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Study at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia! Offered through the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), this program is co-sponsored by UW-Madison. Whether you want to explore cross-cultural studies or the fields of biological science, ecology, and the environment, the Arts & Sciences program allows you to pursue your academic interests while helping you engage with the local host culture.
Located on the Indian Ocean rim and just a few hours flight from major destinations in Asia, Perth is a vibrant multicultural city. 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 wildlife park tour
Perth is the state capital of Western Australia. With a population of 1.3 million people, there are many contrasts that range from skyscrapers and nightlife to over thirty miles of white sandy beaches. Perth is ranked Australia's most environmentally attractive city, has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian city. The local population enjoys a cosmopolitan outdoor lifestyle, first class cultural, social, and recreational amenities, and excellent proximity to the major cities of Asia.
Murdoch University is situated in the suburbs of Perth, and students usually divide their social time between the city centers of Perth and Fremantle, both easily accessible by public transportation. It is also one of Australia's most beautiful campuses, with its stunning natural gardens, harmonious buildings, and on-campus accommodation. Because of its location on the Indian Ocean rim and just a few hours flight from major destinations in Asia, Perth is a vibrant multicultural city with an outward-looking persona.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to Perth, but are given arrival dates and guidelines.
A student visa is required. You must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. CIEE will provide you with visa information.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Upon arrival, a week-long orientation is conducted in Perth. This familiarizes you with Australian society and culture, as well as the academic environment at Murdoch.
Housing is included in the program fee. Students are assigned furnished housing on-campus at the Student Village or in off-campus housing facilities. Both accommodation facilities provide high-quality multi-cultural living environments.
Excursions and Activities
The academic program is supplemented with a range of activities and excursions focusing on Australian culture and environment, such as Australian Rules football, an Aboriginal Heritage Tour, bush walking, and excursions to museums, theaters, and art galleries. The program also makes the most of Western Australia's wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation. You can take part in a surfing lesson, experiencing some of the world's best surf beaches. In addition, there are opportunities for weekend homestays with rural families and the chance to undertake community work in study-related areas. You may also participate in additional trips arranged outside of the typical excursion program for an extra fee. In the past students have traveled to Thailand and Borneo.
The Northwest Excursion, which is included in the program fee, is a trip to the rugged Northwest of Western Australia to an area known as the Pilbara
. It covers close to 2,500 miles, across plains of wild flowers and mountainous outcrops that are the oldest on earth, and is home to some of Australia's most hardy fauna and flora. You may come across the shy rock wallaby, the perenti lizard, the grey and the red kangaroo, and many other unique animals. Monkey Mia
in Shark Bay is one of the highlights of the excursion. Monkey Mia is a World Heritage Site and attracts schools of dolphins to its shores daily. You can snorkel in the Ningaloo Reef
, which is also a World Heritage Site. Another highlight of the excursion is Karijini National Park
. Hidden among Western Australia's mining towns, this area is untouched and pristine in beauty.Click here for the Australian government website on studying in Australia
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
The Australian government also requires all students have Overseas Health Cover (OSHC).
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How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
CIEE Online Application
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.
The Arts and Sciences 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. You even have the option to apply for a parliamentary internship if you study at Murdoch during the fall semester.
Murdoch University is one of Australia's leading universities. 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 1-2 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.
Program Web Page(s)
CIEE Perth Program Website
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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