The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia is the premier university in the State of Western Australia. Established in 1911, UWA has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. A member of the prestigious 'Group of Eight', it is regarded as one of Australia's top research institutions and attracts researchers of world standing across the wide range of disciplines it offers.

Responsible for almost 70% of the university-based research and development in Western Australia, UWA is committed to the achievement of the highest quality research and scholarship by international standards. UWA has developed strong links and collaborative partnerships with industry, government and other universities both in Australia and overseas, to ensure the development of new technologies and strategies that benefit the global community.

While research covers the full range of disciplines within the university, specialist areas include:

  • exploration, production and exploitation of minerals, oil and gas
  • management of agricultural and natural ecosystems
  • civil, environmental, mechanical and electrical engineering
  • the humanities and social sciences
  • health and bio-medicine
  • genetic epidemiology
  • indigenous issues
  • information technology, telecommunications and computer science and international management and business studies.

Located 5km from the Perth CBD, the 65-hectare Crawley campus is widely acclaimed for the beauty of its setting beside the Swan River and for its grounds and buildings. The University also has campuses in Claremont (a suburb only 5 minutes from Crawley) and the UWA Albany Centre (a regional centre located in the south west of the State of Western Australia).

  • Number of International students (onshore and offshore) – 4729
  • Percentage of International students – 19%
  • Total number of students – 24,547

Major areas of study

  • Architecture/environmental design, landscape architecture
  • Arts, music, communication studies, social work, education and law
  • Biological sciences, biomedical science, molecular biology and biotechnology, genetics, nanotechnology
  • Commerce and economics
  • Computer science, information technology
  • Engineering, including petroleum, oil and gas, microelectronics, information and communication technology
  • Physical sciences
  • Medicine and dentistry, health science, podiatric medicine
  • Psychology
  • Natural and agricultural sciences, including conservation biology and management, agricultural economics, genetics and breeding

International student services

UWA has a wide range of administrative, counselling and support services which are available to all international students. Some of these include: English language and study skills; counselling services; over 125 vibrant student societies and career support services.


There are five residential colleges affiliated with the University conveniently located adjacent to the University campus and offer a range of facilities. Learn more at


For a comprehensive overview of scholarships available to international students, please refer to our scholarships website:

Opportunities to study abroad

UWA’s Study Abroad program offers international students an opportunity to study for one or two semesters at renowned universities overseas and gain credit towards their UWA degree. Read more