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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 more than 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.

Home to almost 2 million people, Perth is one of Australia's most multicultural cities, with around 37% of citizens being born in another country.

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, fresh air and brilliant beaches are hard to beat!

1. Source: Times Higher Education 2019 Young University rankings.
2. Source: The Economist's annual liveability survey.

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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.

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.

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.

More about post-study work visas

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.

Student
stories

  • "It's something to go for…"
    Tendai MuchemwaInternational Hospitality Management

    Master of International Hospitality Management student, Tendai Muchemwa talks about the value of his Work Integrated Learning placement.

  • "Work Integrated Learning placement at Griffith Industries"
    Kaur SagguMaster of Business Administration

    Master of Business Administration student Sumeet Kaur Saggu on her experience completing a Work Integrated Learning placement at Griffith Industries.

  • "The longer I've been here, the more I'm falling in love with Perth"
    Melati Pahamin
    Melati Enida Binti PahaminBachelor of Arts (Majoring in Psychology and Human Resource Management)

    One of the main reasons why I decided to study in ECU is because I wanted a new and modern university atmosphere. I also heard the teaching quality is good here and that's important for my development and learning in university. I also chose to study psychology at ECU because this uni focuses on research as well as theory and I have an interest in becoming a researcher in the future.

    I would like say to someone who is thinking about studying at ECU is grab this opportunity you will not regret it. Perth is beautiful, there's so much to do and so much to see and ECU has amazing opportunities, helpful lecturers, and beautiful campuses. If you ever feel like you're homesick, join a club or association it will make you feel like you have a sense of belonging. The longer I've been here, the more I’m falling in love with Perth.

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