Curtin University is the largest and most multicultural university in Western Australia. Over 50,000 students from more than 125 countries choose to study at Curtin, including nearly 16,000 international students -- the third-largest student population of any Australian university.
Rated among the world's top 300 universities, Curtin is one of the top 50 universities under 50 years old and number one in Western Australia, as ranked by QS for 2013/2014. Curtin has also been rated in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years of age by the Times in 2013.
Curtin University is known for its practical, hands-on approach to higher education. Freeman students enroll in classes with Australian and international students at Curtin Business School (CBS), one of Australia's largest, most comprehensive and international business schools. As one of the top ten business schools in CBS offers a wide range of quality courses in a variety of subjects, including Accounting, Business Service Learning, Finance, Information Science, International Business, Law, Management, and Marketing. Freeman students at Curtin also have the opportunity to participate in business service learning and/or a three week Southeast Asia study tour.
Perth, the capital and largest city of Western Australia, is the fourth-most populous city in Australia with an estimated population of around 2 million people. It is not only Australia's fastest growing city but also the sunniest. It's close to Singapore, even sharing the same time zone, and is Australia's western gateway to Asia, geographically closer to Timor and Jakarta than Sydney or Melbourne. Due to the city's location, students in Perth are able to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle, to see the unique features of Western Australia and undertake interesting and often unique activities -- hiking or horseback riding in the towering karri and marri forests, diving at Ningaloo Reef and Rottnest Island, surfing at Margaret River, or joining Curtin Volunteers! in one of their programs with a remote Aboriginal community on the edge of the desert 500 km north east of Perth. With 12,500 km of coastline, the state of Western Australia is internationally famed for its magnificent beaches and, of course, its surfing. The diversity, consistency and quality of the waves are world class.
As a visiting student directly enrolled at Curtin University, you can participate in the various on-campus student organizations and associations, just like you would at Tulane. Your study abroad at Curtin will begin with an on-campus orientation during which time you'll learn about all of these on-campus opportunities. Overall, the program at Curtin allows Tulane students to become completely immersed in Australian culture.
Curtin University is on the southern hemisphere calendar, which means the school year begins in February and ends in November. Tulane Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1 and takes place February - June. Tulane Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2 and takes place July - November.
On this exchange program, students take the same courses undertaken by Australian students who are studying for their degrees. All courses are taught by Curtin faculty. In general, a typical course, known at Curtin as a unit, consists of two hours of lectures and one to two hours of tutorials per week.
For a list of sample course offerings at Curtin and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see the Curtin Courses Online Handbook. All 4000/5000/6000 level classes are Master's level courses. BSM students should not enroll in Master's level courses.
Business Service Learning
One of the strengths of Curtin's program is their commitment to giving a real insight into living in Australia. Curtin offers students the opportunity to participate in business service learning abroad. The Service Abroad program is a unique opportunity that helps students becomes more perceptive, culturally sensitive and well-rounded individuals. One aspect of the program is consistent volunteering with an organization of the student's choice. Many students take this opportunity to work in and learn about a specific area that suits their interests. Another aspect is based in the classroom, where students can enroll in a class (Community Service) which involves a series of open discussions and presentations designed to broaden students' knowledge and ideas of Australian culture while allowing them to share their own unique views and experiences with other study abroad students.
Southeast Asia Study Tour
One unique opportunity offered to all exchange students is the option to attend a three week Southeast Asia study tour. These tours cover a wide range of areas, such as business, culture, and international issues. Any student can elect to participate in these tours which give a rare insight into the international culture and lifestyles on Western Australia's doorstep. The Asia Study Tour is done as an addition to student's semester at Curtin, either just before spring or immediately after fall. Each study program runs for three weeks in January/February and/or November/December each year. The program sensitizes participants to the need to develop a global perspective and become more adaptable to constant change in an increasingly interdependent global world. In past years, students have undertaken three week tours, for academic credit, to countries such as China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Laos, Thailand, India and Tibet. Typically, three countries are visited over the three week tour. In each country, the program examines the country's history and culture as well as the social and community customs, the current economic outlook and legal and political environment, especially for foreign organization's and the challenges of development and the subsequent opportunities and threats these hold. The Southeast Asia Study Tour is offered at an additional cost to exchange participants. Contact the Freeman study abroad office for details.
Course registration for Curtin starts during the secondary application process. Students will list the courses they would like to take on their application. Curtin will check that you meet the prerequisites for each unit before your enrollment.
Before selecting your units, Curtin recommends you:
Consider the range of pre-approved units
Read the Curtin unit description
Carefully check the prerequisites for the units that interest you and/or check you have sufficient background to study the unit(s) as some may presume prior knowledge
Check the units are offered in the semester you intend to study at Curtin and are offered at the Bentley Campus in Perth
Ensure your home university approves your study choices if required.
You may change units during the first week of semester. After the first week, you may withdraw from a class (as long as you maintain at minimum enrollment) but you are unable to add a new class.
You will find the teaching style similar to the U.S. Some instructors will use a lot of PowerPoint presentations, while others deliver course content in a more traditional manner, with questions and discussion being an integral part of the classroom experience.
Students are examined continuously over the duration of their semester abroad. Assessment methods are outlined in course syllabi.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
Curtin's grading system works on a scale from 0 to 10. 5 is the lowest passing grade. 10 is the highest grade. For a description of the grading system used at Curtin University, please see https://examinations.curtin.edu.au/students/grading.cfm. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at Curtin. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session. Once you have attended the info session, Goldring will set you up with a general semester abroad application. Login to your FreemanAbroad account to complete the application. Application deadlines are noted below.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. You are encouraged to list six schools on your semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed using a rubric that evaluates a student based on several criteria, including GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Secondary application materials will be available within the Freeman online application system for Curtin applicants.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Some countries (e.g., Australia, France, Hong Kong, Switzerland) require that students participating in study abroad programs purchase local health insurance in that country. Students are responsible for purchasing this insurance if it is a requirement for the country where they will be studying. The estimated cost is included in the budget sheet.
Curtin offers a housing service to help you find accommodation either on or off campus. With 1,175 places available and an extensive database of private accommodation options, Housing Services can help you find a place to live. On campus accommodation generally consists of single study bedrooms with shared facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms and you are responsible for your own cooking and cleaning. A typical unit will accommodate six or eight students. In addition, Curtin's Housing Services keeps a register of people in established off campus households who are looking to share with others.
Past participants recommend living in on-campus housing because they are "a great way to meet people!"
Curtin does not offer a meal plan program, so students will either purchase meals at one of the various on-campus eateries or can purchase groceries at the nearby shopping center which includes a Coles and an IGA (both large grocery store chains in Australia). The nearby shopping center also includes several restaurants; however, due to the high cost of eating out in Australia, it is recommended that students plan on purchasing groceries and preparing meals in their accommodations.