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Curtin University [Australia]

Curtin University of Technology is the largest and most culturally diverse educational institution in Western Australia. Established in 1966 as the Western Australian Institute of Technology, the university acquired its current name in 1985 and is named after John Curtin, the 14th Prime Minister of Australia.

Accreditations, ranking and awards

Ranked in the top two percent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014, Curtin University is awarded five stars in the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2014/15. In the same ranking Curtin was 272nd for employer reputation, and 18th for popularity amongst international students.

The University shows good dynamics in scientific performance. In the prestigious CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015 it is ranked 11th in Australia and 278th in the world, making it an attractive place for a career in research.


Curtin University has nine campuses located in Perth, Sydney, Malaysia and Singapore. The main campus in Bentley, the southern suburb of Perth, offers the majority of Curtin programmes. The two campuses in Perth CBD are The Graduate School of Business and Shenton Park Health Research Centre that also includes the National Drug Research Institute. The historic mining town of Kalgoorlie is home to Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines, offering courses in mining engineering, metallurgical engineering and others. The University’s Margaret River Education Campus is located 280km south of Perth, in the state’s most popular tourist destination and grape growing region and delivers viticulture and oenology programmes. Curtin University Sydney campus is located right in the city centre and offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in business.

Student numbers

In 2014, Curtin University had 53,617 students.

Key study areas

Curtin University has five faculties preparing a wide range of experts, from grape growers to financiers: Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin Business School, Health Sciences, Humanities, and Science and Engineering.

The following subject areas are ranked in the top 200 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014:

  • IT;
  • PR and Media;
  • Civil Engineering
  • Accounting and Finance;
  • Geography;
  • Materials Sciences;
  • Earth and Marine Sciences;
  • Education;
  • Psychology;
  • Sociology;
  • Statistics
  • Chemical Engineering;
  • Environmental Studies;
  • Economics;
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering;
  • Linguistics

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are calculated on individual basis and will depend on the chosen course of study. You can expect to be paying on average 28,240 AUD per year for an undergraduate programme and 30,910 AUD for a postgraduate programme.
Around 1% of students at Curtin receive scholarships for outstanding academic achievement. In 2014, more than 400 scholarship recipients received the total of over 2,000,000 AUD.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, international students have to meet academic and English language requirements. Overseas senior secondary school leavers who do not meet the minimum entry criteria can still be accepted after successfully completing one year of full-time study in a bachelor degree course plus have IELTS score of 6.5. For master’s degree, you will need to have completed a bachelor’s degree and have IELTS 6.5. Some courses may have additional requirements.

Accommodation options

There are a number of on-campus accommodation options offered at Curtin, including a dormitory, apartment buildings, villages and houses. Newly arriving international students will receive higher priority for getting on-campus accommodation. There is also an extensive choice of off-campus accommodation available. It can be a whole house, room rental or homestay.

Prices for on-campus accommodation are very reasonable, starting from 145 AUD per week. To rent a furnished room in Perth would cost around 170AUD per week.

Interesting facts

  • Curtin University of Technology is in third place in Australia for the number of international students.
  • The University has over 90 exchange partnerships with universities around the world, including China, Canada, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, UK, USA and more.


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