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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 2021 Good Universities Guide and has maintained this record for 15 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 Student 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 until they can travel to ECU's Perth campuses.

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What's new

What's new

Fast track your studies this November 2022

Due to strong demand, ECU is pleased to announce we have opened an additional on-campus study intake, commencing 21 November 2022. Running for 10-weeks until 4 February 2023, this intensive Summer School will allow you to fast-track your studies instead of waiting for our February 2023 intake.

Open to applicants interested in all business postgraduate and undergraduate courses, and students interested in the Master of Cyber Security or the Master of Computer Science. Check out our website here for more information.

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. Chat with a student now.

2023 International Scholarships

ECU offers a range of scholarships for international students with up to a 20% tuition fee discount. Students can view the scholarship section further down on this site for more information.

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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 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

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.

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

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. 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

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. Its C33: Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and J46: 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 for undergraduate skills development and postgraduate full-time employment. It offers the largest programme and 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 and offers a 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 need to meet both academic and English-language requirements to be accepted into their chosen course. All English entry requirements will depend on the course and study level that students are looking to study.

English requirements

For students who have completed an Academic IELTS, PTE, TOEFL iBT or CAE Advanced test, a temporary extension to expiry from 2 to 3 years is available if you commence an ECU course before 31 December, 2022.

Visit the English competency page for more information on types of English tests will meet entry requirements.

  • 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 from a recognised international or Australian institution
  • Completion of diploma program 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 (project management, MBA, international hospitality management, etc.).
  • For postgraduate research - a 300-word research abstract of a proposed topic for students interested in research, alongside research experience, and/or citations.

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

Alternative Pathway Entry

For students who do not meet ECU's minimum entry requirements, Edith Cowan College (ECC) offers a range of study options, including:

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

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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).

International Undergraduate Scholarship 2023

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 2023

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 2023

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 2023

Live in comfort at the ECU Student Village. This bursary offers eligible students a 50% reduction in accommodation fees at Edith Cowan Student Village, Mount Lawley. Limited places available, so apply now!

Edith Cowan College Merit Pathway Scholarship 2023

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% 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. View more of the 101 reasons to choose 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 new AUD 48-million-dollar 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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