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Edith Cowan University



Established in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a modern Australian institution with a reputation for delivering a progressive and forward-thinking curriculum, ensuring its students are well-placed to meet the future needs of society. The university has been awarded a five-star rating for teaching quality in the 2020 Good Universities Guide and has maintained this record for 13 consecutive years.

ECU is situated in Perth, the state capital of Western Australia, known for its sweeping landscapes of ancient rock formations, world-class wineries and thousands of miles of sandy beaches with warm, clear waters. It is a dynamic city with a rapidly growing economy and plenty of attractions and activities for students to discover.

There are over 250 courses available at ECU, developed in collaboration with professional partners, ensuring content is continually relevant to industry needs. Many programmes are designed to include vocational modules, work experience and group-based project work, which cultivates strong critical thinking skills, and makes ECU graduates highly desirable to future employers.

ECU is also known for providing the support services necessary to ensure the academic and personal development of its population of 31,000 students. There are scholarships and bursaries available, and a lively and active Students' Guild, which runs an exciting calendar of social events and organises the many clubs and societies in which students can freely participate in. ECU fosters a welcoming learning community and has a dynamic and diverse population of around 6,000 international students representing over 100 countries worldwide, scoring highly in international student satisfaction metrics.

The university also offers a selection of distance-learning course options, and international students may begin their degrees remotely with up to 30 per cent discount on fees until they can travel to ECU's Perth campuses.

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What's new

What's new

ECU has launched a new scholarship for offshore international students.

2021 Welcome to ECU Online Scholarship

International students who are currently offshore and have been directly affected by Covid-19 will receive a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent each semester until travel to Perth for face-to-face classes is possible. Students can view the ECU scholarship page for more details.

ECU Virtual Connect

This weekly virtual meet up and networking event connects students completing studies online with other online students, both domestic and international, allowing them to share their learning journey and promote camaraderie.

ECU City Campus

Expected to open in 2025, ECU City Campus in the heart of Perth will focus on the creative industries, business, and technology. A true game-changer, the campus is expected to attract more students and businesses to the thriving Perth city hub.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

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

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 14 consecutive years, 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

ECU is the leader for teaching excellence and skills advancement. Its programmes and research have also been individually recognised by many reputable Australian and global institutions. To learn more, students can visit ECU's official website.

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Department structure

Department structure

ECU offers diverse programmes in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels across its schools, with the most in-demand courses available for study online. Dual degrees or double majors are also available for students wanting to be more dynamic in their chosen field.

School of Arts and Humanities

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

The 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.

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

It is Australia's number one for international and industry collaboration in biomedical and health sciences as recognised by 2020 Leiden Ranking Research.

School of Nursing and Midwifery Study Areas

This school offers an internationally recognised nursing programme, according to the Top 100 Shanghai Ranking's 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Its Bachelor of Science (nursing) and Master of Nursing (graduate entry) lead to nursing registration.

School of Science

ECU's School of Science is Western Australia's number one in science and mathematics undergraduate skills development and postgraduate full-time employment. It offers the largest programme and cyber security research in the whole of Australia.

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

It is one of the leading performing arts academies in the world and offers the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia. Students are guaranteed to be the best they can be in acting, dance, music, design, arts management, or production.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

International Students must meet both academic and English-language requirements to be accepted onto their chosen course. The English score requirement depends on the course that the student will take.

Undergraduate students

International students must submit any of the following academic documents:

  • Secondary school results
  • Successful completion of one-year tertiary study from a recognised institution
  • Completion of diploma programme from a recognised 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 (project management, MBA, international hospitality management, etc.).
  • A 300-word research abstract of a proposed topic for students interested in research.

Edith Cowan College is the perfect pathway school for students who do not meet ECU's standard academic and English requirements. Undergraduate students may take a diploma leading to a bachelor's course and post-qualifying programme (PQP) for students wanting to pursue a master's level. ECC offers ELICOS to students who do not meet ECU's English proficiency requirement.

Students can visit the ECU website for course-specific entry requirements or speak to an IDP education counsellor.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

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

2021 Welcome to ECU Online Scholarship

Students studying online receive up to 30 per cent tuition fee discount each semester of 2021. The scholarship is intended for continuing and new international students who are currently offshore and affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is valid until the time students can travel to Perth for face-to-face commencement.

International Undergraduate Scholarship 2021

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 any undergraduate course except the Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Bachelor of Science (Nursing)/Bachelor of Science (Midwifery), Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science), Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Education (Primary), and Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

International Masters Scholarship 2021

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 2021

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

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

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ECU invests heavily in its facilities to cater to students' needs. The university is committed to ensuring that its students can develop their technical skills, hone their talents and have mastery of their craft and this is one of the many reasons students come to study at ECU.

Security Operations Centre (SOC)

Computing and technology students get first-hand experience in detecting, monitoring, and responding to cyber security threats from the largest security operations centre in the southern hemisphere.

Securities and Markets Analytics and Research Teaching (SMART) Lab

This allows business students to have access in real-time to 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 brand new AUD 48 million science building houses high-tech laboratories in a 2,500 square metre 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 is the first university in the world to have a Spiegeltent or mirror tent known as The Edith. This performance venue hosts many WAAPA events and is used during Fringe World Festival, an annual highlight in Perth that ECU and WAAPA sponsor.

Art Gallery 25 and Spectrum Project Space

These galleries at the Mount Lawley campus allow art students to exhibit their artistic work, creative visions, and remarkable talents.

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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