The University of Western Australia is located in the city of Perth, which is situated just a few miles from the Indian Ocean in southwestern Australia. With a population of over one million, Perth combines the cultural and entertainment amenities of a big city with the advantages of a perpetual summer climate, easy access to beaches and a laid-back atmosphere.
The University of Western Australia was founded in 1911 and is located 4 miles from downtown Perth. The University currently enrolls about 15,000 students and is highly ranked in Australia and abroad. UWA offers programs in the sciences and liberal arts. UWA's particular academic strengths include anthropology, Australian history and literature, Asian studies, agriculture, natural resource management/environmental sciences, and engineering.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved at UWA. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
The University of Western Australia’s Student Residences have implemented a central application portal making it much easier for students to apply to live on campus. Students who desire to live on-campus in one of the residential college's will now submit one application and rank their accommodation preferences from 1-5. If by chance, a student does not receive any of their preferences, their name will automatically go into a central waitlist pool, and they will be allocated a placement as soon as an opportunity arises.
Housing cannot be guaranteed, but early application is advisable to increase chances of securing placement in one of the residential colleges.
Students may choose to live in one of the five residential colleges located next to the University or find off-campus housing. Housing in the residential colleges consists of single rooms with shared bathroom and (in some colleges) kitchen facilities. All rooms are fully furnished, and most have private telephone lines in each room. Many rooms also provide internet access or have computer labs on-site.
Residential colleges at Australian universities are based on the British tradition, whereby they organize many social, recreational, and cultural activities for residents, such as formals, café crawls, river cruises, trips around Perth, and intramurals. Which makes them a great way to meet other students.
The college options are:
St. Thomas More
St. Catherine's College
St. George's College
Note that University Hall and St. George's College favor full-year leases, so students applying for a full year will be given priority.
Students who wish to live off-campus must find their own housing but will be assisted by the university housing office. For more information about on-campus and off-campus housing options, please visit UWA's accommodation website. Additional resources for off-campus housing may be located here.
Exchange vs. Direct Enroll
Only a limited number of exchange slots are available at UWA each year. Students who are awarded an exchange slot will pay regular NC State tuition and fees.
Students who are accepted to the program but who are not awarded an exchange slot have the option of paying tuition and fees directly to UWA. For cost information, please see UWA's website. The Direct Enroll option is generally less expensive than out-of-state tuition, and is considered a cost-effective study abroad option for out-of-state students.
Note that all fees are listed in Australian Dollars, not US Dollars. For current exchange rates, visit http://www.oanda.com/
Please note that Australian semester dates vary from the NC State calendar. First semester in Australia typcially runs February - June, and students will be expected to arrive earlier in February for orientation. The Second semester in Australia typically runs July - November, and students will be expected to arrive for orientation in late June or July. Please check the UWA website for specific dates. More information about orientation will be available upon acceptance to the Australian university.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.
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University of Western Australia issues a Confirmation of Enrollment which is a required document to obtain a student visa. All students must obtain an appropriate visa. There is an easy to follow step-by-step guide at: http://www.border.gov.au/
Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad such as applying to outside scholarships, and starting a funding page.