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International Students

Join the university ranked best in Australia for overall experience by international undergraduate students. Start in Semester 2 of 2021 with an exciting range of online units across our teaching schools.

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Why ECU?

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    ECU top in teaching quality and more

    For the sixth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia. ECU was also the top public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development, student support and overall experience. View QILT results.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE Impact Rankings

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the top 50 for Gender Equality (24th), Good Health and Wellbeing (24th) and Quality Education (41st) in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact rankings, showing how universities are working towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

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Start your studies in your home country to get a headstart on your ECU degree.

Semester 2, 2021

Choose from a range of our most popular courses in an online study period commencing in late July 2021.

Some courses can be studied entirely online, but most courses will require you to come on-campus in Perth to finish your degree when borders re-open. You must also meet visa requirements to travel to Perth.

Select a course and view available online units from one of our study areas below.

Course fees and scholarships

Course fees

Our course pages display an 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' to give you a guide to expected fees. This estimate is based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of that course. However, because you pay for each unit you enrol in, the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose.

Scholarships

Our Welcome to ECU online scholarships can reduce your tuition fees by up to 30%, saving you thousands of AUD. They're available to international students studying offshore and online in Semester 2, 2021. This scholarship will be offered each semester until travel for study in Perth is possible.

When we are able to welcome you here to continue your study, you may be eligible to receive one of our World Ready scholarships, reducing your tuition fees by up to 20%.

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What are my options for study after travel restrictions are lifted?

Why Perth?

There are many reasons why international students choose Perth as the place to seek higher education in Australia. The lifestyle is definitely one of them!

Multicultural city

32% of citizens were born overseas, the most in Australia.*

Safe & welcoming

One of the world's top cities for liveability.

Hello sunshine!

The worlds sunniest capital city.

Food heaven

Most restaurants per head of population in the world.*

* Source: Office of Multicultural Interests, Western Australia
† Source: The Economist's annual liveability survey.
‡ Source: Flight Centre


Courses for international students

At ECU, we like to help you find a course to match your career aspirations. If you don’t know what you want to do yet, we’ve grouped broad areas of work into eight study areas to get you started. Each study area has disciplines you can explore to find a course.

If you know what you want to study, select a course from below.

Course fees and scholarships

Course fees

Our course pages display an 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' to give you a guide to expected fees. This estimate is based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of that course. However, because you pay for each unit you enrol in, the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose.

Scholarships

ECU offers a range of scholarships to eligible undergraduate and postgraduate international students. This includes our World Ready scholarships that can reduce your tuition fees by up to 20%.

View scholarships

Visas & post-study work

Stay longer on your student visa

From November 2019, international students may be eligible to stay in Western Australia for three years after completing their undergraduate or postgraduate study.

A post-study work visa may give you the opportunity to gain more work experience and you could be eligible for skills assessments required for a skilled visa application.

There may also be an opportunity for you to apply for a limited number of scholarships, providing up to $15,000 per year to support study and living expenses. For ECU, the scholarship would require you to study at our South West Campus in Bunbury.

More about post-study work visas


Online study and post-study work eligibility

As a result of COVID-19, the Australian Department of Home Affairs has made changes to the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485).

For online study undertaken outside of Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, study will count towards the Australian Study Requirement for existing and new student visa holders from the time the visa is granted.

Graduates affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions can apply for and be granted a Temporary Graduate visa outside Australia where they have met all the requirements.

Student visa and online study

Note These announcements are a positive development for international students interested in studying in Perth, but are subject to change as they are formally implemented by the relevant state and federal government departments.

Visas and other requirements

Student visas

Before you can apply for your new student visa, you must have a valid Confirmation of Enrolment. This is a document provided by us that includes the length of time you'll need to stay in Australia to complete your ECU course.

The Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs will require your Confirmation of Enrolment when you submit your visa application.

More about student visas

Overseas Student Health Cover

As an international student, you'll need to get health cover before arriving in Australia. This cover is paid at the same time as you pay course fees.

More about health cover

How to apply

Before you apply for a course you've chosen, make sure you check the entry requirements, including English competency and your secondary school results. Also check our important dates page to see applications deadlines and orientation and semester start dates.

Most international students can apply directly for entry to an ECU course, but there are special arrangements for students from India, Pakistan, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, or Zimbabwe who must apply through an ECU authorised agent.

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Find an authorised agent

Authorised ECU Agents are in many countries. They are ready to assist you with your application to ECU and with your student visa requirements.

English Requirements

You will need to demonstrate your English competency to enter an ECU course. Requirements can vary between courses and for undergraduate versus postgraduate study.

Secondary School Results

You will also need to meet minimum requirements for secondary school results to enter an ECU course. These can vary, depending on whether you are applying for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • If you are based outside of Australia or living in another Australian state you can commence your studies online. If you are already in Western Australia we expect you to study on-campus.

  • You can now complete your English proficiency testing from home, using the TOEFL Special Home Edition. The scores are identical to the TOEFL iBT, and your results will be available in 6-10 days. Visit TOEFL Special Home Edition to register for the test.

    Also, if you are looking to package your ECU studies with an English course, our English pathway providers accept a range of other tests.

  • Our Admissions team may assess your latest results to issue a conditional offer for your selected course at ECU. You can submit final documents at a later date, but you do need to meet all conditions of your conditional offer, e.g. academic, English, GTE, before we can make you an unconditional offer that allows you to proceed to the next steps.

  • If you are eligible, ECU will issue you with an offer to commence on-campus study in semester 2, 2021. If travel restrictions remain in place and you cannot commence on-campus study at this time, we can defer your on-campus commencement to a later date.

    Note Before deferring, please speak to us or your education agent as there might be suitable alternatives.
  • Please visit our Important Dates page.

  • Yes, our Orientation is also done virtually, and we'll be sharing more details with you closer to the date.

  • To receive your Confirmation of Enrolment from ECU, you must:

    • receive an unconditional offer from ECU
    • accept your course offer as outlined in our email to you
    • you can avoid delays and make your payment online

  • You need to pay your tuition fees in full – as detailed on your offer letter – in order to receive a Confirmation of Enrolment. If you pay for a full study load but enrol only into select units, the remaining fees will be carried over to a subsequent study period as a credit.

  • Refunds will be considered in accordance with ECU’s International Student Tuition Fee Refund Policy.

  • If borders open in the middle of a study period, we recommend you complete online studies from overseas, then transfer to on-campus for the following study period.

Commonly asked questions about the application process

  • Application deadlines can vary, depending on your course and whether you applied direct to ECU. Check the application submission dates for your chosen course, based on your circumstances.

  • Yes. If you've applied direct to ECU for a course, you can easily track progress through our application status check.

    If you applied through an Authorised Agent you'll need to contact them about progress.

  • We send you an Offer Letter for a place at ECU. This will be an Offer or a Conditional Offer (you must meet the conditions of your offer), or an alternative pathway offer. The letter also includes course details, fees to pay and more.

    You then need to complete the online acceptance and pay the ‘Fees payable now’. This includes your first semester course fees and Overseas Student Health Cover.

  • Once you've successfully accepted your offer to study at ECU, and we've confirmed receipt of the required fees, we'll issue a Confirmation of Enrolment. If required, this document allows you to apply for a student visa to study in Australia.

  • We welcome you as an official ECU student. You should then review our pre-departure information, attend orientation and enrol in your study units.

ECU Experience

Our campuses offer much more than excellent lecture theatres, libraries and cool study spaces. You'll also find a whole range of services to support you through uni, including student accommodation, a medical centre, cafes, gyms and more.

Find out more

Download a guide

Download our comprehensive guide to everything ECU, or simply tailor a guide to suit your interests.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Other study options

If you don’t wish to spend 3 or more years studying in Australia, there are other study options covering shorter periods, but still giving you a taste of the Perth lifestyle.

Study Abroad

A Study Abroad program is the perfect way to expand your global citizenship: you get to live, work and study in Perth for up to a year, immersing yourself in the Australian culture and ECU.

ECU Sri Lanka

ECU Colombo is one of the only universities in Sri Lanka where you can obtain an international degree. Whether you choose to study your qualification in Sri Lanka or transition from first-year studies to your second year in Australia, ECU offers a seamless pathway to completing your degree and enjoying a truly global experience.

Become World Ready

Explore your options

  • Reasons to choose ECU includes enjoying great weather all year ‘round, fashion study opportunities, or helping elite athletes to reach their potential.

  • Reasons to choose ECU includes discovering the beauty of our state, a renowned performing arts academy and solving real-world engineering challenges.

Student stories

  • Maharshi Maharjan

    Maharshi Maharjan

    ECU Master of Project Management graduate

    "I chose ECU because I liked the units offered and the structure of the course, and the location was amazing, especially coming from a landlocked country!"

    Adapting to the learning and teaching systems of a different country was a challenge, but the lecturers, tutors and many academic support networks were extremely helpful and assisted me in achieving academic success.

    Coping with living in a new environment and having to work under stress were big challenges at the start of my degree, but dealing with this pressure is now my greatest strength.

  • Jenny Romblom

    Jenny Roxanne P. Romblon

    ECU International Hospitality Management student, Philippines

    "Perth is one of the most relaxed and beautiful cities I've been so far."

    I chose to take up my postgraduate studies at ECU because of its diversified and friendly approach among international students. For the past two semesters I've made friends with students of different nationalities. Perth is one of the most relaxed and beautiful cities I've been so far. People are so friendly and welcoming. I love exploring Perth's beautiful beaches.

    My study tip: Be emotionally and mentally prepared as you'll enter a challenging and life-changing journey. However, don't forget to enjoy and make the most out of your learning journey because with ECU it will be possible.

  • Margaret Adejumo

    ECU Master of Nursing student

    "The support staff are always ready to help"

    Margaret, an international student from Nigeria, is studying a Master of Nursing at ECU, and enjoying the mix of theory with practical real-life situations.

The Important Things

Things you should know about if you're thinking about studying here.

Course Entry

There's more than one admission pathway into an ECU course. It depends on what you've studied already, or your work or life experience.

Fees & Scholarships

Course tuition fees can change, but we can give you an estimate of your costs. If you’re eligible, a scholarship or student loan can help too.

Applying

Applying for a course is a fairly simple process, especially if you have scanned copies of qualifications, your resume or other paperwork, ready to upload.

ECU Experience

Starting a degree is an exciting and sometimes daunting time, so we make a massive effort to ensure you get all the support you need to have a positive experience.