Program Overview

In this exchange program, you will enroll directly in classes at Curtin University, Western Australia's largest and most multicultural university. Curtin is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline for a semester or full academic year of study. Curtin University is known for its practical, hands-on approach to higher education. In addition to their science, health sciences, and humanities divisions, you can choose classes from Curtin Business School (CBS), one of Australia’s largest, most comprehensive and international business schools. Curtin is also recognized for its focus on indigenous education and culture, supported by its Centre for Aboriginal Studies.  Curtin has a large multicultural community, flexible study options in a dynamic and safe environment. 

Note: Students who wish to gain leadership experience may engage with the community through Curtin Volunteers, a student volunteering organization.   
Curtin offers a variety of services on-campus including dining, bookshops, computer facilities, counselling, disability services, health services, multi-faith services, retail, sport and recreation, student guild, and more. Off-peak gym membership is free to students living on campus. 
The main Bentley campus is located in Perth, the capital of the state of Western Australia. Perth's sunny, warm climate and relaxed, friendly atmosphere makes it an ideal location to study abroad.  Perth consistently ranks amongst the world's most livable cities and boasts more sunshine hours than any other Australian capital!  Curtin's green and beautifully landscaped subtropical campus is filled with a diverse student body including a large international student population. Curtin University’s main campus is located within easy reach of the city center by public transportation

Additional requirements

  • 3.25 GPA is required for graduate students
  • Completed UO WR 121 and 122 with grades of B- or higher

What is an Exchange?

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

The Australian academic year runs from February-December).  The academic year at Curtin is divided in two semesters. The first semester runs from Late July to Late November and the second semester starts at the end of February and finishes at the end of June. The curriculum at Curtin is organized in units and courses. A Unit is an area of study (similar to UO classes), and the combination of units make up the course (similar to a UO major). 

Note: The fields of study of Law, Medicine, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy are closed to exchange students. 

Study Abroad or Exchange students are invited to enroll into the WIL units – WORK3001 Engaging with community or WORK3000 Engaging with Industry.  Both these units are for credit.  Enrollment into these units are subject to availability and made via application. Students will need to submit a CV and reference to apply for these units. 

A unit at Curtin is worth 25 credit points, however it does vary. With the exception of a small number of courses the enrolment load required under a student visa is 100 credits per semester.  It is a formal requirement of the University and a condition of the student visa that all international students on student visas must maintain full-time enrolment at all times, unless formally permitted. 

Note: You should consult with your UO academic advisor before submitting your course enrollment to Curtin University.  

Housing Description

Curtin’s accommodation is a popular way to stay close to campus. Due to high demand, we recommend you apply for student housing as soon as you are nominated to study at Curtin.  By living on campus, you'll enjoy comfortable and tidy single and shared accommodation, and have the opportunity to meet and interact with people from all over the world. You will also benefit from 24-hour security patrols and the convenience of having supermarkets, shops, restaurants, cafés and a post office only walking distance away.  Off campus accommodation is also available. Use the link on the sidebar menu to find out more about housing options at Curtin University. 
Curtin does not offer a meal plan program, so you will either purchase meals at one of the various on-campus eateries or purchase groceries at the shopping center near campus, which includes large grocery stores.  The cost of eating out in Australia is high. It is recommended that students plan on purchasing groceries and preparing meals in their accommodations.  

Application process

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. First, you will complete the GEO application process and interview. Selection for this program is based on a review of your online written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After your initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to Curtin. Nominations are made in March for the fall semester and in September for the spring semester of the following year.

Next, you will need to complete a secondary application for the host university. After being nominated by GEO, students will receive instructions regarding the secondary exchange application for Curtin. This typically includes an online application for Curtin, and providing documents such as your transcript, copy of passport, and a Statement of Purpose. Once the application has been reviewed and approved by Curtin University, a confirmation of acceptance is sent by email to you, which includes information on how to enroll for units (courses). 

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester2018N/A2/1/2018Late JulyLate November
Spring Semester- DEADLINE EXTENDED!2019N/A5/15/2018Mid-FebruaryLate June
Academic Year2018-19N/A2/1/2018Late JulyLate June
Calendar Year2019N/A2/1/2018Mid-FebruaryLate November

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.