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10 reasons why you should study abroad

13/03/2023 |

Is Australia at the top of your bucket list of places to travel? Are you also ready to get stuck into your tertiary studies and start working towards your dream career? Get the best of both worlds by considering studying abroad down under. 

Studying internationally has many benefits and can also be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Here are 10 reasons why you should study abroad at The University of Western Australia (UWA):

1. Explore the world 

The biggest reason for studying abroad, either for the full duration of your course or on exchange for a semester, is that it allows you to explore the world. Visit a country you have never visited, like Australia, and the places surrounding it! 

In Perth, you will be spoilt for choice with our stunning beaches, iconic landmarks and road trips that will connect you to unique experiences.

2. Experience a new culture 

Many of our international students in Perth are leaving their home country for the first time. Visiting a new country allows you to experience new cultures, people and traditions. 

Perth is a multicultural hub with 37% of its population born overseas from over 190 countries, allowing students to experience a diverse range of cultures, all in one welcoming place. 

3. Gain a global education 

Studying at an international institution gives you more choices in courses and finding global leaders in teaching. 

UWA is a world top 100 university (QS 2023) and is in the top 1% in a broad range of study areas. Most courses will be recognised internationally, so you can take your degree wherever you want to start your career.

4. Learn a new language 

If you’re planning to study in a country that speaks a different language to your hometown, it may be the perfect opportunity to learn a new one. One of the most effective ways to learn a new language is by being surrounded by people that speak it fluently, like English in Australia. You might surprise yourself with how quickly you start to pick new words and phrases up when you hear them in context! 

5. Improve your future job prospects 

One of the top reasons why people attend a university in the first place is to land their dream job when they graduate. Studying overseas can help you achieve that goal because it looks great on your CV and demonstrates a broader understanding of the world and different perspectives.

If you choose to study here in Australia, you might end up loving it so much that you stay to work here – providing even more opportunities!

6. Meet new people 

Studying abroad will allow you to meet new people you may not have crossed paths with otherwise. You will open yourself up to make lifelong personal connections with other students from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.

At UWA, we have a supportive and inclusive culture with clubs to help you meet like-minded people with common interests. Find out more about meeting new people in Perth.  

7. Get life experience 

Studying as an international student is truly an experience like no other. You will learn to tackle new experiences, step outside your comfort zone and become self-sufficient throughout your studies and travels. You may also discover your true self and passions.

8. Feel independent

When studying overseas, you will gain ‘adulting’ skills that will set you up for the rest of your life. You will feel free to do whatever you aspire to and learn what it truly feels like to be independent, which can be an exciting new challenge for many young international students.   

9. Take advantage of scholarships

It can be a big financial commitment for many international students to study overseas, however, there is support out there! At UWA, we offer a range of scholarships to international students from all around the globe. Plus, the Australian Government offers incentives and scholarships to financially support international students who plan to live, work and study in Perth, Western Australia.

10. Make memories

Finally, studying abroad can be a unique opportunity and one of the most memorable. From the people you meet, the places you visit and the experiences you gained, you will have so many amazing memories to look back and share for the rest of your life. 

Want to know more about joining us at UWA? Visit the international students page on our website, contact our Future Students Centre by submitting an online enquiry through askUWA or chat to a current international student.


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