The reason why I recommend Perth is because study abroad students get immersed in a community. Big city experiences can be isolating, and let’s face it, can be experienced anywhere.
By all means, on the way home go to the big cities and be a tourist. But whilst you are studying, stay in a beautiful place, that is easy to commute, where you become part of the community. Not just looking in from the outside.
UWA is a world class University, uniquely set up so that a visitor soon becomes a local. The rest of the ’to do’ list is just tourist stuff. The real attraction is about being part of the experience.
Education is a two-way street. You impact our students as much as they do you. I love seeing Study Abroad students slow down and smell the roses.
US citizens are always incredibly polite which is a lovely trait. They are also completely gullible and so vulnerable to our national desire to pull one’s leg. We have another term for that which may not translate well in this publication. You’ll have to come and learn to speak Aussie to get it.
I know how hard North Americans work once they graduate. Their work/life balance is so skewed towards the work that many never get the opportunity to take this amount of time out of the grind ever again.
Most North Americans see Perth as 1950’s Americana. A time when everything was rosy and nice. It’s more like the 1970’s. We call it 'daggy'. Not pretentious. Not chic. Just at ease. Come and experience it.