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About Western Australia

Australia’s largest state offers an outstanding international student experience.

Western Australia (WA) has an expansive outback, stunning coastal landscapes and white sandy beaches such as those found on the famous Rottnest Island.

A map showing the major cities and town centres in Western Australia and the state's location in Australia.

Map of Western Australia, showing study locations throughout the state. 

A snapshot of Western Australia

Quality education

The University of Western Australia ranks in the top 100 universities globally.

A STEM hub

WA is considered the engineering capital of Australia.

Global connectivity

WA is the same time zone (GMT+8) as 60% of the world’s population, including Singapore and China.

Diverse study options  

Perth is home to five leading universities,  high-quality vocational education institutions and schools.  

It’s a premier destination for: 

  • science 
  • engineering 
  • medicine and health 
  • commerce  
  • education and the arts. 

Key industries  

WA is the mining and engineering capital of Australia. It is renowned for its expertise in resources and energy, mining equipment, technology, environmental sustainability, agribusiness and marine engineering. 

Many of the world’s biggest resource companies including BHP, Rio Tinto and Woodside have offices in Perth and operations throughout the state. The hands-on work experience opportunities offered by local business and industry draws students from across Australia and internationally. 

Located in close proximity to South-East Asia, Perth is globally focused, with great connectivity to international business, industry and research centres. 

Stunning escapes

When you venture out of the city, you can explore the immense natural beauty of Western Australia’s expansive outback, stunning coastal landscapes and white sandy beaches like the famous Rottnest Island.

In WA you’ll see some of the world's most beautiful sunsets. In the south-west of the state, you’ll find the world-renowned wine producing areas, tall tree forests and stunning beaches of the Margaret River.

If marine life is more your thing, then visit the stunning Ningaloo Reef where you can snorkel or even swim with whale sharks!

The state offers a relaxed but exciting student lifestyle that will continue to amaze and delight you on a day-to-day basis. Its student population continues to grow, as many are realising the incredible benefits this state has to offer.

About Perth 

The thriving, cosmopolitan city of Perth has seen huge economic growth in recent times. This clean and modern city offers a vibrant restaurant, arts and music scene with countless opportunities for work and play.  


Cottesloe is a beach-side suburb of the city of Perth in Western Australia. It is located roughly halfway between Perth's central business district and the port of Fremantle. It is famous for its beaches, cafes and relaxed lifestyle.

Cottesloe beach, Perth. Image courtesy of Tourism Australia.

A snapshot of Perth

Major education providers

Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, The University of Notre Dame, The University of Western Australia and TAFE International Western Australia.


Over 2.1 million

Natural beauty

The city is close to some of the nation's most distinctive and awe-inspiring natural landscapes.

The metropolitan city of Perth is consistently rated in the top 50 international student cities in the world and it’s easy to understand why. The city and surrounding areas offer a 'city-meets-the-sea' lifestyle which is truly inspiring.  

Perth has been consistently rated as one of the top ten most liveable cities in the world for over 15 years. 

The city offers a genuinely laid-back Australian lifestyle. Perth is the sunniest capital city in Australia with clear blue skies 70 per cent of the year. It is often said "in Perth, the sun is always shining, and the people are always smiling". 

University of Western Australia riverside

Perth information and support

As an international student studying in Perth, you have access to free counselling, career advice, career planning and legal advisory services with StudyPerth. Find out more about living and studying in Perth.

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