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Western Australia is a popular destination for international students. Nearly 50000 enroll to study at universities, colleges and schools each year. World class universities and a wide variety of primary and secondary schools, vocational education providers and English language colleges, provide quality assured education and training, with flexible study pathways. Internationally recognised qualifications, high quality training and state-of-the-art facilities make Western Australia a world leader in education. Every year, thousands of international students travel to Western Australia to study. International education contributes significantly to the Western Australian economy.

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Four public universities, one private university and a number of private higher education providers teach more than 120 000 tertiary students in WA.
• Of students in universities in WA, 75% study in undergraduate courses and over 20% study in postgraduate courses.
• Over 21 000 international students study at the State's universities and private higher education providers in WA.
• The University of Western Australia is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.
• The MBA degree at Curtin University is ranked in the top 100 MBA courses in the world.

There are five world-class universities in Western Australia:
· University of Western Australia
· Curtin University
· Murdoch University
· Edith Cowan University
· Notre Dame University

Universities provide programs at undergraduate (Bachelor) and postgraduate level (Grad/Postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Master by Coursework or by Research programmes, as well as PhDs). Each university individually assesses students' eligibility to be accepted into a course. The vocational education and training sector (VET) is also well represented in Western Australia. There are 11 Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges as well as many other private colleges in Perth. All provide Certificate I, II III and IV, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas to international students. English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are offered by over 20 English schools in Perth with some being individual schools and others affiliated with colleges or universities. Many will also arrange accommodation and social events for students. Students from all over the world come to Perth to learn English while enjoying the lifestyle and weather. Many choose shorter programmes, up to 12 weeks, some undertake preparation courses for specialised English exams and there are also students who improve their language skills to undertake further study at a college or a University in Perth. Many schools offer Cambridge and IELTS preparation courses.


The State's strong economy provides international students with opportunities to work during their studies and after graduation. International graduates have significant opportunities to secure post-study work in Western Australia, in jobs that enable them to gain experience in areas critical to their future employment prospects. Currently there is a demand for engineering graduates. Employers are also interested in people with qualifications in communications, art and design, health management, agriculture, food technology and life sciences, including biotechnology. Western Australia supports and cares for its international students. The International Student Forum was established to hear directly from students about the issues affecting them. The forum also encourages collaboration between international students, education providers and
government agencies.

A dedicated website helps international students make informed choices and improve their living and study experiences in Western Australia. The Study in Western Australia website provides comprehensive information about studying and living in Western Australia, including information about accommodation; cost of living; safety and security; health; transport; and
student support services.

For more information visit Study West or StudyPerth

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