UWA Handbook 2017

Study abroad




Did you know that you can travel, live and study overseas while continuing to gain credit towards your UWA degree? Hundreds of UWA students just like you have already discovered the 'life-changing experience' of international study and you can too. Studying overseas enriches you academically, professionally and personally through exposure to different learning opportunities, environments, cultures and a diversity of people. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to open your eyes to new ways of thinking, to gain self-confidence, independence and tolerance of others, and to travel and make lifelong friends around the world.

You can achieve your overseas study dreams in several ways, for example through:

  • the Student Exchange program which gives you access to over 100 universities worldwide;
  • the specialised short-term (less than one semester) programs available through your faculty; or
  • a study program at an institution of your choice (subject to approval).

This gives you the opportunity to explore learning opportunities not available at UWA, improve your language skills or study a new language through total immersion in the culture of your host country. You can study for up to two semesters of credit towards your UWA degree course by undertaking coursework, research, internships or practical placements.

Overseas study and course requirements

Approved overseas units count as Category A broadening units (subject to the broadening requirements for your degree) and can also meet other requirements of your course. Study Abroad and Student Exchange opportunities are available to all UWA students, including international students.

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) students are required to complete an approved period of overseas study to fulfill their course requirements. The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) coordinator will assist you in planning your individual program.

Adding an international learning dimension to your UWA degree will give you the opportunity to develop a range of 'soft' skills such as cross-cultural understanding, leadership skills and personal confidence, to help you stand out in the competitive Australian and global workforce, and be a truly global citizen.

For more information see the Student Exchange website or visit the Global Learning Office in Student Central.