Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University

About the Program

On this program, you’ll spend a semester or year living on the gorgeous west coast of Australia in Perth. The city is known for its vibrant and sophisticated atmosphere along with its friendly, safe and relaxed environment.

During your program, you’ll engage with expert professors and fellow students (international and national) as you complete your coursework before relaxing and partaking in sports and leisure activities from tennis to whale watching and surfing.

GPA Requirement

Minimum 3.0



Best Suited Majors

Science Biological Anthropology & Archeology


Other Majors

Anthropology & Archeology Art Fine & Science
  Broadcasting, Film & Media Prod.
Communications Education
English Literature & Creative Writing Foreign Language/Literature
Geography History
Hospitality/Tourism Management Nursing
Political Science & Government Psychology
Social Science Other Social Work
Sociology Theatre or Drama
Science Environmental Business Administration
Engineering Mechanical Social Sciences
Science Health Science Sport, Exercise, Athletic Training
Computer & Information Technology Science Chemistry
Mathematics & Statistics Family & Consumer Science
Area/Ethnic Studies: Women Business Management
Business Accounting Foreign Language/Language Italian
Foreign Language/Literature Italian Foreign Language/Literature Spanish

Course Load

3-4 courses


Student Favorites

  • Boasts hundreds of restaurants and cafes, cinemas, nightclubs, and music venues as well as great shopping!
  • You can also choose to live in a Homestay in a private home with an Australian family
  • Go surfing on the weekends

Academic Calendar

Semester 1, 2021 (Starting in February) – UMaine’s spring semester

ECU orientation period:  February 8-19
First day of classes:  February 22
Mid-semester break:  April 5-9
Last day of classes:  May 28
Study Week:  May 31 – June 4
Examination period:  June 7-18

Semester 2, 2021 (Starting in July) – UMaine’s fall semester

ECU orientation period:  July 12-23
First day of classes:  July 26
Mid-semester break:  September 27 – October 1
Last day of classes:  October 29
Study Week:  November 1-5
Examination period:  November 8-19

For more information, visit ECU Academic Calendar.

Full-Time Enrollment

UMaine students must be registered for at least 45 credit points at ECU each semester. Registering for 60 credit points is the equivalent of registering for 15 UMaine credits. Students are not encouraged to register for more than 60 credit points each semester.


ECU offers a large selection of units (courses) across many disciplines. Exchange students may choose units in any study area, as long as they meet any prerequisites for the unit. Browse ECU’s course catalog called the Handbook here. Most students take 3-4 courses at ECU at a total of 60 ECU credit points. Units starting with a number 1, 2, or 3 are undergraduate level and typically correspond with 1st, 2nd and 3rd year units. Visit the semester online timetable to see if the units will be running in a particular semester.

Transfer Credits:

15 credit points at ECU = 4 credits at UMaine


Campus Living Villages (CLV) manages ECU’s on-campus housing. It offers fully furnished apartments and a vibrant student community, all located minutes from the university. Apartments are fully furnished with private bedrooms, large kitchens and spacious lounge areas. Due to the high demand for on-campus accommodation, exchange students should apply early.

You can also choose to live in a Homestay in a private home with an Australian family. 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 of the reasons Homestay is popular. The prices may vary depending on individual arrangements. You can request a homestay placement before leaving your country of residence and you will be notified of your family details so that you can go straight to your homestay family from the airport.

Grading Scale

Grading scale:

ECU Grade Points Description UMaine Grade
HD 80 – 100 High Distinction A
D 70 – 79 Distinction A
C 60 – 69 Credit B
P 50 – 59 Pass C
UP   Pass Conceded D (doesn’t transfer)
N   Fail F




As the two metropolitan campuses ( Joondalup and Mount Lawley) are located approximately 25 km apart (18 miles), it is preferable to choose units on one campus only. If you would like to enroll in units at both campuses, you should allow about 1.5 hours to travel between the two on public transportation (driving takes about 20 minutes). The South West regional campus at Bunbury, located approximately 180 km south of Perth (120 miles), offers a range of units if you would prefer to study in a smaller campus and town. You also have the option of studying some units online, however, you will need to be enrolled in at least one on-campus unit per semester.

Courses marked “Exchange” (For Students On Exchange) means that these units are for ECU students only who are heading overseas for their exchange. These courses are not open to UMaine students going to ECU. Most courses marked with ‘Joondalup’, ‘Mt Lawley’ or ‘Off’, which is the vast majority of offered courses, are available to UMaine exchange students.

Health Insurance

Exchange students are required to arrange Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before arrival in Australia and to maintain cover throughout their course.

Working in Australia

Education abroad students in Australia are eligible to work up to 40 hours every two weeks based on their student visa status. During orientation on location, students can inquire about available job opportunities on campus or in the community.

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