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Why Study in Perth

Why Study in Perth?

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Edith Cowan University welcomes students wishing to study in Australia who aren't Australian citizens or permanent residents.

We're one of the youngest Australian universities, home to almost 6,000 international students.

ECU is based in Perth, Western Australia, a vibrant, sophisticated and safe city that's regularly rated in the top 10 in the world for liveability*.

Western Australia is a driving force in Australia's economy, producing 34% of the country's exports, with only 11% of the total population.

Perth has recently experienced strong population growth, with an increased demand for services requiring qualified workers in fields like technology, construction and science.

Western Australian salaries are 13% higher than the national average.

*Source: The Economist's annual liveability survey.

Australia's best climate

Australia’s best climate

Perth’s weather is arguably the best in Australia. We enjoy the most days of sunshine of all of our major cities.

The mild Mediterranean climate, endless blue skies and brilliant beaches are hard to beat!

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

Perth minus three hours
  • Pakistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Tajikistan

Perth -2.5 hours

Perth minus two and a half hours
  • India
  • Sri Lanka

Perth -2 hours

Perth minus two hours
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan

Perth -1 hour

Perth minus one hour
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
  • Mongolia
  • Laos

Same time zone

Perth same time zone
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Brunei
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong

Perth +1 hour

Perth plus one hour
  • Japan
  • Indonesia
  • South Korea
Why Choose ECU?

Why Choose ECU?

ECU is one of the world's best young universities*.

We’re young and we’re curious. We’re constantly scanning what’s happening in the world and translating this into challenging, realistic and highly practical courses that prepare students for the future.

Our programs are developed in consultation with industry groups and we focus on our graduates' employability skills.

Practicums and networking events are integral to most of our courses and students can be offered paid internships as part of their studies.

*Times Higher Education Top 150 Young University Rankings, 2018

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A quick overview of ECU’s campuses and facilities.

Fantastic facilities and programs

ECU's diverse courses and modern facilities are among the best you'll find at any university in Australia. Includes:

  • one of Australia's fastest growing Engineering Schools
  • the largest Nursing program in Western Australia
  • Exercise Science laboratories among the best in the Southern Hemisphere
  • one of only two Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in Australia
  • the oldest and most popular School of Education in Western Australia
  • one of the most comprehensive Arts & Humanities Schools in the Southern Hemisphere
  • facilities for Business & Law studies that rival any in Australia
  • one of the world's leading performing arts academies, WAAPA

Highly rated by our graduates

At ECU, we attract lecturers who are some of the best industry practitioners in their fields.

They're people who genuinely care about their students.

It's why our graduates have given us a 5-star rating* for teaching quality for the past ELEVEN years.

ECU is one of just two public universities – and the only one in Western Australia – to achieve such a consistently high endorsement for teaching quality.

We've also received consistently high ratings for overall education experience and skills development during the same period.

*Source: Good Universities Guide 2018.

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Hear what some of our international students have to say about their ECU experience.

Stories from our international students

Perth is Australia’s most multicultural city, with around 35% of its citizens being born in another country.

This YouTube playlist features ECU students from all over the world talking about what it’s like studying at our university and living in multicultural Perth.

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