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The University of Western Australia

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The University of Western Australia is located in the amazing city of Perth, the hub of the mining and resources industry in Australia. Ranked #91 in the world in 2018, UWA is located 5 minutes from the bustling city centre and only 10 minutes from Perth's best beach, Cottesloe! We have around 25,000 students in total, coming from more than 100 different countries worldwide. We offer free airport pickup, counseling services, recorded lectures so you can watch again from home and more. We also have a dedicated Global Learning Office to support you before, during and after your studies!

Founded
1911
Headquarters

35 Stirling Highway
Perth WA 6009
Australia

$5000 a year scholarship

UWA is offering an automatic scholarship of $5000 per year to students who are members of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) that apply to study their full Bachelor's degree at UWA! UWA's undergraduate programs are only three years, and more and more Americans are choosing to study their degree at UWA to save time and money while earning a fantastic education.

Reviews

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Stephanie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My life experience and academic skills have been enriched and improved a lot by studying in UWA. It shaped a better me, a stronger, tougher, and a more independent 'me'. All the students, teachers, staff and my Australian host are sooooo friendly! They encouraged and pushed me to dream big and work hard!
The environment of Perth is unbelievable, I always think of the blue ocean, beach with great cafes, and the beautiful sunset after I back to China! Perth and Western Australia definitely worth to explore!
Because of the lovely people and environment, I spent a sweet and fullest time in Perth! I believe my experience in UWA & Perth is one of my best memories of my whole life! I will treasure them all the time!
Thanks, UWA & Perth!
Missing you as always!

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Maria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My year abroad in Perth gave me the opportunity to explore the biggest and most amazing state of Australia: Western Australia. It's not all about koalas and kangaroos (don't worry you will find plenty of them) but it's such a unique city, with an incredibly diverse population (there is people from all over the world, it's incredible) and a very aconventional history (it all started with a prison!), all surrounded by a breathtaking landscape of greens and blues (honestly, the best beaches I have seen in my life). The UWA campus is one of the few historical buildings of the city, and its gardens are like the rainforest, it's so beautiful! Also, Australian people are extremely friendly, always ready to help, and very open-minded. At last but not least, the quality of Education is more than satisfactory: you will find engaged teachers with impressive explaining skills and lots of activities to help you in case you are struggling. If you want to learn, discover new places, meet people and have fun, there is no place you would rather be than Perth!

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Oskar
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Perth is a nice and fancy place with lots of stuff to do (beach, parks, cafes, pubs, museums, cultural events etc.). However, since it is very isolated it can become a bit boring sometimes; therefore, it is crucial to go outside perth and explore the surroundings such as Margaret River.
UWA has a beautiful campus and is fantastic overall. The academic system and challenge however, are not great. Some of the courses have amazing tutors and lots of potential whereas others are boring and lack a certain quality of teaching and organisation. One aspect I can only recommend are the five residential colleges. The community, facilities, programmes and staff are fantastic and it really made the semester abroad a great experience.

Overall it was an unforgetable experience and I can only recommend Perth and UWA!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Lamb. Not that I have never eaten lamb before, but the amount of lamb that is consumed. There is lamb everywhere, you are literally confronted with that type of meat on a daily basis.
Karen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

At first The University of the Western Australia was "just" one of the best universities of the country, that's why I choosed it. But arriving there on the first day leaved me without words: a wonderful structure in the middle of gardens, people from all over the world, confortable classrooms, beautiful libraries, units well organized, teachers and tutors open to help us with our necessities and apprenticeship. It was a challenge, but also memorable as one of the greatest places I have been. Thank you for the experience.

What would you improve about this program?
Students could be more encouraged to do things outside the university, with other international and national students. I know there were some initiatives like that, but I didn't feel that was for me and now I feel sorry I missed it.
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Leticia Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've studied at The University of Western Australia as an exchange undergraduate student supported by a scholarship program of my home country called Science Without Borders. I had the chance to improve English as a second language for six months before starting my undergrad studies on campus, so I've experienced Perth for 18 months. That experience was like no other in life. The University of Western Australia provided me more than all the support I could ever ask for. Teachers and staff have always been patient and receptive with me and any other foreigner students. Beyond excellent classes, the university supports social, cultural and academic events on campus, so every week there is something new to experience as a student. I strongly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to study overseas! If I ever have the opportunity to study again in Australia, I definitely will!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Leticia Maria Mallmann Ferreira

Biologist. Nature and Science admirer. Loves traveling, meeting new people and discovering different cultures.

Why did you choose this program?

I applied for studying at the University of Western Australia because I was about to finish my undergraduate degree in biological sciences in my home country, and UWA is a good source if you enjoy sciences and research. I also chose Australia because of its famous wildlife and outdoors lifestyle.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The University assisted me with all personal and psychological support, free classes to improve language skills, and excellent facilities, especially the libraries and all the free online material available for all students.
I had to organize a house to live in by myself, but the University can also help you with it, in case you need.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

To anyone thinking of experiencing life overseas, I say YOU SHOULD GO! Every experience counts, every challenge makes you stronger and more confident that the day before! Live everyday of your exchange program as it was the last one, and you will have the best time of your life! Be grateful and stay strong, you will not regret.

So many times in our lives we get held back by fears and insecurities, whether in making new friends or taking new chances. I would say to anyone who ever struggles with this that life is much bigger than an impossibility. So, go for it! Do your best because the only person to whom you need to prove anything is you!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day at the University of Western Australia looks like a great opportunity to learn from excellent teachers, meet new people, make good friends, engage in projects, join clubs, play sports, and enjoy the wildlife of campus! There are also plenty of options to eat and drink between classes.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was to speak, write and think in my second language (English). I was afraid I could not talk to people or understand them very well. However, it happened to be an excellent challenge in which I could develop my skills as never before and I am proud of myself. Today, I am much more self-confident because of that experience.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Martin Anderson

Job Title
Lecturer: Teacher Education

How did you decide to go into the field of Sports Science?

I think anyone that has played or watched sport avidly, wants to know the geek behind it. Either the development in equipment or training methods to enhance performance, or the psychology of an athlete in a clutch situation. Having worked in the area, the appeal to 'want to know' never goes away.

The staff in this school are researching so many fascinating things, that every day I get more excited about science and the link to sport, technology, performance and training. Science is the basis, but the lure of sport and understanding the how behind it, is irresistible.

What makes this program unique for study abroad students?

Getting hands on experience. Our system is unique in that we have practicals embedded in all our theoretical classes. Our students ‘do’ from day one. Measure, test, teach, perform, conduct. Many students come from systems where they learn the theory but never get to apply.

Other reasons for doing study abroad are endless, but all revolve around developing, experiencing, seeing new things, being shaped by environment. And sharing their experience with our students, Then going home with a world perspective.

What are some extracurricular activities that students could do for the semester to add to this experience?

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.

What do you like about students that you’ve worked with from the US?

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.

Anything else you’d like us to know?

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.