  • Fall Deadline: March 12
  • Fall Semester: July - November



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

The Monfort College of Business has approved Edith Cowan courses for transfer credit. MCB students, please speak with your Study Abroad Advisor to get contact and course approval information.

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

Course Registration

Once accepted to Edith Cowan University, students will receive enrollment instructions along with the acceptance letter. Students will enroll in courses online.

Language of Instruction

  • English

At Edith Cowan University, 15 ECU credit points = 4 UNC credits. Students will enroll in 3-4 courses at ECU (45 - 60 ECU credit points).


To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • have at least a 2.5 GPA

  • have completed two semesters or 24 credits at UNC


This program is open to students of all majors.

There are a limited number of spaces available each year.

Students may only apply for one semester.

  • Visa

    Students will need to apply for a 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).

    Exchange students with MOST visa types can work part time (up to 20 hours/week).

    Australian Department of Immigration

  • Costs

    Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

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

  • Housing & Meals

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

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

  • Program Fees (billed to student's Bear account)

    Tuition & Fees


    International Health Insurance


    Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


    Total Program Fees


  • Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student's account)

    The total expenses listed below 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 below.  Note 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.

    Additional expenses are not billed to student account:

    Housing & Meals

    $4,200 - $5,400



    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


    In-country Health Insurance
    (OSHC, visa requirement)


    Test/Course Materials
    Essential Daily Living Expenses (some expenses included in Housing/Meals above)
    $2,200 - $5,600
    Total Estimated Expenses
    $10,200 - $14,800
    Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation)
    $1,000 - $2,000