Education at UWA

A world-class experience

Career Outcomes

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UWA courses produce highly skilled and highly sought-after graduates who are employable and who enjoy high starting salaries. UWA students achieve higher rates of employment and higher graduate starting salaries than the WA average.

Between 2012-2015, 68.9 per cent of UWA graduates found work within five months of graduating, compared with the graduates on average in WA (68.8%).

UWA graduate average starting salaries are also higher over this 3 year period: UWA graduates earned $63,000 on average, higher than earnings in WA ($59,660) and nationally ($56,034). (Good Universities Guide 2017). 

Flexible Courses

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The undergraduate course structure at UWA has been designed to be flexible, giving students the chance to study a broad range of subjects whilst also attaining a depth of understanding and knowledge. This structure consists of undergraduate degrees and professional postgraduate degrees. Many of our students also undertake internships with employers, and we have active and growing opportunities for volunteering and service learning, where academic credit is earned for community projects.   

The consequence of our international degree structure is that UWA students pursue almost all professional careers by obtaining an accredited professional degree whilst also taking subjects outside of that specialisation. We produce well-rounded graduates who have specialist knowledge combined with a broader skill set which hold them in good stead for employment in a rapidly changing world. 

Global and Campus Experience

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UWA achieves a very high rates of international exchange: approximately one in five of our undergraduate students will undertake some form of overseas study during the course of their bachelor degree, including full semester exchange, short-term programs and UWA-led overseas units.

Eligible domestic, international, undergraduate and postgraduate UWA students are encouraged to study abroad for at least one semester during their degree at one of more than 160 partner universities around the world. Their study is credited accordingly and tuition fees over the period remain at UWA levels.

The student experience outside the classroom at UWA is heightened by a multitude of social and cultural opportunities. The UWA Student Guild and UWA Sports engage students socially and physically through clubs, societies, and competitions at excellent sporting facilities, while theatres and galleries provide cultural enrichment. UWA’s five colleges on College Row give domestic, international, interstate and rural students a comprehensive residential experience in a strong and vibrant campus community. Many of our students also undertake internships with employers, and we have active and growing opportunities for volunteering and service learning, where academic credit is earned for community projects.

Networks and Support

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We are committed to supporting students throughout the student journey, from application to graduation and beyond, as alumni. The University ensures that all students have equal access to transition help, support services like counselling, housing and finance assistance, as well as first-year advice, study and writing workshops, and a range of other resources. UWA online resources and digital infrastructure are led by award-winning IT network services.

First-year students are connected with more experienced students through the UniMentor scheme to guide them through their transition to university, while faculty student advisers offer support throughout their degree. Our award-winning Language and Cultural Exchange program also provides opportunities for postgraduates and staff to meet people from different countries and cultures.  

There are a number of opportunities for students to develop their skills: STUDYSmarter runs regular workshops, drop-ins and online resources for study and writing help; the Careers Centre holds workshops to build skills, including resume-writing and interviewing; and the UWA Library has research support services to boost research skills and IT support around student email, using devices, network access and more.

Student Profiles

UWA has a very diverse community. You meet people from such diverse backgrounds. It?s like a global village. I have learnt about different cultures and have developed a great insight and understanding of their way of life.

Dana Abu-Geras
2014 graduate

UWA students are featured regularly on our online communities and our current students page to showcase our world-class student experience, build student community, generate a shared sense of belonging, and deliver on our strategic goals of student engagement, satisfaction and retention.

Read some of our student profiles:

This is Grace's (AusAID) Student Profile

This is Grace, a fourth-year doing Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations. She's the...

Posted by UWA Students on Saturday, February 20, 2016

This is Shane's Student Profile

This is Shane, a first-year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Music and Specialist Music Studies. Shane is from...

Posted by UWA Students on Monday, November 30, 2015


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