UWA Summer Down Under

The University of Western Australia (UWA) provides a unique opportunity for students to spend their summer in Australia (Down Under!). Yes, it will be winter here, but it isn't cold. Come and experience the Australian culture and lifestyle.

Summer Down Under CANCELLED due to COVID-19

Sadly UWA’s Summer Down Under 2020 will not proceed as planned.

NOTE: SDU: Research Internship is continuing - now in an online format

We look forward to re-launching our full Summer Down Under program in 2021 with even more programs on offer.

If you would like to be kept informed on planning and preparations for SDU 2021 please register here.

Register your interest for 2021

Research Internship

The Summer Down Under Research Internship is a bespoke eight-week intensive research training program that provides an opportunity for high-performing international students considering a UWA postgraduate degree to get an 'insider's look’ at UWA's research specialities, meet and work with a potential future supervisor and experience the richness of Australian culture.

Program overview

Under the guidance of a UWA supervisor, successful applicants will participate in a research project, working closely with postdoctoral and postgraduate students from a research group as a fully-fledged member of the team. You may have the opportunity to contribute to a publication or grant application.

You will also participate in a range of curated events and training sessions to help launch your research career, including:

  • feature talks by world-leading researchers
  • training on presentation and library skills
  • presentation of your project at a 3MT © style event
  • guidance on how to write a research proposal
  • intercultural social activities

Program overview

UWA Experience


The UWA Experience faculty programs are designed to not only give participants a taste of what it’s like to be a student at UWA but also the skills to be successful within the UWA academic learning environment. Key learning objectives of the programs include developing the language, research and study skills required for tertiary studies; developing an understanding of Australian culture; developing analytical, reflective, and critical thinking; and becoming confident autonomous learners in a tertiary environment.

The programs will include visits to UWA faculties, audits of current semester lectures, UWA student society workshops and PhD candidate lectures/workshops. These opportunities give participants a valuable academic and cultural experience and to put into practice the skills developed during their course. Students require a minimum level of English to undertake this program. (IELTS 5.5)

Student Society Workshops

UWA Student Society workshops are included in all Summer Down Under: UWA Experience programs. These workshops provide groups with a glimpse of what student life is like as well as the opportunity to engage and socialise with UWA students. Students can choose workshops that are degree or industry-related.

Australian Culture

This program introduces students to Australian culture while focusing on critical thinking and clear expression. Students will evaluate arguments, identify assumptions, judge patterns of inference and apply various methods of reasoning in the context of Australian culture. In addition, they will be challenged to consider how Australia and Australians are viewed by the world and to compare this with their own country and culture. Students will also conduct a mini research project, providing an opportunity to undertake a comparative study on a topic of interest.

To fulfil our mission of Community Engagement and to ensure the program is memorable, on campus learning is integrated with the field trips. We do this to make sure students become more engaged in the activities in a relevant and meaningful way.

For further information about the Summer Down Under: UWA Experience programs, including how to apply, please contact the UWA Study Tours team at: studytours@uwa.edu.au.

Health and Medical Sciences

The Health and Medicine program runs over four or five weeks and was created with the objective to offer international medical students an opportunity to experience postgraduate study and research at The University of Western Australia.

In this program, students undertake a week of specialised lectures and workshops on postgraduate research methodology, research ethics and scientific writing skills, before commencing their specific placements. Further information about this program is available through the flyer below.

Winter School 2020