Global Education

Australia - Edith Cowan University

Named in honor of Edith Dircksey Cowan, the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament in 1912, Edith Cowan University is located in Perth, Western Australia and has a well-deserved reputation for teaching excellence. ECU has two metropolitan campuses where students participating in this program can take courses: the Joondalup Campus to the north of Perth with its state-of-the-art facilities, multi-million dollar recreation center, and kangaroos; and the Mount Lawley Campus located minutes from the central business district of Perth with its sport and fitness centre and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Facilities at ECU include the latest in music, arts and media study venues, science laboratories, computing laboratories accessible 24 hours a day, a library at each campus, sporting venues on each campus, state-of-the-art health and fitness centers at each campus, health and medical services, proximity to public transportation, and excellent student services.

Beautiful Perth itself is the largest city in and capital of Western Australia with a population of about 1.6 million and is located on the shores of the Indian Ocean. It has an excellent standard of living and low crime rate. Perth is known as friendly, safe, and relaxed, yet it offers all the cosmopolitan attractions of a large international city. There are thousands of restaurants, cafés, cinemas, and music venues as well as great shopping. The Swan River runs through Perth and out to the Indian Ocean at the charming port city of Fremantle, which is only 19 kilometers from Perth. The magnificent Kings Park in Perth offers 400 hectares of natural bushland and parkland, a botanical garden, and incredible views of the city. Many intriguing fieldtrips and travel destinations are located not far from Perth.


Edith Cowan University offers many undergraduate and graduate courses at its two campuses. Those disciplines relevant to our students are:

Business and Law
Accounting; Business; Community Planning & Development; Criminology & Justice & Juvenile Justice; Economics; Environment & Physical Planning; Event, Sport & Recreation Management; Finance; Hospitality & Tourism Management; Hotel Management; Human Resource Management; International Business; Law/Business; Management (Arts, Events); Management of Information Technology; Marketing; Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations; Planning, Policy & Governance; Project Management; Psychology, Criminology & Justice; Security & Justice Studies; Sustainable Business Management.

Biology & Environmental Sciences
Applied & Analytical Chemistry, Biological Science Education, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Biomolecular Science, Catchment & Land Management, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Coastal Environmental Science, Conservation & Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology, Engineering/Science, Environmental Management, Human Biology, Human Genetics, Marine & Freshwater Biology, Marine & Freshwater Science, Mathematics Education, Medical Science, Physical Science Education, Physics, Science, Surf Science, Sustainability, Sustainable Environments.

Communications, Education & Arts
Acting; Advertising; Animation; Arts (Painting, Printmaking, and Textiles); Broadcasting; Classical Performance: Instrumental & Vocal; Communications; Contemporary Fashion & Textiles; Contemporary Music; Creative Industries & Services; Culture & Mass Communications; Dance; Design & Technology Education; Early Childhood Studies; Education (English, Health & Physical Science, Math, Music, Social Science, Visual Arts); English (Education); Environmental & Spatial Design; Film & Video; French; Game Design & Culture; Graphic Design; History; Humanities & Arts; Interactive Media; Japanese; Jazz; Jazz Performance; Journalism; Media; Music; Music Technology; Music Theatre; Musicology; Performing Arts; Photomedia; Politics & International Relations; Psychology & English; Public Relations; Screen Studies; Writing. 

Engineering & Technology
Aeronautical, Aviation, Chemical Engineering; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Computer Science; Computer Security; Computer Systems Engineering; Counter Terrorism Security & Intelligence; Cyber Security; Electrical & Electronics Engineering; Instrumentation Control & Automation Engineering; Games Programming; Information Services & Technology; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Mechatronics Engineering/Motorsports; Science; Security (Justice Studies, Science, Technology); Software Engineering.

Health & Social Science
Addiction Studies, Behavioral Analysis, Children & Family Studies, Community Work, Counseling (Skills), Developing Sustainable Communities, Environmental Health, Exercise & Sports Science, Exercise Science & Rehabilitation, Health & Physical Education, Health Promotion, Health Science, Psychological Science & Studies, Human Services, Nutrition, Occupational Safety & Health, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Criminology & Justice, Social Science, Speech Pathology, Youth Work.

Be sure to choose only courses offered at the Joondalup Campus (JO) or the Mount Lawley Campus (ML). Graduate students should be aware that graduate level course availability will need to be approved on a case by case basis.


All participants are required to be full-time while studying in Australia and, thus, take the equivalent of 15 units during each semester for undergraduates and 12 units per semester for graduates.

Applicants should have upper division standing with a declared major at this university by the end of the semester prior to departure or have classified graduate standing at the time of the application deadline, good academic records, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates or better at the time of application. In most cases, the lower division course requirements of the appropriate field of study must have been completed by the end of the semester prior to departure. All applicants should check to ensure that they are on track for meeting the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). The applicant also should be prepared to accept the challenge of study in a country with an educational system different from our own.

Please note that students applying to take courses in dance or classical music will have to submit an audition tape in addition to the other requirements for application.


Courses are taught on a semester basis at ECU. Classes for Sacramento State’s Fall semester (Australia’s second semester/Spring semester) begin in July and end in November. Classes for Sacramento State’s Spring semester (Australia’s first semester/Fall semester) begin in February and end in June. Participants should plan on attending the International Student Orientation, which takes place about two weeks prior to the start of classes. Please note that students participating for one academic year will participate during the Sacramento State academic year, which is different from the Australian academic year.


Students accepted to the program will pay the usual California State University, Sacramento fees, remain eligible for financial aid (except work/study), if otherwise qualified, and receive resident credit just as if they were attending classes at this university. (Please note that equivalency of courses falls under the jurisdiction of the academic department.) ECU has agreed to waive non-resident tuition, making this a particularly attractive opportunity for participants. Students will pay for their travel to and from Perth, room and board, books, and incidentals. In addition, each student must have the required insurance during his or her stay in Australia.

Expenses for a semester in Perth are estimated at the following: usual undergraduate fees - $3,314 (graduates would pay the graduate fee), airfare - $2,345, insurance - $502, room and board (18 weeks) - $5,935, incidentals (including books, local transportation, clothing, entertainment) - $3,100. Total $15,196. The estimated expenses for an academic year are about $27,960 (not including costs to live or be covered by the mandatory insurance during Australia’s summer between our fall and spring semesters). This estimate is given for planning purposes only and is subject to changes from currency fluctuation, inflation, and fee changes. Keep in mind that students are responsible for obtaining their own passports and student visas. The costs to obtain these are not included in this estimate. Please note that participants in this study abroad program must purchase the health insurance required by the Australian government for all incoming international students in addition to the insurance required for all participants in Sac State study abroad programs (the insurance cost estimate given above includes both).


Campus financial aid, with the exception of federal work study, is applicable abroad. Whether or not you have ever received financial aid, you should investigate this possibility by contacting Miesha Williams (study abroad contact) in the Sacramento State Financial Aid Office. Students also are encouraged to investigate and apply for scholarships for their study or research abroad. A listing of specific scholarships and scholarship resource information, with websites, is available on the Office of Global Education website. For individual advising and application information on scholarships/grants for study or research abroad, you should contact Dr. Jack Godwin in the Office of Global Education. 


It is the student’s responsibility to secure his or her own living arrangements. There are several options available for permanent accommodation. On-campus accommodation is available in self-catering units called student villages at the Joondalup and Mt. Lawley Campuses. The minimum tenancy period is one semester. Most units have six separate single bedrooms. Each unit has a large well-equipped kitchen and lounge area and one to two bathrooms. The bedrooms are furnished, but students must supply their own bed linen, pillows, blankets, crockery, and cutlery. On the Joondalup and Mount Lawley Campuses, the student residences are set on the university campus and places are limited. Thus, students should apply early for on-campus accommodation.

Many students choose to live off campus in rented accommodation, typically an apartment, townhouse, villa, or house. These can be furnished or unfurnished. There are many affordable options in the suburbs around the ECU campuses.

Students also can choose to live in a private home with an Australian family. The chance to be involved in the daily life, the learning of the Australian culture and customs are just some of the reasons homestay is popular.

Information on the airport reception service, temporary accommodation, permanent accommodation and homestays is available at Campus Living Villages, in partnership with ECU, operates the student villages. Visit http:// for information on the villages and a listing of off-campus accommodations.

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