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Edith Cowan

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Quick facts:

  • Very famous for its education, health and psychology programmes
  • A very affordable university
  • Study in Perth, Australia

Edith Cowan is one of the youngest australian universities. Founded in 1991, the university is in the top 150 best universities that are less than 50 years old, according to the Times Higher Education.

About Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Western Australia 2015

ECU, located in Perth, Western Australia, and provide the ideal learning environment for students who want to reach their potential. Known for its award-winning facilities and innovative education and...

A thriving australian university

Located in Perth, in the west of the country, Edith Cowan University (ECU) is the only australian university to bear a woman’s name. Edith Cowan was the first woman elected to the australian parliament. The university has 27 000 students, of which around 4300 are internationals. There are four campuses in total : two in the greater Perth area, and two elsewhere in the country.

At ECU, the curriculums are conceived in close collaboration with professionals in the relevant industries, and the focus is put on student employability. Practical projects and networking opportunities are integral parts of the bachelor and masters programmes. Students have the opportunity to undertake paid internships during their studies.

The campus offers an environment dedicated to the well-being of students for the duration of their studies. For example, the university has a guidance center in which international students learn how to use references in their dissertations, how to build and argument, how to avoid unintentional plagiarism, effective note taking, and much more.

Courses and specialties : performing arts, health sciences, education and engineering

Despite its young age, Edith Cowan University already has several internationally renowned departments, such as the engineering school, the education faculty, the nursing school and the performing arts academy. The latter is one of the most highly regarded performing arts training centres in the country ; the nursing school is the largest in Australia. The education faculty offers more speciality options than any other faculty in Australia. Lastly, ECU is admired for its psychology programmes, which are very popular among students. In total, the university offers 300 programmes spread out over eight faculties : Arts and social sciences ; Business and law ; Engineering and technology, Medicine and health sciences, Nursing and midwifery, Sciences ; Education and teaching ; Western Australia performing arts academy.

In all these courses, the professors are renowned academics or professionals in that industry. For eight years running, ECU students have awarded five stars to their university, proof of the excellence of the teaching and infrastucture offered by ECU.

To apply to ECU, students must have a baccalaureat with a 12/20 average, as wel as a 6.0 IELTS score, or a 550 TOEFL score.

Living and studying in Perth

Perth is a lively and sophisticated city, named by The Economist as one of the world’s best places to live. The climate is reminiscent of the Mediterranean : blue skies and year-round sunshine. Perth is also the most multi-cultural city in Australia : roughly 35% of its residents were born in a different country.

Edith Cowan has secure students halls on campus. The shops and sporting infrastructure are therefore a few minutes walk from the residences. Getting around the city is easy as the residences have readily accessible public transport links.


By studying at Edith Cowan University, you will gain access to a high quality education while enjoying all the perks of Perth. To find out more on the the programmes offered by ECU and the application details, get in touch with a Study Experience team member.

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