Ranked in the top two percent worldwide by the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Curtin University offers its students a fresh, global perspective. As Western Australia’s largest and most multicultural university, Curtin is home to over 58,000 students (nearly 16,000 being international). Curtin is located in Perth, a vibrant and multicultural city, with exciting opportunities for learning, shopping, and exploring the vast nature reserves of Western Australia. The city gets more sunshine than any other Australian capital, giving you more opportunities to mix study with your favorite activities. Featuring all the advantages of a modern and developed city, Perth is set against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean and combines natural beauty with period architecture. The main campus is located in the suburb of Bentley, less than four miles outside of central Perth.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
Courses at Curtin are called units. Curtin offers more than 100 degrees in applied, practical subjects with a strong emphasis on industry links and international, cultural, and Indigenous awareness. If you choose units that have pre-requisites your selection will be sent to the faculty for approval. Enrolment into units are subject to availability and are at the discretion of the faculty.
Exchange students are able to take courses from any study area except for the following which you must be majoring in to take: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, or Physiotherapy. The following subjects are completely unavailable to exchange students: law and medicine.
The academic calendar at Curtin is fairly different to Mason's. In addition, Australia is in the southern hemisphere where the seasons are reversed to ours. Semester 1 (our spring) runs from late February to late June. Semester 2 (our fall) runs from late July to late November.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Curtin. A full-time course load is 75-100 credits. A typical course is worth 25 credits.
- 25 Curtin Credits= 4 Mason Credits
Students can take 3-4 courses per term. This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.
| Curtin Grade
|10 (Mark of 100)
|9 (Mark of 90-99)
|8 (Mark of 80-89)
|7 (Mark of 70-79)
|6 (Mark of 60-69) or Credit
|5 (Mark of 50-59) or Pass
Choosing Courses Abroad
This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
It is recommended that students apply for on-campus housing as early as possible. Students can apply for on-campus housing as soon as they know they want to study in Perth. You do not have to be accepted by Curtin University or nominated by Mason Study Abroad to submit your housing application. Curtin's Housing Services office provide a range of housing options from on-campus to off-campus accommodations.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $325 (for semester length programs) or $525 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Australia's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.