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International Students

Start your ECU studies as early as November 2020 with an exciting range of online units available during our Australian summer teaching period. Online study is also available to international students in Semester 1, 2021.

November 2020 Semester 1, 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 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?

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, 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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Scholarships for International Students

Our World Ready scholarships can reduce your tuition fees by up to 20%, saving you thousands of AUD. They're available to international students studying on-campus or studying online, including in November 2020 or Semester 1, 2021.

View Scholarships

November 2020 online study

Choose from a range of our most popular courses in an intensive online study period commencing in November 2020.

Study in your home country to get a head-start on your ECU degree.

Select your course and view available online units from one of our study areas below.

2021 Semester 1

These courses can be started via online study in your home country. When borders re-open, you can complete your studies on-campus in Perth, subject to you meeting visa requirements.

Choose your study area below, then select up to four units for undergraduate study or up to three units for postgraduate.

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 Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions will count towards the Australian Study Requirement for existing and new student visa holders.

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.

    The tests must be completed before 31 December 2020.

    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 1, 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.

  • The November unit options are best suited to commencing students. However, if a unit suits your study plan and you are not currently residing in Western Australia, you are welcome to enrol.

  • 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.

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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.

Stories from our international students

Perth is Australia’s most multicultural city, with around 32% of its citizens being born in another country.

  • ECU experience has been amazing

    Arshil Jah experience studying his Masters of Civil Engineering.

  • Why Malaysian Students Chose To Study At ECU

    ECU students from Malaysia share their experiences of studying at ECU.

  • Why Filipino Students Chose To Study At ECU

    ECU students from the Philippines share their experiences of studying at ECU.

Student stories

  • Emmanuel Kokoroko

    Emmanuel Kokoroko

    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.

    The ECU facilities and services are more than enough for you to achieve your dreams. The great thing about the lecturers is that they give you the opportunity to explore and discover your interests whilst at the same time they guide you to pursue those interests.

    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.

    To the new international current and prospective students especially the graduate research students, I can assure you that ECU is a great place to study.

    ECU 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 for my doctorates degree.

  • Kaur Saggu

    Master of Business Administration

    "Work Integrated Learning placement at Griffith Industries"

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

  • Wenxin Zhang

    Wenxin Zhang

International Hotel and Resort Management graduate

    "The internship I completed in my final semester has been the perfect stepping stone to advance my career"

    I chose to study International Hotel and Resort Management at ECU because I had heard of the practical nature of the course. My lecturers were very experienced in the hospitality and tourism industry and provided real life examples and case studies to link theory with current industry practice.

    I was lucky enough to take part in the Borneo study tour, and no words can describe how amazing that experience was. In my final semester at ECU, I was able to secure an internship placement. That experience was great, as it allowed me to put what I had learnt into practice, at the same time as learning plenty of new skills from my supervisors and colleagues. Since graduating, I have been lucky enough to be accepted in to the graduate program at Accor hotels, where I will be relocating to Broome. This is truly my greatest achievement so far, and I am excited for the new challenges ahead of me.