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Edith Cowan University, Perth

Western Australia, Australia

Est. 1991

About Edith Cowan University, Perth

Established in the year 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a public university which is located in Perth, Western Australia. The university is named after Edith Cowan, who was the first women to be elected as the member of Australian Parliament. The university has more than 28,000 students with more than 4,500 international students. ECU offers more than 400 courses, with a number of courses, like Game Design, Motorsports, Mechatronics, Photomedia, etc. that are one-of-a-kind in Australia. Moreover, the university also offers a number of courses online.
The university is recognized as one of the best young universities across the world and their courses are known to practical and relevant. The education at the university is world-class and from the past seven years, the graduates from the university have given a 5-star rating to its teaching quality. With a number of facilities that are exclusively created for international students, it is undoubtedly an excellent choice for every student who is planning to study abroad.

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The university has two campuses in Perth- Joondalup and Mount Lawley. It also has a regional campus in Bunbury which is about 200km away from Perth. The city of Perth is known for its beauty and safety. Moreover, it is also one of the most liveable cities in the world.
As far as accessibility of the university’s campuses is concerned, all the campuses of the university can be easily accessed through public transport. The Joondalup campus of the university is only 5 minutes walk away from the train station of Joondalup. Moreover, there is also a free bus service from the university to cover this distance. There are frequent buses throughout the day between Perth CBD and ECU Mount Lawley, as well as there are a number of bus services to other suburbs close to the campuses.


The Joondalup campus is ECU’s headquarter and is known for its beautiful surroundings and large open spaces where students generally spend their time in the evenings. The vibrant architecture of the university combines with the state-of-the-art facilities to provide the students with a unique learning experience. The campus has two libraries, out of which the newer one has won several accolades. There are multiple e-Labs which the students can access 24 hours of the day. Multi-million dollar Health and Wellness Building, Student Hub and Outdoor Theater are some of the other attractions of the campus.
The Mount Lawley campus of ECU is close to the Perth CBD. The campus has an artistic vibe and is known for its world-class performing arts and media training facilities, fitness centre and accommodations for students. The campus is also home to WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) which is one of the most famous arts training institution in Australia. Kurongkurl Katitjin, which is the university’s Indigenous Australian Education Research Centre, is also located here.
The Bunbury Campus of the university is one of the largest university campuses in regional Australia and is a part of educational precinct that comprises Bunbury Health Campus and South West Institute of Technology. The campus has small classrooms, on-campus accommodation and other modern facilities.

Residing Options

The university offers on-campus accommodations at all the campuses. These accommodations are managed by Campus Living Villages and many different types of apartments, like single room apartments, multiple room apartments, self-catering apartments etc. are available for students. While the university claims that the on-campus accommodation charges are lower than what the students need to pay for off-campus accommodations, a lot of students claim that it’s almost the same and even more in many cases.
For students who don’t want to live on-campus, the university also offers a referral service to help students find accommodations close to the campus. Students can easily apply for these accommodations through ECU Village Website.


The climate in Perth is of Mediterranean-style. The summers are hot and dry whereas the winters are mildly cold. Even in the winter months, you’ll enjoy plenty of sunshine. The rainfall can be experienced throughout the year, with mild rainfalls in the summer months and most of it falling in winters. This makes the weather of Perth ideal for majority of the international students, especially Indians.

Faculty and pedagogy

The university has some of the best professors who are well-known in their particular fields. The students agree that most of the professors actually care about the academic life of the students and are highly committed to their work. Even though they carry such high prestige in their fields, they can be easily approached for queries related to the studies and personal life as well.

Financial aid

ECU offers many different types of scholarships to assist the students financially. Scholarships are available for undergraduates, post graduates, honour and higher degree research program students. Students at the university are advised to search for a scholarship criteria that are relatable to them as these criteria form a major part of their eligibility for any particular scholarship. Some of the scholarship criteria are rural student support scholarship, financial hardships scholarship, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander scholarships, international student scholarships and academic scholarships.

Jobs and placements

The students from ECU are highly sought after by the biggest of global employers due to the high academic standards of the university. The graduates from the university are considered to be highly knowledgeable in their fields and are ready to work in the modern, demanding work environment. While it is not difficult for the students of ECU to search for jobs after finishing their studies, the university also organizes career fairs to further enhance the career prospects of their students.


  • Pania Rose- Fashion Model
  • Musa Aman- Current Chief Minister of Sabah (Malaysia)
  • Christopher Philips- Author
  • Darren Beazley- CEO of Swimming Western Australia
  • Ahmed Adeeb- 5th Vice President of Maldives

  • Verdict

    ECU enjoys a reputation of one of the best young universities in the world. As the university is young and energetic, they constantly scan the things happening all over the world and then translate these happenings into innovative courses to make sure that their students are in high demand in future. If you are searching for an international university, there is not a single reason as to why you should not pick Edith Cowan University over others.

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