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  • Locations: Perth, Australia
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: No
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Only Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 Program Director: Kyle Sturges
Special Opportunities: Cultural Excursions, Field Trips, Research Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval
Program Required References: None
Program Information:

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Perth lies a short distance from the Indian Ocean and is the capital and major commercial center of Western Australia, the largest amongst the states that make up the commonwealth of Australia. A modern but relaxed city of about 1.5 million people, Perth boasts a variety of natural and man-made attractions in both its downtown area and immediate suburbs. It has great cultural centers, gorgeous parks, colorful gardens, and has retained many of its historic buildings with distinctive architecture. Like neighboring Fremantle, Perth enjoys a cosmopolitan lifestyle with a myriad of shops, cafes, galleries, restaurants and pubs.

Program Dates*
Fall Semester (Australia Semester 2): Mid-July through late November
Spring Semester (Australia Semester 1): Mid-February through late June

*Prior to applying, please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Students will participate on the Study Abroad program offered through The University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia.
  • The University of Western Australia (UWA) was established in 1911 and is a member of Australia’s prestigious "Group of Eight" leading research-intensive universities.
  • Students who attend the University of Western Australia are able to progress in their academic studies and work towards their degrees while in Australia. Students will experience a much broader education as they immerse themselves in the Australian culture and a different system of education.
  • Grades are assigned according to the Australian grading system and then converted to US grades. Grades obtained in Perth will be included in the computation of the grade point averages.
  • All students enroll in 5 courses (units)
  • UWA offers courses at the undergraduate level in the following faculties:
    • Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Economics and Commerce; Engineering, Computing, and Mathematics; Law; Life and Physical Sciences; and Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Students may not take courses in the areas of Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Students also participate in an online, self-paced, non-credit bearing unit INDG1000 Indigenous Studies Essentials in order to gain an understanding and appreciation of the local, national, and global contexts of Indigenous peoples.
Study Abroad compiles a database of previously offered approved courses and how these courses can be used in the Notre Dame curriculum by departmental designation and number. Students should use this resource in addition to the Browse Classes feature in NOVO when searching for ND course equivalents. Additionally, students can refer to UWA's study abroad website to review recent semester course offerings. Final course offerings are generally not available until closer to departure, and all courses are subject to change.

See fact sheet above for eligibility considerations

Special Considerations
  • All students will be required to obtain a Student Visa after they've been formally accepted to the program. The cost of the visa (approximately $425.00USD) is the student's responsibility.
Special Opportunities
Specially designed excursions are arranged to expose students to other parts of Western Australia, including visiting various geographic and ecological zones which offer fascinating case studies in the links between human economic development and the environment. In the past, students have visited such locations as the mining town of Kalgoorlie, the Wheatbelt, and the Margaret River area. These excursions are included as part of the program at no additional cost to the student.

Housing and Meals
Students reside in single rooms at St. Thomas More College, very close to UWA’s campus. Rooms are fully furnished, including WiFi internet connection, and bathroom facilities are shared. The residence hall has onsite staff including a Head of College, Deputy Head of College, and more than a dozen Resident Assistants.

Students are provided three meals a day, seven days a week, and packed lunches/dinners are available upon request should a student not be able to make it to the dining hall during service hours. St. Thomas More College will also accommodate reasonable special dietary needs. Meals and snacks outside of the meal plan are the students' responsibility.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.