THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA – PERTH

*details are correct as of December 2023. 

  • public research university
  • established 1911
  • Motto: Seek Wisdom
  • a world top 100 university – QS World Rankings (2024 = No. 72)
  • Group of Eight member (Australia’s best research intensive universities)
  • 25,000+ students from 110+ countries
  • 4,000+ international students
  • 19:1 student to staff ratio

Location

  • Just 10 minutes from Perth city on the banks of the Swan River – 19 minutes by bike
  • 30 minutes to Perth International Airport
  • 10 minutes drive to the iconic Cottesloe Beach
  • Main campus includes cafes, bookshops, banks, a medical centre, cultural precinct, and residence halls are within walking distance
  • Perth is Australia’s 4th largest city – with 59,000 international students
  • One of the most remote cities in the world, but also often ranks as one of the most liveable – miles of stunning beaches, beautiful parklands and nature reserves, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, plentiful cafes and restaurants with global cuisine
  • Perth is home to the corporate headquarters of more than 30% of businesses on the Australian Stock Exchange and six of the world’s top 10 energy companies
  • 37% of Western Australia was born overseas

Academic

  • 22 Schools / 75 research and training centres
  • 12 study areas: Architecture and Design; Business and Commerce; Data and Computer Science; Education; Engineering; Health and Biomedical Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Law; Music and Fine Arts; and Psychology
  • Stand-out departments include: agriculture and forestry, anatomy and physiology, business, earth and marine science, geology, geophysics, medicine, mineral and mining engineering, petroleum engineering, psychology, sports-related subjects
  • Students can choose one or two majors from a wide selection and then add a minor and/or electives to suit their interests and career goals
  • Bachelor degrees are 3 years, but students can also take a specialised extended major over 3 or 4 years for more in-depth study. Or take a combined bachelor degree over 4-5 years and graduate with two undergraduate degrees. There are also combined bachelor and master’s degree options in 4 years
  • 7 Comprehensive degrees (3 years) – one/two majors + minors and electives, flexibility, can be designed to suit career and interests
  • 21 Specialised degrees with a more defined study path (3-4 years with honours), option for minor/electives
  • 4 Integrated honours – 4 years advanced coursework for high achieving students and including a major research project – available in certain subjects
  • 24 Combined bachelor degrees – one Specialised + one Comprehensive. Graduate with two qualifications. 5 years.
  • 20 Combined bachelors/masters – 4 years. 10 assured pathways into quota restricted masters, eg. medicine, dentistry, architecture, secondary teaching, public health and more.
  • Medicine has 25 places for international students. 6 years – 3 year bachelor degree + 3 year Dr. of Medicine. Applications open 1st January (for entry February the following year) and close 30th June. Interview July and offers August/early September. Transcript / Student Admission Test / Interview.
  • There are multiple entry options from foundation programmes – UWA Foundation Programme, WA Universities’ Foundation Programme, Northern Consortium United Kingdom’s International Foundation Year, Group of Eight universities foundation programmes, and the International Foundation Course in University Studies.
  • Teaching is divided between big lectures and then small tutorials/workshops/seminars/labs with 20-30 students

Application

  • International students can apply direct online
  • Required: high school qualification / IELTS or equivalent 6.5 – no section below 6
  • Some programmes have additional subject requirements
  • Two intakes – February and July
  • Applications open two years in advance for international students
  • Documents – passport + transcript/predicted grades + English Language + some require an interview or audition

Finances

  • Global Excellence Scholarship – high-achieving undergraduate students can receive a fee reduction over four years on eligible undergraduate courses. Based on high school results. Automatic consideration.
  • They also offer scholarships to students from a wide range of countries, to continue to foster a diverse student community at UWA – use the scholarship finder to identify possible options.
  • Cost of living is around $450AUD per week (not including tuition or medical fees) for a single student to live comfortably depending on the type of accommodation.

Accommodation

  • Accommodation can be tricky to find in Perth so students are advised to plan ahead – it is not guaranteed for international students
  • The recently-launched UWA Accommodation Concierge is a new service that supports students in finding the right accommodation
  • UWA has a number of Colleges and Residence Halls that students can apply to join – each has a different vibe and students will have to complete a comprehensive application. These are often the first choice for students.
  • Purpose-built student accommodation and co-living properties are located in the City of Perth, Yugo, the Switch and Campus Perth – partners with UWA. These provide a community living experience, fostering greater independence.
  • Student-to-Student Housing option allows students to connect with fellow UWA students who are seeking roommates, have available rooms in their current accommodation or are looking for a UWA student to take over their lease.
  • UWA Hosted Accommodation – you are matched with a host based on your shared interests and proximity to campus. Hosts are often UWA alumni
    There are also many options for private housing.

Activities

  • 160+ clubs and societies
  • 300+ community organisations
  • A huge range of sports available – Student Athlete Development Programme / competitive / social sports
  • UWA Career Centre offers links with career mentors and opportunities for Work Integrated Learning. Many students stay and work in Australia after graduating
  • 150 International Exchange Partners – study overseas for a semester or two + shorter term programmes. Eg. University College London, National University of Singapore, Tsinghua University
  • Academic Skills Centre offers a range of classes
  • Free lunchtime music performances

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