Curtin University is a VCU International Partnership University, which allows students to study in Perth, Australia for a semester or a year. Located in the capital of the state of Western Australia, Perth's sunny, warm climate and relaxed, friendly atmosphere make it an ideal location to study abroad. Perth consistently ranks amongst the world's most liveable cities and boasts more sunshine hours than any other Australian capital! Beyond Perth, there are world-renowned wineries, restaurants, and the real Aussie outback to explore. Curtin's green and beautifully landscaped subtropical campus is filled with a diverse student body including a large international student population.
Currently, students can choose from the following courses: humanities, science and engineering, health sciences and Curtin Business School. Students pay tuition to VCU, and pay their room and board directly to Curtin.
Interested students are required to meet with Sarah Carrier prior to applying to this program. When contacting her for an advising appointment, please email her at email@example.com and list the days and times you are available to meet over a two week period.
Students must have a 2.75 GPA to apply and are selected on the basis of their academic record and emotional maturity. Applications should be submitted to the Education Abroad office by April 1 for the fall semester or for a full year and Oct. 1 for the spring semester. Applicants should complete the VCU Education Abroad online application for study abroad and Curtin's host institution application as well. Students will need to obtain a recommendation/nomination from their department.
VCU students typically enroll in 4 Curtin classes during a single semester exchange. The exact classes you will take should be discussed with your academic adviser. Please refer to the Curtin Unit Handbook for information on their curriculum. Please note that courses are referred to as "units" in Australia.
When searching for units, remember that 1000 level units are similar to 100 and 200 level courses at VCU; 2000 level units are similar to 200 and 300 level courses at VCU; 3000 level units are similar to 300 and 400 level courses at VCU; 4000 level units are considered honors courses; and 5000 and 6000 level units are considered graduate level.
Both Curtin and VCU must approve of the classes you wish to take. Curtin has pre-approved many classes for international exchange students. Please consult VCU's study abroad course equivalency database to view pre-approved courses.
Previous exchange students have enjoyed enrolling in the following two popular units:
HERI2002 - Australian Studies (WRLD 291)
Marine Biodiversity (BIOL/BIOZ 391)
Transfer of credit:
Students must earn the equivalent of a C grade or higher in a given course to be eligible for transfer credit. Students are required to take the necessary steps to ensure that transcripts are received from the university upon return to VCU. Your grades at Curtin will not be calculated in your GPA, unless you are attempting to graduate with Latin honors. 25 Curtin credits are equivalent to 3.75 VCU credits. Students typically enroll in a total of 100 Curtin credits (15 VCU credits) in one semester.
Important dates at Curtin: http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/dates/index.cfm
On-campus housing is not guaranteed, and students are encouraged to apply early (even before your exchange is approved). There is no fee to apply.
For more information and to apply for housing, visit here.
Dining and Other Services:
Curtin offers a variety of services on-campus including dining, bookshops, computer labs, counseling, disability services, health services, multi-faith services, retail, sport and recreation, student guild, and more.
For more information on the services available on the Bentley campus, visit the website.
Curtin does not offer a meal plan program, so students will either purchase meals at one of the various on-campus eateries or can purchase groceries at the nearby shopping center which includes a Coles and an IGA (both large grocery store chains in Australia). The nearby shopping center also includes several restaurants; however, due to the high cost of eating out in Australia, it is recommended that students plan on purchasing groceries and preparing meals in their accommodations.
In Your Free Time:
Students can enjoy a variety of fun activities in and around Perth. Perth offers all the qualities and amenities of an international city in a laid-back setting giving students access to beaches, national parks, restaurants, trendy cafes, entertainment, sporting events, shopping, and so much more! Many students use the semester breaks to adventure up on the North Coast or to travel and explore the South West surfing regions...there is so much to see, do and explore!
The Central Business District of Perth offers excellent nightlife and shopping and free public transportation. Spend the day strolling through enormous King's Park, one of the largest inner city parks in the world!
Enjoy markets, coffee shops, beaches and history in the nearby seaside town of Fremantle and then take a ferry to Rottnest Island. For more information about the variety of activities and sites in Western Australia, visit the tourism website.
Students who wish to gain leadership experience may engage with the community through Curtin Volunteers, a student volunteering organization.
Everyone knows how much Australians love sports! Curtin Stadium has an award-winning recreation center including a gymnasium and fitness facilities right on Curtin's campus. The Athlete Development Program is a new and exciting initiative for international students who would like to continue their fitness and sporting skills whilst studying abroad, and includes tailored coaching programs and the opportunity to compete in local clubs. Interested students will need to apply directly to the stadium program Manager, David Russell - firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure they meet the eligibility and David can then tailor their sporting program around their specialized needs.
Curtin Stadium also offers Curtin Experiences which offer travel and sporting adventures in Perth and beyond.
Be sure to follow Curtin's Student Exchange page on Facebook!
Tuition and fees:
Tuition for VCU students is based on VCU tuition and fees. Room and board are paid directly to Curtin. Please visit Curtin's website for international students to read more information about studying and living in Perth. Cost of living information can be found here.
Orientation and fees:
Orientation will be held during the first week of the semester. Discover more about orientation on Curtin's website.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Perth.