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Undergraduate

Our students include everyone from school leavers to people who’ve probably forgotten what a school looks like! As you’ll see below, application options can vary, depending upon your situation.

If you're ready to apply now, don't forget to have scanned copies of qualifications, your resume or other required paperwork, ready to upload.

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Undergraduate students

What are my options?

Select the category that best describes your background. You don't have to meet all of the points listed.

Recent secondary education

  • have completed secondary education* within the previous two years (2017 or 2018) at a school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider
  • will complete secondary education* this year at a school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider
  • have started or completed some VET or higher education study while still at school
* Also applies to equivalent secondary education interstate or overseas

Vocational education and training (VET)

  • enrolled in a VET course at a public TAFE (or other VET provider) since leaving secondary education
  • completed your VET qualification or weren't able to do so
  • have other qualifications, such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate
  • completed a Certificate IV during high school

Work and life experience

  • left secondary education more than two years previously (2017 and earlier)
  • haven't undertaken VET or higher education study since then
  • have professional or work experience that can demonstrate your readiness for higher education
  • have completed non-formal programs that helped you prepare for tertiary education, or programs relevant to a higher education field of study you're interested in

Higher education student

  • studied a higher education course since leaving secondary education – recently or some time ago
  • studied at a university or through a non-university higher education provider
  • completed a bridging or enabling course delivered by or on behalf of a higher education provider

Other types of applications

The application process is different for some of our creative courses, or if you're intending to study specific units, rather than a full course.

WAAPA performers

WAAPA

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts applications are different to other undergraduate courses.

In most WAAPA disciplines you can expect to have auditions and interviews.

And a non-refundable application fee is payable for some courses, e.g. acting, contemporary music, or dance. In 2018 the fee is $75.

If you want to apply for a WAAPA course, you can apply direct to us.

NoteIf you're an ATAR student completing year 12 and you're interested in studying either a Bachelor of Music, or Performing Arts (Performance Making), or Arts (Arts Management), or Education (Secondary), specialising in Music Education, you'll need to apply via TISC AND apply direct to us.

WA Screen Academy

WA Screen Academy

The Screen Studies major (Bachelor of Media and Communications degree) is only available if you have an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media or equivalent.

You can apply if you have a Diploma of Screen and Media, but you’ll need to complete a transitional semester (60 credit points) to qualify.

Talk to us if you need to check your eligibility. If you are eligible, you can apply direct to us.

NoteYou'll need to attend an interview after you've completed your application. See our auditions and interviews page for details.

Cross-institutional applications

If units aren't offered at your home university you can apply to study at another university – like ours.

Submit these documents with your application:

  • A signed form or letter from your home institution approving the units you wish to study at ECU.
  • A copy of your most recent academic record from your home institution – to confirm you meet our minimum academic and English entry requirements.
  • A copy of your latest invoice or a Commonwealth Assessment Notice – if you have a Commonwealth Supported Place at your home uni.

More about cross-institutional study

NoteBefore submitting your application, please check that the unit is available in our semester timetable and that you meet unit prerequisites per our handbook.

Non-award students

If you're studying for general interest, professional purposes, or to gain entry to a degree program, submit these documents with your application:

  • Copies of your academic transcripts and certificates (unless from ECU) - to confirm you meet our minimum academic and English entry requirements
  • Proof of a change of name, if your qualifications are held in a different name, e.g. marriage certificate.
  • If you're studying non-award units to satisfy accreditation with a professional body or association, include a copy of any assessment made by them.

More about non-award study

NoteBefore submitting your application, please check that the unit is available in our semester timetable and that you meet unit prerequisites per our handbook.

Important dates

Don't forget to check submission dates for applications, semester periods and other Important dates.

What happens next?

Commonly asked questions about the application process.

  • Application deadlines can vary, depending on your course and whether you applied direct to ECU or through TISC. Check the application submission dates for your chosen course, based on your circumstances.

  • We can't give you an exact time-frame for processing your application, but you should allow at least 10 working days. If you applied directly to ECU, you can check progress by logging into your application online.

    Note: Please check your email regularly, because we may ask you for more information or ask for another document. If we don't hear from you it'll delay your application.

    It's OK to apply to us before you have all your documentation. Your application will be held until the recommended submission dates. You should have all your documentation uploaded by then.

  • We send you an Offer Letter for a place at ECU. The letter contains your student number and details about your course, such as the course code, study mode and campus. It also explains the steps for responding to your offer and what to do next.

  • It varies, depending on the course and the application. Please read your offer letter and any correspondence carefully and act as soon as you can.

  • If you don't get into the course you applied for, you can consider alternative pathways. Please contact our Future Students team for advice on this.

  • If you have previous study or professional experience, you may be eligible for what we call ‘advanced standing’. Check your eligibility for credits for completed qualifications through our advanced standing database.

    You can apply for advanced standing once you've accepted an offer to study at ECU.

Postgraduate

Our postgraduate courses include Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, Masters by coursework, Masters by research and Doctorates or PhDs.

Postgraduate students

General applications

Choose your course type from the options below and click through to apply.

Graduate Certificate

Let's go straight through to our online application portal.

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Graduate Diploma

Most of our Graduate Diplomas have straightforward application requirements. Check the course web page for any specialised prerequisites.

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Masters by Coursework

Most coursework Masters have straightforward application requirements. Check the course web page for any specialised prerequisites.

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Masters by Research or PhD

If you're applying for a research degree, there are special conditions to meet. Please supply the following with your application:

  • A 300-word research abstract and a 2-page research proposal.
  • Information about your work, academic history and qualifications.
  • References from any publications or conference papers you’ve co-authored.

For tips on how to present this information and more, please read our Research Start Guide.

NoteIf you're a citizen of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh or Nigeria, we may require you to apply via an ECU Authorised Agent.

Apply Direct to Us

Important dates

Don't forget to check submission dates for applications, semester periods and other Important dates.

What happens next?

Commonly asked questions about the application process.

  • 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.

    Note: You can apply for a PhD at any time of the year.

  • We can't give you an exact time-frame for processing your application, but you should allow at least 10 working days. If you applied directly to ECU, you can check progress by logging into your application online.

    Note: Please check your email regularly, because we may ask you for more information or ask for another document. If we don't hear from you it'll delay your application.

    It's OK to apply to us before you have all your documentation. Your application will be held until the recommended submission dates. You should have all your documentation uploaded by then.

  • We send you an Offer Letter for a place at ECU. The letter contains your student number and details about your course, such as the course code, study mode and campus. It also explains the steps for responding to your offer and what to do next.

  • It varies, depending on the course and the application. Please read your offer letter and any correspondence carefully and act as soon as you can.

  • If you don't get into the course you applied for, you can consider alternative pathways. Please contact our Future Students team for advice on this.

  • If you don't get into the course you applied for, you can consider alternative pathways. Please contact our Future Students team for advice on this.

    You can apply for advanced standing once you've accepted an offer to study at ECU.

International

If you’re not an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, there are different ways to apply for ECU courses not involving research, depending on your home country.

International students

Citizens of most countries

Apply direct to us, or via an ECU authorised agent if your home country does not have any special arrangements.

Countries with special arrangements

If you're a citizen of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya or Nigeria you must apply through an ECU authorised agent.

Find an Authorised Agent

Applying for a Masters by Research or PhD

If you're applying for a research degree, there are special conditions to meet. Please supply the following with your application:

  • A 300-word research abstract and a 2-page research proposal.
  • Information about your work, academic history and qualifications.
  • References from any publications or conference papers you’ve co-authored.

For tips on how to present this information and more, please read our Research Start Guide.

NoteIf you're a citizen of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh or Nigeria, we may require you to apply via an ECU Authorised Agent.

Apply Direct to Us

Important dates

Don't forget to check submission dates for applications, semester periods and other Important dates.

What happens next?

Commonly asked questions about the application process.

  • 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. You can accept and pay by going to the Virtual Information Pack page.

  • 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.