Curtin University Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: >75 credits
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 2022 2/1/2022 Mid-July Late November
Academic Year 2022-23 2/1/2022 Mid-July Late June
Calendar Year 2023 2/01/2022 Mid-February Late November
Spring Semester 2023 2/01/2022 Mid-February Late June
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

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). 

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.  

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

To learn more about COVID regulations while studying abroad, visit our FAQ page.