Study Abroad and Student Exchange step by step arrival guide
Thank you for choosing Curtin University as your study abroad destination. You’re on your way to the adventure of a lifetime!
Completing your application
Your application and supporting documents should be submitted via the online form if you are applying for Inbound Student Exchange. If you are a Study Abroad student, you must request that your home university send a copy of your transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selecting your units at Curtin
As you won’t be familiar with our Course Handbook, you may find searching for available units a little difficult to begin with.
The Search tips will help you understand the search options available. Remember, at Curtin we call modules and courses “units”.
When selecting your units:
- Please select eight units that have been approved by your home university and submit these in order of preference on your application form. Your request may need to be sent to the faculty for approval. A Curtin unit is generally worth 25 credits. A minimum semester enrolment at Curtin University is 75 credits (generally 3 units) and a maximum enrolment is 100 credits (generally 4 units)
- Ensure the units are available at Curtin Perth and in the semester in which you are intending to study at Curtin
- Ensure you have met the equivalent of the pre-requisite/s required for the units and if possible provide evidence of this in the form of course or module syllabi. The faculty may require this to assist with assessing your suitability to enrol into the units.
Select units with a value between 1,000-3,999 for undergraduate (eg. “MINE1000” is a first year unit as indicated by “1” in the code). Units with a value between 4,000 – 4,999 are fourth year or honours units and are available subject to special permission. Units with a value between 5,000 – 6,999 are postgraduate units and are available in most instances to postgraduate students only.
Once your application has been assessed, you will receive a Letter of Offer from Curtin. It will include your student ID along with other important information relating to your exchange or study abroad program and it is important that you read it carefully.
To be admitted into the exchange or study abroad program, you will need to accept your offer by signing it, pay tuition fees* as indicated on your letter of offer and then return it via email with the required documents to our office by the due date specified on the letter.
*Exchange students are exempt from paying tuition.
Health Insurance Requirements
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) requires all international students to have Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) and it must be purchased before you are able to apply for a student visa. You must purchase OSHC from the date of your departure to the date indicated on your letter of offer. If you leave Australia prior to the expiry of your OSHC you may be eligible to claim a refund for any unused portion from your OSHC provider (this is subject to the terms and conditions of your OSHC provider).
Bupa is one of Australia’s largest OSHC providers and is our preferred provider, which means we have staff on campus who can directly assist policy holders and liaise with the Bupa team. However, you may purchase your OSHC policy through any government-approved provider.
Students from Sweden, Belgium and Norway don’t require OSHC but must provide us with evidence of their relevant insurance cover as indicated below:
- a Norwegian student covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme
- a Swedish student covered by the National Board of Student Aid or by Kammarkollegiet
- a Belgian student covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia.
On-campus student accommodation is available at both Curtin Perth and Curtin Kalgoorlie. We offer a diverse range of accommodation options, from studios and private rooms in shared apartments.
When you have decided which room type suits your lifestyle and budget, you can submit a free online application. Rooms cannot be guaranteed and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. As rooms often fill quickly, we recommend that if you wish to live on campus you apply when you receive your Letter of Offer.
You will receive a notification via email once you application has been processed. If you’ve been successful you will receive an accommodation offer. We will attempt to offer you your first accommodation preference, if this is unavailable you’ll be offered the next closest option. If you applied for accommodation in Perth you’ll be contacted directly by our provider UniLodge.
To accept your offer you’ll need to complete necessary paperwork and make any upfront payments. If you don’t accept your offer prior to the due date your room may be offered to someone else.
After you’ve successfully accepted your offer we’ll send you information about what you’ll need to do prior to arrival and how to check-in.
Help, support and alternative options
Curtin’s Housing Advisory Service are here to help you find somewhere to live while studying at university. Our friendly team are here to support you and can provide information on a range of accommodation options. They’ll even help arrange a tour and assist you with the application process.
You can contact them at email@example.com or call them on 1300 222 888.
Once you’ve accepted your offer, returned the required documents and purchased your OSHC policy (unless you are exempt), you will be issued a confirmation of enrolment document. You will need this document before you can apply for a student visa.
A student visa (subclass 500) is required by all students to study in Australia.
Study abroad and exchange students will apply for a Non-Award Subclass 500 visa. This indicates that you are studying short-term and not receiving a Curtin degree.
You need to apply for a student visa online at the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). The DHA website contains general information about student visas (subclass 500) including:
- Application requirements
- Supporting document requirements
- Visa processing times
- Visa costs
- OSHC requirements
- Visa conditions
Curtin University is not able to offer visa advice, however we have provided some tips below that will guide you through the process:
- You should apply for your student visa as soon as you have received your confirmation of enrolment from Curtin and gathered any required supporting documents.
- Evidence to show that you meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement for a student visa will need to be submitted with your visa application to the Department of Home Affairs. This must include a written statement in your application form that states you intend to stay in Australia temporarily and/or documentation to support your claims.
- Your CoE Code is printed in bold on the top right-hand corner of your confirmation of enrolment. You will be required to enter this code in your online visa application.
It is a requirement of a student visa that you have an OSHC policy for the duration of your student visa (unless you’re exempt). Your CoE may indicate “No” next to “Provider arranged Overseas Student Health Cover”. This is not necessarily an error! If Curtin hasn’t paid for the OSHC cover on your behalf, we indicate “No” in this section. If Curtin has purchased OSHC cover on your behalf then this will be indicated with “Yes”.
- The visa application will ask you for your residential or postal address in Australia. If you don’t know this at the time you apply for your student visa, you can use Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102 and then update your address once you have confirmed your accommodation.
- Although you may have met Curtin University English entry requirements, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection may have additional English requirements. For more information on these requirements, please go to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website.
For more detailed information or general enquiries about applying for a student visa, we recommend that you contact ImmiAccount.
You will be enrolled in a not for degree course (sometimes referred to as a non award course) for the duration of your studies. This means you won’t receive a Curtin degree, but as an enrolled student you are welcome to participate in on-campus events, and utilise the university services.
Study Abroad and Exchange students are unable to self-enrol or withdraw from units. Once enrolments are open, our office will enrol you into your units. Most units are valued at 25 credits, however there are some 12.5 credit and 50 credit units. A full-time load at Curtin University is 75 credits (usually three units) or 100 credits (usually four units) per semester.
Please ensure your home university has approved your units and study load.
You will need to complete an enrolment form and return this by email to our office. Please list your preferred 75 credits (3 units) or 100 credits (4 units). Once we have enrolled you, you will be required to register for your classes and complete your timetable. We will provide you with easy-to-follow instructions on how to complete your timetable at this time. If you have a timetable clash, you will need to let us know and in most cases you will need to select an alternative unit to enrol into.
You will have the opportunity to change your units during the first week of classes but Curtin University does not permit students to commence classes after the end of the first week of semester.
It is a requirement of your enrolment that you read through the Moving to Australia information and arrive in Perth to participate in the Orientation (O-Week) activities. Please ensure to check Curtin’s semester dates prior to booking your flights as you will need to sure you remain in Perth until the end of the exam period.
O-Week is a fun-filled, week-long timetable of activities and information sessions that prepare you for your studies and allow you to familiarise yourself with Curtin’s main campus in Bentley.
If you are studying at Kalgoorlie campus, you will need to ensure that you organise to arrive in Kalgoorlie to participate in their O-Week schedule.
A free airport pickup service is available through MATEinOz. This must be booked prior to arrival. If catching a taxi, please ensure you have your room details and address with you. You must also remember to supply the housing office with your flight and arrival details.
Once you are offered a room, UniLodge is your point of contact for accommodation and will be able to provide more arrival information.
Once you’ve arrived
Orientation Week (O-Week) is a fun-filled, week-long timetable of activities and information sessions that prepare you for your studies and allow you to familiarise yourself with Curtin’s main campus in Bentley.
There are social opportunities to meet other new students and have fun together, and you’ll receive useful information about visa conditions, overseas student health cover, enrolment and on-campus services.
- International Orientation
- OASIS, Blackboard and IT Essentials
- Curtin Go Global Welcome Event – Details available via email closer to the date.
- Official Welcome Ceremony
- Getting To & Around Campus
- Student Guild
- Beach & Community Safety
- Sports & Recreation
- Academic Integrity & Plagiarism
- Referencing The Right Way
- Managing Stress & Anxiety
PLUS get involved in all the FREE stuff!
Monday 26 July 2021: Classes commence
Friday 30 July 2021: the last day you can change your units
Friday 20 August 2021: census date* the last day you can withdraw from a unit without penalty
Friday 1 October: the last day you can withdraw from units (with penalty)*
Monday 1 November – Friday 12 November 2021: Exam period. Exams may be scheduled on any day or evening during the two week examination period, with the exception of Sundays. You should not make commitments to any other activities over this period until you receive your exam timetable**.
*Any unit you withdraw from after this date will be indicated on your Curtin Academic Transcript as “F-Fail”. The Curtin Grading Scale will help you understand the University Grading System used at Curtin University.
**A draft timetable is published on the Curtin website six weeks prior to the examination period, after which you will have one week to provide feedback to your student service office, if necessary. A final timetable is published four weeks prior to the examination period with venue allocations designated by surname; you must attend the venue you have been allocated to, or risk receiving a fine. Although examination timetable information cannot be provided over the phone, you may contact the Examinations Office to clarify examination information.
After classes commence on Monday 26 July 2021, the final date to make changes to your enrolment and add new units is Thursday 29 July at 3pm.
Prior to requesting a change of enrolment, please make sure you have checked:
- the Curtin Course Handbook to ensure the unit is being offered this semester (Semester One) and that you will be able to meet any prerequisites based on your prior studies at your home university
- the Plan Your Timetable tool to ensure that any new unit you select does not have a timetable conflict with any of your current units.
- that any new classes you want to enrol into may need to be approved by your home university.
Email your change of enrolment request from your Curtin provided email account to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure your email clearly indicates your Curtin ID number, the unit/s you wish to withdraw from and the unit/s you wish to enrol into.
Note: study abroad and exchange students must study 75 – 100 credits worth of units per semester.
We want to make studying at Curtin an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all. With this in mind, we have implemented a number of ways to make getting to and around campus easier, safer, more affordable and environmentally friendly.
Free Campus Buses
Take advantage of our free bus services to make your journey to, from and around our main campus easier. Our Curtin Access Bus Service (CABS) helps students in the surrounding area get to campus, while our Campus Courtesy Bus ensures safe passage on university grounds.
During semester, you can hail the Campus Courtesy Bus Service to get around the main campus, including the student housing villages.
Public Transport (Transperth)
The Bentley campus bus station is one of the busiest in Perth. There are many regular services and connections to Canning Bridge train station, Oats Street train station, Perth city and beyond!
As a Curtin student, you are entitled to a Tertiary SmartRider card, which gives you concessional fares on Transperth buses, trains and ferries*.
*The SmartRider card remains separate to your Student ID Card and you must have a valid Tertiary SmartRider card in your possession to receive concessional fares on public transport. You can purchase a Tertiary SmartRider card from the G-Mart store on campus or from various SmartRider retail outlets. For more information on Transport routes and timetables, visit the Transperth website.
Curtin requires all newly enrolled students to complete Curtin’s Academic Integrity Program (AIP) within 14 days of the start of their first study period in their course at Curtin.
The purpose of the AIP is to explain academic integrity, Curtin’s values, and what Curtin expects of you as a student. The module is online and topics include ethics, referencing, plagiarism, cheating, and misconduct processes and possible outcomes. The online module will be available through your OASIS account.
Your safety on campus is one of our biggest responsibilities and concerns. The Safer Community Team offer 24-hour service every day of the year. To contact the Safer Community Team, call 9266 4444. We also recommend you download the Safezone Security App and Curtin Mobile Map.
Don’t forget that all our student wellbeing and counselling services are available to you.
Once you have access to Blackboard you will be able to access your unit outlines for your classes. These will provide you with in-depth information regarding the requirements and assessments of the unit.
You should plan to remain at Curtin until the final day of exams. The exam timetable will be accessible on your OASIS account later in the semester. Curtin does not allow resits or re-writes for failed units or assessments. Supplementary Examinations and Assessment Extensions may be granted in some circumstances but are subject to strict guidelines.
At the end of your semester, and once your results have been released, a transcript will be ordered and posted to your home university.
Bars, clubs and other licensed venues (including the Curtin Tav) in Australia have strict ID requirements and therefore we strongly recommend that you apply for a Photo Card (proof of age card).
A photo card can be used as a form of identification and means you don’t have to carry your passport with you on your nights out. A number of international students have lost their passports in the past and have found it difficult to replace them, so the small fee is well worth it.
Order your student ID
Your student identification (ID) card identifies you as a member of the Curtin community and enables you to access certain buildings and services on campus. It contains your photo and student number.
OASIS student portal
OASIS is your Curtin student portal. We will provide you with more information on how to set up your OASIS account once you have been admitted as a student.
It’s a requirement of your student visa that the details in your OASIS account are correct, so don’t forget to update your address upon arrival.
Curtin Mentor Program & Student Guild
All new to Curtin students are provided with a Curtin Mentor who will be able to help you during your exchange semester. This is a great opportunity to meet lots of students and to settle in quickly!
You’re also welcome to join the Student Guild – it’s FREE! The Guild offer discounts, events and support.
Get the most out of your exchange experience and join one of the Volunteer Programs on offer. What a fantastic way to meet people and learn new skills.
There are a wide range of activities and trips offered through our Curtin Experiences program. These include surfing lessons, getaway adventures, sports, dancing and so much more. We will share more information about the opportunities and the programs available only to Study Abroad and Exchange students during our orientation session. The tip is to register early so that you don’t miss out!
Visit the Stadium
Curtin Stadium is the home of sport, fitness, recreation and events at Curtin.
Join Curtin Stadium’s Fitness Centre or group fitness classes, try a new life experience with Curtin Experiences, or join a social sport competition.