Exchange student profiles

Anyssa Queen - University of Montana

Anyssa Queen

University of Montana, United States of America

At O-week I met the outstanding group of people in charge of my faculty and I remember 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. The great variety of student associations on campus helped me making friends and thanks to Perth International I had the opportunity to attend awesome events and meet amazing people from all over the world that shared the exchange experience like me.

My semester at UWA has been my happiest time in which I felt welcomed at an amazing community and found a big family far away from home at St. George’s College. I wanted to stay longer at UWA because of all the amazing people I met there and the academic excellence that it proved to be. Teachers care for their students and always provide a variety of skills in which knowledge is developed in the students. There is always something great happening on campus and by far exceeded my expectations.

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. Since my arrival, the staff was so kind and welcoming to me and helped me choose my units.

Flavia Nascimento

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. The university is incredible, the campus is beautiful that sometimes I spent time just appreciating the view. The international team from UWA is really kind and helpful and they had lots of activities that allowed us to be in contact with other students. Perth is such a great city, the beaches and the nature are breath-taking.

UWA gave me really good memories, friends that I will keep forever and such a good experience. Hopefully I will be back soon!

Hailey Wachter

Bellarmine University, United States of America

Studying abroad at UWA helped to grow not only as a student, but as a person. Each week was full of new adventures and the experiences I had while being there were the best I've ever had. I was able to meet people from all over the world and explore all of WA with them!

Sergio Cardiel

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. Since my arrival, the staff was so kind and welcoming to me and helped me choose my units.

At O-week I met the outstanding group of people in charge of my faculty and I remember 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. The great variety of student associations on campus helped me making friends and thanks to Perth International I had the opportunity to attend awesome events and meet amazing people from all over the world that shared the exchange experience like me.

Sergio Cardiel

My semester at UWA has been my happiest time in which I felt welcomed at an amazing community and found a big family far away from home at St. George’s College. I wanted to stay longer at UWA because of all the amazing people I met there and the academic excellence that it proved to be. Teachers care for their students and always provide a variety of skills in which knowledge is developed in the students. There is always something great happening on campus and by far exceeded my expectations.

Ella Shilliday

University of Bath, United Kingdom

The decision to do my study year abroad at UWA was honestly the best decision I have ever made. The UWA campus is beautiful and Perth is a great, laid-back city with some of the best beaches in the world. I made some of my closest friends during my time here and had some amazing travel opportunities – getting to explore New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. I was also able to visit parts of WA and the east coast – it felt like every day was a new adventure.

My advice for anyone considering exchange would be to 100% go for it – you will not regret it. Say yes to all the opportunities you can and don’t be afraid to try new things, even if the thought of it makes you scared or nervous. My year abroad was by far the best year of my undergraduate degree. For anyone coming to UWA, staying in college (Unihall) was the best way to make lifelong friends – who I still talk to now and met up with many times after I went back to Scotland.

I loved my year abroad so much that I decided to come back to UWA to study a PhD. I’ve been here for a year and it is just as amazing as I remember!

Daanish Kachalia

McMaster University, Canada

Doing an Exchange term at the University of Western Australia has allowed me to grow so much as an individual. It has helped me push boundaries that I didn't know were possible. I now have a friend in 6 of the 7 continents around the world. Furthermore, it has helped with my academic and professional development, like giving me a chance to be an English Tutor or host a LinkedIn Learning Session.

I would highly recommend anyone thinking to do an exchange at UWA to go forward with it. Travelling was a blast, especially exploring Karijini and the beauties of Western Australia. It is a unique university experience and a very welcoming environment. There are many events that the University hosts for exchange students and you are guaranteed to have a great time, all while experiencing the Australian culture.

Daanish Kachalia

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