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*UMD: Study in Australia - Curtin University
Perth, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/15/2016 10/15/2016 02/27/2017 06/23/2017
Calendar Year 2017 10/15/2016 10/15/2016 02/27/2017 11/24/2017
Fact Sheet:
GPA: 2.75 Language of Instruction: English
Class Standing:
2-Sophmore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships Available: No
Housing: Homestay Type of Program: Direct Enroll
Program Description:

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Program Highlights
  • Study at a world-class, internationally focused institution located minutes away from the ocean
  • Live in the Western Australian city of Perth and get exposed to the local cultural performing arts, museums, sports and restaurants
  • Explore beautiful coral reefs, beaches and parks

Program Overview
Population of Perth: 1.9 million
Distance to Sydney: 2,051 miles
Distance to Bali, Indonesia: 1,618 miles

Perth, Australia is a vibrant, energetic city situated on the banks of the Swan River, which twists down into the charming port of Fremantle. The city is sandwiched between arid desert to the east and 7,814 miles of pristine coastline to the west. Adored for its brilliant blue skies, Perth’s warm, sunny climate and white sand beaches are sure to enchant anybody. A must-see destination is King’s Park, a lookout point over the hustle and bustle of city life juxtaposed with the calm of the Australian Bush. Australian Aboriginal culture, one of the oldest in the world, breathes its energy and influence into daily life through traditional song, dance and design.

Curtin University is a thriving international institution with an exciting future. With over 35,000 students, it is Western Australia’s largest university. The main campus in the suburb of Bentley is about six miles southeast of Perth’s central business district. Curtin University has made a long-standing commitment to international education and experience. Its diverse population and international focus prepares students to live and work in an increasingly global environment. It is widely recognized for the practical and applied approach to academia, which empowers students to confront real-world problems.


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At Curtin University classes are called units, while majors are referred to as courses. Units are typically worth 25 Curtin credits, or 4 UMD credits. Full-time enrollment consists of 100 credits per term. Understand how your grades abroad will convert at UMD by viewing the 
Curtin University Grade & Credit Equivalents
All unit outlines (syllabi) must be reviewed at UMD. It is highly recommended that classes are reviewed prior to program participation.

Program Costs
Click links for detailed breakdown of estimated costs for Curtin University:

Fall 2016 Term Costs:
Program Fee: $10,364
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $10,893
Estimated Total Cost: $21,257

Academic Year 2016–17 Costs:
Program Cost: $20,728
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $18,796
Estimate Total Cost: $39,524

Spring 2017 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $10,364
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $10,893
Estimate Total Cost: $21,257

Estimated total cost for Fall 2014 was $25,258. Compare this program cost to UMD’s cost of attendance.
UMD's semester cost this year was $11,999.

What’s included in the program fee?
  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • CISI international travel, health and security coverage
  • Entry visa assistance
  • On-site orientation
  • On-site staff support
  • International student buddy system
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support
Financial aid is available. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the costs of this program with others. Apply for scholarships.

Housing Options
Curtin University offers a variety of comfortable accommodation options. Housing facilities typically accommodate 6-8 students via fully furnished on-campus flats (apartments). Most flats are co-ed and offer an individual bedroom with shared kitchen, living room and bathrooms. On-campus housing offers opportunities to meet and befriend Australian and international students.

Past participants have recommended the following flats:  Erica Underwood, George James, Don Watts and Vickery. Find more information about on-campus housing at
Curtin University web site.

NOTE: On-campus housing is in high demand; early application is encouraged.

Travel Documents
A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. Additionally, an Australian visa is required for participation on the program. Assistance with the visa application will be given by the UMD Study Abroad office.

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Know the following program information to provide on the
online application:

Country: Australia
Program Name: UMD Study in Western Australia – Curtin University

Completed applications require an essay and an unofficial transcript. A non-refundable application fee of $50 will be billed to the students' One Stop account upon submission of an online application.

NOTE:  Although applications are received and processed at UMD, Curtin University will issue final acceptance.

NOTE:  Round trip tickets should only be purchased after official acceptance from the foreign university.

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