UWA Learning Centres

UWA Learning Centres – China

In 2020, The University of Western Australia opened its first International Learning Centres to support its students who remained in China and were unable to arrive in Australia for the start of semester 2, 2020.

In 2021, we are pleased to continue supporting our students through the provision of Learning Centres.  Through UWA’s strong collaboration and partnerships with universities in China, these dedicated Learning Centres are available for students enrolled at UWA, but studying online:

  • UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Tianmuhu
  • UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ Northeast Forestry University, Harbin
  • UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ Southwest University, Beibei Campus, Chongqing
  • UWA Study Centre @ Soochow University, Suzhou NEW

UWA Learning Centres will be able to cater to students from any UWA undergraduate or postgraduate degree course that is available online.

Students attending a UWA Learning Centre will receive additional support, including academic tutoring, peer support and a dedicated virtual student experience program to keep students connected to the UWA community until they can join us at the Perth campus.

If you are in China, you can view the above video on Tencent. Hear from our students and staff about the online learning experience at UWA.

Find out about online learning at UWA

Benefits to attending a UWA Learning Centre

Overall UWA students in China have adapted well to the transition of online learning brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, but we know many are missing the experience of studying on a university campus.

Until students can travel to Perth to either continue their UWA studies, or commence their UWA degree, the UWA Learning Centres can provide the experience of studying in a community environment.  We are fortunate to be able to partner with universities in China to use their facilities to support UWA students. 

In addition to the campus experience, students will benefit from complimentary academic and peer support, English language support and an exciting virtual engagement program bringing much of the Perth campus experience and support services directly to students.

Introduction to the UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA)

Find out more about the UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ NUAA including the accommodation, the University’s campus and its facilities.

Download the UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ NUAA brochure

Introduction to the UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ Northeast Forestry University (NEFU)

Find out more about the weather in Harbin, teaching facilities, accommodation and the campus.

Download the UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ NEFU brochure

Introduction to the UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ Southwest University (SWU)

Find out more about the accommodation provided at SWU’s Beibei campus.

Download the UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ SWU brochure

Introduction to the UWA Study Centre @ Soochow University (SUDA)

Find out more about the city of Suzhou as well at the SUDA campus and its facilities and accommodation.

Download the UWA Study Centre @ SUDA brochure

UWA Learning Support Centres in Guangdong for students on international academic pathway programs from the following partner universities will be available in Semester 1, 2021:
  • South China University of Technology
  • Guangdong University of Finance and Economics
  • Guangdong University of Finance

If you are a UWA student from one of these pathways and wish to attend a Learning Support Centre at your institution’s campus in Guangdong next semester, contact acices@abgwa.com for further advice and guidance on arrangements especially for you.

FAQs

Tuition, Fees and Scholarships

Will I still be eligible for the Global Excellence Scholarship if I am enrolled remotely at a UWA Learning Centre? 

Yes, if you are receiving a UWA Global Excellence Scholarship, this will continue even if you are attending a UWA Learning Centre.

How much does is cost to enrol at a UWA Learning Centre?

You do not need to pay any additional fees to enrol at a UWA Learning Centre.

You will be required to pay for your housing and living expenses, and will continue to pay the normal tuition fees to UWA.

What is the difference in tuition fees for students who enrol at a UWA Learning Centre and those who don’t?

There is no difference in tuition fees – services at the Learning Centres are offered complimentary to UWA students in China.

Accommodation Arrangements

Will I get assistance finding accommodation at a UWA Learning Centre?

Yes, accommodation will be offered to you in university student housing at your own expense. The estimated cost for the semester is approximately between 2,000 - 5,000RMB.

What if I don’t want to live on-campus?

All students who attend a Learning Centre are required to live on-campus at the partner university.

What is the style of on-campus accommodation?

Accommodation is provided in dormitory style rooms in the Universities’ International Colleges, sharing with between 2 - 4 people.

Is the accommodation fully furnished, or do we need to bring our own pillow and quilt?

The accommodation features basic furnishings and simple bedding will also be provided.

Enrolment and Registration

Which courses are available at each of the Learning Centres?

Through the provision of a broad range of academic and English language support, all Centres will be able to cater to students from all UWA undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses that are available online.

What courses are eligible for enrolment if I’m attending a UWA Learning Centre?

Any student in China who is enrolled remotely in a UWA undergraduate or postgraduate degree course can attend a Learning Centre. Study Abroad and Exchange students, Research students and students enrolled in UWA’s Centre for English Language Teaching are not eligible to attend a UWA Learning Centre.

How do I know if my units are available online in semester 1, 2021?

UWA has hundreds of units available for online learning in Semester 1, 2021. To check the units available for online study, visit the UWA Handbook website, type in your course major and explore the units in your degree. If your unit is listed as the mode of study “Online TT” or “Online” you can enrol in semester 1, 2021 whilst you remain in China.

Can I enrol in a reduced load at a UWA Learning Centre?

No, all students enrolled at a UWA learning Centre are expected to maintain a full-time enrolment.

If you experience challenges with maintaining full-time enrolment we encourage you to contact us directly to discuss your situation so we can work with you on a plan that supports you.

If I am a student in China, enrolled remotely at UWA, is it compulsory to attend a UWA Learning Centre?

No, this is optional and you are welcome to remain at home for the duration of the semester if that is your preference. The UWA Learning Centres are an additional support service for students who prefer the campus environment to facilitate their learning.

What are the semester dates for the UWA Learning Centres?

The UWA Learning Centres will operate following the same academic calendar as the UWA Perth campus. Classes will commence on Monday 22 February. Please refer here for the full details.

If I do not attend a UWA Learning Centre, will I still have access to support from UWA?

The University of Western Australia is closely monitoring developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to support all its students, regardless of whether you attend a UWA Learning Centre or not.

Here you will find comprehensive, up to date information on UWA support during COVID-19.

Do I need to have a valid Australian student visa to enrol in a UWA Learning Centre in China?

No, you do not need to have a valid visa to study at a UWA Learning Centre in China, but you will need a valid visa before entering Australia. Once you have accepted your UWA Offer, you can register at a UWA Learning Centre.

What if travel restrictions ease, do I have to stay at the Learning Centre for the entire semester, or can I travel to Perth to continue my studies at the UWA campus?

You can choose whether to complete the semester at the Learning Centre or to travel to Perth to continue your studies.

UWA is committed to offering online learning for all of semester 1, 2021 whether travel restrictions ease or not, so you can be assured that you will have adequate support for the whole semester, regardless of the teaching mode.

Is there a deadline to register a place at a UWA Learning Centre?

Online registrations for the UWA Learning Centres in China have now closed. Please email uwalearningcentre-china@uwa.edu.au if you would like to register your interest for one of the limited number of places still available.

How do I register?

Online registrations for the UWA Learning Centres in China have now closed. Please email uwalearningcentre-china@uwa.edu.au if you would like to register your interest for one of the limited number of places still available.

I have a UWA offer and would like to attend one of the UWA Learning Centres – what are the next steps?

Step 1: Accept your offer as soon as possible by following the instructions in your letter of offer
Step 2: Online registrations for the UWA Learning Centres in China have now closed. Please email uwalearningcentre-china@uwa.edu.au if you would like to register your interest for one of the limited number of places still available.

What is the difference in my enrolment and the learning expectations if I attend a Learning Centre in China compared to those who study from home in China, or those who are still in Perth?

There is no difference. Students enrolled at a Learning Centre will be enrolled at UWA the same as all other students, no matter where they are currently located, and the learning expectations are the same. The Learning Centres are designed to provide additional resources to support your learning and overall university experience, but students are not disadvantaged if they choose not to attend a Learning Centre.

I am on currently on approved leave, but would like to enrol in semester one and attend a UWA Learning Centre. What do I need to do?

Step 1: When you are ready to resume your studies after your approved leave period has ceased, you will need to apply for a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) extension. You may also like to complete the new CoE form now and return it to Student Administration, and we will issue you with a new CoE.

Please see the following links that provide the details on the CoE Course Extension process and what you need to do:

Step 2: Online registrations for the UWA Learning Centres in China have now closed. Please email uwalearningcentre-china@uwa.edu.au if you would like to register your interest for one of the limited number of places still available.

Support and Facilities

Who will be providing the face-to-face academic support at the Learning Centres?

Teaching staff from Chinese Universities will be providing general face-to-face academic support to complement the online learning you are undertaking with your UWA teachers.

Will there be an orientation at the Learning Centres?

Yes, each Centre will host an orientation for its students. You will also be able to participate in UWA’s virtual orientation.

If I am enrolled at a UWA Learning Centre, will I be able to use the facilities of the host university, i.e. library, gymnasium etc?

Yes, you will have access to university facilities. All of the details will be provided to you during orientation at the Learning Centre.

Registration

Online registrations for the UWA Learning Centres in China have now closed. Please email uwalearningcentre-china@uwa.edu.au if you would like to register your interest for one of the limited number of places still available.

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