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Study Abroad Program at the University of Western Australia

About the University of Western Australia in Perth

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: October 15 for semester 1 (Feb-June)
    October 15 for calendar year (Feb-Nov)
    March 15 for semester 2 (July-Nov)
    March 15 for academic year (July-June)
  • Program advisor: Hannah Sutton
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Program Snapshot


We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the University of Western Australia (UWA) as your destination. The UWA is one of the country's leading universities, with an international reputation for academic excellence. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

What UWA has to offer

  • A friendly, beautiful campus with open courtyards and Mediterranean-style architecture
  • Located on the banks of the Swan River, about three miles from the city center
  • Ranking among the top 100 universities worldwide by the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • Well-equipped teaching, research and computing facilities, including the main Reid Library and 14 branch and departmental libraries
  • Arts venues that accommodate some of the city's most celebrated cultural events
  • On-campus health service, dining areas, banks, post office, pharmacy, optometrist, dentist, hair stylist, bookstore and gift shop
  • An active students' guild that runs on-campus food and drink outlets, organizes student entertainment and supports a full range of social, cultural and athletic clubs and societies
  • Great facilities for sports and recreation, including a gymnasium, fitness center, two swimming pools, and courts for squash and tennis
  • Terrific location near some of Australia's best beaches


  • Housing is in University Hall, a residential college adjacent to the campus
  • A meal plan of 14 meals per week is part of the program
  • Housing is only 10 minutes from the city and 10 minutes from the nearest beach


  • Vast course offerings and a hands-on approach to learning
  • Students take four courses per semester

We look forward to working with you!



Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Open the University of Western Australia online course catalog.

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:

  • When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the Australian academic system is an intensive, three-year program:
  • First-year (1000-level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
  • Second-year (2000-level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
  • Third-year (3000-level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
  • Fourth-year (4000-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
  • Remember in Australia, U.S. fall semester = semester 2 and U.S. spring semester = semester 1. Be sure to select courses for the correct semester you are studying abroad.

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

Practicum Opportunities

UWA offers an Arts Practicum that is open to study abroad students. This unit is designed for humanities and social science students, but students from other disciplines have participated as well. This practicum is an opportunity to gain work experience while applying the skills you have developed in a supervised project. If you are interested in this opportunity or you have questions, please contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor.

Course Restrictions

Fourth-year (4000-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. Most students take four classes each worth 6 UWA points for a total of 16 U.S. credit hours. For information on the credit weight, please consult the information below.

4 UWA points = 3 U.S. semester credit hours
6 UWA points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
12 UWA points = 8 U.S. semester credit hours


What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of Western Australia course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.


What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Western Australia. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

What are my housing options?
UWA students live in University Hall, a residential college with 230 students. Rooms are furnished with a pillow, sheets, blanket and towels. Single rooms with shared bathroom facilities are available.


University Hall offers a meal plan of 14 meals per week, with access to communal kitchens for students to prepare their other meals.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for any commuting costs you may incur. Australian university housing requires students to move out during breaks between semesters. If you are studying abroad for a year and wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during these breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Australia for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in Perth, Australia

About Perth
Population: 2 million
Location: State of Western Australia

City features

  • More hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia
  • A relaxed but sophisticated lifestyle
  • Many historical parks and gardens, green open spaces with public art and water features
  • A large shopping district with a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, upscale boutiques, department stores, authentic Australian merchandise and duty-free shops
  • 1,000-acre Kings Park, with unique bushland and parkland areas for all to enjoy
  • A booming arts and culinary scene with many independent venues offering a great selection of cultural entertainment

Do more!

  • Take a cruise up the Swan River to the wineries
  • Visit Fremantle, a stunning port city, which has many beautiful houses, restaurants and tourist attactions
  • Meet the dolphins at Monkey Mia in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area
  • Snorkel in the Ningaloo Reef, home to some 500 species of fish
  • Hike the spectacular gorges of Karijini National Park


Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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IFSA-Butler orientation begins at 11 a.m. on the orientation start date.

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

All program support services end on the “Program Ends” date.

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Australia exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.

Program Fees

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What's included in our Australia program fees
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Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments Due:
May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features. A meal plan of 14 meals per week is part of the program fee.

Personal Cost Estimates

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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one meal out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Australia:

hannahProgram Advisor Hannah Sutton assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Hannah graduated from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. During her junior year, Hannah spent a semester in Dublin on the IFSA-Butler Ireland program. Her experience led her to develop a passion for study abroad and education and she joined the IFSA-Butler team to help guide other students to their own study abroad adventures. Hannah currently advises students planning to study in Australia and New Zealand, and can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 4266.

beckiStudent Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-3077.


altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

darja miscenkoOnce abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site staff, including our student services coordinator in Peth, Darja Miscenko. Click here to read more about Darja.





abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
Student Network
Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students


The University of Western Australia offers internships with non-profit, community and government organizations through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship. Internships are open to all study abroad students and students will do the internship for credit in place of one of their 4 regular classes. Interested students should contact their IFSA-Butler program advisor for more information.


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