The Group of Eight – The University of Western Australia

– By Angelyn Tan

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is located in Perth, Western Australia, and educated more than 24,000 students. UWA’s main campus is located in Crawley, which is merely 10 minutes away from Perth CBD, the capital city of Western Australia (WA). UWA Claremont is located just a few minutes away from their main campus and is home to centres and facilities such as the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB), the centre for English Language Teaching and Taylor’s College, which is the school for international students doing their foundation at the university.

Lastly, UWA Albany is located in Albany, which is a 4.5 hours drive from Perth CBD, with research, teaching and training facilities such as the Rural Clinical School of WA, which offers clinical placements to students from UWA and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

UWA is ranked 86th worldwide, and 7th in Australia according to QS World University Rankings (2020). It also boasts 5 stars for student: teacher ratio and student demand according to Good Universities Guide.

Courses Offered

At UWA, students have the opportunity to study a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across several academic disciplines. The UWA course model provides students with flexibility in their study options as they will be able to explore areas that they may be passionate or interested in without having to lock-in their major until their second year.

Students will be able to complete two majors in only three years in one of five undergraduate degree options (Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Science, Biomedical Science and Philosophy), with the option to specialise further through postgraduate study or to pursue research starting with an honours year.

UWA also offers its students the opportunity to gain industry experience through mentoring and placements. For-credit placement or practicums are also offered as a part of certain degrees. However, there are many other options for Work-Integrated Learning should a degree not offer it. For example, students can choose to find not-for-credit placements or work experience through the university’s network of industry placements.


In terms of living, UWA offers students with a wide variety of accommodation options. Students who are only staying for short-term can choose between their Forrest Hall and units from Crawley Village, which is a university-owned collective group of residential houses, units and studio apartments. While Forrest Hall only allows occupants to stay for a maximum of 3 months, Crawley Village caters to the different accommodation needs of students.

Aside from these two options, the university also has two properties located in the CBD: Campus Perth and the Boulevard. And of course, UWA has residential colleges. Five, in fact. They are commonly referred to as College Row, presumably because they are all located in a row.

Once you’re a student at UWA, you’ll be able to choose from over 140 clubs and societies to join, ranging from faculty societies to cultural societies to other interest clubs like anime or dance. It’s undeniably a great way to meet like-minded people and to be a part of a community on campus.

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