The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a comprehensive university offering a wide range of disciplines in a uniquely beautiful location. With 22,000 students including more than 5000 international students from more than 100 countries, the University’s main campus is a multicultural, multi-faith community.
Established in 1911, UWA was the first university in Western Australia. UWA is one of Australia’s leading research institutions and is ranked in the top 50 globally in Marine/Ocean Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mining and Mineral Engineering, Oceanography, Clinical Medicine, Public Health, Biological Sciences, Ecology and Agricultural Sciences.
Perth has a wonderful, Mediterranean climate and a laidback feeling, as you’d expect from a city with so many beaches. UWA’s Perth campus is situated in landscaped gardens alongside the Swan River. We’re just 4 miles from metropolitan Perth city, 7 miles from Cottesloe Beach and the Indian Ocean, 10 miles from historic, quirky Fremantle and 20 miles from the food and wine heart of the Swan Valley.
Grab a ferry to Rottnest Island, home to the adorable ‘quokka’ (google them!). Go way north to Exmouth to snorkel/dive amazing Ningaloo Reef, or south to Albany for the amazing plants and animals that are found only here. You may even spot a whale or two. Or just cross the road from the UWA Perth campus and have a picnic and read a book by the Swan River; you may see dolphins swimming past.
University of Massachusetts Amherst students have the opportunity to advance their studies in their chosen degree field or to branch out and explore something new. UWA does not require students to take courses solely in their specific degree; as long as you meet the unit prerequisites, you can take nearly any unit that appeals to you. There are a few exceptions; Medicine, Dentistry, postgraduate Psychology and core Law units aren’t available to exchange students.
Some academic highlights:
- Indigenous Culture and Knowledge: learn about the history, culture and knowledge of Aboriginal peoples in Australia. Did you know that Australian Indigenous culture is one of the oldest, most diverse and fascinating on Earth? There are more than 365 language groups in Australia and more than 60 in Western Australia alone. UWA offers several practical learning experiences through field trips, practicums or through collaborative projects with business, industry, government and the wider community.
- McCusker Institute for Citizenship: The McCusker Centre for Citizenship offers structured, quality internships with not-for-profit, community and government organisations. Internships are open to all currently enrolled UWA students - undergraduate and postgraduate - including study abroad students. The internships are available for academic credit. Students are matched based on their application and internship opportunities available. For more information see the UWA internship web page.
To search for courses, visit the UWA Handbook
which lists the units (courses) by discipline/school for the entire year (including those offered in the mid-semester and summer breaks). Start here to search for classes you want to take while abroad. When searching and selecting courses:
Note about Australian course levels:
- Keep in mind that you should search only for classes offered during the semester you will be abroad. (UMass Spring = Semester 1, UMass Fall = Semester 2)
- Note that the first number in the code indicates the unit level. So ANIM2209 Field Studies in Zoology is a second-year unit. Undergraduate units are 1, 2, 3. Honours and postgraduate units are 4 and up.
- You must take either three to four classes. Courses are worth 4 UMass University credits.
Students in the past have recommended taking courses at the 100 or 200 level. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in Australia offer upper-level courses at the 100 to 200 level. Courses at the 300 level tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and may not be suitable for you, especially if you have never had a course in the particular department. However, you may request a 300-level course if you really feel it necessary and appropriate. You should plan to take three to four classes which are each worth 4 UMass University credits. Thus, taking four classes will give you 16 UMass credits per term. You may not take fewer than three classes or more than four classes at the university per term.
In Australia, the majority of Australian students live off-campus, although many students from regional towns and cities live in the residential colleges. Study Abroad and Exchange International students (you) have two choices: on-campus accommodations or off-campus.
The residential colleges are a great option if you are studying at UWA for only one or two semesters. They offer numerous social activities such as formal dances, trips to and around Perth, theme dinners and inter-college sports throughout the semester. You can receive help with your academic studies through tutors, fellow students and resident staff members. You will have your own fully furnished study/bedroom and share bathroom facilities with a small group of other students.
For information on UWA housing, visit their website