Spend a semester or academic year in the vibrant capital city of Perth, Australia, with AIFS! Choose from a variety of course options at Murdoch University, a public university with a culturally diverse student body. Begin your program in spectacular Fiji with the Optional Pacific Studies Program in Suva.
The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.Review Our Policies
Up to 16 semester credits
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English
Single room in a university apartment
Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach, Caversham Wildlife Park and others
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
U.S to Fiji/Fiji to Perth/Perth to U.S. flights with Optional Pacific Studies Program
U.S. to Perth/Perth to U.S. flights without Optional Pacific Studies Program
Airport transfers to and from campus
Fiji (7 days) (Fall 2023 and beyond)
Australian North West (9 days)
South West Adventure Camping (3 days)
Meet Olivia, a college student from Berry College who took over the AIFS Abroad Instagram story recently to answer questions about what it’s like to study abroad in Perth, Australia during her fall semester (which is actually springtime Down Under)! Watch as Olivia highlights what a typical day in the life looks like there.
AIFS provides excellent accommodations, activities, resources and staff to help students learn about and integrate into their host community.
In Perth, you will live in a comfortable furnished apartment with other students, at Murdoch University Village, just a few minutes’ walk from the classroom buildings on campus.
Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Perth.
Perth is considered the sunniest capital in Australia, boasting over eight hours of sunshine each day, even in the colder months.
With its strategic location, set between South East Asia and Eastern Australia, it only takes three hours to reach Bali in Indonesia.
One of Perth’s unique benefits include opportunities to see a quokka in the wild on Rottnest Island or swimming with whale sharks at the Ningaloo Reef.
Details of the on-site staff will be confirmed before the program begins.
The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.
Further cultural activities are also available, some of which may require an additional fee. These may include:
A volunteer experience can teach you about yourself, current issues, government services and the local community and it can also raise self-esteem. Volunteering and community engagement opportunities are arranged specifically for visiting international students and form part of the social and cultural program offered at Murdoch University each semester. The Student Union also has a “Volunteer Hub” to help match student interests with volunteer opportunities. In the past AIFS students have volunteered at wildlife parks, music festivals, sustainability festivals, the Perth Royal Show, Perth International Student Festival and more. You can find out more about volunteer opportunities during the orientation period.
AIFS students will be given a TransPerth card (smart rider) on arrival which they can top up during the semester.
Australians love sport and the facilities at Murdoch University are extensive.
The Sports Center boasts a wide range of services and programs for students and visitors alike. Facilities include a multi-use sports hall (basketball, soccer, netball, hockey), basketball courts, badminton, volleyball and squash courts, outdoor multi courts for tennis and netball, an outdoor multi-use grassed oval, a group fitness room and a spin cycling studio.
The Murdoch Guild Fitness Center within the Sports Center is a modern facility with an extensive range of resistance machines and heavy duty floor space for multipurpose free weight training. Cardio machines include cross trainers, treadmills, rowers, bikes and steppers. Fitness classes such as spin, combat, fit ball and freestyle are offered as are yoga and pilates. Students pay a fee to use the sports facilities.
AIFS and Murdoch University offer an orientation program of meetings and events to help you settle in to your new environment as smoothly as possible. Events include:
A Buddy Program is also available where international students are paired with a local Australian student.
The Australian government requires foreign students to pay for mandatory health coverage (Overseas Student Health Charge). Included in the AIFS program fee, this is paid directly to the provider, OSHC Worldcare, by Murdoch University.
Guided tours and entrance fees to Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, snorkeling, visit to Karijini National Park, opportunity to swim and hike in Monkey Mia, Shark Bay – a World Heritage Site, chance to feed dolphins. Includes round-trip transportation, all meals, and accommodations (camping fees/supplies).
National Park entry fees and visits to Busselton, Dunsborough, Meelup Beach, the Lake Cave, William Bay National Park and various sites along the South coast. Activities such as hiking to the top of the Bicentennial Tree, visiting a winery along Margaret River, walking through the Tingle Forest, swimming in Greens Pool at William Bay National Park and watching the sunrise from atop Mount Clarence. Includes round-trip transportation, seven meals, and camping accommodations.
Program is closed
Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.
Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)
Social identity & access
One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.Learn more