About Western Australia

Australia’s largest state offers an outstanding international student experience like no other.

Western Australia (WA) offers a high quality of life, a vibrant lifestyle, an expansive outback and stunning coastal landscapes. Alongside studying in a diverse environment here you’ll be surrounded by endless opportunities to experience unique cultural offerings and landscapes.

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

WA's universities have received five-star ratings across teaching quality, skills development, learning resources and student support (Good Universities Guide, 2024).

A STEM hub

WA is considered the mining and engineering capital of Australia.

Stay connected to home

WA is in the same time zone (GMT+8) as 60% of the world’s population (+/- 2 hours), including China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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 
  • technology
  • medicine and health 
  • commerce  
  • education and the arts. 

WA's institutions offer academic excellence, state of-the-art research facilities, hands-on learning and invaluable professional experiences helping students to graduate job-ready.

Key industries  

WA is the mining and engineering capital of Australia. A resource-rich state with a strong economy. It is also a global hub for scientific and technological innovation and is increasingly recognised as a global leader in automation, robotics, remote operations and digital technology.

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. 

Western Australia is globally focused, with great connectivity to international business, industry and research centres. You'll still be close to home with direct flights to Asia and Europe from Perth.

Stunning landscapes

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. You can even visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed, Ningaloo Reef and swim with whale sharks!

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.

The state offers a relaxed yet vibrant student lifestyle that will continue to amaze and delight you on a day-to-day basis. WA's student population continues to grow, as many are realising the incredible benefits this beautiful state has to offer.

Our multi-cultural community

As one of the safest places in the world, Western Australia has a thriving student community. You'll experience a unique culture, make new friends and learn in a diverse environment. The state offers a vibrant lifestyle that will continue to amaze and delight you on a day-to-day basis. WA's student population continues to grow, as many are realising the incredible benefits this great state has to offer.

About Perth 

There are countless opportunities for work and play in the thriving, cosmopolitan city of Perth.

You’ll discover a clean and modern city with a vibrant restaurant, arts and music scene. It’s also generally more affordable than other Australian cities so it’s ideal for budget-conscious students.

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

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

A place to study and travel

The city is close to some of Australia'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’s regional city status offers students opportunities to access additional migration points, family sponsorship and extended post-study work rights, allowing students to stay longer in Western Australia.

Perth is named the 12th most liveable city in the world. Living costs in Perth are lower than other major cities in Australia.

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

WA Government support

The Western Australian Government also offers a number of prestigious scholarships and grants to help international students with their living, travel and education costs.

Three students by the river in Perth

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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