Curtin University - Schulich only

Study at one of Australia's most research-intensive universities, ranked in the top 20 modern institutions under 50 years of age.

With over 25,000 students, Curtin's campus is centrally located in Perth, near the Perth Zoo. Ranked #2 in the world for mineral and mining engineering, and top 200 in the world for other fields of engineering, Curtin is an excellent institution for aspiring Engineers. 

Perth has an enviable standard of living, and has been consistently voted one of the top ten cities in which to live by the The Economist, as well as being ranked 25th in the inaugural Best Student Cities Ranking released by QS Top Universities. Perth also has Australia’s best international student diversity according to Australia Education International.

Key information


Perth, Australia




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2020-21 applications

Applications for Winter 2021 and "Australian Full Year" (Winter 2021-Fall 2021) exchanges are still open. First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2021-22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

Curtin University offers a variety of Engineering programs including Chemical, Civil, Electrical & Computer, Mechanical, Software, Petroleum, and General Engineering. 

For a complete list of all courses available please use the Course Handbook. There is also a list of courses that Curtin has pre-approved for incoming exchange students.

A standard full time workload is 100 credits (4 courses) per semester. This is equivalent to 5 UCalgary half-courses. The minimum course load is 75 credits (3 courses.)

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters.

  • Semester 1 runs from late February to late June
  • Semester 2 runs from late July to late November 


Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

The estimated weekly budget for a single student in Perth is $475. For more information see Curtin's Budget page

Additionally, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is mandatory for all students studying in Australia and will be applied for at the time of application to your host university. You will be required to provide evidence of OSHC for the duration of your Student Visa at the time of your visa application.

Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

The university offers a variety of accommodation options including on-campus accommodation, off-campus accommodation and homestays.

They recommend you apply for housing early, as accommodation is not guaranteed. One you have been nominated by U Calgary for an exchange to Curtin you can submit your housing application, even before you are accepted by Curtin for exchange.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in Schulich School of Engineering at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-) or permission of the exchange advisor.

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Curtin has a smoke-free campus policy. Smoking on campus is not permitted. 

Curtin has a mentor program for incoming students as well as trips for exchange students.

Curtin is the #1 University for Diversity Nationally and is a welcoming space for LGBTIQ+ students.

What accessibility resources are available?

 Curtin's Disability Services Office provides comprehensive academic support to students with disabilities.

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.