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Education Abroad Office

Murdoch University

Area: Global Direct
Location: Perth
Country: Australia
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Website: Murdoch University Direct Program

UofSC's direct enroll program in Australia is designed to expose students to the life and culture of the Australian people. The program is located on Australia's west coast in the beautiful seaside city of Perth, capital of the state known as Western Australia. Western Australia covers one-third of the Australian continent and is bordered by desert to the east and by 7,813 miles of pristine coastline to the west. Students will experience a true Aussie culture in Western Australia while swimming with the dolphins of Monkey Mia, camping on Rottnest Island, and exploring the several hundred natural caves of Margaret River. Perth is also the closest Australian city to Southeast Asia, creating exciting opportunities to explore Asia while studying in Perth. Murdoch University offers a full curriculum program where students take classes with Australian and other international students. All classes are taught in English by Australian professors. The campus is located just twenty minutes by bus from Perth's city center, and only thirty minutes by bus from a number of sandy beaches.

Cost: Murdoch internation student tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: minimum 3.0 GPA

Students pay tuition and fees directly to Murdoch at a tuition rate determined by the host institution. All students should budget roughly AUD$250 - 300 a week for rent, utilities, food, public transportation, and personal expenses. All costs are estimates and may fluctuate based on the exchange rate.

Students must enroll in a full course load. Students can browse the course offerings on Murdoch's website paying special attention to any pre-requisite requirements. Semester 1 at Murdoch is the equivalent of UofSC's Spring semester, while Semester 2 at Murdoch is the equivalent of Fall semester. To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

For an additional fee, the program offers an optional 10-day camping expedition in remote Western Australia. This fun-filled bus trip, to the rugged north west of Western Australia, covers close to 2,500 miles across the vast outcrop that is outback Australia.  Students also have the opportunity for individual travel. The Murdoch University Guild of Students offers a wide array of activities, sports, and clubs to get involved in throughout the year.

All students must purchase the Overseas Student Health Cover through Deakin University in order to meet the requirements for the Australian student visa. The cost of this insurance is approximately AUD$303 per semester.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Students can choose to live in a university residential community (Student Village), share an apartment with other students, or participate in a home stay. Housing costs are paid in Perth and vary based on the type of accommodation chosen. 

The Australian academic calendar begins in February, with the first semester running from mid-February to mid-June. The second semester commences in July and runs through the end of November. 

Orientation is a requirement for all new students. Orientation Week is held in the week prior to the first week of classes and is an important part of settling in to studies at Murdoch and life in Perth. You will also enroll in your courses during Orientation.  

All students studying in Australia are required to have a valid "Non-Award" Australian Student Visa. The current cost of this visa is approximately $540. Students are automatically granted permission to work up to 20-hours a week in Australia with this visa.

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