Edith Cowan University

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Edith Cowan University is associated with AustraLearn: North American Center for Australian and New Zealand Universities, located in Denver, Colorado. AustraLearn is a non-profit organization, which facilitates students' enrolment into 26 institutions in Australia and New Zealand. For more information on how AustraLearn can assist you with applying to this university and others, please visit www.australearncanada.org Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Western Australia is a modern education institution noted for its vigorous and innovative course content, specialized research and creative pursuits. As the modern descendant of the first higher education institution in Western Australia, ECU upholds a well deserved reputation for teaching excellence that dates back to the beginning of the twentieth century. One of the larger universities in Australia, it has four campuses, each with its own identity and history, up-to-the-minute learning resources and a wide range of leading edge degree programs. The University has developed strong links with industry, government and research institutes in Australia and overseas.

Areas of Expertise

ECU offers over 330 specialist award programs and 1700 staff members provide a challenging and supportive environment for teaching and learning. Areas of strength include the 'knowledge-based' disciplines of finance and business, computing and IT, media and communications, education, health and social sciences, nursing, visual and performing arts.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Co-ed:366 bedsLowest: $93Highest: $150

Edith Cowan University has 366 co-ed beds accross 3 campuses. Prices are based on the following criteria: $93.00/week undergraduate and $150.00/week postgraduate double shared flat. On campus accommodation is provided in self-catering units on Joondalup, Mt Lawley and the South West (Bunbury) campuses. Standard undergraduate units contain 6 single lockable bedrooms, two bathrooms and a communal kitchen and lounge room. There are a limited number of serviced units (communal areas are cleaned once a week) at both Joondalup and Mount Lawley villages. There are also a small number of self-contained units available to postgraduate students and/or visiting academics. Students with disabilities are also catered for.

Off Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Homestay:Lowest: $150Highest: $165
Other:Lowest: $85Highest: $240

Prices for off-campus housing are per week. Many students choose to live off-campus in rented accommodation, typically an apartment, townhouse, villa or house. There are many affordable options in the suburbs around ECU campuses and new students often arrange to share accommodation during Orientation week. ECU’s Off-Campus Housing office is a personalized free service to help make it easier for new students to find accommodation close to your home campus. Students can also choose to live in a private home with an Australian family (Homestay). The chance to be involved in the daily life, the learning of our culture and customs plus the added advantage of having the company of other people are just some reasons Homestay is popular.

Career Planning

ECU’s Careers Advisory Service offers an advice, guidance, information, job and work experience service for undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates of Edith Cowan University. Our role includes providing you with a keen awareness of career development programs, career-related experiences, and associated job search services that will enhance your academic program.


ECU operates sporting facilities on all campuses. Joondalup and Mount Lawley campuses operate world-class sporting and recreation facilities offering state-of-the-art health and fitness centers. Sporting and leisure activities at all campuses include leisure programs, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, aerobics, badminton, Australian University Games, sporting clubs and ski trips.


The International Student Support (ISS) team facilitates ongoing support to international, exchange and study abroad students. They are responsible for the organization of general programs such as Orientation and Welcome Week; Going Home and Celebration day; International student organisations support; and social programs. Social activities such as “The Great Race – Discovering Perth”, “Beach Brunch BBQ”, “Kid’s Party”, “Welcome Reception for Mature Age Students” are run during Welcome Week. In addition ECU’s sport and recreation centres and student groups organized activities on a regular basis.


The Student Guild represents students’ interests on a range of issues including academic representation and support. The Guild also provides students with a wide range of experiences including recreation, social, intellectual and community pursuits. Other international student organisations include: ECU International Students Council, African Students Association, Association of Norwegian Students Abroad, Chinese Students Association, ECU Indians, ECU Islamic Society / Muslim students at ECU, Karibu Mentoring Program, Kenyan Students Association, Malaysian Students Committee, Passion, Seychelles Students Association of WA , Singapore Students Association.

Information Technology

Computers are extensively used in all areas of study. Each campus has well-equipped ‘mega-labs’ that can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Free email and internet access are available within these laboratories. ECU has invested in the world’s most sophisticated wireless network so enabled laptops will connect to messaging, e-mail, internet and other systems in just about any space on our campuses. Recently, ECU signed a partnership with IBM which will enable ECU to rapidly move into the forefront of innovation and new thinking. One outcome of the IBM partnership is that ECU offers students the opportunity to acquire an IBM laptop computer at a very good price to enhance your studies and lifestyle at University. By purchasing a laptop under this program you can access the vast array of ECU electronic learning resources and tools from any point on campus as well as from home. Making full use of a laptop during your student life should ensure you will graduate from ECU with the technological skills needed for employment in the 21st century.


ECU’s international student population is made up of students from more than 80 different countries. As a result an International Students Council and other international student groups/clubs have developed over time to represent various cultures within ECU. These groups provide a supportive and social network for students. In addition, ECU has a multi-faith chaplaincy service which seeks to create an inclusive community by valuing and respecting various faiths and traditions.

Special Services

ECU is committed to meeting the special needs of all international students. Specialist support from International Student Advisers, the Equity and Diversity Unit, the Postgraduate and Honours Students Association and many other services are available within ECU. Our comprehensive Orientation program incorporates separate information sessions and social activities for groups such as students with children or mature age students.

Affiliated Institutions

ECU has long standing exchange agreements with approximately 60 universities all over the world. In addition ECU runs some of our programs offshore, in various countries, in conjunction with other institutions. Please contact us for further details on iso@ecu.edu.au

International Involvement

ECU is an active member of various international university networks, such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the International Association of Universities, the Commonwealth Universities Study Abroad Consortium and other multilateral student exchange programs such as UMAP (University Mobility in the Asia and Pacific), the AEN (Australian European Network) and UTRECHT Exchange program. In addition, ECU has long standing exchange agreements with approximately 60 universities all over the world.

Campus Tour

If you are visiting Perth, ECU International would be happy to arrange a campus tour. Please email iso@ecu.edu.au to arrange this service.


Other services include Learning Skills Advisor, Alumni Office, Health and Medical Services, Childcare facilities, Bookshops, Banking facilities and much more.

Modified on March 27, 2007