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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 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 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 worlds 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 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 in Semester 1, 2021.

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2021 Semester 1

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 February 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 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.

    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.

  • 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 35% 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

  • Willie Cruz

    Willie Cruz

    Master of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) student

    "It was highly recommended by colleagues working in elite sport to strongly consider ECU."

    I chose to study a postgraduate degree in Strength and Conditioning at Edith Cowan University to improve my instructive skills as a sport performance coach with The Oklahoma City Thunder. During the vetting process for a master's program, it was highly recommended by colleagues working in elite sport to strongly consider ECU. After doing my own investigation, it was an easy decision.

    The degree is available online with a two-week on-campus practicum component, and offers a great learning opportunity to explore both the coaching and scientific side of strength and conditioning. The practicum was a once in a lifetime experience where I was able to establish a worldwide network of some of the brightest minds in the industry. During the course of my studies, I have learned skills that are applicable to my work as an Athletic Performance Coach in the NBA, and beyond.

  • 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.

  • Raisa Enego

    Raisa Enego

    Master of Marketing and Innovation Management student, Philippines

    "This place is definitely a home away from home"

    I have been working as a marketing professional for over six years in the Philippines. That is why I chose to study Marketing and Innovation Management to enhance my marketing skills and acquire knowledge on an international level. I chose ECU because I know Filipino friends who have studied here, had a great experience, and they feel really at home in this university.

    I have made a lot of friends in this university, who all come from diverse backgrounds, and they bring out a great atmosphere in my learning experience. Most importantly, the lecturers are organised and highly professional; they have constantly guided me in my studies, and some I have considered as mentors in my career.

    The thing I love about Perth is that everything I love is very close to me. The lifestyle is mainly spending your free time outdoors. This place is definitely a home away from home.