University of Western Australia – A Perfect Guide

The University of Western Australia is a renowned public research university in Perth, the capital of Western Australia. The university was established in 1911, and also referred to as UWA. The university was established as the state’s first university back in the day and is one of the oldest universities in Australia (6th oldest university).

UWA also comprises an Albany campus and UWA Health Campus. The institution that started with 184 students, now offers world-class education to 25K+ students every year from across the globe. Moreover, The University of Western Australia is ranked 93 in World University Ranking by QS Global World Rankings, 2022.

UWA with the motto: “Seek Wisdom” hosts more than 4,000 international students. To date, UWA has helped more than 1,35,000 graduates to shape their careers. Adding another feather to its cap- UWA is ranked 1 for graduate employability, according to QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2021. 

Moreover, to help students stay abreast, the university shook hands with the doctors of Africa who work in Australia. It enables the university to begin medical teachings in tandem with a distinct curriculum. 

Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, Nobel Prize winning medic Barry Marshall, comedian Tim Minchin are among UWA’s alumni.

UWA has an impressive infrastructure, it is spread over an area of 160 acres of land. UWA believes in comprehensive growth of their students and offers a gamut of recreational activities options as well. Moreover, it has many art collections and theater venues to its wealth of cultural, alumni, and social groups. Students can also opt to live within the premises. 

USPs of UWA

1. The teaching faculty of the university pays attention to detail,and its student to staff ratio (19:1) ensures the same.

2. Under the umbrella of six libraries, the university has Reid library ( UWA’s first purpose-built library)

3. UWA has received a multitude of accolades, and in 2020, it became one of 11 organizations to be recognized internationally with the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for displaying gender diversity in STEM subjects

4. One of the leading research universities (group of 8 members) 

5. 43 subjects in the world’s top 1% (According to ARWU 2020, QS 2021)

6. Top-rated teaching quality by Good Universities 2021

The University of Western Australia Ranking 

UWA is a renowned university that offers top-notch courses accredited globally. 

University 

QS WUR 2022 THE Ranking 2022 ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) 2021
The University of Western Australia 93 132

96

Students can enroll in one of the nine divisions offered by the university.

1. Architecture

2. Landscape and Visual Arts

3. Arts

4. Business

5. Education

6. Engineering

7. Computing and Mathematics

8. Law

9. Medicine

10. Dentistry and Health Sciences

11. Indigenous Studies and Science

Subject 

QS WUR 2021
Life Sciences and Medicine 

100

Arts and Humanities 

168
Engineering and Technology 

163 

Business 

150
Law & Legal Studies 

101-150

UWA Top Offered Courses

University of Western Australia offers a plethora of programs (290 programs) via its six schools and faculties. Some of the preferred programs at UWA are as follows: 

Program

Fees (USD) (Per Credit)
Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Bachelor of Commerce

$858.19 (INR 64,068.22)

Bachelor of Biological Science and Master of Biological Science

$877.08 (INR 65,474.46)
Bachelor of Business 

$852.08 (INR 63,608.20)

Bachelor of Science 

$864.58 (INR 64,541.33)
Diploma in Science – Undergraduate

$852.08 (INR 63,610.37)

International Post Graduate Courses 

Master of Business Administration at UWA is a globally-ranked program in Western Australia. It is accredited by the AACSB, (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) for offering excellence in economics and business education. 

Course 

Fee (USD)(Per Credit)
Doctor of Dental Medicine

$1,787.50 (INR 1,33,442.33)

Graduate Certificate in Business Information and Logistics Management 

$864.58 (INR 64,543.53)
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology

$852.08 (INR 63,610.37)

Master of Data Science 

$877.08 (INR 65,473.14 )
Master of Health Professions Education – Coursework and Dissertation

$875.08 (INR 65,323.85)

Intensive MBA 

$62,100.00 (INR 46,35,702.90)

Required Exams for International UWA Applicants 

As part of University of Western Australia requirements, internal applicants from non-native English speaking countries are required to submit proof of English language proficiency. It is paramount for them to take TOEFL, IELTS, or other similar tests. 

Note: The score of the test should not exceed two years. The minimum scores accepted by the university are encapsulated below. 

Test  Score 
TOEFL CBT 230
PTE 64
CAE 180
TOEFL PBT 570
IELTS 6.5
TOEFL iBT 82

Admission Requirements

International students can choose postgraduate coursework, research programs,

professional development and short courses, apart from graduate programs. International students to secure a seat must fulfill all the requirements and submit their application. 

Application Portal: Students can apply via the official international application page or via an official UWA agent.

Application Fee: International undergraduates require to submit an application processing fee of 135 AUD. Whereas students looking for graduate courses need to submit 90 AUD as the application fee.

How to Apply 

Students planning to apply for a course in UWA need to fulfill their application and submit the fees on the official website and should have the following documents. 

1. Official transcript(s) from previous school(s)

2. SOP

Moreover, students applying for honors courses should have completed  a bachelor’s degree in tandem with completion of their selected honors specialization. As a prospective research student, it is indispensable to meet the entry conditions pre defined by the Graduate Research School.

All-India Senior School Certificate students must meet equivalent entry standards to other applicants. Students pursuing their first international course, should be cognizant of the following: 

All-India Senior School Certification Points

ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks) Equivalent 
12

80

18

96
19

98

20

99

Visa Process for International Students 

International students looking forward to studying at UWA must possess an Australian study visa. The documents required to be submitted are as follows: 

1. Confirmation of Enrollment

2. Academic transcripts

3. Proof of English language proficiency

4. Financial sustenance proof

5. Overseas Student Health Cover

6. Copy of passport with 6 months validity

7. Character certificate

The university will require a minimum of 10 days to process the application of the student. After the acceptance of the application, the candidate will receive an officially issued letter of offer. Once the student accepts the offer via UWA’s portal, then the student can create an account. 

Available Scholarships 

UWA offers financial support to the students via offering a plethora of scholarships. 

Scholarship 

Amount Awarded (per annum) (approx)
Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships

$50,000 (INR 37.6 lakh)

UWA China Scholarships 

$44,523 (INR 33.4 lakh)
Hackett Postgraduate Scholarships

$40,000 (INR 30.1 lakh)

Robert and Maude Gledden Postgraduate Scholarships

$38,000 (INR 28.59 lakh) a year plus an overseas travel allowance of up to $5,000 (INR 3.7 lakh)

About Placements 

UWA offers comprehensive employment aid to graduates. UWA organizes a plethora of workshops, career events, virtual meet-ups, and a plethora of other services to assist students in scouring the best internships and job opportunities. UWA has 4,500+ industry partnerships which give the chance to students to stay ahead of the curve. Moreover, programs such as FairwayUWA, UniMentor, and Aspire UWA offer students to comprehend the best way to seize the opportunities. 

UWA graduates have secured seats in KYC & Monitoring, Finance, Management and other influential sectors and get handsome packages up to AUD$ 193,000.

UWA Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

UWA offers an array of WIL and internship opportunities that students can incorporate directly into their degree. These academic units enable them to practice what students comprehend in a professional setting while gaining credit as elective or broadening units.

UWA Industrial Connects 

To help students succeed in their careers, UWA ensures to let students leverage their industrial connections.

 

Sector/ Association 

Industrial Connects 
Public Sector

Department of Commerce, City of Perth, and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 

Corporate Sector 

Wesfarmers, Australian Government, BHP Billiton, ATCO Australia, Australian Institute of Management, EY, Mitsui & Co. Australia, Woodside, Hawaiian Group,  Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd
Creative

Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) and Perth Fashion Festival

Associations

The Law Society of Western Australia, Engineers Australia, Education, Enhanced Law Access Program, and Clinical Legal

UWA Research Collaborations

1. Alcoa

2. Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute

3. BHP Billiton

4. Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority

5. Center for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry

6. Center for Musculoskeletal Studies

7. Chevron

8. Department of Agriculture and Food

9. Department of Environment and Conservation

10. FMG

11. Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

12. Lions Eye Institute

13. Lung Institute of Western Australia

14. Oral Health Centre of Western Australia

15. Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

16. Western Australian Institute for Medical Research

17. Western Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI)

18. Woodside

Cost of Living in Perth for International Students 

Juxtaposed with other major cities around the globe, living and studying in Perth is a prudent choice for students. Perth was placed 64th in Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2019. Moreover, international students get many perks, including a government-sponsored 40 percent discount on all public transport. 

The annual cost of living in Perth is based on the student’s lifestyle and the type of accommodation the student selects. However, ADU$ 450 can suffice to live comfortably. 

Accommodation Type 

Cost (AUD)
Shared Rental

$95 to $215/week (INR 5,135.01- INR 11621.34)

Rental 

$185 to $440/week (INR 9,999- INR 23,783)
Hostels and Guesthouses 

$90 to $150/week (INR 4,864- INR 8,107)

On-campus

$110 to $280/week (INR 5,945- INR 15,134)
Homestay 

$235 to $325/week (INR 12,702- INR 17,567)

Other Expenses 

Cost (AUD) (Per Week)
Groceries and eating out 

$140 to $280 (INR 7,539 – INR 15,078)

Phone and Internet 

$15 to $30 (INR 807 – INR 1,615)
Public transport 

$30 to $60 (INR  1,615 – INR 3,231)

Gas, electricity  

$10 to $20  ( INR 538 – INR 1,077)

Moreover, students studying offshore during 2022 will only be charged 50% of the full-time Student Services and Amenities Fee. 

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