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The University of Western Australia

Australia
Overview

Overview

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is one of Australia's leading universities and is recognised internationally for its exceptional learning, research and faculties. Globally, UWA is ranked in the world's top 100 (QS 2023) and has an excellent student to teacher ratio, is rated five-stars by the Good Universities Guide 2021 and has a five-star rating for teaching quality, facilitating meaningful teaching, learning and research.

By choosing UWA, students are not just choosing a world top 100 university and a globally recognised degree, they're also choosing to live in a city that's the perfect base for study and for launching a career. UWA sits in the prime location of Western Australia's thriving capital city, Perth. The main campus is home to 25,000 students, with more than 4,000 international students hailing from 100 countries. Perth is a vibrant place to live, work and study as Australia's fourth-largest city with over two million people from a variety of cultures worldwide, a strong economy and vibrant lifestyle. Some of the reasons why Perth is such a great place for international students to study:

  • Discover the career opportunities awaiting with Australia's largest number of companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)
  • One of Australia's most liveable cities (Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2021, Economist Intelligence Unit)

UWA's Perth campus hosts state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The university also has a campus in Albany, on the south coast of Western Australia, which offers a similarly top-class learning environment underpinned by the latest technology.

The university boasts many notable alumni, including Nobel Laureates, with graduates of UWA being well prepared for the world of work. This extends to research, for which the university is highly regarded, including partnerships with organisations and industry.

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What's new

What's new

New courses at UWA

UWA is expanding their range of internationally recognised degrees to meet growing demands for skills. Students will have more options and more opportunities to specialise in an area of interest, gaining a deeper level of undertaking with a chosen field.

Explore UWA's range of new and exciting courses.

Global Excellence scholarship taking applications for 2023

UWA's Global Excellence Scholarship will be available in 2023 to support high-achieving undergraduate and postgraduate students. The scholarship will be automatically awarded to eligible students based on the ATAR/WAM requirements.

In 2023, undergraduate students can receive scholarships of up to AUD 48,000 over 4 years on eligible courses or AUD$36,000 over 3 years, and postgraduate students can receive up to AUD 24,000 over two years on eligible courses.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is recognised around the world for excellence in teaching, learning and research, receiving five-stars for its student-teacher ratio in the Good Universities Guide 2022.

UWA's experience-rich curriculum and global network prepares students for the ever-changing world outside their degree. At UWA, students can specialise in one area or create a degree that combines their interests. Studying at UWA provides students with an opportunity to gain a world-class degree. Its courses are designed to give students a competitive edge, offering practical experience and valuable skills to succeed in their careers.

Nine subject areas at UWA are ranked in the world's top 50, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022:

  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Earth and marine sciences
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Mineral and mining engineering
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Psychology
  • Sports related subjects

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Department structure

Department structure

UWA's innovative curriculum is offered through its departments, including:

Agricultural, Environmental and Biological Sciences

This area of study will suit students who are looking to tackle global issues, from climate change to food security.

Architecture, Design and Planning

Students studying this area will learn to create cities, cultures and communities for a sustainable future.

Business and Commerce

UWA has one of the Asia Pacific's premier business schools provides hands-on learning to equip students with real-world experience.

Data and Computer Science

UWA's courses in information technology, business analytics, data science, and business information and logistics management are informed by the latest developments in research and industry.

Education

Students who have a passion to teach and inspire should consider a career in education and explore their career options in the sector.

Engineering

Through study in this area, students will be empowered to tackle worldwide challenges and make an impact through engineering innovation.

Health and Biomedical Sciences

For students passionate about advancing the health and wellbeing of communities, providing knowledge and discoveries to guarantee our healthy futures.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Students studying Humanities and Social Sciences will gain a critical understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by various forces.

Law

Discover the power of legal thinking and learn with others who share the passion for justice and upholding the rule of law.

Music and Fine Art

These courses set students up for a future fuelled by imagination and innovation.

Mathematics, Molecular and Physical Sciences

Physical Sciences aim to uncover the underlying laws of nature – often written in the language of mathematics.

Psychology

Psychology is a diverse area of study that explores the human experience and many aspects of daily life.

Graduate Research School

This school offers higher-degree research programmes in a range of disciplines.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

English language requirements

All international applicants are required to have a recognised English language qualification such as IELTS or equivalent. They will need the equivalent of IELTS 6.5 overall, with no band lower than 6.0. A higher level of English is required for some courses. Students are encouraged to visit the entry requirements page on the UWA website to find out more about other approved English language tests.

Alternate entry options

There are several pathways through which students can gain acceptance to study at UWA. Some students are unable to enter the university directly after completing high school in their home countries. These students are encouraged to take a pre-university course known as a foundation programme.

Undergraduate studies

Students who wish to gain entry to an undergraduate degree course must demonstrate academic performance through school-leaving qualifications or previous study. The university accepts overseas qualifications in applications for study.

Postgraduate studies

Applicants for postgraduate courses are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree at an approved university. Applicants for MPhil or doctoral programmes must demonstrate sufficient experience in research.

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Scholarships and funding

Scholarships and funding

The University of Western Australia offers a range of scholarships to international students from across the globe.

Global Excellence Scholarship

High-achieving students are automatically awarded an annual tuition fee discount. When students begin study in 2023, they can receive:

  • Up to AUD 48,000 over four years for undergraduates commencing eligible courses
  • Up to AUD 36,000 over three years for undergraduates commencing eligible courses
  • Up to AUD 24,000 over two years for postgraduates commencing eligible courses

Global Sporting Excellence Scholarship

UWA's Global Sporting Excellence Scholarship is awarded to high-performing athletes from an eligible country and commencing a course in which this scholarship is available. When commencing studies in 2023 they can receive:

  • Up to AUD 48,000 over four years for undergraduates commencing eligible courses
  • Up to AUD 36,000 over three years for undergraduates commencing eligible courses
  • Up to AUD 24,000 over two years for postgraduates commencing eligible courses

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Facilities

Facilities

UWA's student-centric learning paces are designed to enhance student skill development and job preparation. UWA's state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities provide students with collaborative, practical opportunities in their field of study.

Reid Library

Reid Library was UWA's first purpose-built library and is still the largest of UWA's five libraries. Located at the heart of the Perth campus, it has more than 2,000 study spaces, including its terrace and balcony.

Barry J Marshall Library

Named after the university's Nobel Prize-winning professor, this hub for science, engineering, mathematics and computing students and researchers has soundproofed study rooms, multimedia suites, more than 1,000 seats and a cafe.

EZONE

This is a top-notch learning space for engineering and mathematical science students that has 11 flexible teaching spaces, three science laboratories, space for 150 research students and spaces for graduates, industry, community and pre-startups.

Bayliss Building

Home to the School of Molecular Sciences, this five-storey building is a thriving centre for world-class research, with advanced labs on every level and features an impressive DNA double helix design.

Business School Trading Room

The UWA Business School hosts a world-class trading room for students at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD levels.

The Rosemarie Nathanson Financial Markets Trading Room is a state-of-the-art trading and analysis centre that offers access to real-time data of over 400 international markets.

Beasley Law Library

The Beasley Law Library is a modern space that offers a learning environment for research, collaboration, and study. Students enjoy access to a range of specialised databases, law journals and articles.

Guild Village

The Guild Village is the heart and soul of campus life at UWA, with cafes, student services, shops and club activities all in one spot. Services include medical care hairdresser newsagent pharmacy ATMs shoe repair key cutting and more.

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Total average cost: $2462

  • $1030
    Housing
  • $898
    Food
  • $138
    Daily life
  • $396
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The University of Western Australia The University of Western Australia
Rated3/5based on2 student reviews
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The University of Western Australia - by, 2020-01-29
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The University of Western Australia The University of Western Australia
Rated3/5based on2 student reviews
Customer reviews:
The University of Western Australia - by, 2020-01-29
3.0/ 5 stars
The University of Western Australia The University of Western Australia
Rated3/5based on2 student reviews
Customer reviews:
The University of Western Australia - by, 2020-01-29
4.0/ 5 stars

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