Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Australia, Murdoch University ­ Perth


Program Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: Spring, Fall or Year
(Note: The academic year generally begins in February south of the equator.)
Program Dates

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview:

Clark's year-long or semester program in Perth, Australia, is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). The program is designed to provide students with a critical appreciation of both Australia and its regional setting, while pursuing their own academic interests at one of Australia's foremost research and teaching universities. Students gain an understanding of Australian society and its connections with Asia, while pursuing an exceptional range of academic and recreational opportunities. Integration with Australian students and other opportunities to become immersed in local society enable students to go beyond mere observation and become full participants in the host culture.

Australia's seasons are reversed from those of the U.S., and the academic year is reversed as well. Students can attend Murdoch University either the fall or the spring semester. If students want to go for an entire year, we recommend going in Clark's spring semester first, followed by the fall semester, completing the entire academic year at Murdoch University.

This 19-week program is open to students willing to take a great deal of responsibility for their own learning. A typical subject consists of two hours of lectures and 1-2 hours of tutorials or lab work per week. Students are expected to undertake a significant amount of directed reading or research on their own time. Students need to be self-motivated and self-disciplined in order to be successful in this program. The Clark program at Murdoch consists of a one-week orientation, 13 weeks of classes, two weeks of mid-semester break, a one-week study period and a two-week final exam period. The fall semester begins mid-July and runs until the end of November. Murdoch guarantees university housing.

Students enroll in a full-time academic program alongside Australian students and are required to take at least one Australian Studies course. These courses are scattered throughout most departments. Particular strengths of the university are, but aren’t limited too, its Environmental and Biological Sciences, Media Studies, and Management Schools. Students participate in either the Arts and Science Program or the Ecology, Conservation, and Sustainability Program.

Clark Credit:

Participating students receive the equivalent of four units per semester (16 credits), provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, final papers are submitted. Students must take three, four-point courses at Murdoch University, for an equivalent of four-unit Clark semester. One course must be in Australian Studies. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified, with the exception of a very few specialized subjects. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure credit transferability of credit.


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements and the CIEE Perth, Australia requirements. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs:

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to CIEE. You will be billed a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill. You will be billed by CIEE directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals) if not included. Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that there might be a whole array of fees while at Murdoch University for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2016-17

  • Housing - $3590
  • Meals - $1900
  • Insurance - $380
  • *Personal Expenses - $3200
  • Air travel - $2750
  • Visa fee - $535
  • Books and Supplies - $350
  • Local transportation - $120
  • Study Abroad/Away Admin. Fee - $1000

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines:

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.