IFSA Murdoch University Partnership

Perth, Australia


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: March 15
  • Spring: November 15

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Murdoch University

Murdoch University is a place where free-thinkers come to succeed. Located in Perth, the most isolated city in the world, Murdoch prides itself in doing things differently from other universities, and embraces the power of sharing ideas and finding new ways of thinking. State-of-the-art teaching facilities are available for a diverse and multicultural student population. Murdoch's campus is a great place for studying, making friends, and engaging in Australian life.

Murdoch University Benefits

  • A national reputation for excellence across teaching, research and student satisfaction
  • Veterinary and animal science students often find courses in this program that can be difficult to find elsewhere
  • Murdoch offers an optional 10-day excursion (at an additional cost) into the outback, allowing you to experience parts of Australia you wouldn't otherwise be able to visit
  • Enjoy a 560-acre campus in a beautiful bush environment with fantastic green spaces, yet just 15 minutes from Perth's city center, ten minutes to "Freo," the port city and beaches of Fremantle, and a 2-hour drive to the wine region
  • On-campus food outlets, banking outlets, gymnasium, student union, travel center, hairdresser, bookshop, gift store, health and counseling service, and extensive library
  • Get involved with local students through an active students' guild that sponsors a wide range of cultural, social and sporting events, as well as clubs and organizations

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Murdoch University Partnership

Open the Murdoch University online course catalog to browse the classes that are available. 

At Murdoch, classes are called "Units," so you can either use the Unit Search function or scroll down below that to browse through the list of units. Murdoch also has a PDF guide to using its online catalog.

A full course load is 12 Murdoch points for the semester (15-16 Butler University U.S. credit hours) or 24 points for the year (30-32 Butler University U.S. credit hours). Units with a code of 100 are worth three credit points; codes with 200 and above are worth four credit points. 

3 MU points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
4 MU points = 5 U.S. semester credit hours
6 MU points = 8 U.S. semester credit hours

Most students take either four classes at the 100 level (4 classes x 4 Butler University U.S. credit hours = 16 credit hours) or three classes at the 200 and 300 levels (3 classes x 5 Butler University U.S. credit hours = 15 credit hours) to make up their course load for the semester. You may mix classes in the 100, 200, and 300 levels as long as you do not exceed 12 Murdoch University points. 

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Course Restrictions
Fourth-year (400-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Murdoch University Partnership
Accounting Anatomy/Physiology Animation/Illustration Art History Asian Studies Biology Biomedical Engineering Biotechnology Business Business Law Chemical Engineering Chemistry Chinese Classics Communication Science/Disorders Communications Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Early Childhood Education Earth Science Ecology Economics Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English English Literature Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Engineering Environmental Science/Studies European History Exercise Science/Kinesiology Finance German Graphic Design History Hospitality & Tourism Immunology Indigenous Studies Industrial Engineering Information Technology Japanese Journalism Law/Legal Studies Management Marine Science Marketing Mathematics Media/Multimedia Studies Microbiology Mining Engineering Nursing Philosophy Physics Poetry Political Science Psychology Religious Studies Secondary Education Sociology Statistics Theater/Drama Theology Women and Gender Studies Zoology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
The Murdoch University Village (MUV) is located a five-minute walk from university buildings and is within walking distance to local shopping facilities. You will share the flat with both Australian and international students. Single rooms are available in the five-bedroom apartments, and linens are provided. You will prepare your own meals in a shared kitchen area. Students will need to purchase their own cookware and utensils. The Village has convenient on-site facilities, including a swimming pool, lounge, recreation room and group study lounges. Students can get involved in many free classes and activities in the Village.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Hannah Sutton

Assistant Director of Student Services, Advisor for Australia and New Zealand

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Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Christi Hoover

Resident Director, Australia

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
February 12, 2019
Program End Date
June 23, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs