Located only three miles from Perth’s downtown area and 30 minutes from the port city of Fremantle, the beautiful University of Western Australia (UWA) is a friendly, multicultural campus of about 21,000 students, including 4,400 international students. As one of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight schools, the university has an international reputation for teaching and research excellence and is considered to be among the top-ranked universities worldwide.
UWA has a broad range of course offerings spanning all disciplines and is especially strong in the arts and humanities, sciences, environmental studies, business, economics, social sciences, and education.
Students take four courses per semester and choose from a wide selection of subjects across departments. Instruction is based on the British academic system combining lectures, which may be large, with small weekly discussion groups or “tutorials.” While not mandatory, students are encouraged to sign up for tutorials.
There are few exams during the semester and grades are based primarily upon end of the semester or year assessment. Students are fully integrated with their Aussie counterparts in all aspects of university life. UWA offers many on-campus services including dining facilities, banks, post office, bookstore, and recreational facilities.
Study Abroad Advisor, Global Learning Office
35 Stirling Hwy
Crawley WA 6009
Tel: +61 8 6488 4612
Fax: +61 8 9382 4071
Academics & Support
The International Office provides an orientation program
for all study abroad and exchange students. The orientation covers general information about the local area and the university. During the orientation participants will complete their course enrollment and meet their academic advisor. Students are advised to take courses about aspects of Australian culture within the academic departments.
Course selection information at your host university is available here
, and general course listings and information are here
Students will also have an opportunity to sign up for optional excursions around the local area. Each student is assigned an academic advisor, but Student Services
also provides counseling services, an on-campus health service, learning and research skills support, a career center, and housing assistance.
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-July and ends in late November.
- Spring Term: Starts in late February and ends in late June.
There is a wide variety of student accommodations
at UWA. There are five Residential Colleges
affiliated with or owned by UWA and they are located adjacent to the campus. Living in a College provides students with a unique experience and opportunity to live with Australian and other international students. There are some places for study abroad students, but acceptance is quite competitive. Students are encouraged to consider St. Thomas More, a Catholic residential College across the street from the Crawley campus.
If students decide to live off-campus,
there are University-owned residential apartments. The Housing Office also maintains a list of off-campus rental options, and provides support to students looking for off-campus accommodations as well as advising about renting or leasing. Regardless of the type of accommodations that students choose, please remember that students are responsible for paying housing fees directly to the provider.
For students that receive financial aid from Boston College, please keep in mind that financial aid is not disbursed to your account until after the first week of class. This may be an issue for students going abroad in the fall semester as payment for housing is due in July whilst a refund of excess funds is only available in September.
Fall and Year students should apply for housing as soon as possible. Spring semester students should apply beginning around October 1.
Australian universities do not have meal plans as universities do in the United States. There are a number of dining facilities on campus
and students may dine on a pay-as-you-go basis. Students living at a Residential College have at least some of their meals included in the fees.
The university has a wide variety of clubs, societies,
and activities. Study Abroad and Exchange students are strongly encouraged and warmly welcome to join them. The university sponsors events, and the clubs also organize activities through the semester.
At UWA, volunteer opportunities
are maintained and listed by the Student Guild. Volunteering is an excellent way to become involved and to get to know something about the local community.
International students are allowed to work or volunteer under the terms of the student visa. However, there is a small fee added to the cost of a student visa for the privilege.