Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Perth, Australia


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


Program Overview

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.

Students may enroll in one of two tracks:


1. Arts & Sciences

2. Biology & Ecology Field Studies


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.

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.

Program Costs


Clark Spring

Clark Fall

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Approximate additional costs per semester for 2016-17*

    • Passport, visa or residency permit
    • Health insurance
    • Personal Expenses (travel, gifts, going out)
    • Airfare
    • Local Transportation
    • Books and Supplies

*Note: These costs are the responsibility of the student and may vary widely. Check with your program for specific information.


The Fine Print

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 fall semester and mid-December for spring semester. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in withdrawal from the program. Clark University is not responsible for any independent travel that is not an official part of the Clark program and Clark does not assist in personal travel arrangements


Additional Resources

Application Information


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the CIEE requirements.

Additional Resources


Any information on this page is subject to change.