Study Abroad


Murdoch University, Perth

Murdoch is where free thinkers from all over the world come together to make a difference. We currently have more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff working together, exploring new ways of thinking and making discoveries. We're proud of our national reputation for excellence in teaching, research and student satisfaction.

Our students are enrolled in over 200 undergraduate degrees and postgraduate courses across a range of disciplines, including Veterinary Science, Law, Education, Psychology, Business, Security Terrorism and Counterterrorism and Nursing. We take a flexible approach to learning, providing scholarships and a number of admission pathways, plus a range of internal and external study options to help our students fit study around their work and lifestyle commitments. We're also recognized as one of Australia's leading research institutions, as more industries place their belief and resources into our projects to provide our research candidates and scientists with the opportunity to make amazing discoveries.

On experiencing Perth’s wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and easy-going character, some travelers wonder, just where is everyone? While the lack of big-city bustle has something to do with Perth being the world’s most remote capital city, you won’t find the locals complaining about the lifestyle!

While Perth used to be characterized as rather dull, a resources boom has seen Perth blossom like Western Australia’s wildflowers in spring. Today it’s a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city with myriad bars, restaurants and cultural activities all vying for attention. But the best bit is that when you want to chill out, Perth’s pristine parkland and beaches allow the population to spread out and enjoy what’s on offer. After all, we are talking about a city that has its own dedicated dog beach (

Western Australia (WA) could be considered Australia's final frontier. It certainly makes a spectacular finale to what the country has to offer. ‘Up north’, you’ll encounter all manner of photogenic landscapes. There's stunning gorges and waterfalls at Karijini National Park, and flaming red sunsets on Cable Beach near the enigmatic pearling town of Broome. Meanwhile, tiny Coral Bay gives you protected white sand beaches and a reef full of marine life. The Southwest offers some equally impressive beaches, expanses of wildflowers and lush green forests teeming with life. At Margaret River, surfers carve world-class waves while vignerons craft world-class wines, complemented by the gourmet grub of the town’s restaurants.

Wherever you go, wildlife-watching opportunities are extraordinary. Spot the migrating whale pods off the coast of Albany, interact with dolphins at Monkey Mia, or simply enjoy the one-of-a-kind fauna that rules the russet-red outback. However, its not all fauna and flora. Perth and neighboring Fremantle are both cosmopolitan cities, yet retain a languorously laid-back feel, perhaps inspired by having so many fantastic beaches and parks on their doorstep.

And, to top it off, WA is big enough to really get lost in. The driving distances are mind-boggling, the terrain can be challenging and the elements often unforgiving. The rewards, however, are obvious – jump in and see it before everyone else does. (Lonely Planet).

The Australian academic year follows the Southern Hemisphere calendar starting in late-February and ending in mid-November. At Murdoch, as with all Australian universities, there is considerable emphasis on independent learning. You will be expected to participate in class discussions, expressing your own ideas and opinions. Self-motivation is a must because you will be expected to read widely, conduct individual research, and self-discover beyond the material presented in class.

Murdoch University offers over 200 undergraduate degrees and postgraduate courses across a range of disciplines including Veterinary Science, Law, Education, Psychology, Business, Security and Terrorism and Counterterrorism and Nursing.

At Murdoch the term “course” refers to a major, and the individual classes are called “units.” To search the list of available units, click here. In order to assist you in navigating this site, please read through the provided guide.

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms. They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse. You may notice that some classes satisfied several UW-L options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of meeting with your advisor for final approval!
They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad.

Working in close partnership with the University, Campus Living Villages own and operate Murdoch University Village.

Murdoch University Village offers you the complete student experience. Live within a vibrant student community of 812 residents located on the University’s main campus. Choose from over 6 apartment types and enjoy facilities such as an e-library, student lounge, beach volleyball court and brand new swimming pool. Murdoch University Village also offers residents a unique Live, Learn and Grow residential life program. For all the details and more, visit Murdoch University Village.

Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

Fall: early-July to late-November (semester 2)
Spring: mid-February to late-June (semester 1)
Australia follows the Southern Hemisphere calendar
For more precise dates refer to the Program Dates.


  • 2.75 GPA minimum, 3.0+ GPA preferred
  • Second-semester sophomore standing (45 credits minimum), Junior standing preferred
  • Open to students from other universities

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (15 credits) and Administrative Fees
  • Australian National Health Insurance (required)
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (required by UW System)
  • Orientation to Study Abroad Class
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Airfare is not included in the program price.

The cost of housing is included in the program fee; however submitting the La Trobe refundable cancellation fee is the responsibility of the student.

The program fee does not include housing or a meal plan or meal stipend of any kind.

Financial aid awards are applicable to program fees.

Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

The International Discovers' Scholarship Scheme is designed to make study at Murdoch University more affordable in the current economic climate. Murdoch University would like to ensure that in uncertain global economic times, where never seen before currency fluctuations are taking place, that an international education experience is made more affordable for prospective international students.

The scholarship scheme applies to a wide range of Murdoch courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Depending on the course selected, the scheme allows for a reduction in annual course fees, by between AUD$500 and AUD$5,500. Part scholarships are available to all students who apply for entry into an eligible undergraduate, postgraduate or study abroad program at Murdoch University for commencement in either semester one or two. The scholarship will be applied to the annual published course fee for the duration of the degree.

For more details and to apply, please click here.

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Office of International Education
1209 Centennial Hall
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601 USA

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