Estimate of Costs
Binghamton University's study abroad and exchange programs at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, offer students a unique opportunity to study at an institution that has earned an international reputation for excellence in research and training as well as for its outstanding student services. Study abroad and exchange students enroll in regular university courses at Murdoch and have the opportunity to live with Australian students on or off campus.
The programs are open to students in any major for the semester or academic year.
Murdoch is situated about fifteen minutes from Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. As Australia's largest state, Western Australia covers one third of the continent, but contains only about 10% of the country's population.
Semester 1 begins in late February and runs through June. Semester 2 runs from late July through November. Students should plan to arrive on campus at least one week before classes begin in order to participate in orientation activities. There are mid-semester breaks each semester.
The state is rich in natural resources, boasting eleven million acres of national parks and reserves, including beaches, gorges, and ancient forests. The climate in Perth is Mediterranean. In the summer months, temperatures may range from 63 - 85 degrees F, and in the winter from 48 - 63 degrees F. (Keep in mind that the seasons are reversed! Our winter is Australia's summer, and vice versa.) Perth bears the distinction of being Australia's sunniest city, as well as being one of the cleanest, safest, least expensive and most beautiful cities on the continent. Within Perth's city limits, one can find fifteen white-sand beaches with world-class surf, and King's Park, the state's oldest reserve.
Perth's situation as the nearest major Australian city to Southeast and Northeast Asia makes it an excellent destination for Asian Studies students. With a population of over one million, Perth is also distinguished by its high degree of multiculturalism, its rich menu of cultural, social and sporting activities, and by its relaxed, "outdoorsy" character. Not far from Perth and Murdoch University is the port city of Fremantle, site of the 1987 America's Cup Challenge. Fremantle is characterized by its classic Victorian and Edwardian architecture as well as by its vibrant personality: al fresco cafes, harbourside restaurants, museums, galleries, markets, and beaches. An inexpensive and efficient public transportation system allows students to travel from Murdoch University to and around Fremantle and Perth by bus, train, or ferry.
Semester 1 (Spring 2018)
Recommended Arrival: February 13
First Date after Exam Period to Depart: June 24
Semester 2 (Fall 2019)
Recommended Arrival: July 17
First Date after Exam Period to Depart: November 25
Murdoch University was established as a government-funded university in 1973. Since that time, it has earned an outstanding reputation for excellence in research and teaching. The University boasts one of the most qualified academic staffs in the country and is especially known for excellence in the fields of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Asian Studies, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Communication Studies.
Murdoch is also home to a number of major national research centers including the A.J. Parker Co-operative Research Center in Hydro-metallurgy, the Asia Research Center, and the State Agricultural Biotechnology Center. The university offers a broad range of innovative and interdisciplinary courses and places great emphasis on self-directed study outside the classroom
Students can choose from over 400 courses, provided they meet all pre-requisites. Some of Murdoch's more unique course offerings include Aboriginal Studies, Development Studies, "Animal and Plant Recognition" (which introduces students to major groups of animals and plants found in Southwest Australia), and a number of courses in Australian Studies, including "Australia and its Asian Context." Courses in Environmental Science often involve field work and field trips to study the Swan Coastal Plain and Darling Plateau as well as other locations along Australia's western coast and in the famous "outback".
Students may also take classes in the following subject areas:
Business Management (Commerce)
Communication and Media Studies
English and Comparative Literature
Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Students may wish to consult the Murdoch University handbook for detailed course information or the Murdoch University Course Guide, providing descriptions of majors and departments. To see a list of courses students have previously taken at Murdoch University and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Education Abroad Course Equivalencies page.
*In Australia, "course" means "major", and "unit" means "class".
Learn more about Murdoch University by reviewing their 2016-2017 Student Handbook on Study Abroad and Exchange.pdf. They offer a lively range of events through a social program that includes organized trips and an active residential program that helps you get to know other students, described further on pages 15-17 of the handbook. You can also see whats happening at Murdoch University in more real time at Think Murdoch.
The Murdoch University program is offered as an exchange program and as a study abroad program. Under the exchange agreement, students at Binghamton and Murdoch pay for tuition and fees at their home campuses. Exchange positions are not available for fall 2018.
Under the study abroad model, Binghamton students can study at Murdoch University by paying Murdoch tuition. SUNY tuition and a "tuition differential" together cover tuition for the program. The cost for the study abroad program can be viewed here:
Study Abroad Murdoch Spring 2018 Cost Estimates.pdf
In order to understand the actual difference in cost of your semester abroad, you should compare the Estimate of Costs sheet for this program that is linked above to what you would pay normally for a semester at Binghamton. ***Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $13,050 in-state and $20,590 out-of-state.
Withdrawal Policy: When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.
Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study. Other SUNY and non-SUNY students should contact the financial aid office on the home campus for information about eligibility for all aid programs.
Students applying for this program are encouraged to apply for campus and national scholarships. Please visit the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives or go to our scholarships page for more information.
The Murdoch University program is open to students in all majors. Applicants should have completed at least one year of college study, be in good academic standing, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications from SUNY and non-SUNY students are welcome.
Murdoch University Study Abroad & Exchange Website
Murdoch University - Life in Perth
The application deadline is March 15 for admission in the fall semester and October 15 for admission in the spring. Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis.