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International Students

Why Perth?

Edith Cowan University, based in Perth Western Australia is Australia's top public university for teaching quality and one of the best for student experience.

We're also one of the world's best young universities 1, with almost 6,000 international students who've chosen to study in Perth.

Perth is a vibrant, sophisticated and safe city that's regularly rated in the top 10 in the world for liveability 2.

More recently, Perth has been rated the world's #2 city for friendliness 3.

Perth's weather is arguably the best in Australia too. 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!

1. Source: Times Higher Education 2019 Young University rankings.
2. Source: The Economist's annual liveability survey.
3. Source: Conde Nast Friendliest Cities in the World 2017.

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Why ECU?

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

  • Azerbaijan
  • Pakistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan

Perth -2.5 hours

  • India
  • Sri Lanka

Perth -2 hours

  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan

Perth -1 hours

  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Mongolia
  • Vietnam

Same time zone

  • Brunei
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore

Perth +1 hours

  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • South Korea

What can you study here?

To help our students with a career direction, we group similar fields of work into study areas.

Within each study area below you can choose an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. And within most degree courses, you can choose your speciality, or major subject.

World Ready Experience

We equip you with the confidence and practical skills to deal with whatever challenges may come your way, no matter where you are in the world.

International scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for scholarships to study our undergraduate or postgraduate courses. Scholarships can help reduce your fees, text books and living expenses.

International scholarships

Stories from our international students

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

Our changing world needs a university to change with it. A university where courses composed with industry deliver the most relevant knowledge and skills. So be the graduate the changing world needs.

Student
stories

  • "When I think of my experience studying at the School of Business and Law at ECU, 'exhilarating' is the first thing that comes to mind"
    Gerald Chikwanda
    Gerald ChikwandaMaster of Professional Accounting graduate

    I came to this country by myself - I had no family here at all. When I moved to Australia, I felt that the reception I received when I arrived would set the tone for the duration of my studies. I found ECU, and Perth in general to be incredibly welcoming and I felt very comfortable.

    The academic staff were just awesome. Throughout my studies I found that the lecturers were friendly, open and very helpful. Interacting with my peers and my lecturers helped to build my personal confidence when I started my course. Through working with different teams I became engaged and very active, not only academically but professionally and socially.

    Throughout my studies, I was a CPA ambassador, which was a great opportunity to network with people in the industry whilst I was still studying. I have also been lucky enough to secure an accounting position since graduating. However, I feel the biggest achievement of this journey, were the smiles on my parents faces when I graduated. They really sacrificed a fair bit to get me here and I feel like I've done them proud.

  • "ECU has the best engineering laboratory facilities in Western Australia"
    Wasif Ali
    Wasif AliBachelor of Engineering (Electrical Power) Honours student, 
Pakistan

    I chose ECU for its high-quality teaching standards and world-class laboratory facilities. I was interested in mathematics and physics in high school. However, the main inspiration behind choosing electrical engineering was my passion for renewable energy.

    ECU provides a very friendly environment for studies, the classes are smaller which allows lecturers and student to engage in an effective manner. I also joined a couple of academic and social clubs at university and made so many good friends and industry connections.

    I took an internship program in my last semester and I’m still working with that company. It is an amazing experience to realise that the concepts and theories which I learn at the university have numerous applications in real life.

    The best features of Perth are its weather and very friendly people. I like to hang out with friends and colleagues, do rock climbing, go to the beach and play badminton.

    ECU has the best engineering laboratory facilities in Western Australia. I would strongly encourage local and international students to choose ECU and pursue their career in STEM.

  • "I chose ECU because of the excellent reputation it enjoyed in the field of Cyber Security"
    Mayank Mehra
    Mayank MehraMaster of Cyber Security postgraduate and currently employed at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet of WA

    I've always had a keen interest in the field of computer sciences and I found cyber security to be a highly dynamic and challenging discipline. Having decided to study Cyber Security, I chose ECU because of the excellent reputation it enjoyed in this field. My study experience here has been great and has presented me with a number of opportunities to build my career. The annual ECU Science Careers Fair was a great opportunity to meet and network with representatives from leading organisations such as Deloitte, KPMG and PWC and government agencies. I have found the lecturers at ECU to be very helpful and supportive and they helped us gain the skills required to make a successful transition from study to the workplace.

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