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International Students

Start your ECU studies in 2021 with an exciting range of online units across seven of our teaching schools.

Semester 2, 2021

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth 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-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

    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 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards 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.

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 world's 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

This information is available in Simplified Chinese.

Scholarships for International Students

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 is offered each semester until travel for face to face commencement in Perth is possible. And when we are able to welcome you to Perth to continue your study, you may be eligible to receive one of our World Ready scholarships, which can reduce your tuition fees by up to 20%.

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2021 Semester 2

Start your studies in your home country to get a headstart on your ECU degree. Choose from a range of our most popular courses in an online study period commencing in July 2021.

Whilst some courses can be studied entirely online, 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.

Student visas and post-study work eligibility

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

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.

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

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
    • pay the fees specified in your offer letter, as well as your Overseas Student Health Cover
    • you can avoid delays and make your payment online

  • If you are going to apply for a student visa to include the online component of your studies, you will need OSHC as part of your student visa requirement. Read more about Overseas Student Health Cover.

  • 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.

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.

Download a guide

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

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

  • Melati Pahamin

    Melati Enida Binti Pahamin

    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 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.

  • 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.

  • Faisal Ishaq

    MBA International student

    "I wanted a complete package for the business world"

    Master of Business Administration International student Faisal Ishaq discusses why he decided to study an MBAI, and why he enjoys studying at ECU and living in Perth.