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International Students

Join the university ranked best in Australia for overall experience by international undergraduate students. Start with ECU in 2022 – either on-campus or online. Online study is still available for Semester 1 2022 in case you are unable to arrive in Perth for on-campus commencement.

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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

    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 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings. View rankings.

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Can’t make it to on-campus studies? We’ve got your back.

Semester 1, 2022

Western Australia is on track to welcome international students for Semester 1, 2022, including commencement on-campus at ECU.

For now, your offer letter will be issued with online study commencement, but we welcome you to ECU for on-campus studies once you have secured a student visa, flights and meet other entry criteria into Western Australia.

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 1, 2022.

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?

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

As a result of COVID-19, the Australian Department of Home Affairs has made changes to allow online study outside of Australia to count towards the Australian study requirement from the time of Student Visa grant, and as such they continue to process Student Visa applications.

Before you can apply for your 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 as outlined on your letter of offer.

The Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs will require your CoE when you, or your agent, submit your Student Visa application.

More about student visas

Overseas Student Health Cover

As an international student and part of Student Visa conditions, you will need to purchase health cover before arriving in Australia.

Please note that your health cover will only become active once you have arrived in Australia. Once you are no longer on a Student Visa, you may apply for a refund of your unused health cover

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 three to five 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

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 three to five 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, 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)

  • Western Australia (WA) is set to welcome fully vaccinated international arrivals once 90% of the State’s population (aged 12+) are fully vaccinated. When the state reaches 80% double vaccination rate (expected by mid-December), the date of the border opening will be announced. Based on current vaccination tracking, it is expected the WA borders will re-open in late January or early February for international arrivals.

    Note: This could change at any time, so please bookmark this page

  • The WA government’s current health advice is that no quarantine will be required for fully vaccinated international arrivals who provide evidence of a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to travel and return a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.

    • Student Visa. If you have an ECU Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) but don’t have a visa yet, please contact your agent as soon as possible. Read more.
    • Be full vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Read more.
    • Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC). Read more.
    • Check out ECU’s pre-departure information for international students. Read more.
    • Organise flights to Perth.
    • Look into accommodation options. We recommend on-campus accommodation due to high demand for residential rentals. ECU is providing a student accommodation scholarship to the first 100 eligible students. Read more.
    • Book a pre-departure COVID-test. The Australian government currently requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to departure.
    • Organise a G2G pass online. Read more.
    • Please refer to ECU FAQs for the latest COVID information and please download and use the SafeWA app when you arrive in WA.
  • Based on the current government advice, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to some states and territories in Australia from 15 December. This excludes Western Australia, but an announcement on the WA border re-opening date is expected by mid-December. The most up to date border measures and travel exemption information can be found on the Home Affairs website.

    Entry into a specific state will be subject to border arrangements, and travel between WA and other Australian states is subject to changes and possible internal travel restrictions (including testing and quarantine requirements).

  • ECU key dates for Semester 1, 2022 are:

    • Orientation begins 14 Feb 2022
    • Lectures commence 21 Feb 2022
    • Deadline to enrol into units 4 Mar 2022

    ECU is looking forward to welcoming international students in Semester 1, 2022. Due to a demand spike, student visa processing times are likely to be longer than usual, and there may be limited flight availability.

    If you can’t make it to Perth for Semester 1, 2022, a wide range of ECU courses and units are available for online commencement. See more here.

  • If you are based outside of Australia, you may commence your studies online in case of travel restrictions. If you are already in Western Australia or living in another Australian state, we welcome you to study on-campus.

  • You need to pay your tuition fees in full – as detailed in your offer letter –to receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). 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 credit.

  • ECU is offering a range of scholarships for 2022. Please refer to our international student scholarships page for more details

    If the Western Australian Government does not remove travel restrictions before Semester 1, 2022 commences, a Welcome to ECU Online Scholarship of up to a 30% reduction off tuition fees is available for eligible international students commencing online.

    Once travel restrictions are removed, it is expected that continuing and new students will travel to Perth to continue their studies on-campus. At this point, students may be eligible to receive an International Scholarship in replacement of the Welcome to ECU Scholarship, subject to eligibility, terms and conditions.

    For eligible students commencing with ECU in Semester 2, 2022, our International Scholarships for on-campus study will apply.

  • We understand that living overseas for the first time can be a daunting experience! Our international student ambassadors are available for you to chat with online and answer any questions you might have about living in Western Australia, securing housing, studying at ECU, or searching for jobs. You can also check out their creative images and videos of their daily life in Perth.

    Create an account and start chatting now.

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

What's student life really like?

Chat to ECU students or view their images and posts about life at our university and living in beautiful Perth.

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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

  • Reily Tammepag

    ECU Master of Business Administration International graduate

    Work Integrated Learning Placement at Holiday Inn Group

    Master of Business Administration International graduate, Reily Tammepag talks about her successful Work Integrated Learning Placement at Holiday Inn Group.

  • Joshila Devile

    Joshila Devile

    ECU Exercise Medicine (Oncology) student

    I was excited to study under the world-renowned professors in ECU's Exercise Medicine Research Institute

    The course content is up-to-date, and the format of the online study is well-organised. The online discussion boards provide valuable support and information.

  • Melati Pahamin

    Melati Enida Binti Pahamin

    ECU Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Psychology and Human Resource Management)

    The longer I've been here, the more I'm falling in love with Perth

    One of the main reasons 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 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.

    And, the longer I've been here, the more I’m falling in love with 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.