Western Australia

Capital City - Perth

Western Australia in brief
  • 55,000 international students
  • 2.7 million population
  • 5 universities
  • Two city centres: Perth and Fremantle
  • Spectacular and diverse landscapes
  • More than 100 education providers
  • STEM hub and engineering capital

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

There are countless opportunities for work and play in the thriving, cosmopolitan city of Perth which has been shaped by huge recent economic growth. The city is close to some of the nation's most distinctive and awe-inspiring natural landscapes.

Where the city meets the sea

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Western Australia offers a student experience quite unlike any other. In WA, the sun is always shining and the people are always smiling.

International students can enjoy a relaxed west-coast lifestyle in a highly connected place which offers many career-launching opportunities.

The metropolitan centre 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 character is unique - and quite different to cities on the east coast. And despite its relative distance from other major Australian cities, it's globally focused, with great connectivity to international business, industry and research centres.

As Australia's Western gateway to Asia and Europe it is in the same time zone (GMT+8) as 60 percent of the world’s population, including Singapore, China and Hong Kong, and only a 3-hour flight to Indonesia.

Research-rich and business-savvy

Western Australia has a diverse education sector with a mix of public and private education providers including schools, colleges and universities.

The Greater Perth area is home to five leading universities and high-quality vocational education institutions and schools. It’s a premier destination for science, engineering, medicine and health, commerce, education and the arts.

The mining and engineering capital of Australia

Covering an area of 2.5 million square kilometres, WA is a resource-rich state with a history of prosperous mining booms. 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.

Modern cityscapes, stunning landscapes

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Famous for its friendly people and relaxed atmosphere, Perth offers a genuinely laid-back Australian lifestyle.

You’ll discover a clean and modern city with a vibrant restaurant, arts and music scene. In many respects, it’s generally cheaper than other Australian cities so is ideal for budget-conscious students.

No stay in Perth is complete without venturing out of the city and exploring the immense natural beauty of Western Australia’s expansive outback, stunning coastal landscapes and white sandy beaches like the famous Rottnest Island.

Here 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 white-sand beaches of the Margaret River and Greater Southern regions.

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To the north, you’ll discover some breathtaking natural wonders, including UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and the unique beehive-like formations of the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park.

Western Australia 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.

If you’re after an inclusive and immersive Australian experience where you’re never too far from the beach, WA is the study destination for you.

To find out more about living and studying in Western Australia, visit the Study Perth website. 

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