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International Students

Join Australia’s top university for overall experience, as ranked by international undergraduate students. Open borders mean you can start your studies with ECU in 2022 and expect the kind of highly rated support and flexibility our university offers.

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Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    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

    ECU’s 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has been achieved for 15 straight years! Five-star ratings were also achieved for undergraduate skills development, learner engagement, learning resources, student support and overall experience. All ratings are the best for a public university in Western Australia.

    Read more.

  • 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 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings. View rankings.

Why Perth?

When you come to Perth, we know you’ll enjoy your time here. Here are some reasons why.

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.

You're never far from nature

Perth's Kings Park is the largest inner city park in the world.§

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

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 & other requirements

Student visas

Before you can apply for your new Student Visa, you must have a valid Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). ECU will provide you with a CoE once your first semester fees are paid and your OSHC is confirmed, as outlined on your letter of offer.

The Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs will require your CoE when you submit your Student 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

Stay longer after you graduate

In November 2019, Perth received regional status from the Australian Federal Government. For international students, this means you may be eligible to stay in Western Australia for four to six years after completing undergraduate or postgraduate study.

A Post-Study Work Visa gives you the opportunity to gain more work experience in Australia and you could be eligible for skills assessments required for a Skilled Visa application.

More about post-study work visas

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 or a Sub-Saharan Africa country (excluding South Africa) who must apply through an ECU authorised agent.

Apply


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)

Here are some commonly asked questions about the application process. If you have questions relating to international travel to Western Australia, please visit our COVID-19 advice page.

  • 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 study in Australia long-term, there are other study options like a Study Abroad program to give you a taste of the Perth lifestyle. Alternatively, you might want to consider our Sri Lanka Campus.

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

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 discovering the beauty of our state, a renowned performing arts academy and solving real-world engineering challenges.

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

Student stories

  • Emmanuel Kokoroko

    Emmanuel Kokoroko

    ECU PhD Business (major in Management)

    I have no doubt I came to the right place for my doctoral degree

    I chose to do my doctorate here because I found the PhD in Business program at the School of Business and Law to be focused on conducting cutting edge and innovative research in areas that are relevant to the global community. I found my supervisors to be very supportive and dedicated to supervising my research work, they create an enabling learning environment that help me to develop my research skills and competencies.

    ECU is a great place to study. It carries this climate of a modern, world-class and ambitious institution. It looks like a place I can achieve my goals and aspirations. I have no doubt I came to the right place.

  • 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.

  • Michelle Wang

    Michelle Wang

    Master of Management Information Systems graduate

    The University has prepared me very well for the industry.

    One of the key factors that pulled me here was ECU’s great reputation in the field of Information Technology and Systems. The University has prepared me very well for the industry. I am currently working as a Graduate IT Business Analyst at Iluka Resources, one of the large mining companies in Perth.

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 course 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.