Edith Cowan University

Joondalup and Mount Lawley in Perth, also Bunbury
Student Population: 
Over 30,000
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Established in 1991, ECU has grown rapidly into a quality university with excellent student satisfaction and internationally recognised research.

In the 2018 QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching), ECU received the top student experience rating of all public universities in Australia – for the second year in a row. Over 85% of those surveyed rated their student experience positively. ECU was also the top-rated public university in Australia for teaching quality, skills development and student support.

In addition, ECU has been rewarded with five-star ratings for teaching quality over the past 12 years, along with consistently high ratings for overall education experience and skills development, as reported in the Good Universities Guide.

ECU has more than 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We also welcome close to 6,000 international students each year, originating from more than 100 countries.

ECU’s eight Schools collectively deliver more than 250 courses across Medical & Health Sciences, Engineering, Education, Arts & Humanities, Business & Law, Nursing & Midwifery, Science and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Edith Cowan University is named after Edith Dircksey Cowan, who in 1921 became the first woman elected in Australia’s parliament. She was a passionate advocate for education and women’s rights, and ECU is proud to be the only Australian university named after a female.


ECU courses are offered on three campuses – Joondalup and Mount Lawley in metropolitan Perth and the South West Campus at Bunbury, 200km south of the capital city.

ECU main campus is in Joondalup, a bustling Perth suburb that is also the home of Western Australia’s largest shopping mall. Joondalup is located 25 minutes’ train ride from Perth Central Station, and the ECU campus is a short five minutes’ walk from Joondalup station. Alternatively, students can take the free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus from the station to ECU. The modern campus is renowned for its state-of-the art facilities in spacious, green surroundings.

ECU Mt Lawley campus is located only four kilometres from the city centre, and can be reached from the city by bus in 10-15 minutes. This medium-sized boutique campus is the home of School of Arts and Humanities and WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), creating a unique artistic and creative hub.

ECU also has a regional campus in Bunbury, 200 km south of Perth, towards the Margaret River wine region.

Student Experience

ECU has been ranked the number one public university in Australia for student experience. As a truly multicultural university, ECU offers a vibrant environment with excellent learning outcomes combined with great student lifestyle.

Signature programmes

ECU has a range of over 250 different courses across eight schools:

  • Medical & Health Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business & Law
  • Nursing & Midwifery
  • Science
  • Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

 Some highlights include:

  • Teacher Education

The School of Education is the most popular and longest established school of education in Western Australia.

  • Nursing

ECU offers the largest school of Nursing in Western Australia, with state-of-the-art facilities including 81-bed ward. International community placements are available, and ECU now also offers ECU Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry), designed for students who have completed a Bachelor degree in a discipline other than Nursing, but want to become registered nurses, without having to complete another Bachelor degree.

School of Arts and Humanities

Located in the Mt Lawley campus with a creative and artistic environment

Ranked #1 in Australia for creative arts (QILT 2018)

Sports Science Department

Ranked within top 20 worldwide and the best in Western Australia (Shanghai Jiao Tong Rankings 2017)

Cyber Security

ECU is recognised as a leader of Cyber Security and research, and in 2017 was recognised by the Australian Federal Government as one of just two Australian Centres of Cyber Security Excellence, and the only one in Western Australia.

Two of our staff are Interpol recognised cyber crime experts.

ECU will play a key role in the Federal Government funded $139 million Cyber Security Cooperation Research Centre, which will have its Head Office at the ECU Joondalup Campus.

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

One of the world’s leading performing arts academies, with Hugh Jackman among its famous alumni


ECU Village offers modern student accommodation in all ECU campuses, right in the heart of the campus.


ECU offers a range of scholarships in 2019, including 20% tuition fee reduction for all semesters for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

ECU Village in Mt Lawley offers a -50% accommodation fee reduction in 2019.

Study abroad

ECU’s Study Abroad programme is a great way to experience a semester abroad. You can choose between a selection of pre-approved units, or mix and match units across different schools. At $4,875 for three units per semester, or $6,500 for four units per semester, Study Abroad at ECU offers a university student experience at great value.

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