Edith Cowan University

Joondalup (Perth); Mount Lawley (Perth); South West (Bunbury)
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  • The entrance to campus is a sculpture of an open book. Photo credit: Edith Cowan UniversityThe entrance to campus is a sculpture of an open book. Photo credit: Edith Cowan University
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  • An ECU student outside of the hub. Photo credit: Edith Cowan UniversityAn ECU student outside of the hub. Photo credit: Edith Cowan University
  • Nursing students. Photo credit: Edith Cowan UniversityNursing students. Photo credit: Edith Cowan University

Established in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a modern university with exceptional facilities and is highly-ranked for teaching quality and student experience.

ECU’s international reputation continues to grow, with a place in the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2021.

ECU has also been rated five-star ratings for teaching quality over the past 14 years, along with consistently high ratings for overall education experience and skills development, as reported in the Good Universities Guide.

The University has more than 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and welcomes close to 6,000 international students annually, from more than 100 countries.

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


ECU courses are delivered on three campuses: Joondalup and Mount Lawley in Perth and the South West Campus at Bunbury.

ECU’s headquarters are at Joondalup Campus, 25 minutes’ train ride from Perth Central Station, and the campus is five minutes’ walk from Joondalup station. Students can also 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, award-winning architecture and spacious, green surroundings.

ECU Mount Lawley campus is only six kilometres from the Perth CBD, and can be reached from the city by bus in 10-15 minutes.

ECU also has a regional campus in Bunbury, 200 km south of Perth, the largest regional university campus in Western Australia. The South West Campus offers a range of courses across nursing, science, teaching, engineering, business, social work and health science.


ECU’s World Ready Scholarships provide financial assistance in gaining a world-class education, providing up to 30% off tuition fees. For more information please follow the link to Edith Cowan University scholarships from our Scholarships and Funding page.


ECU offers more than 250 courses across eight Schools: Medical And Health Sciences; Engineering; Education; Arts And Humanities; Business And Law; Nursing And Midwifery; Science; and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). ECU programme highlights include:

Teacher education

The ECU School of Education is the most popular and longest-established school of its kind in Western Australia, regularly producing award-winning teachers.

Arts and humanities

Most arts and humanities programmes are offered at the ECU Mount Lawley Campus, renowned for its creative and artistic environment. ECU has been ranked #2 in Australia for creative arts (QILT 2019)

Sports science 

ECU was placed in the world’s top 25 universities for sports science, according to the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Cyber security

ECU is recognised as a world leader in cyber security training and research, and is home to the Australian Cyber Security Cooperation Research Centre.

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

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

Perth – lifestyle of a lifetime

ECU is located in Perth, renowned for its year-round outdoor lifestyle. Consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Perth boasts a Mediterranean climate, similar to Los Angeles or southern Spain, and is home to some of the most iconic beaches in Australia. A city of around two million people, Perth offers big city attractions, yet retains a small town friendliness.

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