Study Abroad in Perth, Australia

Study Abroad in Perth: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: Asian Studies, Australian and Indigenous Studies, animal science, anthropology, biology, business, communications, criminology, ecology, economics, ecotourism, English and creative writing, environmental sciences, events management, exercise physiology, film, forensic biology, games art and design, history, hospitality and tourism management, journalism, law, marine science, mathematics, media and mass communications, nursing, philosophy, photography, politics and international studies, psychology, public relations, social science, sociology, sports science, sustainability, theater and dance, theology.

Program Options

Full Curriculum means that students can choose any course available on Murdoch University’s curriculum subject to prerequisites.

The program is designed for students wishing to study in Australia and choose courses from across the University’s entire curriculum in a wide range of disciplines including business, communications, criminology, economics, ecotourism, environmental science, hospitality and tourism management and psychology.

Special courses in Asian Studies and Australian and Indigenous Studies are also available. These courses will give you a deeper awareness and appreciation of Australia’s history and culture, past and present and an understanding of this region of the world.

Courses are worth 3 points each and are equivalent to 4 U.S. semester credits. The minimum course load is three for a recommended 12 semester credits. The maximum course load is 4; however, students are advised to take no more than 3 since the workload per course is heavier than in the U.S.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA

The Certificate Program enables students to specialize in a specific study area, taking a minimum of three 3-credit courses in that area. Students may then take one additional course either within the same field or in a different one. In addition to a regular transcript, students who successfully complete at least 3 courses from one of a list of specializations receive a certificate which recognizes their commitment to their specialist academic area.

Areas of study eligible for the Specialized Certificate Program include Business and Marketing, Communication and Creative Arts, Conservation and Animal Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Sustainability, Global Perspectives, Information Technology, Law, Psychology and Sport and Health Science.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/fail options are not available.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA

Choose this optional program before your semester in Perth begins and learn about the indigenous Fijian culture while exploring all that this paradise island has to offer. The Pacific Studies Program is geared towards giving students a basic understanding of the cultures, art and way of life of the Pacific Island countries and the challenges they face over the influences of technology and globalization. A minimum of 5 students is required for this program to run.

Learn more about the Pacific Studies Program in Fiji

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 1 2.5 GPA

Murdoch University if offering study abroad students with an interest in Exercise Science the opportunity to take an unpaid, for credit internship as part of their course load.

EXS 390 (4)
Exercise Science Practicum

This Work Integrated Learning unit has been designed to provide study abroad students with practical field experience in the area of Exercise Science. The practical skills gained in EXS390 are essential to increasing one’s understanding of the need for exercise programs in a healthy population. From this practical placement, students should begin to recognize the skills that are necessary to develop and implement exercise programs in healthy individuals. Additionally, students will be provided with the opportunity to extend classroom theory to the field.

Dependent on student enrollment, a student in EXS390 will complete up to 120 hours of practical work experience (unpaid) in the field. This experience may include working within a gym setting, sporting team, clinic, or providing assistance to ongoing research within the fields of Sport and Exercise Science. Current research projects within this area include the use of blood flow occlusion to increase performance in trained cyclists, the impact of high-intensity aerobic exercise on cognitive function in older adults, the use of interval training in pre-diabetes, injury prevention programs in cricket and determination of visual cues associated with success in striking sports.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 4 2.5 GPA

Murdoch University if offering study abroad students with an interest in Public Policy the opportunity to take an unpaid, for credit internship as part of their course load.

POL 390 (4)
Public Policy Internship

A Public Policy Internship is a cooperative arrangement with the Western Australia State Parliament and Western Australian Public Service. Students will undertake research under the collective guidance of a Member of Parliament (MP) / public sector representative and a Murdoch University academic supervisor. Assessment is a combination of participation in the placement, a research project and a presentation.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 4 2.5 GPA

Murdoch University

Murdoch in Perth, Western Australia, is a public university with a culturally diverse and vibrant student body of 22,000 students including over 3,000 international students. It offers a wide range of courses across many disciplines including some subjects you won’t necessarily find at home such as Australian and Indigenous Studies, Asian Studies and Marine Science. A study abroad experience at Murdoch University will give you the opportunity to broaden your academic horizons while enriching your student experience with opportunities such as a 9-day outback camping trip and unique social and cultural events.