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Why Study in Perth

Why Study in Perth?

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Edith Cowan University welcomes students wishing to study in Australia who aren't Australian citizens or permanent residents.

We're one of the youngest Australian universities, home to more than 4,000 international students.

ECU is based in Perth, Western Australia, a vibrant, sophisticated and safe city that's rated one of the world's most liveable*.

Western Australia is a driving force in Australia's economy, producing 34% of the country's exports, with only 11% of the total population.

Perth has recently experienced strong population growth, with an increased demand for services requiring qualified workers in fields like technology, construction and science.

Western Australian salaries are 13% higher than the national average.

*Source: The Economist's 2015 annual liveability survey.

Australia's best climate

Australia’s best climate

Perth’s weather is arguably the best in Australia. We enjoy the most days of sunshine of all of our major cities.

The mild Mediterranean climate, endless blue skies and brilliant beaches are hard to beat!

We’re closer than you think

Perth has the same or similar time zone as many Asian cities.

We’re also the closest Australian capital to cities in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Perth -3 hours

Perth minus three hours
  • Pakistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Tajikistan

Perth -2.5 hours

Perth minus two and a half hours
  • India
  • Sri Lanka

Perth -2 hours

Perth minus two hours
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan

Perth -1 hour

Perth minus one hour
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
  • Mongolia
  • Laos

Same time zone

Perth same time zone
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Brunei
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong

Perth +1 hour

Perth plus one hour
  • Japan
  • Indonesia
  • South Korea
Why Choose ECU?

Why Choose ECU?

ECU is one of the world's best young universities*.

We’re young and we’re curious. We’re constantly scanning what’s happening in the world and translating this into challenging, realistic and highly practical courses that prepare students for the future.

Our programs are developed in consultation with industry groups and we focus on our graduates' employability skills.

Practicums and networking events are integral to most of our courses and students can be offered paid internships as part of their studies.

*Times Higher Education 150 universities under 50 global rankings, 2016

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Celebrating 25 years: Edith Cowan University campuses and facilities

Fantastic facilities and programs

ECU offers a diverse range of courses, and our facilities are some of the best you'll find at any university in Australia.

We have one of Australia's fastest growing Engineering Schools, the largest Nursing program in Western Australia, and our exercise science laboratories are considered among the best in the Southern Hemisphere.

The oldest and most popular School of Education in Western Australia can be found here, along with one of the most comprehensive Arts & Humanities Schools in the Southern Hemisphere, and WAAPA, one of the world's leading performing arts academies.

Highly rated by our graduates

At ECU, we attract lecturers who are some of the best industry practitioners in their fields.

They're people who genuinely care about their students.

It's why our graduates have given us a 5-star rating* for teaching quality for the past SEVEN years.

No other public universities in Western Australia and very few across Australia have achieved anything like this result.

We've also received consistently high ratings for overall graduate satisfaction and for generic skills development during the same period.

*Source: Good Universities Guide 2016.

Joondalup Campus in perspective

Take a 360 degree tour over our Joondalup Campus and surrounds to better appreciate our university environment.

From this perspective, you can see our proximity to rail and road transport options, and to shopping, beaches and other attractions.

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Hear what some of our international students have to say about their ECU experience.

Stories from our international students

Perth is Australia’s most multicultural city, with around 35% of its citizens being born in another country.

This YouTube playlist features ECU students from all over the world talking about what it’s like studying at our university and living in multicultural Perth.

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