Seeking near-perfect weather, a city with a small town feel and beaches at your doorstep? Look no further than the University of Western Australia in Perth. As a large and comprehensive university, a wide spectrum of course offerings are available and the architecturally-stunning campus is minutes from the city’s Central Business District. Participants can take advantage of the opportunity to reside in the campus’ residential halls where new Australian friends are ready to be met.

Snapshot

Semester Program

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February - June
July - November

25,000 Students

3.0 GPA to apply

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Suburban Location
Traditional Campus

On-Campus Student Housing

Overview

Study at one of the top 100 universities in the world, and eighth in Australia, based on the QS World University Rankings 2015

Enjoy living on campus with other local and international students

Live in Perth, known for perfect weather, laidback locals, and space to spread out and enjoy life

Close proximity to some amazing Aussie experiences – explore Australia’s outback, indulge in the wine region of Margaret River, swim with dolphins at Monkey Mia

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive six-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning

Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand excursion

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Perth Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details

Orientation

TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.

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Housing

Students live in on-campus housing at UWA. The University of Western Australia has a residential college system which offers a great social and academic environment that will completely immerse you into the university experience in Australia. You will be joined by other international and Australian students as you dive into campus-based activities while having your own fully furnished study/bedroom and sharing bathroom facilities with a small group of other students. The residential colleges normally include three meals a day and regular cleaning.


TEAN Staff

Throughout your semester you will meet with the Perth Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Academics

About the University of Western Australia

  • Founded in 1911, the university is the oldest in Western Australia. It was also the first free university in the British Empire, actively promoting equal access to tertiary education for all social classes.
  • Located three miles west of the Perth Central Business District on the banks of the Swan River and about four miles from the Indian Ocean, the self-contained campus is widely renowned for the beauty of its traditional architecture and lush gardens. With cafés, libraries, sporting facilities, an art gallery, museums and a range of shops, UWA feels like a small town with a electric social atmosphere.
  • UWA is serviced well by buses to local beaches and the city center and is just a 25-minute ride to the port city of Fremantle.
  • Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world, and eighth in Australia, by the QS World University Rankings, the university is also ranked in the top 50 universities in the world for agriculture, earth and marine science, psychology, sociology and education based on the QS World University subject rankings.
  • Additionally, the Academic Ranking of World Universities places UWA 24th in the world for Life and Agricultural Sciences, the highest ranking in Australia.
  • Study abroad students at UWA have an opportunity to gain valuable work experience through the Arts Practicum (internship) which allows students to undertake an internship providing real world experience. In the past, students have been placed in a variety of organizations including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), West Australian Newspapers, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Environmental Protection Authority, to name a few.

Courses

Academic Departments and Schools at UWA are divided into nine academic divisions: Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts; Arts; Business; Education; Engineering, Computing and Mathematics; Law; medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; Indigenous Studies and Science.

Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses at the University of Western Australia, refer to Step 2 – Get Schooled – of our 6 easy steps to studying abroad. You can also refer to our UWA online course catalog instructions for a listing of all courses, and how to navigate the online catalog. Students enroll in 3 – 4 courses per semester (between 20 and 24 UWA credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Discipline Subject Area
Business Accounting
Advertising
Agribusiness
Asian Business Studies
Business Administration/Management
Economics
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Human Resources Management
International Business
Logistics Management
Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Communications & Media Communication Studies
Creative Writing / Professional Writing
Film / TV Studies (Theory)
Journalism (General)
Mass Communication
Media Studies
Media/Multimedia
Public Relations
Education Early Childhood Education
Education
Music Education
Engineering Construction Engineering
Engineering, Biomedical
Engineering, Chemical
Engineering, Civil
Engineering, Computer Engineering
Engineering, Electrical
Engineering, Environmental
Engineering, Materials Science
Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
Engineering, Nano
Environment Ecology
Environmental Management
Environmental Science
Marine Biology
Natural Resources Management
Sustainable Resource Management
Health Audiology
Family Studies (Health)
Health Administration
Health Science (General)
Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
Nutrition
Pharmacy
Public Health
Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences Anthropology
Archeology
Criminology/Criminal Justice
Development Studies
Gender Studies
Geography
History
Law
Linguistics
Literature
Peace and Conflict Studies
Philosophy
Political Science
Pre-Law
Psychology
Public Policy
Social Work
Sociology
Urban Planning
International Studies Aboriginal Studies
Asian Studies
Australian Studies
Chinese Language / Studies
French Language / Studies
German Language / Studies
International Relations
Italian Language / Studies
Japanese Language / Studies
Modern Greek Language / Studies
Southeast Asian Studies
Science Agriculture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Anatomy
Animal Science
Biochemistry
Biology
Biomedical Science
Biotechnology
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell Biology
Chemistry
Computer and Information Science
Epidemiology
Forensic Science
Genetics
Geology
Geophysics
Horticulture
Information Technology
Mathematics
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Neuroscience
Oceanography
Physics
Statistics
Zoology
Visual and Performing Arts, & Design Architecture
Art
Art History
Drawing
Instrumental Performance
Landscape Architecture
Music
Music Theory
Theatre Studies
Video Game Design
Vocal Performance
Web Design

Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

  • 3.0 GPA. Students with a 2.7-3.0 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.
  • Students attending a two-year institution may be considered on a case by case basis.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Perth-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.

Along with the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Perth. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.

TOUR OF PERTH AND FREMANTLE

Get to know your new home with this tour highlighting all the local haunts in Perth and “Freo,” as well as providing historical background to the region.

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL MATCH

While the Australian Rules Football League originated in Victoria, Western Australia was the first state outside of Melbourne to have two teams in the national competition – West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers. We join the vocal locals to cheer on one of these teams against an east coast rival.

LEARN TO SURF

Australians love the beach – being an island nation with beautiful coastlines and 85% of the population living within an hour of a beach, it’s not surprising. Surfing is the favorite pastime of Aussie beachgoers so we introduce you to this sport early on in the semester with a lesson to get you started riding the waves.


Optional Excursions

During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with pre- and mid-semester excursions organized during school breaks.

South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion.

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Thailand

Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed.

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Melbourne, Australia

Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates

Fall 2016

Date of Departure July 10
TEAN Orientation July 12 July 17
Housing Move-In July 17
University Orientation  July 25 July 29
Classes Begin Aug 1
Semester Break  Sept 26 Sept 30
Classes End  Nov 4
Study Period  Nov 7 Nov 11
Exam Period  Nov 12 Nov 26
Program Ends Nov 27

Spring 2016

Option 1:
Date of Departure Feb 8
TEAN Orientation Feb 10 Feb 14
Optional Pre-Semester Excursion Feb 14 Feb 21
Option 2:
Date of Departure Feb 15
TEAN Orientation Feb 17 Feb 21
Optional Pre-Semester Excursion Not available
All Students:
Housing Move-In Feb 21
University Orientation Feb 22 Feb 26
Classes Begin Feb 29
Semester Break Apr 18 Apr 22
Classes End Jun 3
Study Period Jun 6 Jun 10
Exam Period Jun 13 Jun 24
Program Ends Jun 26

Fees & Inclusions

Fall 2016

  • Tuition and services: $10,750
  • Housing (on campus): $5,010 to $7,000

What’s Included

  • Full tuition
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged, on-campus student housing
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Five-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Wireless internet access in all housing
  • Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
  • Access to unique and exciting optional pre-semester and Spring Break trips, which may include New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, Thailand and other places
  • Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged group flights
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Sydney and Perth
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Perth Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($2,200)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($525)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,000)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

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