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About the Program
Curtin University of Technology can trace its roots back to the turn of the century. Today, Curtin is a large, comprehensive research university offering Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in humanities, business, and sciences, and is ranked among the top universities in Australia. Curtin has more than 25,000 students, including more than 3,000 international students from over 75 countries. Tulane students who study abroad in the direct enrollment program at Curtin will take courses alongside local, degree-seeking students.
Secondary application materials will be available within the Tulane online application system for Curtin applicants.
Perth, the capital and largest city of Western Australia, is the fourth-most populous city in Australia with an estimated population of around 2 million people. It is not only Australia's fastest growing city but also the sunniest. It's close to Singapore, even sharing the same time zone, and is Australia's western gateway to Asia, geographically closer to Timor and Jakarta than Sydney or Melbourne.
Due to the city’s location, students in Perth are able to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle, to see the unique features of Western Australia and undertake interesting and often unique activities -- hiking or horseback riding in the towering karri and marri forests, diving at Ningaloo Reef and Rottnest Island, surfing at Margaret River, or joining Curtin Volunteers! in one of their programs with a remote Aboriginal community on the edge of the desert 500 km north east of Perth. With 12,500 km of coastline, the state of Western Australia is internationally famed for its magnificent beaches and, of course, its surfing. The diversity, consistency and quality of the waves are world class.
As one Curtin alum told us upon returning from Tulane, “Perth is a beautiful city with plenty to do and see!”
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Prior coursework in the intended field of study at Curtin
Fields of Study
Curtin offers a wide variety of courses within the fields of Liberal Arts, Science & Engineering, Architecture and Public Health. Tulane students can browse the programs of study, known at Curtin as “Undergraduate Courses,” at this link.
Students studying at Curtin are unable to take courses in fields for which there is no undergraduate counterpart at Tulane or in the following departments: Education, Business, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Physical Education, Social Work, Culinary Arts or Computer Applications.
On this Direct Enrollment program, students take the same courses undertaken by Australian students who are studying for their degrees. All courses are taught by Curtin faculty. In general, a typical course, known at Curtin as a unit, consists of two hours of lectures and one to two hours of tutorials per week, with the addition of lab work in the sciences. U.S. study abroad students may find that they spend less time inside the classroom and more time doing directed reading outside of class while in Australia than they would at Tulane.
Generally, one unit is worth 25 credits, however some units may be worth 12.5 credits or 50 credits. Tulane students at Curtin enroll in 100 credits per semester.
Service Abroad and Study Tours:
One of the strengths of Curtin’s Study and Service Abroad program is their commitment to giving a real insight into living in Australia. Service Abroad is a unique opportunity that helps students becomes more perceptive, culturally sensitive and well-rounded individuals. The Service Abroad program also takes a multi-faceted approach to those students who want to undertake a service learning experience. One major aspect of this is consistent volunteering with an organization of the student’s choice. Many students take this opportunity to work in and learn about a specific area that suits their interests. Another aspect is based in the classroom, where students can enroll in a class (Community Service) which involves a series of open discussions and presentations designed to broaden students’ knowledge and ideas of Australian culture while allowing them to share their own unique views and experiences with other study abroad students.
One unique opportunity offered to all Service Abroad students is the option to attend a three week South East Asia study tour. These tours cover a wide range of areas, such as politics, business, culture, health and other international issues. Any student can elect to participate in these tours which give a rare insight into the international culture and lifestyles on Western Australia’s doorstep. The Asia Study Tour is done as an addition to student’s semester at Curtin, either just before spring or immediately after fall. The program sensitizes participants to the need to develop a global perspective and become more adaptable to constant change in an increasingly interdependent global world. In past years, students have undertaken three week tours, for academic credit, to countries such as China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Laos, Thailand, India and Tibet. Typically, three countries are visited over the three week tour. In each country, the program examines the country’s history and culture as well as the social and community customs, the current economic outlook and legal and political environment, especially for foreign organization’s and the challenges of development and the subsequent opportunities and threats these hold.
More information about the Service Abroad program can be found here.
As a visiting student directly enrolled at Curtin University, you can participate in the various on-campus student organizations and associations, just like you would at Tulane. As one Curtin alum explained, “if you want to immerse yourself in another country with a different group of people than those you are used to, Curtin is a great program!” Your study abroad at Curtin will begin with an on-campus orientation during which time you’ll learn about all of these on-campus opportunities. As another Curtin study abroad alum from Tulane said, “The orientation at Curtin was great because it was a week with a peer mentor who helps us with lots of little things, like getting a bank card and phone plan, but bigger things too, like touring campus and going on different excursions to introduce us to the area.”
Overall, the program at Curtin allows Tulane students to become completely immersed in Australian culture.
Curtin offers a housing service to help you find accommodation either on or off campus. With 1,175 places available and an extensive database of private accommodation options, Housing Services can help you find a place to live. On campus accommodation generally consists of single study bedrooms with shared facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms and you are responsible for your own cooking and cleaning. A typical unit will accommodate six or eight students. In addition, Curtin’s Housing Services keeps a register of people in established off campus households who are looking to share with others.
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Contact Past Participants
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