The first few months at university are very exciting as you discover an expanding social life and increased freedom and opportunities.
However all students will experience some sort of adjustment period, no matter what your background. This is especially true if you've moved away from home, or if you are the first in your family to go to uni.
You may have some trepidation about returning to study.
Perhaps you've been out of the education system for quite some time and don't feel as confident. Or maybe you're not sure how you're going to balance study with family and work life. Don't worry you're not alone!
ECU, as a public university, has the largest proportion of mature-age students in the state. In 2007, 79% of ECU's undergraduate student population was over 20 years of age. There's plenty of support available and our flexible study options should fit in well with your other life commitments.
One of our international Bachelor of Science (Aviation) students, Andres Tham, talks to the Australia Network about his experiences at ECU and as an international student in Australia.
Aside from studying with people who have similar interests and ambitions, you'll interact with people from a range of different countries and cultures.
Flexible study options allow you to have the freedom to choose your course, in many cases your majors and electives, and even whether you study on‑campus or online.
Forget cramped classrooms. You'll find great study spaces and facilities all over our campuses, including libraries with cafés, fully‑equipped computer labs and shaded outdoor grassed areas and tables.
Our students have access to 24-hour on‑campus computing facilities, enabling you to carry out study or research at a time convenient to you.
We encourage you to find a way of learning that suits you.
Most students have one lecture or seminar per week per unit, lasting from 1-3 hours, and each unit usually has a tutorial for 1-2 hours.
It will be up to you to develop a timetable that balances your requirements, however, our staff are always available to provide assistance.
You can can access our learning support services for advice on how to develop your study skills and meet the demands of assessments. Our Learning Advisers also conduct workshops and see students one‑on‑one and in group consultations.
In addition to financial assistance and learning support, we also offer an enormous range of support in other areas, like counselling for personal problems, services for students with a disability, employment advice and career development and medical advice.