perth city

University of Western Australia - Haskayne only

Perth has been called many things from one of the 'most isolated cities' in the world to 'one of the top 10 most liveable cities' - however, it is best known as Australia's sunniest capital city.

Ranked #86 of the top universities in the world, and #7 in Australia, the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth is one of our most prestigious partner universities (QS 2020). 

UWA has a student population of 24,000 students, including more than 4,700 international students on 3 campuses. UWA's main campus, Crawley, is 10 minutes from downtown Perth, with its Claremont campus just a few minutes away - conversely, its Albany campus offers a cosier, small-town campus close to some of the most beautiful areas of Western Australia, about 4.5 hours from Perth. 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 also has Australia’s best international student diversity according to Australia Education International.

Key information


Perth, Australia




Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status



2023-2024 applications

Winter 2024 and Australian Academic Year (Winter 2024-Fall 2024)

Deadline August 15

University-specific additional requirements

No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2024-2025 applications

Open November 1, 2023

Student experience

Click the image to read Erin's blog post about her experience studying abroad in "Wild, Wild Western Australia"!

Erin Moulton

Program details

Haskayne Exchange Areas of Study:

  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

Ensure you review your course selection with a Haskayne exchange advisor before leaving for your exchange to confirm transfer credit.

Haskayne undergraduate students must take their core courses at the University of Calgary. Students can take two senior commerce and/or non-commerce options, and/or a maximum of 2 concentration courses (not ACCT/PLMA). They are required to maintain full time status while on exchange.

Courses at UWA are called "units". Exchange students are expected to take 24 UWA Points (typically 4 units) per semester.

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters:

  • Semester 1 runs from mid-February to late June
  • Semester 2 runs from mid-July to mid-November

Students can start in either semester, however full-year students must start in February and continue to November (our Winter Semester to Fall Semester).

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    It is recommended that students budget around AUS$400-500 per week to pay for accommodation and living expenses. Cost of living estimates can be found online

    Additionally, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is mandatory for all students studying in Australia and will be applied for at the time of application to your host university. You will be required to provide evidence of OSHC for the duration of your Student Visa at the time of your visa application. Also, don't forget to include things like flights, visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.

    Perth cost comparison for other items vs. Calgary: Click Here

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree-seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange, you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    UCalgary International administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the funding page for more information.

Exchange students to UWA cannot always be guaranteed housing due to high demand. The university manages several on-campus student residences called "colleges". Most colleges include single rooms with private or shared bathrooms/kitchenettes and a choice of fully or semi-catered meal plans at the college dining hall. Some offer multi-bedroom units and student apartments. St. Catherine's College has been a popular choice for U Calgary students. 

Students can also look for housing off-campus on the private market; the UWA Housing Office has a database where advertisements for rental properties and/or roommates are posted. There is also the option of applying for a homestay with an approved local family.

Because of the range in housing types, rental fees can vary drastically. Students are encouraged to look into the detailed information provided online for their desired housing types.

Haskayne students at UCalgary can ONLY apply for this partner through Haskayne, and must meet the Haskayne requirements for exchange.

NOTE: For UWA, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. 

What's special about Perth/UWA?

There is just something about Perth whether it be the friendly locals, the easy-going lifestyle or the best beaches. Perth is a growing city with over 200 different nationalities providing a multicultural feel and variety for a great lifestyle. Yet Perth is still small enough to remain intimate and friendly, giving you a sense of belonging from the moment you set foot on its shores.

UWA has a smoke-free campus policy. Smoking on campus is not permitted. 

What resources are available for new students?

UWA hosts an orientation O-Week and Welcome Program, with many informative and social events for incoming students.

UWA also offers a free, 24-hour airport pick-up service for incoming international students.

Finally, it's good to note that commuting around Perth as an exchange student is both easy and affordable! The government of Western Australia sponsors a 40% discount on public transit for all full-time international students.

What accessibility resources are available?

UWA's UniAccess Disability Services provides comprehensive academic support to students with disabilities.

The exchange advisor for this program is: Erin Mizzoni

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.