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Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University


Why ECU is a great choice for international students

Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a public university in Western Australia. It is named in honour of the first woman to be elected to an Australian parliament, and is the only Australian university named after a woman. We have three campuses in Western Australia, each offering a modern, vibrant location for study and learning.

Our campuses feature up-to-date facilities, including wireless internet, 24-hour access to computer labs, libraries with open study spaces outside office hours and a safe environment for you to study in, either by yourself or with other students. We're also committed to maintaining our environments by reducing our footprint and encouraging the achievement of a sustainable community.


When you study at ECU, you’ll get a 5 star education. That includes how you are taught, how you develop skills for the future and how you are supported throughout your course. The quality of teaching is super important, and at ECU, teaching quality rules. In an independent survey – every year for the last 16 years – our graduates have rated us 5 stars for teaching quality (Good Universities Guide)


We have 8 teaching and research schools collectively delivering a diverse range of courses across arts and humanities, business and law, education, engineering, medical and health sciences, nursing and midwifery, science and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Our comprehensive range of degrees has been developed in consultation with industry groups and our teaching staff have extensive industry experience. So, you can expect industry-relevant teaching and research in a supportive study environment that is brimming with award-winning facilities.

Degrees that take you places

ECU degrees are internationally-recognised and many of our courses are professionally-accredited by national and international professional bodies and organisations. What that means is your ECU qualification will help you find work around the world, including in your home country.

The best overall experience

At ECU we know that university life is more than studying and attending lectures. Here we encourage you to enrich your life with student clubs, sports teams, volunteering opportunities and more. In fact, we were ranked best of all Australian universities for the overall experience of undergraduate international students in the 2020 QILT survey.

Highest quality teaching

We’re one of Australia’s best universities for teaching. For an amazing 16 straight years, our graduates have rated the quality of our teaching 5 stars in the Good Universities Guide. Only three other universities in the country can match this.

Great industry connections

ECU has many partnerships and links with industry groups and organisations across Western Australia, Australia and around the globe. These connections help us provide you with opportunities to gain hands-on experience, internships or practicums while you’re studying. It can also help you find employment after you graduate!

Our exciting and innovative industry partnerships help you gain valuable industry experience and the competitive edge needed in today's global job market, who knows your next internship could earn you a top career just like International Design Graduate Aryana. Find out how an internship at IBM put her ahead of the competition!

Legendary student support

Studying in another country can be challenging for many people. But at ECU, we help you overcome any academic or personal challenges through our many support services. We’re one of the best universities in Australia for student support – we even have a Student Success team!

Additional year of post work study rights

After completing your studies you may be eligible for a Temporary Graduate Visa giving you the opportunity to live, work and study whilst gaining valuable work experience within the thriving Australian job market. Western Australia's regional city status means you may be eligible to stay in Western Australia for four to six years after completing undergraduate or postgraduate study.

WA's Expanding its Graduate Skills Occupation List

International students are an important part of the WA community and now with over 300 occupations on the Graduate Occupations List your new qualification may even lead to permanent residency, combine that with generous wages, and Perth's ranking of one of the most liveable cities in the world, there's never been a better time to study in WA.

Campus Features

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. All of our campuses can be accessed conveniently via public transport.

Joondalup Campus

Our Joondalup Campus is the University's headquarters. The campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including the Health and Wellness Building, a multi-million dollar sport and fitness centre, an award-winning library and student hub, a microbrewery, an outdoor cinema for the summer months and on-campus accommodation.

Mount Lawley Campus

Our Mount Lawley Campus is only minutes from Perth CBD and the Beaufort Street cafe strip. It is equipped with extensive teaching resources, first-rate IT and performing arts facilities, a sports and fitness centre and on-campus accommodation. The campus is also home to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

South West Campus

Located two hours' drive south of Perth, our South West Campus (Bunbury) is within easy reach of the world-famous Margaret River region. The Campus is the largest university campus outside the metropolitan area and features modern facilities, small class sizes, a comprehensive range of courses and on-campus accommodation.

Why Perth

Perth regularly ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world, with its exquisite beaches, great work opportunities and low cost of living compared to most other Australian cities, it's easy to understand why. Safe, friendly and culturally diverse, it’s the perfect backdrop for your studies. Perth also benefits from sharing the same time zone as 60 per cent of the world’s population. And it’s the closest Australian capital to cities in Asia, Africa, and Europe. No less than 22 airlines fly between Perth and international cities.

Our Study Abroad Program provides you with the perfect opportunity to study in Australia for one or two semesters as part of your institutions home degree making for the ultimate study experience.

Student Accomodation

Accommodation is available at student villages on our Joondalup, Mount Lawley and South West (Bunbury) campuses. Shops and sport and recreation facilities are within walking distance of the villages, or easily accessible by public transport.

For more information, visit the ECU Village website.

International Cafe & Student Guild

Our lively and vibrant campus has an exciting calendar of events designed to help you meet and socialise with other students, why not head down to the International Café grab a coffee and make new friends. The Student Guild also has a range of student-run social, cultural, sporting clubs and associations. If you can't find what you are looking for you can even start your own club, what's more membership is free for every student!

Support when you need it

ECU is more than just gaining a degree, we are here to help you achieve your career aspirations right from day one. From mentorship programs, volunteering opportunities and career ready workshops our dedicated team at the Career Hub are invested in your future success! Our Student Experience and Teaching Quality have also been rated the best in Australia for 16 years in a row.

With a range of dedicated on campus support services from skilled Academic Learning Advisors supporting you with assignments to our multi-faith reflection rooms and friendly Student Peer Assistants we are here to help you succeed and achieve. Did you know we have been rated Australia's best international experience along with our 5 star reaching quality making us one of the best in Australia!

    Visa Requirements

    Student Visas

    Before you can apply for your new student visa, you must have a valid Confirmation of Enrolment. This is a document provided by us that includes the length of time you'll need to stay in Australia to complete your ECU course 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 Confirmation of Enrolment when you submit your 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

    Scholarships and Funding

    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%.

    All our international academic scholarships are assessed automatically at the time of application, making it easier for you to apply direct into your course and to be assessed for a scholarship at the same time.

    Student Testimonials


    • Joondalup

      Edith Cowan University 270 Joondalup Drive, 6027, Joondalup

    • Mount Lawley

      Edith Cowan University 2 Bradford Street, 6050, Mount Lawley

      • Bunbury

        Edith Cowan University 585 Robertson Drive, , Bunbury