Top Universities in Perth
QS rates Perth as the 41st best city in the world for students, and it’s easy to see why. There’s so much to see and do in the area, with a great climate, plenty of parks, treks and beaches making the lifestyle a huge attraction. The café and bar scene is thriving, with a cruisy feel in Fremantle that lends itself to laid back evenings in the sun on the nights you’re not studying.
It’s an easy city for students to live in. Most people live in private shared accommodation, although universities do have residences available. Commuting is easy if you do live off-site, with good bus links throughout the city and plenty of bike paths for those on bicycles.
University of Western Australia
The 86th ranked university in the world, it’s not far from the heart of the city, set on the banks of the scenic Swan River. UWA has under 30,000 students, with 5000 of them international. The nearby Kings Park offers wide open green spaces, while there are the residential suburbs of Crawley and Claremont nearby for easy accommodation options. You can also stay at one of five accommodation options on campus, St Catherine’s College, St George’s College, St Thomas More College, Trinity College and University Hall. These are serviced living options on the university campus.
Its top five subjects are heavily science-based:
But it has a huge range of studies in:
- Mathematical Sciences
- Health and medical sciences
- Indigenous studies
It has more than 75 research and training centres, with a focus on student experience. This means you get hands-on learning that enriches your education. UWA wants to change the world through research, and you can be a part of that.
It has a vibrant student community, with more than 100 clubs and societies. You’ll find a group of likeminded people who are interested in the same things you are, from archaeology to the DESI Student Society.
For entry in UWA, you need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, and each intended course has different entrance requirements, which you must check to ensure you’ve met.
Based about 8km from the city centre, Curtin University has about 50,000 students with about 15,000 of them being international. The top five subjects here include:
- Occupational therapy
- Social work
- Nutrition and health
But they have a range of subjects that fall under:
- Business and law
- Health sciences
- Science and engineering
- Aboriginal studies
The university has a focus on global learning, with campuses in Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and Mauritius, as well as strong partnerships with other campuses across the world. Their areas of research are prominent on the world stage, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. There is also an emphasis on attracting overseas students, with great English language courses, agents in a range of countries, and overseas scholarships.
There are on-site living options, with 24-hr security, servicing and catering that are on the campus. Vickery House, Guild House, Erica Underwood House, Rotary International House, Don Watts House, Japan House, George James House, and two more to be built soon.
If you wish to study here, there are minimum English requirements and a range of qualifications depending on your intended course of study. Check with the course to find out which documents and requirements are needed.
Edith Cowan University
A mid-sized university with almost 27,000 students of which 4,000 are international, Edith Cowan is based in Joondalup, a northern suburb. They have faculties in:
- Arts and humanities
- Business and law
- Medical and health services
- Nursing and midwifery
- Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
The top five subjects here are:
- Social work
- Nutrition and health
It’s also been ranked in the top 175 universities in the world for engineering, reflecting the excellent teaching, research and international outlook, as well as in the top 1000 universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings.
It offers a range of International scholarships, as well as the area being considered one of the parts of Australia with a skills shortage, making it easier to stay on with a work permit once your studies are complete.
There are student accommodation options on the Joondalup, Mount Lawley and South West campuses. All are serviced, with easy access for classes, shops and recreation facilities.
There are a range of scholarships available for international students, both undergraduate and postgraduate. You must have an IELTS score of 6.0, and each intended course of study has a different minimum standard. Some need qualifications, while for many, one the job experience counts.
This large, rural campus is an easy commute from the Perth CBD. Murdoch University has just under 25,000 students, and 10,000 of them are international. Its top five subjects are:
- Veterinary science
- Computer science
- Agriculture and environment
But it has a wide variety of courses.
- Engineering and IT
- Psychology and Exercise Science
- Veterinary and Life Sciences
It’s in the top 1000 universities in the world, and for good reason. Their courses combine real-world skills with cutting edge theory, giving their degrees a high level of employability. There are some scholarships available for overseas students.
For international students, there are a number of strategies designed to help you settle in and get the best results from your time in Perth. From meeting you at the airport through to the clubs and societies in photography, writing, robotics or even DESI student groups, the university wants you to feel at home.
Their on-campus residential facilities are secure apartments that house 800 students. Living on site at the University Village means you can easily access all the recreational facilities available and make friends with those around you.
To study here, you need an IELTS score of at least 6.0, and a range of other minimum standards must be met, but these differ depending on the course you take. There are other pathways to learning, with a range of enabling courses that can help you gain admission.
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame Australia is a private Roman Catholic university. It has three campuses in Sydney, Broome, and Fremantle. It’s small with around 12,000 students, of which only 275 are internationals. The highly rated subjects here include:
But this fits within a much broader framework of faculties of:
- Arts & Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Nursing & Midwifery
- Philosophy & Theology
It’s smaller, so you get a more personal experience. You’ll know your lecturers and academics, and there is plenty of support and nurturing. There is a maximum of 10% international students, so you’ll be given the best chance to be fully supported while immersing yourself in the Aussie culture.
There are scholarships available, and accommodation options.
If you wish to study here, you need an IELTS score of 6.5. There are other requirements and they differ from course to course. Check with your advisor or the course guidelines, but all entrants require an admissions interview in order to be successful.
Perth is a liveable city with world-class educational institutions
You’ll find the locals are friendly and welcoming, not as crowded as most other cities, and you’ll have access to an active lifestyle many will envy. With sunny days, easy access to Aboriginal culture, a thriving arts scene and stunning beaches (not to mention quokkas), a decision to study in Perth is an excellent choice.
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