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International Students

Start your ECU studies in November 2020

We're announcing some exciting online study options for our international students.

November 2020 teaching period

Fast-track your degree by studying courses or units online during our Australian summer teaching period.

November 2020

Study in Semester 1 2021

With possible international travel restrictions, we're also offering online courses for Semester 1 2021.

Semester 1, 2021

Why ECU?

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)

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.

Student
stories

  • "The support staff are always ready to help"

    Margaret Adejumo

    Master of Nursing

    Margaret, an international student from Nigeria, is studying a Master of Nursing at ECU, and enjoying the mix of theory with practical real-life situations.

  • "ECU has supported me all the way"

    Arshil Jah

    ECU Master of Engineering student

    I wanted to choose a university whose foundation is strong. At that point, ECU was one of the few universities in Australia whose Master of Engineering was professionally accredited by Engineers Australia.

    Civil engineering is one of the core fields of the engineering industry. The benefit of doing construction projects during your Master's studies is that you can exercise the technical skills learned at university. After completing my engineering practicum, I have been able to secure a position as a part-time Graduate Civil Engineer with a construction firm in Perth.

    The first site construction I was appointed at was a bridge construction project in the heart of Perth. Such an opportunity allowed me to not only build my experience as a site engineer, but also to work with a very efficient team of civil engineers and deliver the project.

    The journey overall has not been easy, but I learned that you always get help if you ask. ECU has supported me all the way, through continued support of lecturers and through the help of student services.

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

    Wenxin Zhang

    
International Hotel and Resort Management graduate

    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.

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