|| QUICK FACTS
|| Perth, Australia
| Autumn Semester
| Spring Semester / Academic Year
|| 20-25 UW credits per semester
|| Junior standing or above by time of
departure; min. 3.0 GPA
|| Instruction in English
|| Shannon Quinn | firstname.lastname@example.org
| Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester) Spring Semester priority deadline
| May 15 (Spring Semester and Academic Year)
|| This exchange is open to UW graduate and
undergraduate students from all disciplines.
Students get the chance to fully immerse
themselves in Australian culture and student
life, as well as the beautiful city of Perth,
while studying at one of the top ranked
universities in Australia.
| Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
Where You Will Study
Located along the banks of the Swan River in Perth, the University of Western Australia is one of Australia's top research institutions and the only university to be a member of the prestigious "Group of Eight" in the State of Western Australia. The high caliber of its teaching staff, state-of-the-art research facilities, well-equipped lecture theaters and laboratories provide a superb environment to stimulate creativity and growth. Founded in 1913 the University of Western Australia serves a student body of 18,000 students and is one of the most attractive universities in Australia with its romanesque-style limestone buildings, expansive lawns and mature trees.
Along with it being home to one of the premier Universities in Australia, Perth also hosts an International Arts Festival, which has grown dramatically each year. The Arts Festival features an Opera festival and a Jazz Festival which have live artists in indoor and outdoor settings. The University of Western Australia also houses the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, which has been acknowledged as one of the finest university galleries in Australia. The collection comprises more than 2000 artworks and contains examples from leading Australian and international artists acquired through donations, purchases and bequests.
The City of Perth with a population of 1.6 million offers many cultural opportunities and quick access to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. The nearby city of Fremantle is one nearby coastal city well-known for its artisans and in 1987 served as the host city of the America's Cup Yachting Race. With a mediterranean climate, Perth was recently ranked 4th on The Economist's 2008 list of the "Worlds Most Livable Cities".
The university system in Australia consists of 37 universities and 630,000 students. The system is mostly public with all but two of the institutions receiving state support. Degree programs generally last three years and offer the option of a fourth "honors" year for students with strong academic records. Highly specialized fields, such as engineering and medicine, often require additional studies lasting from one to three years.
Having already satisfied pre-requisites in secondary school, Australian students launch into their specialized core courses from the onset of their university careers. Once a student declares a specialization there is little room for deviation from the core curriculum. When compared to American university courses, first and second-year courses in Australia are typically more advanced and akin to Junior and Senior-level courses in the United States. Due to the highly specialized Australian curricula, UW exchange participants should have a background in their proposed area of study and not plan to enroll for courses in more than one or two specializations. In general, Australian universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. Students are responsible for their own learning and expected to complete a significant amount of independent reading and research outside of class. In this way, the curricula are comparable to graduate studies in the United States. (Students in the fields of science or engineering might find their course curricula to be more structured than that of the arts or social sciences with a strong emphasis on laboratory work). Grades are usually determined by a combination of paper and test scores with a very heavy emphasis on the final exam. Although Australian students normally take fewer exams than their American counterparts, they are often expected to complete more papers and oral presentations.
Australian university classes generally meet as large lectures, seminars, group discussions and/or tutorials. Lectures, seminars and discussions are similar to those taught at the UW in terms of size and general format. Tutorials are one-on-one or small group discussions with the professor teaching the course. During the tutorials students are challenged to defend their essays and discuss course topics in-depth.
You can begin your search for courses right here:
University of Western Australia Course Catalog
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database
to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges
Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Australia and are eligible for university accommodations at their host institution. Housing options vary from on and off-campus residence halls to shared flats and suites. Some accommodations include catered meal plans while others are equipped with full kitchens for self-catering. Students who do not to take advantage of university housing options generally find accommodations in private boarding homes or flats close to campus.
Note: Student housing is an exceptional way to meet other international students but not necessarily Australian students. Most Australian students live off campus in rented flats or at home with their parents. The primary source of your interaction with Australian students will be in your classes and through your involvement with campus clubs and societies.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.
To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.
See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.
After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences.
To see past students' evaluations for the University of Western Australia Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.
University of Western Australia Exchange.pdf
Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email email@example.com.