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  • Locations: Perth, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Budget Sheets: Current


Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a public university located in Perth, Western Australia. It is named after the first woman to be elected to an Australian Parliament and is the only Australian university named after a woman.
ECU is a forward-thinking institution known for its innovative and creative courses and research. There are more than 30,000 students, and ECU annually welcomes more than 6000 international students from more than 100 countries.
Courses are offered on three campuses – Joondalup and Mount Lawley in metropolitan Perth and the South West Campus at Bunbury, 200km south of the capital city. There are eight schools delivering more than 250 courses across Medical & Health Sciences, Engineering, Education, Arts & Humanities, Business & Law, Nursing & Midwifery, Science and the world-renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Exchange students select the campus at which they wish to study based on the courses offered at the particular campus.

Here is a video showcasing the Joondalup campus: 
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty. 
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program. 
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.

Academic Areas:
Arts & Humanities Nursing & Midwifery
Business & Law Science
Engineering & Technology Teacher Education
Medical & Health Sciences Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Searching for classes at ECU: 

Before searching for classes at ECU, it is important to note terminology used in the search process. At ECU, classes are typically referred to as “units of study” or “units”, not courses. “Course” at ECU refers to that a University of Miami student would associate as a major or degree-track.
Exchange students can take most units from across the university, as long as they are at the appropriate level and satisfy any prerequisites. If a unit has a prerequisite, you must be able to provide evidence to show that you satisfy any prerequisites.
In most cases units starting with a number 1, 2 or 3 are at an undergraduate level, and those starting with a 4 or above are at a postgraduate level.
It is recommended that students select units on one campus (Joondalup or Mount Lawley), as the two campuses are located approximately 25km apart and can take in excess of 1hr to travel between using the public transport system. Students looking to study at the South West (Bunbury) campus must only select units running on this campus.
You can visit the ECU Handbook Website to search for classes. You should also visit the ECU Semester Timetable Website to see if the classes will be running in the required semester.

Grading Scale:
Edith Cowan Mark UM Grade
High Distinction    A+
Distinction  A
Credit      B
Pass   C
Pass Conceded    D
Fail        F

Credit Equivalency:

1 Edith Cowan Unit = 0.25 UM Semester Credits
(Divide the total ECU Units by 4 to get UM Credit Value; Ex: 15 ECU Credit Points = 3.75 UM Credits)

Program Dates: 

The academic calendar at ECU is the inverse of what you are used to here at UM.
Semester 1: February to June (correlates with UM spring semester)
Semester 2: July to November (correlates with UM fall semester)


ECU provides on-campus and off-campus accommodations for exchange students. Housing information and options can be found at the ECU Village Website.
Australian Required Health Coverage:

As an international student in Australia, you are required to purchase the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). This is a requirement of the Australian Immigration Department. After accepting your offer from ECU and making the payment for the OSHC, you will receive an electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCoE). This document is required to get your student visa.
Passport Requirements:

In order to go abroad, you must have a valid passport that will not expire during your time abroad or within 6 months upon your return
Visa Requirements:

All students are required to obtain a student visa for a program abroad in Australia. The process is completely online, however it cannot be completed prior to obtaining the electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCoE).

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Next Steps:

Serious applicants should plan to submit a complete, well thought out, and comprehensive application. In the required essay, please focus on sharing your academic, personal and professional goals and how admission to ECU will help you achieve them.
Students who submit a complete application by the deadline will be granted an interview. Qualified candidates will be nominated to ECU, however ECU will make the final admission decision. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Participation in the program cannot be guaranteed as there may be a limit on the number of students we can send to ECU in a particular semester. Please ensure that you think critically about your second choice option when completing this portion of your online application.
Helpful Facts:
Currency Australian dollars (AUD), which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20, 50 cent and one- and two-dollar denominations
Mobile Phones
Prepaid is an easy and flexible way to enjoy phone service. Buy a SIM card and then “top up” or “recharge” every month or so. It’s the most flexible popular option for international students.
Once you arrive, head to a phone shop. You’ll need:
  • An Australian bank statement or rental agreement
  • Your student visa details
  • Proof of identity – your passport
Airport Perth Airport
4th busiest airport in Australia
Things to do It’s location has helped foster a strong local music scene.
A number of annual events are held in Perth. The Perth Festival is a large cultural festival that has been held since 1953.
There are dozens of museums across the city.
The climate allows for extensive outdoor sporting activity.
Weather Perth receives moderate, though highly seasonal, winter-based rainfall. Summers are generally hot and dry, lasting from December to March, with February generally the hottest month.
Winters are mild and wet giving Perth a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. Perth has an average of 8.8 hours of sunshine and 138.7 clear days annually making it Australia’s sunniest capital city.
ECU YouTube Channel
Insider Guide to Perth for International Students