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International Students

Join Australia’s top public university for overall experience, as ranked by international undergraduate students. When you study with ECU, you’ll enjoy the high-quality support and teaching we’re renowned for.

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Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    Australia’s best international student experience

    Our international undergraduate students have rated ECU the top public university in Australia for overall experience. We’re also Australia’s top public university for undergraduate teaching quality – for the seventh year in a row. View QILT results.

  • The Good Universities Guide

    Good Universities Guide

    ECU’s 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has been achieved for 16 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 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings. View rankings.

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

Study options for November 2022

Due to high international demand, ECU has launched an additional November 2022 intake to allow you to start your on-campus studies in popular Business, Computer Science or Cyber Security courses.

Summer School is a 10-week intensive block of study, commencing on 21 November with a break during the Christmas period. It can be completed in time for you to continue studies in Semester 1, 2023.

To view the Summer School courses, choose Business or Computer Science / Cyber Security below. If you prefer to start in February 2023, explore our full range of courses further down the page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here's a list of popular questions about Summer School to help you understand critical information around application deadlines, English pathways, enrolment, tuition fees and scholarship eligibility.

  • Summer School is only available in-person at our Joondalup campus and will run for 10 weeks, commencing 21 November 2022 until 4 February 2023. Application submission deadlines are in place and can be found on our important dates and deadlines page.

  • If you have an education agent, speak with them directly and they will lodge an application on your behalf through the Agent Portal. If you’ve already applied for Semester 1, 2023, your agent can change this to Summer School instead.

    If you do not have an education agent and are from an eligible country, apply directly through the Applicant Portal

  • 2023 tuition fees apply. Summer School applicants may be eligible for an international scholarship, assessed automatically at application stage. Please refer to the scholarship website for eligibility criteria.

  • If you need to complete additional English study before starting with ECU, you can package your ECU course with English through our pathway provider, Edith Cowan College. Alternatively, you can consider other English pathway providers ECU has relationships with.

    The availability of an English package will depend on how many weeks of English you need, and whether this will fit into the time between now and Summer School starting in November.

  • Unit enrolment opens 8 August 2022 for Summer School. Enrolment can be completed online through the Student Portal. Enrolment will only be available to you from this date if have accepted your offer, paid your tuition fees, and received your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). More information on enrolment can be found at our Enrolment Dates page.

Courses for international students

If you're not sure what you want to study yet, start by exploring our eight study areas. Study areas include disciplines that will help you match a course to your career aspirations.

All of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are listed under the study areas below.

Course fees and scholarships

Course fees

Our course pages display an 'estimated first year indicative fee' to give you a guide to expected fees. This estimate is based on a typical enrolment for the first year of the course. The total cost of your course may vary, depending on what individual units you choose.


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

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 four to six 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, Nepal or a Sub-Saharan Africa country (excluding South Africa) who must apply through an ECU authorised agent.


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)

Here are some commonly asked questions about the application process. If you have questions relating to international travel to Western Australia, please visit our COVID-19 advice page.

  • 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

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 study in Australia long-term, there are other study options like a Study Abroad program to give you a taste of the Perth lifestyle. Alternatively, you might want to consider our Sri Lanka Campus.

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 the ECU experience.

ECU Sri Lanka

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

  • Vibhor Saxena

    Vibhor Saxena

    ECU postgraduate Project Management graduate

    My postgraduate Project Management degree helped in securing a job

    I am currently working at the Public Transport Authority (PTA) as a Project Support Officer. My postgraduate Project Management degree helped in securing a job, as most of my colleagues had extensive work experience. I am the youngest team member and was able to get this opportunity solely because of my studies at ECU.

  • Arshil Jah

    ECU Master of Engineering student

    ECU has supported me all the way

    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.

    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.

  • Natasha Musungwa

    ECU Master of Environmental Science

    ECU prepared me for what was to come after graduation

    International student Natasha Musungwa shares her experiences studying a Master of Environmental Science at Edith Cowan University.

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 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.