The University of Western Australia (UWA) was established in 1911 as the State’s first university. It was also the first free university in the British Empire, actively promoting equal access to tertiary education for all social classes.

    The University was established due largely to the efforts of Sir John Winthrop Hackett, who had a long-standing vision and passion to provide Western Australia with a university. Proprietor and editor of The West Australian newspaper, he chaired a Royal Commission which recommended the establishment of a university. Later he was the founding Chancellor and bequeathed more than £425,000 (the equivalent of more than $32 million today) to the University.


    Semester 1, 2019 Scholarship round opening 21st December 2018

    Industrial Transformation Training Centre offers 6 PhD scholarships

    Round 2 2019 for International Applicants

    Applications open from 4 February 2019 until 5 April 2019 for commencement by 31 August 2019.

    International students!

    UWA Perth Accommodation

    WA offers accommodation for students and academics close to the University and Perth.

    Life in Perth

    Perth is Australia’s fourth-largest city and capital of the thriving state of Western Australia. It offers an inspiring study environment with sunny weather, a relaxed outdoor environment and beautiful natural scenery.

    Moving to Perth

    You’ll find all the information you need here to get you started on your journey to study with us at UWA.

    Student visas

    As an international student, you’ll need to obtain a visa before travelling to Australia. For a full-time course, you’ll need a student visa that will cover the duration of your program.

    What to bring

    Western Australia has strict customs and quarantine laws, which do not allow you to bring a variety of animal, farm and wildlife products into the state.