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
  • UWA Study Centre @ Zhejiang University, Hangzhou NEW

UWA Learning Centres cater to students in China who are enrolled in any UWA undergraduate or postgraduate degree course 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 them connected to the UWA community until they can join us at the Perth campus.

Register and submit your expression of interest to attend a Learning Centre in China.

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A message from the Vice-Chancellor

At The University of Western Australia, our priority is to support our students wherever they are.

I am pleased to advise that the UWA Learning Centres established in China last year, will continue in Semester 2, 2021. We have also established a new additional centre located at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.

At the UWA Learning Centres you will feel a sense of belonging to the UWA community. Our Learning Centres will support you and UWA will be ready to welcome you to Perth once you can join us.

PROFESSOR AMIT CHAKMA
VICE-CHANCELLOR
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

UWA Vice Chancellor 
 

Benefits of 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 will 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, all students attending a Learning Centre will benefit from complimentary academic and peer support, English language support and an exciting engagement program bringing much of the Perth campus experience and support services directly to students.

Why study at a Learning Centre

UWA’s Student Guild President, Emma Mezger talks about the benefits of attending a learning centre.

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.



Which Learning Centre is right for you?

Find out more about each Learning Centre, its location and the main highlights.

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

Students at NUAA

Located at NUAA’s Tianmuhu Campus, the UWA OLC @ NUAA is located a 1.5 hour drive from NUAA’s main campus in Nanjing. Student accommodation costs RMB3300 per semester for a four-person shared room and includes the cost of water, electricity, internet and regular cleaning. There are two dedicated classrooms for UWA students to use and a range of other shared facilities.

Download the UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ NUAA brochure

 

This is what some of our students have said about their experience attending the UWA OLC @ NUAA

In the study centre, the school provided us with a self-study room, library, classroom and other learning places. During the study, teachers from different majors would answer our questions and solve our doubts. There are also different activities every week to relax after study.
HARPER DONGSHAN
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
 

The professional level of the advising teachers here is very high; you can ask them for help if you do not understand in the class. If you have any questions about your future career, the teachers here will also give you detailed answers.
YOLANDA HAN
BACHELOR OF ARTS

UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ Northeast Forestry University (NEFU)

Students at NEFU

The UWA OLC @ NEFU is situated on the main campus in Harbin in the centre of the largest state-owned forest region in China. There are a range of accommodation options, from single to shared rooms, with or without ensuite facilities, and starting from RMB1000 per month. There are two dedicated classrooms for UWA students use, and a range of other shared facilities.

Download the UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ NEFU brochure

UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ Southwest University (SWU)

Students at SWU

Located on Southwest University’s main Beibei Campus in Chongqing, this Learning Centre is located in very close proximity to shopping and transport facilities. Accommodation is available on-campus in twin rooms at the cost of RMB5000 per semester. There are two dedicated classrooms for UWA students use and a range of other shared classrooms and facilities. The OLC @ SWU is the only Learning Centre that is able to provide some laboratory support to UWA students enrolled in the School of Molecular Sciences*.
*Please contact us for more information.

Download the UWA Offshore Learning Centre @ SWU brochure

 

This is what some of our students have said about their experience attending the UWA OLC @ SWU

I am Heyang Zhong, a Biotechnology major and minor in Psychology. Now I am on Beibei Campus, Southwest University. Studying at UWA OLC means students are given access to three massive libraries and many study rooms at Southwest University. We can use the sports field and cafeteria. As a student who is unable to return to UWA at the moment, I can have a campus (experience) here instead. After all, it’s inside the university, and the atmosphere is essential.
HEYANG ZHONG
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
 

In the class BIOC 3002: Structural & Functional Biochemistry, the learning facilitators are very responsible and helped me a lot. They also taught us some extracurricular knowledge. In addition to this, other relevant professional courses are highly beneficial. In my finance class this semester, the learning facilitator of international finance gave us a lot of ideas and advice on our mid-term assignment. 
YIXUAN DU
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

UWA Study Centre @ Soochow University (SUDA)

Group photo of students

The UWA Study Centre @ SUDA, located on SUDA’s main Tiancizhuang Campus was the first Centre established exclusively for UWA students. Access to shopping and transport is very close and accommodation costs RMB4000 per semester for twin ensuite rooms. This Centre provides access to 17 dedicated classrooms for UWA students use and a comprehensive student ambassador program.

Download the UWA Study Centre @ SUDA brochure

If you are in China, you can view the above video on Tencent.

This is what some of our students have said about their experience attending the UWA Study Centre @ SUDA

Yuge GuResident teachers at SUDA are dedicated and practical, conscientious and responsible, careful and rigorous. I was most impressed that on my first day they were standing at the entrance of the university to welcome us and help us with the luggage.
YUGE GU
MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING

YIYI HUANGThe academic support activity is an important part of the Learning Centre and it is the main reason for me coming to OLC. One of our lecturers and also our tutor, Dr Frank Liu, has come to SUDA. He was my lecturer in Semester 1, 2020 and my tutor in Semester 1, 2021. I felt lucky to have the chance to see him in person. He gave us lots of support and help in study.
YIYI HUANG
BACHELOR OF COMMERCE

UWA Study Centre @ Zhejiang University (ZJU)

UWA is pleased to introduce its newest Learning Centre at Zhejiang University. Students will have access to both the HuaJiaChi and Xixi campuses. Located in Hangzhou, accommodation for students attending the Study Centre @ ZJU will be at the Zhejiang University YuanZheng Hotel, just a short walk to the Huajiachi campus where students will have access to six classrooms dedicated to UWA students use only.

Download the UWA Study Centre @ ZJU brochure

For more detailed information on the facilities and services provided at each Centre, download the reference guide.

 

UWA Learning Support Centres in Guangdong will be available in Semester 2, 2021 to students on international academic pathway programs from the following partner universities:
  • 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 attend 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 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 1,000–8,000RMB.

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?

With the exception of the UWA Study Centre @ Zhejiang University, most accommodation is provided in dormitory style rooms in the Universities’ International Colleges, sharing with between two and four people. You can find more detailed information in the Reference Guide.

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

The accommodation features basic furnishings and simple bedding is also 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 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 2, 2021?

There is a range of units available for online learning in Semester 2, 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 2, 2021 while 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 or your study plan prevents you from 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 26 July, 2021. Please refer to our Important Dates for 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.

Find comprehensive, up-to-date information on UWA support during the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

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 travel to Perth to continue your studies.

UWA is committed to offering online learning for all of Semester 2, 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.

How do I register?

To register your intent to attend a UWA Learning Centre, please email uwalearningcentre-china@uwa.edu.au.

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: Register your intent to attend a UWA Learning Centre by emailing uwalearningcentre-china@uwa.edu.au.

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 2 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: Register your intent to attend a UWA Learning Centre by emailing uwalearningcentre-china@uwa.edu.au.

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 I have access to Wi-Fi at the Learning Centres?

Yes, all UWA Learning Centres provide unlimited Wi-Fi data. At some Centres a fee is payable. You can find more detailed information in the Reference Guide.

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, for example the library or the gymnasium?

Yes, you will have access to university facilities. More information can be found in the Reference Guide.

Registration

Online registrations for the UWA Learning Centres in China are now closed. Submit your expression of interest to attend a Learning Centre in China in semester 2, 2021 by emailing uwalearningcentre-china@uwa.edu.au. There are still places available at the UWA Learning Centres at Northeast Forestry University, Southwest University and Zhejiang University.

Please note that the Study Centre at Soochow University is now full and the Offshore Learning Centre at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics is no longer available, we will not be taking further registrations for these Centres.

 

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