Athlete Development Program

Studying at an overseas university and training as an athlete is a challenge, which is why we’ve established the Athlete Development Program. It provides international athletes studying at Curtin with ongoing support and flexible learning through Curtin’s Academy of University Sport and Education (AUSE). Athletes receive high-quality education assistance, skills development, fitness training and life skills development with some of Australia’s leading professionals and sports coaches.

Athletes running on a track

We work individually with every athlete member to determine their sport and education requirements. You’ll be placed with an appropriate club, state league or state sporting elite development squad to advance your sporting development.

Our programs are designed to be a totally integrated and unique Australian cultural, educational and sporting experience.

Sporting support

Sporting services will incorporate an individualised personal aspirations program that will include the appropriate level in the following areas:

Skills development programs

  • Exposure to grade and pennant training and competition
  • Selection trials for state and national leagues

Sporting competition and club training

  • Alignment with first class local or state sporting associations
  • Regular club training
  • Access to club and representative squad coaches

Fitness testing and programs

  • Individualised fitness testing and training program
  • Access to Curtin University Fitness Centre at no cost
  • A focused program designed for specific sport requirements
  • Follow up progress and goal achievement feedback

University representation

  • You’ll have the opportunity to represent Curtin at state based (TSWA) competitions
  • Selection will take place for athletes to compete at the Australian University Games event.

Educational requirements and academic support

Athletes accepted into the Academy will be required to undertake standard academic requirements and be a fully enrolled student at Curtin.

Curtin has pre-approved study packages to make unit choice and application as easy as possible

The Elite Athlete Program Coordinator will assist you with academic planning, customising your study and course entry.


Our on-campus accommodation is furnished and has onsite staff and management. Most accommodation has single rooms in six or eight bedroom self-contained apartments.

The Elite Athlete Program Coordinator will assist with accommodation requirements or negotiating for places on campus.

AUSE Adventure and Personal Development

The Academy is devoted to providing participants with cultural and personal development opportunities that will last a lifetime.

Learning about the world and experiencing a different culture is the most exciting part of studying overseas. Academy members will be treated to a recreation and leisure program in a uniquely Australian context.

The Academy, along with Curtin’s Leadership Centre, provides life skills and personal development program for participants

How to apply

The Athlete Development Program is restricted to international students only and application must be made prior to commencing studies at Curtin. Academy membership is by selection after an application and interview process.