Murdoch University - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at Murdoch University through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Murdoch University and all other Australia program options.


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this Murdoch University program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as AustraLearn, offers semester and year abroad programs at Murdoch University. Murdoch University also has award winning teaching facilities that assist in giving you hands-on experience, these include:

• Purpose-built lawbuilding, including electronic moot court and law clinic. In its first five graduating classes Murdoch Law School produced a Rhodes Scholar, a Fulbright scholar, a Lionel Murphy scholar and several winners of the Rotary Graduate Fellowship.

• Murdoch University is one of only four educational institutions in the world to have a state-of-the art engineering pilot plant.

• Murdoch University’s Veterinary Science course was the first veterinary course in Australia to achieve American Veterinary Medical Association accreditation. It is also accredited with British Veterinary Association and Australasian Veterinary Boards Council. The University also hosts a veterinary hospital, 24-hour clinic and is the only university in Australia with a large animal farm on campus.

• Murdoch is home to a state-of-the-art Media Arts Centre, which boasts facilities such as two digital TV studios, a news room, a print journalism space, radio studios, video edit suites, recording studios, surround sound suites and much more.

• Murdoch has an Environmental Technology Centre on campus, which is the United Nations Environmental Programme International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP-IETC), Asia Pacific Cooperation Research Centre. Murdoch was one of the first universities in Australia to offer Environmental Science.

• In October 2010 Murdoch launched it’s After Hour Student Assistance Line aimed to support international students at the university. The first of its kind in Australia, the Student Assistance Line is a valuable way Murdoch University extends its services to international students.


About Perth

Sophisticated yet uncomplicated, the lifestyle in Western Australia is a relaxed one. Located in Perth, Murdoch University gets the privilege of enjoying gorgeous West Coast sunsets, beautiful white sandy beaches and scenic natural landscapes, as well as a cosmopolitan city setting, with blue skies and sunny climate almost all year round. Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is home to 1.8 million people and enjoys more hours of sunshine than any capital city in Australia. Perth is a safe, and friendly city. Perth was recently voted the 9th most liveable city in the world according to the Economist 2012 magazine’s global livability survey.

Murdoch University is set on a beautifully landscaped campus, which is located approximately 11 minutes by train or 20 minutes by bus (nine miles) from Perth’s city center and 10 minutes by bus (five miles) from the popular cafe district of Fremantle, which is Western Australia’s first port city. 

Around the University

Murdoch University’s main campus is well located amongst the leafy green suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. With a bus station on campus and an approximate 7 minute walk to the closest train station, getting around the city and surrounding areas is easy. Within an easy 10 minute bus ride (five miles) of campus is the port city of Fremantle. Fremantle is a popular day/night spot for both locals and tourists, with it’s abundance of shopping, café’s, restaurants, nightclubs and bars. It is also the main departure point for the fantastic Rottnest Island, a favourite holiday destination adored by locals and tourists alike. Also surrounding the campus and within easy access you will find hospitals, shopping malls, beaches, parks and gardens and recreation centres. Many students enjoy living near campus amongst the suburbs or closer to Fremantle. However given the close proximity to the train line, it is not uncommon for students to live in other areas of Perth and commute to campus. 

Academic Highlights

The study abroad program at Murdoch University is designed to give international students the opportunity to spend one or two semesters of their undergraduate degree in Perth, transferring their credit to their home institution. As a study abroad student you will have a wide choice of subjects across over 90 disciplines offered on campus, enabling you not only to meet the subject requirements of your home institution but also to deepen or broaden your educational experience by study subjects not available to you at home.

Subject choices are available in the following areas:
  • Commerce/Business
  • Economics
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Arts
  • Aboriginal and Islander Studies
  • Animal Science
  • Asian Studies
  • Education
  • Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Media (Radio, Film and Television)
  • Multimedia Mass Communication (Public Relations and Journalism)
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Tourism
  • Community Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Biological Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Forensic Biology and Toxicology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Software Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematical and Physical Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Sports Science

University Services

Murdoch University is particularly proud of the quality of its student support services and the level of personal contact with students and has a dedicated International student support team. 

There are food outlets, banking outlets, a fully equipped gymnasium, a student union, travel center, hairdresser, bookshop, gift store, health and counseling service, career service, worship center, extensive library and much more on campus.


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

Murdoch University Village is home to over 830 students and accommodation is provided in self-catering units on campus. Standard undergrad units contain five-, six-, or eight-bedrooms; two baths; and a communal kitchen and lounge room. The Village also has a swimming pool, recreation rooms and a study center for residents’ use.


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program which is included in your program fees, each semester at Murdoch begins with “O Week” (Orientation Week). This includes a full week of orientation activities to help students get off to a great start before their first lecture the following week! The highlight of “O” Week is Festival Day, which gives students the opportunity to enjoy campus entertainment, join clubs and societies, go on organized campus tours, and soak up the atmosphere of university life!

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, Murdoch University supports GlobaLinks Learning Abroad study abroad students with two $750 AUD awards each year.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>


Northwest Outback Excursion

Murdoch University organizes a 10-day camping expedition in remote Western Australia for all study abroad students. This fun-filled bus trip, to the rugged northwest of Western Australia, covers close to 2,500 miles across plains of wild flowers and the vast outcrop that is outback Australia.

On this trip students will meet the dolphins at Monkey Mia in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area; visit Ningaloo Reef, home to some 500 species of fish; and hike the spectacular gorges of Karijini National Park

Total cost of the trip is approximately $860AUD.

Murdoch also offers an extensive social program, with activities running from “O week” right through to the end of semester. Activities include, surfing lessons, a sand-boarding trip, movie nights, "aussie" rules football game, river cruises to name but a few activities.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

Murdoch University provides a wonderful opportunity to experience an Australia little known to international students and travellers. Students can enjoy the café strip in Fremantle or explore the natural environment – from the sparkling, pristine beaches of the south to the rugged and remote ‘outback’ of the Kimberley’s in the far north.


Students can also access a wide range of volunteer opportunities through the Murdoch University Student Guild’s "Volunteering Hub". Partnering with a wide variety of not-for-profit organizations opportunities range from environmental projects through social justice activities and can range from one-off events to semester long commitments recognized by the University. The programs are a great way to gain professional experience, enhance your learning and make friends from Australia and around the world.

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Australian culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Perth or discover your own upon arrival!

You can explore your volunteer efforts in the semester by signing up for the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Conservation Volunteer Weekend.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact 

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Murdoch University
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsN/A
Housing without MealsApproximately $4,300 - $4,800
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.75

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Katie Brooks

Program Assistant
Chelsi Hudson

Advice From The Program Team:
Students really love hanging out in Fremantle, or “Freo” as the locals call it. It is full of great restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Also, do not forget to sign up for the Northwest Outback Excursion. This 10-day camping trip through Western Australia is amazing and available at a subsidized cost -- it should not be passed up!