Murdoch University offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in communications, liberal arts, business, engineering, education and animal science. In addition to ample course offerings at Murdoch University, this program allows you to benefit from full-time academic and personal support of an on-site CIEE resident director who arranges excursions, volunteer opportunities and cultural events. For-credit internships are available including experiential options related to public policy, community development and indigenous communities. Immerse yourself in a cultural program which can include a surf lesson, Australia Rules football and more. Consider an optional, once-in-a-lifetime excursion where you'll travel 2,500 miles through the Western Australian outback while learning about diverse environments.
Perth is the state capital of Western Australia. With a population of 1.8 million people, its many contrasts range from skyscrapers to more than 30 miles of white sandy beaches. It is ranked as Australia’s most environmentally attractive city, has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian city, and was ranked in a 2010 survey as one of the world’s top 10 lifestyle destinations. The local population enjoys a cosmopolitan outdoor lifestyle, first-class cultural, social, and recreational amenities, and excellent proximity to the major cities of Asia.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
All study abroad students are required to take 12 Murdoch points per semester. A typical course load is three courses at Murdoch University. One course must have substantial Australian content. Experiential learning components are also offered at Murdoch University and include:
Working with Indigenous Communities: Internship (spring only)
Sustainability Internship Project
Public Policy Internship (fall only)
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Perth Murdoch Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Junior class standing or higher
2.5 GPA or higher
Housing and Meals
Study abroad students are assigned furnished housing on campus at Murdoch University Village, which provides high-quality, multicultural living facilities. A range of modern, fully furnished, five-to eight-bedroom apartments with private bedrooms, large kitchens, and spacious lounge areas are available to students. Contemporary passive solar design, high-quality fittings, and in-room pay-per-use Internet provide functional and vibrant spaces designed specifically for the student lifestyle.
Students choosing the U.S. academic year study abroad program that begins in July are responsible for housing during the summer recess (December to mid-February).
Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.