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University of Western Australia
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.
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 five-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning
Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand excursion
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Perth Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester
Take three courses instead of four to receive discounted tuition. (Three courses is equivalent to 9 – 12 U.S. credits depending on your home university’s credit transfer policy.)
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.
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.
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.
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 are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3 – 4 courses per semester (between 20 and 24 UWA credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.Find 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.
Asian Business Studies
Human Resources Management
Management Information Systems
|Communications & Media||Communication Studies
Creative Writing / Professional Writing
Film / TV Studies (Theory)
|Education||Early Childhood Education
Engineering, Computer Engineering
Engineering, Materials Science
Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
Natural Resources Management
Sustainable Resource Management
Family Studies (Health)
Health Science (General)
Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
Sport and Leisure Studies
|Humanities & Social Sciences||Anthropology
Peace and Conflict Studies
|International Studies||Aboriginal Studies
Chinese Language / Studies
French Language / Studies
German Language / Studies
Italian Language / Studies
Japanese Language / Studies
Modern Greek Language / Studies
Southeast Asian Studies
Agronomy and Crop Science
Computer and Information Science
|Visual and Performing Arts, & Design||Architecture
Video Game Design
- 2.5 GPA but students below this GPA are encouraged to apply.
- 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.
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 excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.
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.
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.
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.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 18|
|Fall Deadline||April 23|
|Date of Departure||Feb 7|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 9||Feb 13|
|University Orientation||Feb 19||Feb 23|
|Classes Begin||Feb 26|
|Semester Break||Mar 30||Apr 8|
|Classes End||Jun 1|
|Study Period||Jun 4||Jun 7|
|Exam Period||Jun 8||Jun 23|
|Program Ends||Jun 24|
|Date of Departure||Jul 10|
|TEAN Orientation||Jul 12||Jul 16|
|Housing Move-In||Jul 16|
|University Orientation||Jul 24||Jul 28|
|Classes Begin||Jul 31|
|Semester Break||Sep 23||Oct 2|
|Classes End||Nov 3|
|Study Period||Nov 6||Nov 10|
|Exam Period||Nov 11||Nov 25|
|Program Ends||Nov 26|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition and services: $12,300*
- Housing (on campus): $5,310 to $7,300
*Students have the option of taking 3 courses (opposed to 4) for a discount of up to $2,060 – pending approval from their home university.
- 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 excursions which may include New Zealand, Thailand and other places
- Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries
- 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 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 ($2,000)
- Domestic airfare in US ($500)
- Student visa ($450)
- 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.
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, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.