Perth, Australia

Arts + Sciences

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Information for term Arts + Sciences

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jul 18 – Nov 21, 2020 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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From its trademark kangaroos to Ayers Rock, Australia is full of wonders. Spend the semester immersed in its culture, learning about the indigenous population, and earning credits toward your degree at CIEE’s partner school, Murdoch University. Courses are available across a range of subject areas, including business, education, IT, media and film studies, and sustainable development. Options for internships are also available for students to gain real-world work experience, including a parliamentary option in the fall and sustainable development option in the spring. Students can also volunteer to mentor local high school students. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.


Unique Experiences

  • Help drive

    efficient transportation or get a behind-the-scenes look at Parliament with a unique internship.

  • Join

    a student body that includes 2,000 students from more than 90 countries.

  • Take advantage

    of an incredible opportunity to explore 2,500 miles of Australian outback.

  • reptile exhibits in the Australian Walkabout section of the Perth Zoo

  • ocean beaches in Fremantle

  • students in Perth and surrounding areas


Location & Culture

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Known as Australia’s sunniest and most environmentally attractive city, cosmopolitan Perth is a study in contrasts – like skyscrapers and white beaches, and sophistication with a laid-back vibe. Many of its 1.8 million people take advantage of downtime to get outside for fun and games. Suburban Murdoch University is located 11 miles south of Perth and 6 miles east of Fremantle – or Freo. This funky port city is where you’ll find most students outside of class. With its alternative vibe, Freo is home to many green initiatives in Western Australia, and boasts a lively arts, entertainment, and music scene.

The Culture


  • Get a taste of life in rural Australia with a weekend family homestay.
  • Take advantage of part-time work – many students opt for up to 20 hours a week – to earn extra income and get a feel for life beyond university.
  • Get to know Australia’s unique flora and fauna with an interactive hike led by an Aboriginal guide, or take a spooky night tour of historic Fremantle prison – built by its very first convicts.
  • Take a surfing lesson or become a fan of Australian rules football.
  • Depending on the season, visit beautiful Rottnest Island or the southwest rainforest region.



Bring home more than amazing memories with a valuable international internship. Possibilities include:

  • Sustainable Community Development Internship. Contribute to a water auditing and conservation strategies project in Fremantle or research the efficiency of transportation modes in Perth.
  • Parliamentary or Public Sector Internship (fall). Work with members of the state’s parliament or public sector department to examine affordable housing.

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Daily Life

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    Campus Apartments: Students are assigned furnished housing on campus at Murdoch University Village. High-quality, multicultural living facilities include five-to eight-bedroom apartments with private bedrooms, large kitchens, and spacious lounge areas. Apartments feature contemporary passive solar design and in-room pay-per-use Internet.

    Housing for full-year during recess: U.S. academic-year students starting their program in July are responsible for housing during summer recess (December to mid-February). U.S. calendar-year students starting their program in February are responsible for housing during the recess in July.


    The program fee does not include meals. Students are responsible for their own meals.

Perth, Australia

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE’s Arts + Sciences program allows students to enroll in Murdoch University’s liberal arts programs with strong offerings in business, communications, media and film studies, and field-based studies, while they learn about Australian life and culture. A typical course load at Murdoch is four courses with one having substantial Australian content. All courses are taught by Murdoch faculty which, proportionately, hold the highest number of doctorates of all Australian universities.

CIEE Perth is conveniently located within the campus of Murdoch University in suburban Perth. Coined “Qantas Lounge” by CIEE staff, the center has lounge space for students to do homework, relax, and interact with fellow students and staff.

Murdoch University is a public university founded in 1973. It’s home to nine colleges and over 23,000 students, including 3,000 international students from over 90 countries. Suburban Murdoch University is located 9 miles south of Perth and 6 miles east of Fremantle.


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    Murdoch University uses a point system. The normal full-time course load is 12 points each semester, equivalent to 16 U.S. semester credits. Most subjects are designated three-point classes. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified, except for a few subjects at the Veterinary and Chiropractic Schools. A typical subject consists of two hours of lectures and one to two hours of tutorials per week, with additional lab work in the sciences. Many science classes also involve fieldwork. Students also have the option of selecting the CIEE elective course.


    Assessment is typically based on essays, project reports, a midterm, tutorial/seminar participation and performance, and practical and final exams. Murdoch uses a five-point grading system: High Distinction (HD); Distinction (D); Credit (C); Pass (P); and Fail (F). Grades are converted to a U.S. grading scale which is also used by the CIEE elective course.


    Australian universities typically require students to take responsibility for learning and encourage self-motivation and self-discipline. Contact hours seem low, but students are expected to do significant directed reading on their own.



    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-16 U.S. semester/22.5-24 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE course: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • Murdoch University courses: 4-5 U.S. semester/6-7.5 quarter credits; 45-96 contact hours

Language of Instruction

3-4 Murdoch University courses, or 2-3 Murdoch University courses plus CIEE elective course

Course Notes
One course must focus on Australian content

Host Institution Courses

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The following is a representative sampling of the areas of study available at Murdoch University. A range of subjects (“units”) is available within each area of study. Some courses have pre-requisites. Classes normally meet for two hours of lecture and one hour of tutorial per week. Science students can expect to spend more time in classes and labs. Not all subjects/units are available every semester. Please visit the Murdoch University website for additional course information.

Students take 9-12 Murdoch University points per semester. Students who want to take additional courses need special permission and are required to pay additional fees to Murdoch University. 

To facilitate academic understanding of Australia’s history, culture, and society, CIEE students are required to enroll in a course with substantial Australian content. Options include Australian Environmental History; Australian Environmental Issues; Australian Foreign Policy; Australian Indigenous Politics; Australian Literature and Film; Australian Coastal Environments; Contemporary Indigenous Issues; Country, Nature, and Identity: Indigenous Sustainability; Indigenous Tourism Issues; Indigenous Spirituality. It can also include the CIEE elective, Intercultural Communication and Leadership.


  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Indigenous Studies
  • Communication and Cultural Studies
  • English
  • General Arts
  • History
  • Local Governance
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Multimedia
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Psychology (Social, Developmental, and Organizational)
  • Public Policy and Management
  • Security, Terrorism, and Counterterrorism
  • Sociology
  • Sustainable Development

Advanced Sustainable Development

  • Cities and Innovation
  • Cities and Sustainability
  • Ecologically Sustainable Development
  • Economics for Sustainability
  • Eco-Philosophy and Practice
  • Introduction to Sustainable Development
  • Marine Conservation Policy and Coastal Sustainability
  • Overseas Aid and International Development
  • Planning Law
  • Policy, Technology, and Democracy
  • Structured Workplace Learning Placement - Information Technology
  • Sustainability Ethics
  • Sustainability for Professionals
  • Sustainable Development Project
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning
  • Tools for Participatory Decision Making
  • Women and Development
  • Theology
  • Tourism
  • Tourism Management
  • Women’s Studies

Business and Information Technology

  • Applied Information Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Commerce
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
  • Games Technology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems Development
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Internet Computing
  • Marketing and the Media
  • Multimedia Information Systems


  • Elementary Teacher Education
  • Secondary Teacher Education


  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Computer Systems Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Control Engineering
  • Power Engineering
  • Software Engineering


  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Animal Science
  • Chemistry
  • Energy Studies
  • Environmental Science

Atmospheric Science

  • Australian Coastal Environments
  • Australian Environmental Issues
  • Coastal and Marine Management
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Policy and Law
  • Environmental Policy for the 21st Century
  • Environmental Restoration
  • Environmental Technology for Sustainable Development
  • GIS for Environmental Management and Planning
  • Global and Regional Sustainability
  • Health and the Environment
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nature-Based Tourism
  • Pollutants and the Human Environment
  • Pollution and Its Control
  • Water and Earth Science
  • Water Conservation

Forensic Biology and Toxicology

  • Life Science
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nanoscience
  • Physics

Sports Science and Chiropractic

  • Introduction to Research Methodology and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Functional Human Anatomy
  • Chiropractic Skills and Principles I
  • Principles of Sports Science
  • Health, Fitness, and Performance Assessment
  • Biomechanics and Diagnostic Palpation Skills
  • Chiropractic History and Principles
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • Exercise Physiology I
  • Exercise Physiology II
  • Applied Nutrition
  • Human Anatomy I
  • Introduction to Biochemistry and Nutrition
  • Human Anatomy II
  • Physical Examination
  • Processes in Human Disease
  • Diagnosis and Chiropractic Skills
  • Primary Practice I: Clinical Science and Diagnosis
  • Clinical Orthopedics and Neurology
  • Immunology, Genetics, and Microbiology
  • Chiropractic Skills and Principles II
  • Exercise, Programming, and Prescription


  • Applied Veterinary Medicine
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chiropractic
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Science
  • Veterinary Biology


Study Abroad Certificate Program
Get more from your study abroad experience by gaining recognition and experience in a specific study area by choosing classes from Murdoch University’s specialized semester themes. Students are welcome to choose their own classes based on their interests and can opt into the Study Abroad Certificate.

The Specialized Semester Certificate supports your study abroad experience and is an excellent way to demonstrate your skills and expertise in a particular study area. It is also a good incentive to focus on achieving good grades throughout the semester.  You will be awarded a certificate that recognizes your commitment to specialist academic areas and enhances your employability.

The specializations are:

  • Business and Marketing
  • Communication and Creative Arts
  • Conservation and Animal Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences and Sustainability
  • Global Perspectives
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Sport and Health Science


Working with Indigenous Communities: Internship (spring semester only)
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 framework for cross-cultural interaction in work settings, such as Indigenous protocols, cultural safety, and cultural competence.

Sustainability Internship Project
This unit provides an invaluable opportunity to acquire sustainability skills, knowledge, and networks. Students are encouraged to work with government agencies, industry, or civil society groups on internships or projects relevant to sustainable development, while drawing on the support of academic supervisors. While suggestions for internships and projects are provided, the onus is on students to organize projects that match their interests and prepare them for further study or their chosen careers.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Australian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support



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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 18 weeks May 1, 2020 Jul 18, 2020 Nov 21, 2020
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $19,093 **

Housing = $3,590

Insurance = $167 ***

Total Fees = $23,150

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,900

International Airfare = $1,900

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $350

Visa Fees = $535

Personal expenses = $3,200

Total Estimated Costs = $8,035

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes mandatory Australian insurance

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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