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Why Study in Perth

Why Study in Perth?

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

We're one of the world's best young universities1, with almost 6,000 international students who've chosen to study in Perth.

And we've been ranked Australia's top public university for teaching quality and one of the best for student experience.

ECU is based in Perth, Western Australia, a vibrant, sophisticated and safe city that's regularly rated in the top 10 in the world for liveability2.

More recently, Perth has been rated the world's #2 city for friendliness3.

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!

1Source: Times Higher Education 2018 Young University rankings.
2Source: The Economist's annual liveability survey.
3Source: Conde Nast Friendliest Cities in the World 2017.

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?

So many answers, so little space. Here are three good reasons...

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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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What next?

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Let's talk

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+61 8 6304 0000 (Int)


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