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Australia: Murdoch University
Perth, Australia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: AU- applicants only
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Language of Instruction: English
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
Advisor: Sarah Harlow
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Is this Program Right for You?

This program is right for students who wish to experience the Australian education system first hand by taking classes directly enrolled at an Australian university alongside local students.  Murdoch University is located in Perth, the capital of Western Australia.  It's an unknown gem of a city, located near the Indian Ocean Coast, and has a uniquely Australian feel.

NOTE:  Murdoch University also offers some special scholarships for study abroad students!  Please inquire with your AU Abroad advisor.


Perth CampusLocated in Perth, Western Australia, Murdoch University is a multi-award winning institution that has an international reputation for research and teaching and is committed to the pursuit of excellence.

Established in 1973 as a research university, Murdoch is a modern, progressive institution, committed to flexible, multi-disciplinary study. With a student population of 15,000, Murdoch supports excellent staff-student relations and provides state-of-the-art facilities, excellent student services, and an extensive range of academic programs.

Murdoch University has developed important links with universities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. With approximately 3,000 international students from over 100 different countries, the University is a vibrant and cosmopolitan institution that is benefiting from its strong commitment to international education.


Students can choose classes from a wide variety of subjects areas taught at Murdoch University.  Most students will take 3-4 subjects for a full-time load of study.  Please visit their course catalog to browse through available subjects. 

Course Equivalency: Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.

Student Life

Beach in FremantleWestern Australia is famed for its brilliant blue skies, warm sunny climate and white sandy beaches.
The State of Western Australia covers one-third of the Australian continent, spanning over 2.5 million square kilometres [1 million square miles] and several different climatic zones. It is a land blessed with some of the world's most precious natural phenomena including the dolphins of Monkey Mia, the 350-million-year-old Bungle Bungle range and the towering karri forests of the South West.

Sophisticated yet uncomplicated, the lifestyle for the residents of Perth is relaxed and focuses on the outdoors.  Perth, the capital city of the State, is home to 1.5 million people and enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia. Our South Street campus is located just 11 minutes by train from the city centre or 20 minutes by car.  The city sits on the Swan River, where residents enjoy fishing, windsurfing, sailing or simply relaxing with friends for a barbecue in the sun.  There are wineries, beaches and bushland within easy reach of the city, and a cosmopolitan mix of cafes, restaurants, pubs and thriving nightlife in the city centre.

Travelling around Perth by train and bus is very simple, and buses run regularly between Murdoch University, Perth and Fremantle. The Perth to Mandurah rail line means that trains run regularly from Perth to Murdoch, Rockingham and Mandurah. The Circle Route bus passes Murdoch University and goes through many areas of Perth and is widely used by Murdoch students. There are regular free shuttle buses between the Murdoch and Rockingham campuses.

You can also take the opportunity to explore other Australian cities, Perth is less than four hours by plane from Sydney and Melbourne. As the closest Australian city to South-East Asia, Perth is also a great starting point for exploring Australia's Asian neighbours.

Housing and Meals

Murdoch Uni LogoWhile studying abroad at Murdoch University, students will live in the Murdoch University Village.  Murdoch University Village is a friendly residential community, conveniently located right on the University's main campus. Classrooms, lecture theatres, the library and other University facilities are just a five minute walk away.

Catering for an active student lifestyle, the Village's facilities include social and study spaces such as a resource centre, meeting rooms, recreation room (with Foxtel and a pool table), beach volleyball and basketball courts, and a brand new swimming pool.

Murdoch University Village consists of apartment blocks across three-hectares of landscaped grounds, with a range of accommodation options, including one (1) bedroom, two (2) bedroom, three (3) bedroom, four (4) bedroom, five (5) bedroom and six-eight (6-8) bedroom apartments.

Modified apartments and rooms which are adapted for students with disabilities are also available in the Village (they include modified bedroom, bathroom and kitchens)

The rooms are comfortable and designed with you in mind, large size kitchens and tiled bathrooms ensure that all apartments and common areas within the Village provide a refreshing, stimulating and comfortable environment for both living and studying.

More information on the Village apartments can be found on their website


AU students are responsible for researching what they need to do to legally study in Australia. Please visit the Australian Embassy website and read the information provided to figure out what you need to do to legally be a student in Australia.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/05/2015
Varies by program TBA TBA
Fall 2015 03/09/2015
Varies by program 07/16/2015 11/22/2015
Calendar Year 2016 08/15/2015 ** Varies by program TBA TBA
Spring 2016 10/07/2015 ** Varies by program TBA TBA
NOTE: Please be aware that official acceptance decisions can often take several weeks to be received from the overseas partner university. However, as programs are typically not competitive, students can usually expect to be accepted without problem if program admissions and application requirements are met.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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