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Edith Cowan University



Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a leading higher education institution located in Perth, Australia. Established in 1991, it has developed a firm reputation for delivering a forward-thinking curriculum, spanning a wide range of subject areas and research fields. The university has been recognised for its achievements in the 2022 Good Universities Guide, having been awarded a five-star rating for teaching quality for the 15th consecutive year. ECU works hard to prepare its students for the world beyond education, ensuring that they have the skills and experience needed for personal and professional success.

ECU is located in Western Australia, a vast expanse of ancient landscapes, spectacular rock formations, and beautiful beaches. The campus is based in the dynamic city of Perth, a vibrant community with a rapidly evolving economy and plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. There are world-class wineries in the region, along with a strong restaurant scene supported by Perth's diverse and multicultural population.

There are more than 250 courses on offer at ECU, designed in collaboration with industry partners to ensure that content is relevant to the workplace. Distance-learning course options are available, and international students may start their courses remotely until they are able to attend in person. Many courses include work experience, elective modules and group projects, which together foster critical thinking abilities and teamwork skills. As a result, ECU students leave the university with a competitive advantage in the search for graduate employment.

ECU provides a fantastic array of services to support the development of its 31,000 students. Scholarships and bursaries are available, as well as a Student Guild which organises a lively calendar of events and social activities. ECU is home to around 6,000 international students representing more than 100 countries globally, and scores well in international student satisfaction ratings.

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What's new

What's new

Western Australia is now OPEN for international student arrivals!

From 3 March 2022, all international arrivals can enter Western Australia directly by international flight, or from inter-state Australia, with no need to quarantine. To enter WA, students need to be fully vaccinated and have a registered Good to Go (G2G) pass. Comprehensive entry advice and information is available on the StudyPerth website. Students can also book discounted flights and help from a dedicated travel agent through the WA Government's International Student Travel Portal.

Ask a student

Applicants can chat online with friendly students about living in Australia, studying and student accommodation at ECU, finding employment, or guidance on how to handle homesickness.

Temporary English Extension

For students who have completed an Academic IELTS, PTE, TOEFL iBT or CAE/C1 Advanced, a temporary extension to expiry of the test from two to three years is available, if a student commences an ECU course in Semester 2, 2022 (July).

2022 International Scholarships

ECU offers a range of scholarships for international students with up to a 20 per cent tuition fee discount. Students can view the ECU scholarship page for more details.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

ECU is committed to providing a five-star learning experience to its students.

As a testament to its strong academic track record, ECU received a five-star rating for its teaching quality from its graduates, an achievement that has been recorded for 15 years in a row, as published in the 2021 Good Universities Guide. ECU is also Western Australia's number one university for:

  • Overall experience for undergraduate students
  • Undergraduate skills development
  • Undergraduate student support
  • Learning resources

For offering first-class services to support student success, ECU was awarded:

  • 1st place in Australia for student support
  • 1st place in Western Australia for postgraduate student support

ECU ranks 2nd among all Australian public universities for its overall education experience.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (2020) recognised ECU's outstanding teaching approach, naming the university the top university among all public universities in Australia for undergraduate teaching quality for six years. It is also:

  • Number one for undergraduate skills development (seven years and counting)
  • Number one for overall educational experience undergraduate
  • Number one for learning resources
  • Number one for student support.

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Department structure

Department structure

ECU offers diverse programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels across its schools, while the most in-demand courses are also available for study online. Dual degrees or double majors are also available.

School of Arts and Humanities

From communications to criminology, this school offers a range of study options, holds many recognitions, and is home to one of the world's best film and television schools - the Western Australian Screen Academy.

School of Business and Law

This school's hospitality and tourism management programme is among the top 75 in the world, according to the Shanghai Ranking's 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Fantastic work-integrated learning and internship experiences are built into this course.

School of Engineering & Technology

This school is among the top 175 in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and offers programmes that are nationally accredited by Engineers Australia and globally recognised by Washington Accord.

School of Medical and Health Science

This school is Australia's number one for international and industry collaboration in biomedical and health sciences, as recognised by 2021 Leiden Ranking for Research.

School of Nursing and Midwifery

This school offers an internationally recognised nursing programme, according to the Top 100 Shanghai Ranking's 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities. It's C33: Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and J46: Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) lead to nursing registration.

School of Science

This school is a leader in science and mathematics for undergraduate skills development and postgraduate full-time employment. It also has the largest cyber security research centre in Australia.

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

WAAPA is one of the leading performing arts academies in the world. Students are guaranteed to be the best they can be in a range of performing arts such as acting, dance, music, design, arts management, or production.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

International students need to meet both academic and English language requirements to be accepted into their chosen course. English requirements will vary depending on the course.

English requirements

For students who have completed an Academic IELTS, PTE, TOEFL iBT or CAE Advanced test, a temporary extension to expiry from two to three years is available if they commence an ECU course before 31 December 2022.

The English competency page has information on the types of English tests that will meet entry requirements. Minimum requirements are:

  • Standard undergraduate course entry requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no band under 6.0.
  • Standard postgraduate coursework entry requires an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no band under 6.0

Undergraduate students

International students must submit one of the following academic documents:

  • Recognised secondary school results
  • Completion of one-year equivalent tertiary study or a diploma programme from a recognised international or Australian institution

Postgraduate students

International students are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree – from a recognised institution equivalent to Australia's bachelor level
  • At least five years' professional work experience for select postgraduate business programmes
  • For postgraduate research – a 300-word research abstract of a proposed topic, alongside research experience, and/or citations

Some courses may require specific entry requirements.

Alternative pathway entry

For students who do not meet ECU's minimum entry requirements, Edith Cowan College (ECC) offers the following options:

  • Diploma pathways into undergraduate courses such as nursing, communications, counselling, science, IT, cyber security and engineering
  • A Postgraduate Qualifying Programme (PQP) for those wishing to pursue a master's degree but whose undergraduate programme does not meet entry requirements
  • ELICOS, which can be packaged from 5-52 weeks, subject to a diagnostic test.

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ECU offers numerous scholarships and bursaries to international students, whether studying on-campus or online (for off-shore students).

International Undergraduate Scholarship 2022

Students receive a 20 per cent tuition fee reduction for the duration of a bachelor course at ECU. This is available to future students from select countries applying for select undergraduate courses.

International Masters Scholarship 2022

Future masters by coursework students from select countries are eligible for a 20 per cent tuition fee reduction on the first year's tuition fee on select programmes.

International Merit Scholarship 2022

A 20 per cent tuition reduction for the duration of the course is offered to prospective students from India, Pakistan, Kenya and other select countries, who are academically high achievers in their previous studies.

International Accommodation Bursary 2022

Students can live in comfort at the ECU Student Village. This bursary offers eligible students a 50 per cent reduction in accommodation fees at Edith Cowan Student Village, Mount Lawley. There are limited places available, so it is recommended that students apply early!

Edith Cowan College Merit Pathway Scholarship 2022

This scholarship is open to students who package their ECC Diploma with an eligible ECU Bachelor. The scholarship offers students who achieve a WAM of 75 or above in their ECC diploma a 20 per cent discount for the duration of their undergraduate degree at ECU.

Students can visit ECU's scholarship webpage to learn more about other scholarship offerings, bursaries, and eligibility.

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ECU is committed to ensuring that its students can develop their technical skills, hone their talents and have mastery of their craft, all while accessing facilities that cater to their specific needs. This is one of the many reasons students come to study at ECU.

Security Operations Centre (SOC)

At this centre – the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere – students of computing and technology will acquire guided exposure to vital skills in dealing with cyber security threats, such as detecting, monitoring and responding.

Securities and Markets Analytics and Research Teaching (SMART) Lab

This allows business students to have access to real-time global financial market data and dual-screen terminals with Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters software, which are widely used by industry practitioners.

Giant Super Labs

ECU's new AUD 48-million-dollar science building houses high-tech laboratories in a 2,500 square meter space over two floors. The building design displays a periodic table, the largest in the world.

Moot Court

Students can participate in mock trials, witness examination and cross-examination simulations in ECU's hybrid teaching space to develop professional skills in the legal world.


ECU can claim the distinction of being the first university globally to have a Spiegeltent (mirror tent), named Edith. This venue plays host to numerous WAAPA events and is also the location of choice for the Fringe World Festival, an annual highlight of the region, sponsored by ECU and WAAPA.

Art Gallery 25 and Spectrum Project Space

Art students at the Mount Lawley campus can exhibit their work in either of these spaces, and thus showcase their creative talent and vision.

TV Studio and Broadcasting Suite

The Mount Lawley campus offers a dedicated TV studio and broadcasting suite where students can collaborate. It is specialised in scriptwriting, stage management and audio production.

Students can view and explore more ECU facilities on the official website.

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International students

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