Spend a semester or academic year in the vibrant and energetic city of Perth with AIFS. Earn up to 16 credits through a variety of courses studying at Murdoch University. Courses are taught in English.
Students choose courses from the full curriculum at Murdoch University on either the Full Curriculum Program, the Specialized Certificate Program or the Exercise Science Internship. An Optional Pacific Studies Program in Fiji (1 week/1 credit) at the University of the South Pacific is also available prior to the start of term in Perth.
Live in student apartments at Murdoch University Village, just a few minutes’ walk from the center of campus. The housing complex also includes a pool, student lounge and 24-hour support for residents.
You’ll enjoy cultural and social activities such as surf lessons, a tour of Fremantle Prison, a Perth Waterfall tour, and visits to Caversham Wildlife Park and Cottesloe Beach. Optional excursions include the 3-day Southwest Adventure Camping trip and the once-in-a-lifetime 9-day Northwest Trip with visits to World Heritage-listed Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef Marine Park and Karijini National Park.
Housing and meal plan are included
AIFS organized social/cultural activities, excursions and field trips
Experienced on-site Resident Director and support staff
Optional AIFS Flight Package (round-trip flights and airport transfers)
Tuition with transcript provided by Murdoch University
Studying abroad in Perth, Australia for a semester was truly a trip of a lifetime! I did everything from taking a surf lesson, exploring the city, and taking a 10 day outback trip. AIFS was completely there along the way, from pre-departure to when it came time to leave. We had an onsite AIFS representative, who took us on a few outings, gave us advice, and helped us with adjusting to a new culture. With AIFS I was even able to participate in a week long Pacific Studies course taught in Fiji, prior to Australia.
Perth and the surrounding areas had a great public transportation system, which we all used to get around to the beaches, grocery stores, etc. It had a great nightlife and plenty to do during the day, as well. Murdoch University also had some great things for international students, such as some optional excursions which included the outback trip, a trip to Rottnest Island, and a local animal conservatory. Overall, I am so thankful I went through AIFS. I made so many memories and never felt alone along the way.
Studying abroad in Australia was the best decision I ever made and I am glad I went through AIFS. AIFS was very receptive when it came to pre-departure information and class registration. I loved having an AIFS representative right on campus, who was super knowledgeable and friendly. She scheduled a few activities during the semester for us, which was included in the program. My favorite was the Brazilian Barbeque.
Perth is the perfect city for college students. It is small, yet has loads of eateries and nightlife options. King’s Park offers is nature retreat that gives a spectacular view of the city. I will never forget my first time there and seeing breathtaking Perth. Public transportation is clean, cheap and easy, especially when you register through a university to get a student discount. Perth is very close to the beach as well, so there are things to enjoy for all types of people. Although it is the most remote capital city in the world, I never felt at a loss of things to do.
Studying abroad is a must. If you are feeling skeptical, check out AIFS and see the programs they have to offer. I do not think you will be disappointed.
Australia is an amazing country full of friendly people who are equally as curious about Americans as Americans are about Australians. I had so much fun in the social aspect of my study abroad experience. Making friends, going on adventures and to the beach, and other trips were the best.
The education, on the other hand, was extremely hard. It was not told beforehand that classes were excruciatingly difficult so keep that in mind when selecting Australia. Also, Murdoch University does not hand out anything for free, you will pay for almost everything on campus so keep that in mind as well.
While my experience outside of academics was great, it is important to note that you will be challenged mentally. I still absolutely loved it though!
AIFS is a great program to travel with. From the flight option, where they will partner you with another student travelling from your region, to the meal plan, where I was able to forget about budgeting for food, the nitty gritty details were all planned for me before I even left the country! They also set up my housing before I arrived and lived with another AIFS student.
Because Murdoch University has a partnership with exchange and study abroaders, I was able to partake in experiences Murdoch only offers to those who are visiting their university short term. Those included a 10 camping trip in the outback, a weekend trip south to the Margaret River region, and others!