Completing Student Exchange and Study Abroad at UWA
As an international student, there are a few things you need to know about coming to UWA on Student Exchange or Study Abroad (SESA). Learn more about our entry requirements, fees and units, and hear from past inbound students about their experiences.
Why attend UWA as an Exchange or Study Abroad student?
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Student Exchange and Study Abroad at UWA
Check UWA entry requirements
Select your units
Prepare your application documents and finances
Apply for Student Exchange or Study Abroad
Applying directly to UWA
If you do not need approval from your home university, you can apply online.
Please contact the UWA Global Learning Office for advice via askUWA.
Applying through a UWA representative overseas
If you are applying via an approved UWA representative, your agent must first nominate you to the Global Learning Office. Once this nomination has been received, you will receive an email from the UWA Global Learning Office inviting you to apply.
UWA has representatives in more than 60 countries.
Applying through your home university
To study as a Study Abroad student, your home university can nominate you, or you can apply independently.
If your university has an exchange agreement with UWA, to study as an Exchange student, they must nominate you for the Exchange program. Once your nomination has been received, you will receive an email from the UWA Global Learning Office inviting you to apply.
Information supplied to the University’s application system is collected and stored in line with the UWA Privacy Statement.
Accept your offer
You'll receive the outcome of your application via email. If your application is successful, you'll receive an offer letter or a conditional offer letter if more steps are required via email.
Please note that all offers have an acceptance expiry date listed. If you do not accept by this date your offer will lapse.
University of Montana, United States of America
The volunteer that took me to each talk was so nice and curious about my country and became one friend I saw through the campus during the semester.
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
Coming from a very different culture as an exchange student to UWA, I felt very nervous and had a lot of expectations of how the courses I was going to take would be.
McMaster University, Canada
Doing an Exchange term at the University of Western Australia has allowed me to grow so much as an individual.
University of Bath, United Kingdom
The decision to do my study year abroad at UWA was honestly the best decision I have ever made.
Maua Institute of Technology, Brazil
My time at UWA was amazing, I could have contact with people from all over the world and learn about their culture.
Bellarmine University, United States of America
Studying abroad at UWA helped to grow not only as a student, but as a person.
- How many units can I take?
Student Exchange and Study Abroad students can enrol in a full academic load of 18 or 24 points per semester. Most units are worth six points, so this generally works out to three or four units per semester.
Typically, most units are offered for a semester, but some must be taken for a full year.
- How do I select my units?
You can use the online Handbook to browse through the units offered at UWA. All units consist of four letters detailing the discipline of the unit (such as ECON for Economics, PSYC for Psychology) and four numbers.
- Units with numbers beginning from 1 to 3 are generally undergraduate units. A code beginning with 1 represents first-year level studies, 2 represents second-year level studies and so on.
- Units with a number beginning with 4 are generally honours level units and may require a minimum of three years’ study prior to enrolling. Please note honours level units are not always available to Exchange and Study Abroad students.
- Some units coded 3xxx and 4xxx are common to both postgraduate and undergraduate programs.
- Units with numbers beginning with 5 and above are postgraduate level and may require a minimum of three years’ tertiary study in a relevant field prior to enrolling.
- Units in Medicine, Dentistry and postgraduate Psychology are not available to Student Exchange and Study Abroad students.
- What do the different teaching periods mean?
Typically, most units are offered for a semester, but some must be taken for a full year. The majority of units are offered in either Semester 1 (February to June) or Semester 2 (July to November). Some units are offered in a non-standard teaching period. These units may be available to you if the dates fall within the semester period.
- How and when do I enrol?
You’ll have the opportunity to enrol in your units online before the semester starts. The Global Learning Office will contact you once you are eligible to complete your online enrolment.
- What are classes like?
At UWA the emphasis is on independent learning. There will be less direction from lecturers, greater expectations of individual study outside classes, fewer assessments and heavier weighting on assessments.
You will attend weekly lectures, which may be large (sometimes more than 100 students). These will be complemented by weekly tutorials, which are smaller classes where you are expected to participate in discussion and debate. They may be compulsory and are often assessed.
- How will I be assessed?
Final grades are based on a combination of oral and written assignments and tests, project work, participation in tutorials and final examinations. Multiple choice is not a common method of assessment.
At the completion of your study at UWA an academic record will be sent to your home university/agent. UWA will not translate grades.
Performance is graded according to the following scale:
HD (Higher Distinction): 80-100%
D (Distinction): 70-79%
CR (Credit Pass): 60-69%
P (Pass): 50-59%
N+ (Fail): 45-49%
N (Fail): 0-44%
UP (Ungraded Pass): n/a
P* (Pass Conditional): n/a
UF (Ungraded Fail): n/aAll examinations are conducted in English (except for language units) and the use of dictionaries is not permitted, nor will additional time be granted if English is not your first language.
- What are the application deadlines?
For enrolment in Semester 1 (February – June), the application deadline is 30 October of the year prior.
For enrolment in Semester 2 (July – November), the application deadline is 15 April of the same year.