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. Students can take advantage of the opportunity to reside in the campus’ residential halls where new Australian friends are ready to be met.

Overview

Study at one of the top 100 universities in the world, and seventh in Australia, based on the QS World University Rankings 2022

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

Benefit from 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.)

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 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

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Australia, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. 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.

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University

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 an 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 (85th in ARWU 2020 and 92nd in QS 2021), and seventh in Australia the university also has 43 subjects in the world’s top 1% (ARWU 2020, QS 2021) including in the top 50:
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Earth and Marine Sciences
    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Mineral and Mining Engineering
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Psychology
    • Sports-related Subject

Location

The University of Western Australia is a traditional campus, located three miles west of the Perth Central Business District. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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Courses

Courses

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 instructionsStudents 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.

Discipline Subject Area
Business
  • Accounting 
  • Advertising 
  • Agribusiness 
  • Asian Business Studies 
  • Business Administration/Management 
  • Economics 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Finance 
  • Human Resources Management 
  • International Business 
  • Logistics Management 
  • Management 
  • Marketing 
Communications & Media
  • Communication Studies 
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing 
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory) 
  • Journalism (General) 
  • Mass Communication 
  • Media Studies 
  • Media/Multimedia
Education
  • Education
Engineering
  • Engineering, Biomedical 
  • Engineering, Chemical 
  • Engineering, Civil 
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering 
  • Engineering, Electrical 
  • Engineering, Environmental 
  • Engineering, Materials Science 
  • Engineering, Mechanical 
  • Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics 
Environment
  • Ecology 
  • Environmental Management 
  • Environmental Science 
  • Marine Biology 
  • Natural Resources Management 
  • Sustainable Resource Management 
Health
  • 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 
  • Development Studies 
  • Gender Studies 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Law 
  • Linguistics 
  • Literature 
  • Peace and Conflict Studies 
  • Philosophy 
  • Political Science 
  • Pre-Law 
  • Psychology 
  • Public Policy 
  • 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 
  • Korean Language / Studies 
  • Modern Greek Language / Studies 
  • Southeast Asian Studies 
  • Spanish Language / Studies 
Science
  • Agriculture 
  • Agronomy and Crop Science 
  • Anatomy 
  • Animal Science 
  • Anthropology 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Biology 
  • Biomedical Science 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Botany/Plant Biology 
  • Cell Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer and Information Science 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Forensic Science 
  • Genetics 
  • Geography 
  • Geology 
  • Geophysics 
  • Information Technology 
  • Mathematics 
  • Microbiology 
  • Molecular Biology 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Oceanography 
  • Physics 
  • Statistics 
Visual and Performing Arts, & Design
  • Architecture 
  • Art 
  • Art History 
  • Drawing 
  • Instrumental Performance 
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Music 
  • Music Theory 
  • Vocal Performance 
  • Web Design 

Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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.


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 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.

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Thailand

Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore incredible 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

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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 15
Fall Deadline April 15

Fall 2022

Depart the US Early July
Arrive in Australia July 11
TEAN Orientation July 11 – 15
University Orientation July 18
Classes Begin July 25
Semester Break Sept 5 – 9
Classes End Oct 21
Study Period Oct 24 – 29
Exam Period Oct 29 – Nov 13
Program Ends Nov 14

spring 2023

*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.

Fees & Inclusions

fall 2022

  • Estimated tuition and program fees: $13,950
  • Estimated housing (on campus): $6,795

Spring 2023

  • Estimated tuition and program fees: TBD
  • Estimated housing (on campus): TBD

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses)
  • 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 ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($450)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,500)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
  • Travel insurance ($350)
  • Travel and personal expenses ($1,500 – 2,500+)

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

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

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