Overseas WACE Students

Why should I select Perth as my post-school study destination?

Perth offers world-class education courses, a warm sunny climate, a relaxed laid-back lifestyle, a vibrant economy and cultural, culinary and recreational attractions, with adventure and new discoveries waiting on your doorstep. Not only that, but you will find day-to-day living costs in Perth for international students are also a lot cheaper than other major cities in Australia (and worldwide), making it one of the most affordable destinations in which to study.

Educational institutions in Perth, including universities and vocational education and training providers, are some of the best in Australia, ranking top of several esteemed lists across the board for student satisfaction, subject-specific courses, and graduate employment rates.

I don’t know anything about Perth. What is it like? What things are there to do?

Perth is both the capital and largest city of the state of Western Australia, situated between the Swan River and the southwest coast.

Our treasured coastline of white sandy beaches makes the ocean and the Swan River a big part of our lives and culture, and we work hard to maintain Western Australia’s unique national parks and gardens. Your weekends and holidays can be spent enjoying the outdoors at barbecues with friends or swimming in the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean, or even stand-up paddle boarding on the Swan River. Perth has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. It is the sunniest capital city in Australia with clear blue skies an incredible 70% of the year! Our warm weather and clean air allow us to enjoy a year-round outdoor lifestyle and we make the most of our state’s natural beauty.

Our community is also incredibly diverse. People from more than 200 different countries live, work and study in Western Australia. They speak as many as 170 languages and represent more than 100 religions.

What advantages does Perth have over other locations in Australia?

Perth is the least expensive capital city in which to live in Australia, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit, Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, 2019 (Perth ranked 64th, Brisbane 41st, Adelaide 51st, Melbourne 22nd and Sydney 16th). The 2016 Australian Census also affirmed that Western Australia is one of the most diverse and the fastest growing of all the states and territories in Australia. 

When it comes to getting around, international students are encouraged to use public transport. All Central Area Transit (CAT) buses within the Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup zones are free for everyone. And, as an international student, you will receive a 40% discount on all public transport throughout Western Australia.

Perth and Western Australia also offer unique tourism opportunities, such as Rottnest Island, the Pink Lake, the Pinnacles and lots more. It is also the gateway between Australia and Asia, with Perth being in the same timezone as 60 per cent of the world’s population – making it easier for international students to keep connected with loved ones at home.

Can I get help to move to Perth?

StudyPerth is the first point of contact for international students looking to live, learn and launch their careers in Perth. StudyPerth’s ProsPER program is a great place to start when looking at studying in Perth. 

  • Buddy Program: Matches offshore future students with an onshore current international student to enhance the experience of transitioning to living in Perth.
  • Welcome to Perth: Assists students by providing them with all they need to know about Perth before they arrive, and activities to do once onshore.

All institutions offering education to international students are required by law to provide support services to help them study and adapt to their new home. Most international student support units provide information to simplify the process of moving to Australia, which may include:

  • advice on travel arrangements, student visas, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and banking
  • information about airport pick-up
  • help with organising accommodation
  • information about the institution, nearby tourist attractions and life in Australia.

Every institution also runs an orientation program for newly arrived international students. Orientation programs are usually held a couple of weeks before the start of semester to give students a chance to settle in before classes begin. Further, many education providers have student groups that give international students the opportunity to meet other international and Australian students.

What can I study in Perth?

Perth offers diverse opportunities in a wide range of discipline areas from Medicine, Health, Law, Information Technology, Veterinary, Business, Communications, Engineering, Hospitality and many more. Get a step closer to your dream career and find your perfect course through our course search. search.studyperth.com.au

Is Perth a safe place to live?

International students in Perth enjoy a safe and secure study environment. There are a range of organisations and government departments who are bound by Federal and Local Laws to protect you while you’re in Australia. There are additional non-government organisations and community groups who work to offer you safety and protections, should you need it.

 

Tertiary institutions also have 24-hour security guards on patrol, emergency telephones and swipe-card access into buildings.

Accommodation, Visas and Working

  • What are the accommodation options like in Perth and is it expensive?

    International student accommodation is as varied as the requirements of students themselves!

    If you are a secondary school student, you must live in a homestay with an Australian family or in the school’s boarding facilities. If you aged 18 years or older, you can choose to live on-campus, in a homestay or in a shared rental house/apartment with other students or friends. You may even choose to stay at Perth newest dedicated student accommodation providers: Campus Perth, or The Boulevard, managed by The Student Housing Company.

    To see a full breakdown of the accommodation types and how much to budget, please see our accommodation page.

  • Do I need to obtain a visa to study in Western Australia?

    Full-time

    • An Australian Student Visa is required if you have applied for and been accepted to study full-time for over three months at an education institution in Australia.

    Short-term

    Study up to three months

    • A Tourist Visa is required if you want to study a short-term course whilst visiting Australia for a holiday or recreational purposes. A period of up to three, six or 12 months will be granted. You can study for up to three months.

    Study up to 4 months

    • A Working Holiday Visa is required if you want to study a short-term course whilst on holiday and supplement the cost of these activities through short-term employment. You must hold a passport from a country participating in the Working Holiday Program. A period of up to 12 months will be granted. You can study for up to four months.
  • Can I get a job in Perth while studying?

    Student Visa

    If you are on a Student Visa (a full-time international student), you will have the opportunity to work casually or part-time for up to 40 hours per fortnight (two-week period), and unlimited hours during the semester break.

    Working Holiday Visa

    You can work (part-time or full-time) for up to six months with each employer.

    As an international student who is working while studying, you have the same work rights as any Australian citizen to a safe and fair workplace.

  • What are my post study work options?

    After you graduate you will have the opportunity to start your career in Perth and begin working in your chosen field. You will see graduate positions open up and will be given the opportunity to work in one of Western Australia’s leading industries. Western Australia’s workforce offers world-leading wages and will provide you with the skills and experience you need to improve your career opportunities internationally.

    International students who graduate from a WA university and wish to work in WA will have access to an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa, have improved access to migration visas, and the Graduate Skilled Migration Stream has now been extended to VET.

COVID-19 and Western Australian Borders

  • How bad has the COVID-19 outbreak been in Perth?

    The COVID-19 outbreak in Perth has been minimal with only a few reported cases from community transmission, most reported cases have been Australians returning home from overseas.

  • When do Western Australian borders open?

    There is potential for an exemption on border closures for international students. StudyPerth believes international students should be provided the opportunity to complete their studies in Western Australia as they aspire to, when the health advice suggests it is safe to do so.

    The positive management of COVID-19 from the WA Government provides us with the confidence that the State could successfully and safely welcome back students.

    We will continue to work with the State and Australian Governments and act on the best health advice.

  • Can I study remotely next year if the borders are still shut?

    In most discipline areas you can start your studies online from your home country which means you do not need to wait or change your study plans.

    Remote study includes:

    • Live face-to-face lectures and tutorials with your actual lecturers, delivered in real time
    • Meet and engage with your classmates before you transfer to Perth
    • Support from staff from the institutions
    • You can record the lectures so you can watch them again and again!
    • Link up with a buddy already studying in Perth
    • No gap in your studies
    • In some scenarios, avatars are being used so you can watch live surgeries or clinical experiences
  • What support is available to international students in WA?

    Visit our COVID-19 information for students page for details of available support for international students, frequently asked questions and useful resources to keep you updated.

    Although we frequently update the page, this is a continually evolving situation. Please be sure to check links frequently for the most up to date advice. If you have any concerns or require any advice in seeking assistance, please email reachout@studyperth.com.au or fill out this form.

    Many education institutions offer various types of support for students and we highly recommend reaching out to them to see what is available. To see a full list of the COVID-19 information pages for all universities, TAFEs and schools across Australia, please click here.

University admission information

  • University Overview

    Perth is home to five world-class universities, who all welcome international students to their campuses across the state of Western Australia. Each university will have different entry requirements, so please see detailed admission information for each university below. 

  • Curtin University

    Basis of Admission

    Is it a conditional offer?

    Will I have to submit final ATAR scores once WACE exams are completed?

    Instead of IELTS, is ATAR EALD accepted for entry?

    Are other home based English test accepted for entry?

    How to apply

    Additional Links & Contacts

    Applications will be assessed based the ATAR we predict you’ll achieve.  This will be calculated from your year 11 results 

    Conditional offer.  

    You will have to provide final ATAR scores and must achieve the predicted ATAR at the end of the year.  

    In case your actual scores do not meet the requirement, Curtin will advise of alternative pathways for you to enter your selected program

    Yes

    IELTS is not required if they achieve a scaled mark of 50 in ATAR EALD that meets minimum English

    TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

    Linguaskills

    Applications to be submitted online via study.curtin.edu.au  

    Alternatively, a list of Curtin agents are available to assist you.  

     

    www. international.curtin.edu.au

    www.curtin.cn

    Email: Study@curtin.edu.au

  • Edith Cowan University

    Basis of Admission

    Is it a conditional offer?

    Will I have to submit final ATAR scores once WACE exams are completed?

    Instead of IELTS, is ATAR EALD accepted for entry?

    Are other home based English test accepted for entry?

    How to apply

    Additional Links & Contacts

    To be considered for an early offer you need to meet the following conditions:

    • Be a Year 12 student and have a predicted ATAR (or Year 11 results you can share with us)

    OR

    • Be a Year 12 student currently completing a Certificate IV at school or through a recognised training provider

     All early offers are conditional on applicants meeting all the entry requirements and prerequisites (where relevant) of the course applied for.

    Applicants also need to meet ECU's minimum admission requirements, including English standards and achievement of WACE.

    Results will be reviewed when available and application outcomes finalised at this time.  ECU will advise on alternatives if the required outcome for course entry is not achieved.

    Yes,  ECU requires the following:

     

    ATAR Courses (WA) - Year 12 ATAR English grade C or better or year 12 ATAR English with a final scaled score of at least 50 (includes English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect English as an Additional Language/Dialect)

    TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

     

    Apply direct to ECU or through an ECU authorised Agent. 

    See https://www.ecu.edu.au/future-students/applying for more information.

    www.ecuworldready.com.au

    email: futurestudy@ecu.edu.au

  • Murdoch University

    Basis of Admission

    Is it a conditional offer?

    Will I have to submit final ATAR scores once WACE exams are completed?

    Instead of IELTS, is ATAR EALD accepted for entry?

    Are other home based English test accepted for entry?

    How to apply

    Additional Links & Contacts

    Applications will be assessed based on Year 11 predicted grades 

    If your year 12 results are higher then you can resubmit to get the higher grade.

     

    Yes

    IELTS is not required if they achieve a scaled mark of 50 in ATAR EALD that meets minimum English

    IELTS & TOEFL PTE Home edition (Murdoch)

     

     Applications can be submitted here https://www.murdoch.edu.au/study/apply-to-murdoch

    Or through a Murdoch university approved education agent listed on our website

     www.murdoch.edu.au

    email: international@murdoch.edu.au

  • University of Notre Dame

    Basis of Admission

    Is it a conditional offer?

    Will I have to submit final ATAR scores once WACE exams are completed?

    Instead of IELTS, is ATAR EALD accepted for entry?

    Are other home based English test accepted for entry?

    How to apply

    Additional Links & Contacts

    Early Offer applicants will be based on predicted ATAR from end of Year 11. https://www.notredame.edu.au/study/early-offer/early-offer-fremantle

    Non-Early Offer Applications will be assessed based on predicted ATAR from Year 12 results. 

    Early Offer is unconditional on your final results, but you must have passed Year 11 ATAR English/EALD with a 50% score or higher

    Non-Early Offer Applications will be conditional on achieving the final ATAR and passing Year 12 ATAR English/EALD

     

     

    Yes

    IELTS is not required if they achieve a scaled mark of 50 in ATAR EALD that meets minimum English, with the exception of the Bachelor of Nursing, where an IELTS of 7.0 (all bands) is required before you receive a full offer due to accreditation requirements.

    IELTS Indicator,  TOEFL, PTE Home edition

    Read more

     

    Applications to be submitted online here

    Alternatively, a list of Notre Dame agents are available to assist you.  

    There is no application fee to apply.

    https://www.notredame.edu.au/

    Email: international@nd.edu.au

  • University of Western Australia

    Basis of Admission

    Is it a conditional offer?

    Will I have to submit final ATAR scores once WACE exams are completed?

    Instead of IELTS, is ATAR EALD accepted for entry?

    Are other home based English test accepted for entry?

    How to apply

    Additional Links & Contacts

    Applications will be assessed based on predicted ATAR from end of Year 11

    When ATAR results are released and your ATAR is higher than the predicted ATAR,  you can update your application if you would like to change your course

     It is likely that it will be a Conditional Offer if you are studying WACE at an International School.  It will depend on what English subjects you have taken in Year 11.

    Yes

    IELTS is not required if they achieve a scaled mark of 50 in ATAR EALD that meets minimum English

    The IELTS Indicator test and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test are now available as an alternative until in-person testing resumes.

    Students in China, who are unable to access either the IELTS Indicator and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition tests, may apply for the UWA English Test. 

    Applications can be submitted online via https://www.uwa.edu.au/study/how-to-apply

    www.uwa.edu.au

    http://www.universityofwesternaustralia.cn/

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