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Location: Perth, Western Australia
Main Campus: Crawley Campus, Perth
City Population: 2.1 million
Student Population: 24,500
International Students: 4,500
Semester 1 Starts: February
Semester 2 Starts: July
Faculties: Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts
Business School
Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA) was established in 1911 as the State's first university. It was also the first free university in the British Empire, actively promoting equal access to tertiary education for all social classes.

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The University of Western Australia (UWA) is one of Australia’s leading universities and has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research.

UWA is a research-intensive university and one of the internationally recognised Australian Group of Eight that also comprises the University of Queensland, The University of Sydney, The University of New South Wales, Australian National University, The University of Melbourne, Monash University and The University of Adelaide. These universities are regarded as the nation’s leading research and comprehensive institutions.

The university has almost 24,000 students enrolled across nine faculties. A model of broad undergraduate studies followed by postgraduate professional qualifications is designed to produce well-rounded graduates, as well as provide additional entry opportunities for a wider range of students.

Known for Research

In a recent Federal Government ranking of the quality of Australian university research, ERA 2012, UWA ranked higher than any other WA university in the quality of its academic research and was the only WA university ranked at or above the world average in all research areas.

According to Thompson-Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge, UWA has more highly cited scholars than most other Australian universities. Highly cited scholars are considered to be within the top 200 academics worldwide in their field – UWA has 11. UWA attracts the highest level of research income of any Western Australian university with more than 70 per cent of all national competitive funding to the state coming to UWA.

The university’s longer-term aim is to be counted among the top 50 universities in the world by 2050, continuing to play a vital role in scholarship and discovery of global significance.

Faculties and Schools within the University of Western Australia

Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts

  • School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts

Faculty of Arts

  • School of Humanities
  • School of Music
  • School of Social Sciences

Business School

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

  • School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
  • School of Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

Law School

Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Medicine and Pharmacology
  • School of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • School of Population Health
  • School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care
  • School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
  • School of Surgery
  • School of Women's and Infants' Health

School of Indigenous Studies

Faculty of Science

  • School of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology
  • School of Animal Biology
  • School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • School of Earth and Environment
  • School of Physics
  • School of Plant Biology
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health

UWA Campuses

The University of Western Australia has three campuses. The suburb of Crawley, just 10 minutes from the Perth central business district, is home to the main campus.

1. Crawley Campus
2. UWA Claremont
3. UWA Albany

Crawley Campus
Situated on the Swan River in Crawley, UWA is one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses. At UWA you are surrounded by leafy green spaces with open courtyards and plenty of room to study, catch up with friends or relax outdoors in Perth’s moderate climate.

From its extensive art collections and theatre venues to its wealth of sporting, cultural, alumni and social groups, the university is a leading intellectual and creative resource to the communities it serves. The university's affiliated residential colleges lie north of the campus.

UWA’s distinctive mix of heritage architecture and contemporary buildings contain state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, lecture and performance theatres, tutorial spaces, studios and subject-specific laboratories, creating the perfect learning environment.

UWA Claremont
Just a few minutes from the main Crawley Campus is the university’s Claremont site, located on the corner of Princess and Goldsworthy roads in Claremont.

UWA Claremont is home to

  • The Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB)
  • Confucius Institute
  • Centre for Muslim States and Societies
  • International Skills and Training Institute in Health
  • Centre for English Language Teaching

UWA Claremont is also where you will find Taylor's College, which provides foundation courses for international students.

The original buildings were home to thestate's first post-secondary teaching institution which opened in 1902—Claremont Teachers College. The college later became the Western Australian College of Advanced Education.

UWA Albany
UWA has a regional campus in the south-coast town of Albany, a four-and-half-hour drive from Perth. The friendly and close-knit UWA Albany community includes the

  • UWA Albany Centre
  • Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management
  • Rural Clinical School (Albany)
  • UWA Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF)

UWA Albany offers a diverse range of stimulating options to become involved in, including sporting and social activities, public lectures and arts events.

In 2005, Curtin University of Technology joined UWA in Albany to provide additional courses to the local community.

At the UWA Albany Centre you can experience all that regional Western Australia has to offer while studying at university. A supportive, welcoming community at the UWA Albany Centre provides the perfect alternative to a big-city campus.

Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management undertakes targeted, cost-effective and innovative research that makes a significant and recognised contribution to addressing Australia's natural resource management problems.

The Rural Clinical School of WA (Albany) offers clinical placements in a regional town to medicine students in their penultimate year from UWA and University of Notre Dame Australia.

PIAF brings international, national and local artists together for world-class entertainment experiences in the Great Southern.

Why Study at the University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a world top 100 university, providing quality education that will set you apart in the marketplace. At UWA you will be in the company of other high-achieving students from all over the world.

Student experience

UWA's picturesque Crawley campus is located on the Swan River just 10 minutes from Perth city. The campus offers you a range of cafes, bookshops, banks, a vibrant cultural precinct, myriad clubs and societies, a supportive Student Guild, and on- and off-campus accommodation options.

For international students, Perth is the perfect location with its warm, sunny climate and relaxed outdoor lifestyle.

Degree options

UWA's innovative course structure is based on a global model and prepares you to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world while giving you the opportunity to design your individual course of study.

Expand your career opportunities

By offering professional degrees at postgraduate level, UWA is on par with leading universities around the world. Whether you are seeking a career as a doctor, engineer, lawyer, teacher, architect, dentist, psychologist, social worker among others), entering your profession with both an undergraduate and a postgraduate qualification will help you obtain a competitive edge in a global workforce.

Graduate outcomes

Your UWA degree is an investment in your future. Graduates consistently exceed the national average starting salaries and the national graduate employment rates.

The university has strong industry partnerships with many organisations, giving you practical, real-world experiences alongside a strong theoretical education, as well as valuable professional networking opportunities. This hands-on learning approach is highly valued by employers and helps ensure you are career-ready for life.

Changing the world through research

UWA is a research-intensive university and is part of the internationally recognised Group of Eight. With more than 75 research and training centres, UWA attracts a high calibre of globally recognised researchers and postdoctoral research students to carry out important projects.

Pursue your impossible

UWA helps people make the most of the possibilities presented. UWA is a community of people who want to explore the unknown, challenge convention and make things happen—people with a burning desire to make the most of their own potential and to contribute to the world's advancement.


Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital city and the mediterranean climate of warm dry summers is ideal for sports and outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, sailing, cycling, swimming and windsurfing, or you can experience nature at Kings Park, 400 hectares of natural bushland and botanical gardens right in the middle of Perth and just up the road from UWA.

Location: Perth

Perth is Australia’s fourth largest city and capital of the thriving State of Western Australia. Voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities, the inhabitants of Perth enjoy a climate and lifestyle that is envied by many.

Western Australia (also referred to as WA) covers one-third of the Australian continent. It spans more than 2.5 million square kilometres (roughly one million square miles), with a number of different climate zones.

Bordered largely by desert to the east, Western Australia is bounded by 12,500 kilometres (7813 miles) of the world's most untouched coastline to the west.

The landscape and scenery is incredibly diverse, with towering forests, an ocean teeming with marine life and coral reefs, mysterious land formations and ancient gorges, superb food and wine, and lush fields of wildflowers.

Cultural diversity
Perth offers a seamless combination of urban sophistication and international flavour. With the population of Western Australia growing at twice that of the national average and the State experiencing the lowest unemployment rate of all the states and territories, Perth attracts more migrants from overseas and other states than any other area in Australia. One of the first things you'll notice about Western Australia is its cultural diversity. People of more than 200 different nationalities live, work and study here, speaking 170 languages and practising more than 100 religions. Of all the states and territories, Western Australia has the highest proportion of people born overseas.

Perth's attractions
UWA's location on the beautiful Swan River only minutes from the heart of Perth's inner-city, puts many of Perth’s attractions within easy travelling distance, including Kings Park, quality shops, museums and galleries, nightlife and entertainment venues, café strips, Cottesloe Beach and the historic port town of Fremantle.

Perth has an enviable standard of living, and has been consistently voted one of the top ten cities in which to live by the The Economist, as well as being ranked 25th in the inaugural Best Student Cities Ranking released by QS Top Universities. Perth has Australia’s best international student diversity according to Australia Education International.

The Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers is ideal for sports and outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, sailing, swimming and windsurfing.

Public transport
Perth's public transport system makes it easy to get around the city and to the main UWA campus if you don't drive. International students receive a West Australian Government-sponsored 40 per cent discount on all public transport.

Some Popular University of Western Australia Programs for Canadians

The University of Western Australia has an extensive list of programs to choose from. Listed below are some of the most popular.

University of Western Australia Dental School

University of Western Australia Medical School

University of Western Australia Law School

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