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CIEE Arts and Sciences in Perth, Australia
Perth, Australia
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Biology, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Environmental Science, General Business, Humanities, Management, Political Science, Pre-Law, Psychology, Sport Management Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Sophomore Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Dorms
Program Description:


Located on the Indian Ocean rim and just a few hours flight from major destinations in Asia, Perth is a vibrant multicultural city and home to one of the top universities in Australia. Whether you want to explore cross-cultural studies or the fields of biological science, ecology, and the environment, Arts and Sciences in Perth allows you to pursue your academic interests while helping you engage with and become a full participant in the local host culture.

Study abroad in Perth and you will:

  • Benefit from full-time academic and personal study abroad support provided by a CIEE Resident Director who arranges excursions, volunteer opportunities, and cultural events
  • Choose from a full range of academic offerings and for-credit internships including unique experiential options related to parliamentary law and community development
  • Travel 2,500 miles through the outback of Western Australia while learning about amazing and diverse environments via an optional trip organized by Murdoch University
  • Immerse yourself in a cultural program which includes a surf lesson, Australian Rules football match, Aboriginal Heritage tour, and a wildlife park tour

The CIEE Difference


You’ll have access to Murdoch University’s various departments and courses, including: education, business and information technology, sustainable development, and media studies. You can also take advantage of various experiential learning opportunities including the university’s Community Development program and internships in public administration and political science.


The study abroad program and program fee includes a variety of excursions and activities focusing on Australian culture and the environment, such as Australian Rules football, an Aboriginal Heritage tour, bush walking, and excursions to museums, theaters, and art galleries. CIEE makes the most of Western Australia’s wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation. Students take part in a surfing lesson, experiencing some of the world’s best surf beaches. Many students independently achieve scuba diving certification.
For an additional fee, study abroad students can embark on The Northwest Excursion, an optional trip organized by Murdoch University to the rugged northwest region of Western Australia to an area known as the Pilbara.


Parliamentary and Public Sector Internship

The University offers qualified, motivated students the opportunity to undertake a fully accredited internship in political science and public administration, which includes working with members of the State’s parliament or public sector department under the supervision of Murdoch University faculty members. Topics that students can work on vary widely. Study abroad students intending to apply for this internship must check with their own institution in the U.S. prior to registration to ensure that credit earned will transfer. The internship is worth eight Murdoch University credit points. This option is offered in the U.S. fall semester only.

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 16–18 semester/24–27 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the academic or calendar year is 32–34 semester/48–51 quarter hours.
Recommended credit varies from three to five U.S. credits per course.

Program Requirements

All study abroad students are required to take 12 Murdoch points per semester. A typical course load is three courses at Murdoch University. One course must have substantial Australian content. Students may take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in addition to the typical course load of three courses. Students who are granted permission from their Study Abroad Advisor and CIEE Resident Director to “overload” (more than 12 Murdoch University points) will be required to pay additional registration/tuition fees to Murdoch University at the time of enrollment.

About Perth

Perth is the state capital of Western Australia. With a population of 1.8 million people, its many contrasts range from skyscrapers and nightlife to more than 30 miles of white sandy beaches. It is ranked as Australia’s most environmentally attractive city, has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian city, and was ranked in a 2010 survey as one of the world’s top ten lifestyle destinations. The local population enjoys a cosmopolitan outdoor lifestyle; first-class cultural, social, and recreational amenities; and excellent proximity to the major cities of Asia.


Fremantle is the city closest to Murdoch University and is located approximately 12 miles southwest from downtown Perth. Fremantle is where students spend most of their time outside of class. Known as “Freo” to the locals, the city has a great alternative feel and is at the forefront of many green initiatives in Western Australia, having recently elected the first Greens state representative and the first Greens mayor. The city is also a popular entertainment district with numerous cafés, a great live music scene, and art galleries situated in and around central “Freo.”

Where You’ll Study

Murdoch University is one of Australia’s leading universities, and the only university in the country to achieve The Good Universities Guide’s five-star rating for graduate satisfaction for 12 out of the last 13 years. More than 18,000 students are enrolled in the three major academic divisions: arts, science and engineering, and health sciences. More than 2,000 international students from approximately 90 different countries are currently enrolled. Murdoch University is situated in a suburb of Perth, 12 miles south of Perth city and eight miles east of Fremantle; both are easily accessible by public transportation.

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students are assigned furnished housing on campus at Murdoch University Village which provides high-quality, multicultural living facilities. A range of modern, fully furnished, five-to-eight bedroom apartments with private bedrooms, large kitchens, and spacious lounge areas are available to students. Contemporary passive solar design, high-quality fittings, and in-room pay-per-use Internet provide functional and vibrant spaces designed specifically for the student lifestyle.

Students choosing the U.S. academic year study abroad program beginning in July are responsible for housing during the summer recess (December to mid-February). Students choosing the U.S. calendar year program beginning in February are responsible for their own housing during the recess in July. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student.

Academic Program

Established in 1991 as the first CIEE program in Australia, the Arts and Sciences study abroad program at the CIEE Study Center at Murdoch University has hosted hundreds of students from universities across the U.S. The CIEE Study Center provides a supportive, yet challenging environment in which to study and gain firsthand knowledge of Australian life and culture. In addition to a wide range of liberal arts subjects, Murdoch University has particularly strong offerings in business, media and film studies, communications, and field-based sciences. A parliamentary internship is also offered during the fall semester.

Academic Culture

All courses are taught by Murdoch faculty which, proportionately, holds the highest number of doctorates of all Australian universities. Murdoch University uses a point system and the normal full-time course load is 12 points each semester, which is equivalent to 15 U.S. semester credits. Most Murdoch University subjects are designated as either three- or four-point classes. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified, with the exception of a few, specialized subjects offered by the Veterinary and Chiropractic Schools.

The approach to teaching in Australian universities requires that students take a great deal of responsibility for their own learning. A typical subject consists of two hours of lectures and one-to-two hours of tutorials per week, with the addition of lab work in the sciences. Many science classes also involve fieldwork. While contact hours are not high, students are expected to undertake a significant amount of directed reading on their own time. Self-motivation and self-discipline are encouraged by the Australian system.

The Murdoch University academic year lasts from early February through the end of November and is divided into two semesters. Semester I (early February to mid-June) corresponds to the spring semester at U.S. institutions and Semester II (late July to late November) corresponds to the U.S. fall semester. The program at Murdoch University is offered both semesters and consists of a one-week orientation, 12 weeks of classes, a two-week mid-semester break, a one-week study period, and a two-week final exam period. The academic year program consists of two consecutive semesters and may follow the U.S. academic year (Semester II and Semester I) or the Australian calendar year (Semester I followed by Semester II). Students who apply for the U.S. academic year program can take advantage of the three month summer (Christmas) break to work or travel in the region.