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Murdoch University, in Perth, Australia is one of Australia's leading research institutions. With over 18,000 students and 1,400 staff, Murdoch boasts a national reputation of excellence in teaching, research and student satisfaction by working together and exploring new ways of thinking and making discoveries. Students at Murdoch are enrolled in over 200 graduate degrees and post graduate courses across a variety of disciplines including veterinary science, law, teaching, psychology, business and nursing. Murdoch is a place where free thinking is welcomed and encouraged. Education at Murdoch is about creating opportunities for your future!
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Tropical Marine Biology Summer Program
Murdoch has an outstanding reputation for Marine and Environmental Science. Students will study three main areas including the diversity and physical process of Western Australia tropical marine habitats; coral reef environments and the biodiversity of reef organisms; and biological processes with a focus on coral reef ecosystems.
Location: Murdoch University is a dynamic, modern place with a true Australian feel. The main campus (South Street) is 11 minutes from the Perth city center by train and a short connecting bus trip or walk.
Perth, Australia is a metropolitan area with a population of 1,659,000, situated in the Southwest division of western Australia. Perth lies between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Range. A central business district and the suburbs of Perth are on the banks of the Swan River. In 1962, Perth was labeled as the "City of Light" when city residents lit their house lights and streetlights when John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7. The Economist names Perth as one of the "World's Most Livable Cities" in 2010.
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Students should work with their academic adviser or program director to choose 4 classes for their semester at Murdoch. Classes (units) are normally worth 3 or 4 points each and the normal course load is 12 points.
Before choosing courses, students should check out some helpful tips and reminders on this website. Also refer to the How to Find Units Guide. When choosing courses to take at Murdoch, keep the following in mind:
Business Courses: The following link gives a few examples of business courses here at Stout, and what their equivalent would be at Murdoch University- Course Equivalencies- Business.doc
Accomodation: Murdoch University Village offers a fresh and exciting approach to student accommodation. Students are housed in modern apartments in a fantastic location on-campus. Apartment sizes range from one to five bedrooms. All apartments are fully furnished and ready to move into. Many apartments will be upgraded in 2011 with new bathrooms, kitchens and common areas or fittings. The apartment complexes have a swimming pool, student lounge, TV room, E-library and study spaces, high-speed internet, a volleyball court and BBQ zone.
Passport: Students will need to have a passport study in Australia. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a valid U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity – your passport must be valid six months beyond your return date.
Visa: Students will need to have a visa to study in Australia. The current visa fee is AUD$550. The Office of International Education can assist you with the visa process.
Travel: Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Australia. Depending on the starting and ending date of the term, students may have the option of traveling in Australia before or after the program.
To help you to prepare for your semester abroad the Office of International Education has created semester budget sheets for your reference. These budget sheets are only an estimation and actual expenses may vary depending on changes in currency exchange rates, tuition increases, airfare and personal spending habits. We suggest that you set up a personalized budget to follow for the duration of your program. To view the estimated budget sheet please click here.
We strongly encourage you to print this budget sheet, and set-up a meeting with your financial aid counselor early during the application process to discuss how you will be paying for the program. Students who are eligible for financial aid may use such aid to help pay for all of the costs outlined on the budget sheet. Give your financial aid counselor a copy of the budget sheet for your program so your financial award can be adjusted to take into account the increased costs.