Curtin University Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Oceania, Australia
GPA: 2.75
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.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall Semester 2024 02/01/2024 Mid-July Late November
Academic Year 2024-25 02/01/2024 Mid-July Late June
Calendar Year 2025 02/01/2024 Mid-February Late November
Spring Semester 2025 02/01/2024 Mid-February Late June

Discount for Pell Recipients

To expand access to study abroad, GEO is offering a $400 discount for this program (Summer 2024 and beyond) to UO students who currently have the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid (FAFSA).

Academic Details

The Australian academic year runs from February to December. The first semester runs from mid-February to late June, and the second semester runs from mid-July to late November. 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).

There are a wide variety of units available at Curtin, search the university's official courses handbook for details.

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

Exchange students usually take 3 or 4 units (classes) per semester. Most classes at Curtin are each worth 25 credits, which converts to 6 UO quarter credits. Thus, you will generally earn 18-24 UO credits per semester.

You are encouraged to work closely with your UO academic advisor as you select classes at Curtin.

Course Equivalencies

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

Non-UO students: 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.

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

The application process for this program is competitiveGEO staff will review your application materials, and a decision about your enrollment will not be made until after the application deadline. In some cases, an interview is required. If your program requires an interview, you will be contacted with further details about this process after the application deadline. Early applications are encouraged.

Successful applicants will receive an exchange nomination from GEO. Selection will be based on a holistic review of your application. This includes a review of your GPA, transcripts (including courses taken and in-progress), any additional requirements or prerequisites (see section "Additional Requirements"), and written statements. 

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. If you receive a nomination from GEO, you will also need to complete the host university's application, which is administered and reviewed by your host university directly. Instructions will be provided after acceptance by GEO. The host university makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the program.

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, as placement is not guaranteed.  

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.