University of Western Australia
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.
Winter 2022 (online exchange) only
Deadline to apply: November 28, 2021
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Please note that no reference is needed for online exchange applications.
Open November 1, 2021
Programs Offered: UWA offers a wide variety of programs, including Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Software) English, Forensic Science, Geology & Geophysics, History, Indigenous Studies, International Relations, Law, Linguistics, Marine Science, Math, Medieval Studies, Microbiology, Music, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology*, Sociology, Social Work, Sport Science, Visual Arts and more.
http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/units?section=faclist (units) http://www.uwa.edu.au/contact/faculties (faculties/schools). As degrees are more structured in Australia, searching courses as offered in degree programs can be helpful.
*Closed programs/restrictions: Health Sciences. For Psychology, any unit that starts with a 4 or greater is restricted.
Haskayne students, please see Haskayne program page.
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).
* Full-year students have the option to do their second semester studies at Albany Campus. Available areas of studies are Environmental Science, Marine Science, Conservation Biology, Management, History, Cultural Studies/English, Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology. The Albany region is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.
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
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.
Our office 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.
*This program is eligible for Eyes High funding! This is an internally nominated award worth $3000. Eligibility requirements and more can be found on the funding page.
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.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the U of C, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).
An academic reference is required for a complete application.
Haskayne students at UCalgary can ONLY apply for this partner through Haskayne.
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 resources are available for First Nations students?
First Nations students are welcome to join the Western Australian Students Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC). WASAC promotes cultural awareness on campus, hosts functions like sundowners and barbecues, and connects with other Indigenous/Aboriginal groups across Australia. They also participate in the annual Indigenous Nationals (a sports tournament for university students).
UWA has recently opened a new Indigenous Studies building, which is where many Indigenous Studies classes are held. It also has facilities reserved for Indigenous students (computer lab, kitchen, library, etc.) as well as weekly lunch gatherings and other social events.
What accessibility resources are available?
UWA's UniAccess Disability Services provides comprehensive academic support to students with disabilities.
Online exchange is available at UWA for Winter 2022. Please note there is different terminology: courses at UWA are called "units" and Winter 2022 semester is called "Semester 1 2022". The semester runs from mid-February to late June (exact dates TBD).
To browse available courses, use this link (click here).
- After you type your initial keyword (for example "psychology") and click search, the page will refresh and show filters to narrow down your search. You must use the filters Location = Online, Availability = Semester 1, and Level of Study = Undergraduate to view units that online exchange students can take.
- Please note that some online courses may require live attendance according to Perth's time zone. This should be noted on the course description, but it may not always be clear until closer to the semester start date.
As an online exchange student, you can take anywhere from 1 to 4 units. (3 or 4 units is considered a full-time study load in Australia; 4 units will transfer back as 5 UCalgary courses.) You may take UWA online units in combination with UCalgary courses and will pay only UCalgary tuition fees.
Application deadline: November 28, 2021 at midnight
The "Summer Down Under" program offers a fully online 8-week intensive research training. Designed for students interested in pursuing future research or graduate studies in Australia, especially those interested in advancing their career at UWA, the program has students join a UWA research project and work closely with a designated supervisor. Students are offered unique training sessions to develop professional research skills, the opportunity to contribute to research publications, and a variety of remote cultural events to introduce you to Australian academic & social life.
- Dates: July 5 to August 27, 2021
- The first 3 weeks are courses (available livestreamed from Perth or as recordings to watch later) and the remaining 5 weeks are when you work with your research supervisor (many supervisors are willing to negotiate times to accommodate international students).
- Research projects are available in the fields of social sciences, law/legal systems, biology, psychology, public health, agriculture, engineering, physics, computing, astronomy, and more. Click here for a full list of project descriptions.
- Eligibility: Open to students in all faculties, either at the undergraduate (3rd or 4th year) or graduate level.
At the end of the program, students receive a UWA transcript worth 12 UWA credits (equivalent to 2 UCalgary courses). It is possible to transfer this credit back to your UCalgary degree; please discuss with your academic advisor.
Please note that this program is run independently of the exchange agreement. Therefore, students pay tuition fees directly to UWA (AUD$3000). If you apply to do a graduate research program at UWA in the future, this fee will be deducted from your graduate tuition. Note: Students who apply by the early bird deadline March 31 pay HALF tuition (AUD$1500)!
- Submit an application in UCalgary's study abroad system RAISA (click here). This is so that we can follow up with you throughout your program and offer support.
- Submit an application to UWA. Scroll to the "How to Apply" section for full instructions (click here). Make sure that you apply as an online participant!
You can submit both applications simultaneously, however it is critical that you submit the application to UWA by the deadline.
Early bird deadline: March 31 - tuition discount & best access to research projects
Final deadline: May 31
Global Learning 101
Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
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.
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 study abroad 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 Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.