Curtin University is a dynamic and innovative Australian university, recognized as a leading education provider in the international arena. The University is based in Perth, a cosmopolitan city with a wonderful climate, relaxed atmosphere and modern facilities. While Curtin is the leading university of technology in Western Australia, it also attracts students in all academic disciplines. The main university campus in the Bentley neighborhood of Perth - approximately four miles southeast of the city’s central district - hosts more than 28,000 students on-campus. Students from more than 100 countries are enrolled at Curtin.
The Surrounding Area
Perth is an excellent starting point to explore the surrounding area. Daytrips include the sweeping Swan Valley, well-known for its farmers markets, premium wineries and art galleries; the Darling Range, home to some of the Earth’s oldest rock formations; the historic towns of York and Toodyay; and Northam’s Avon River, a popular place to picnic and observe the area’s unique white swan colony. Rottnest Island lies a short ferry ride off the cost and is popular with locals and tourists alike for is beauty, beaches, snorkeling, camping and unique wildlife.
Location ................................................................Perth, Australia
Perth Population ...............................................................2 million
Main Campus Enrollment....................................................37,800
Curtin offers a unique international and cross-cultural learning experience with more than 7,500 international students studying on campus. Close to public transportation, the Bentley Campus is a constant hub of student activity, with a medical centre, banking facilities and a range of food outlets, as well as several other social and recreational facilities. Nearby, white sandy beaches offer students access to numerous outdoor activities, including water skiing, surfing, parasailing and windsurfing. At the heart of the city lies a vibrant medley of museums, restaurants, cafés, dance clubs, theatres, cinemas and shops.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.75+ GPA at time of application. Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNC Wilmington education abroad program with Curtin University will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. The university offers over 860 majors. Areas of study include art, business, chemistry, communication, computing, engineering, health sciences, math, multimedia design, physics, psychology, public health and social sciences. This program is AACSB accredited and approved by the Cameron School of Business for business students.
At Curtin University, classes are called units and majors are called courses. A typical course load is three or four units per semester. This is equivalent to 12-15 UNCW credit hours. Please make an appointment with the education abroad advisor for Australia to discuss Curtin's unit offerings and credit transfer process.
Most UNCW students live in single rooms with shared facilities. All university accommodations at the Bentley campus are self-catered, meaning no meal plans are available. A typical apartment will house six to eight students. All rooms are furnished (cooking utensils and electric appliances are not supplied.) Floormates may be Australian students or other international students. Housing spaces can be quite limited, so students are encouraged to apply early for accommodation.
Accommodation is priced weekly and costs are stated in Australian dollars (AU$).
As with most Australian schools, Curtin University follows the southern hemisphere calendar.
Fall Semester Dates (this is Australia's Spring term or Semester 2)
Late July to Late November
Spring Semester Dates (this is Australia's Fall term or Semester 1)
Mid February to Late June
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with the education abroad advisor for Australia to discuss your program budget and to determine which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid