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Murdoch University is located in the city of Perth in Western Australia. Established in 1973, Murdoch is committed to excellence in research and teaching. It has an extensive range of international contacts, resulting in a cosmopolitan campus with 1,000 international students in a student body of only 9,000. The campus itself makes Murdoch an excellent place to study as well: the university is set in natural bushland, and is landscaped with native Australian flora.
Murdoch's welcome to study abroad students starts with a week-long orientation program at the start of each semester. This program includes an introduction to campus life and academics, social activities, and a weekend trip to beautiful Margaret River. Students also have the opportunity to meet a host friend or family through the Study Abroad and Exchange Coordinator.
The academic year at Murdoch is divided into two semesters: the first semester runs from February to June, and the second semester runs from July to November. Students should keep in mind that the Australian summer is from December to February and the winter is from June to August. Year-long students may attend either the US academic calendar (July-June, with a long break between terms) or the Australian calendar year (February-December).
Murdoch University is located about fifteen kilometers from Perth, which is known for its clean, safe environment and low cost of living. Students will enjoy the Mediterranean-type climate with its warm, dry summers and mild winters. The city is becoming an important cultural center, with activities such as the annual Festival of Perth in February. Also nearby is the port city of Fremantle, known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture and its vibrant, outdoors lifestyle. Perth is a good starting place for exploring Australia and Asia. Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong are five to seven hours away by air; Bali is only three hours away by air.
Study abroad students may enroll alongside Australian students in any course for which they meet the prerequisites. There are over 600 courses to choose from, in a wide range of subject areas. The university is well known for its excellent science programs, especially Biological, Environmental, and Physical Science. Several of Murdoch's other programs may be of especial interest to study abroad students. These include Aboriginal Studies, Asian Studies, Australian Studies, Women's Studies, and Communication Studies.
Academic resources available to students include a library with over 440,000 items, and on-campus computer laboratories equipped with Macintosh computers and email facilities. As part of the study abroad experience, the International Office subsidizes a 10-day camping trip for each student to visit Australia's North-West region, with its beaches, gorges, and famous "outback."
Students interested in combining the academic experience with work experience should consider enrolling in one of Murdoch's internship courses. Examples of internship courses include the following:
Working with Indigenous Communities (AIS322). This is a professional internship program which offers students the opportunity to spend a number of weeks working with an Indigenous community organization. The coursework component of the unit will comprise an exploration of an appropriate range of frameworks for cross-cultural interaction in work settings.
Sustainable Development Internship Project (STP332). This unit provides an invaluable opportunity to acquire skills, knowledge and contacts pertaining to sustainability. Students are encouraged to work with government agencies, industry or civil society groups on projects relevant to sustainable development, while drawing on the support of academic supervisors.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
Study abroad students have the opportunity to live in the Student Village, a self-catering residential community on campus. The university's Off-Campus Housing Officer can also help students find off-campus accommodations, either in a homestay situation or in a shared apartment.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.