Choose The University of Western Australia (UWA) and you’re set to earn a globally recognised degree from a world top 100 university (QS 2020). The setting? Western Australia, the perfect place to study and launch your career.
With Western Australia ahead of the curve in response to COVID-19 and in changes progressing to post-study work visas, you can get excited about making your way to Perth — a dynamic city, a location to remember, a multi-cultural community and more.
Find out the top five reasons why you should set your sights on UWA and Perth.
You’ll be set up for a career you’re passionate about
A UWA education sets you up for a career with infinite potential. By working alongside industry partners on real-world challenges and taking on for-credit volunteering opportunities, work placements and internships, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge and connections to get started in your dream career.
“Since I started my postgraduate studies, UWA’s approachable and distinguished academics began to teach me not just as a student, but as a fellow academic. My studies at UWA provided me with hands-on learning and independent research,” said Singaporean student Hazel Tan.
“Many aspects of my study also incorporated current world issues and challenges, which provided a meaningful learning experience that was relevant to the working field.”
Once you’ve graduated, you may be entitled to receive an additional two years of working rights to get your career started.
The Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) will see you gain practical work experience in Australia, with UWA grads already in demand as they’re ranked first for graduate employability in Western Australia (QS 2020).
Recent changes to the visa mean that from 2021, graduates from a regional campus may be eligible to stay for a minimum of three years (Perth is classed as regional for migration purposes).
Gain a high-quality education at a leading university
At UWA, you’ll be learning at the cutting edge of knowledge from passionate and inspiring lecturers with real industry experience, connections, as well as up-to-date skills and knowledge.
UWA lecturers will be working across live research projects with industry, meaning you’ll have new knowledge in your field of interest before others.
You’ll take your learning beyond the classroom, out into the field, into the real world, working with industry and growing the technical and communication skills you’ll need to succeed.
UWA now offers innovative and unique opportunities for you to gain a globally recognised degree and a high-quality learning experience from anywhere in the world too.
A digitally supported teaching model makes it possible for you to start your studies while travel restrictions are still in place. You can access teachers through online lectures, video conferencing tutorials and virtual labs. For study support services, log onto Study Smarter to get personalised advice and join workshops on writing, research, English language, and statistics skills.
“When it comes to online lectures, I can watch them anytime, anywhere, and a number of times. I can take breaks in between, even have snacks in between, and take notes as well. I can collaborate with my friends and participate in discussions in the same way as I would do in a face-to-face tutorial,” said international student Rohan Sachdev.
Get support through a range of international student scholarships
UWA’s Global Excellence Scholarship recognises and rewards high-achieving students from across the globe by assisting with the cost of study.
If you’re an undergraduate student, you could receive up to 45,000 Australian dollars over three years, while postgraduate students could receive up to AU$30,000 over two years.
Create connections for life
There’s more to university life than your education. At UWA, you’ll get new experiences, friendships, fun, connections and always a helping hand if you need one.
As part of their diverse and inclusive campus community, you’ll meet new people and forge connections that will last a lifetime. With more than 140 clubs and societies to join (more than any other Australian university), an active guild and plenty of events to fill your social calendar, you’re sure find a community where you feel at home.
And if you need support – whether academic, financial, health or otherwise – UWA’s support services are always there to help. You’re never on your own at UWA.
Live in a vibrant, highly-accessible and affordable capital city
A vibrant cultural scene, perfect climate and stunning natural attractions make Perth one of the best places in the world to live.
According to The Economist Intelligence Unit “Global Liveability Report 2019,” Perth is ranked the 14th most livable city in the world and enjoys more than eight hours of sunshine a day.
Perth city is also just 20 minutes from beaches, national parks and the beautiful countryside, while UWA’s campus is perched on the banks of the Swan River, close to the central business district.
Perth’s cost of living is the envy of Australia. It’s more affordable than Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane according to the “Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2019” by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and has the lowest accommodation cost of many Australian capital cities.
For Malaysian student Nur Sabrina Binti Babe Azaman (Sabrina), the “outdoorsy, laidback feel in Perth” and her regular five-minute strolls from campus to Swan River are what she loves most about studying at UWA.
And whenever she feels like something different, she takes a 15-minute bus to the city where there are plenty of shops, cafés, bars and seasonal festivals all year round.
“Despite being an international student, I always feel like I’m part of the community here.It’s so diverse and accepting,” said Azaman.
No matter where you come from, you’ll find a warm welcome in Perth from two million people.
According to ThinkPerth, Perth is home to more than 200 nationalities, where 270 languages are spoken and 37% of residents were born overseas.
Diverse? Yes. Connected? Even more so. Plus or minus just two and a half hours, Perth is in the same time zone as 60% of the world’s population. This means businesses, research projects and other enterprises in Perth have better access to huge global resources and markets.
And with 19 international airlines flying into the city and the only direct flight from Australia to Europe (Perth to London), it’s easy for you to stay in touch with home. With a thriving economy and convenient access to the rest of the world, Perth is a city of opportunity. It’s also the corporate headquarters for more than 30% of businesses on the Australian Stock Exchange.