University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is the premier university in the state of Western Australia. Established in 1911, UWA has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. A member of the 'Group of Eight', it is regarded as one of Australia's top research institutions.

UWA is characterised by high-quality education across a broad and balanced range of disciplines in the arts, business, sciences and major professions. The university has particular strengths in science and engineering due to strong industry partnerships with leading companies in the resource-rich state of Western Australia.

Located in the same time zone as 60 per cent of the world's population, the University of Western Australia attracts high-achieving students and academics from all over the world because of its reputation for educational excellence, close proximity to the world's leading capital cities, picturesque campus and employment opportunities in the city of Perth.

The university has built a range of tailored programs to help international students excel, including academic and study skills bridging courses, accredited English language programs and a range of ongoing academic support initiatives.

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Undergraduate and postgraduate study

Courses include:

  • architecture, environmental design, landscape architecture and urban design
  • arts, music, communication studies, social work, education and law
  • biological sciences, biomedical science, molecular biology and biotechnology, genetics and nanotechnology
  • commerce and economics
  • computer science and information technology
  • engineering, microelectronics, and information and communication technology
  • physical sciences
  • medicine and dentistry, health science and podiatric medicine
  • psychology
  • natural and agricultural sciences, including climate studies, conservation biology and management, agricultural economics, genetics and breeding, and wildlife management.


While research at UWA covers the full range of disciplines, specialised areas include:

  • exploration, production and utilisation of minerals, oil and gas
  • management of agricultural and natural ecosystems
  • the humanities and social sciences
  • health and biomedicine
  • genetic epidemiology
  • information technology, telecommunications and computer science
  • international management and business studies.

The extensive student support offered by UWA complements the university experience and contributes directly to the welfare and wellbeing of the students.

Services available include:

  • personal and educational counselling
  • a careers centre
  • a medical centre
  • a Housing and Financial Aid Office
  • a mentor scheme where new students are matched with a senior student for support and guidance
  • religious groups and facilities - UWA has a Muslim prayer room and wash facilities on campus.


There are five residential halls and colleges at UWA offering accommodation to international students. These are located close to the main campus of the university.

The Centre for English Language Teaching

The Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) is an integral part of the university and offers accredited ELICOS programs as well as preparation for internationally recognised examinations. The centre also offers the Academic English and Study Skills Bridging Course, which has been specifically designed for international students who want to enter undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

The UWA Foundation Year

UWA Foundation is taught by Taylors College Perth and prepares international students for entry into undergraduate courses at UWA and other universities around Australia. The course is designed especially for international students to provide a successful academic bridge between studies in their home country and undergraduate studies in Australia.

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