Moving to Australia

Universities In Perth

Studying in Perth is a dream come true for many international students, particularly those from countries where the time zone is the same or close to what it is back home. With seemingly endless sunshine and a gorgeous environment, Perth Universities are enormously attractive.

When you’re choosing where to live, study or holiday, definitely take a good look at Perth!

5 Perth Universities to choose from

  • Curtin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Murdoch University
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Notre Dame

Let’s take a look at each one more closely.

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Which is the best University in Perth?

The best choice for you will be the one that offers the course you’re hoping to enter. If multiple Universities fit the bill, then you’ll have to do further research to find which has the culture and facilities that appeal to you most.

Curtin University

The largest of Perth’s Universities, Curtin’s student body numbers around 58,000, with about one third international students. Courses are available in the following fields: Agriculture, environment and sustainability; architecture and construction; arts and creative industries; business, management and law; culture, languages and Indigenous; education; engineering and mining; health; IT and computing; physical sciences and mathematics.

Curtin’s largest and main campus is located in Kent Street, Bentley which is about six kilometres to the south-east of Perth’s CBD. Students get to enjoy the campus’s 116 hectares of sprawling gardens and lawns and the University’s architecture features a blend of original 1960s buildings and up-to-the-minute designs.

Most courses are offered at the Bentley campus however there are three other campuses:

  • Curtin’s Graduate School of Business at 78 Murray Street offers postgrad courses in business administration and leadership.
  • Curtin Law School at 57 Murray Street is located close to Perth’s main courts.
  • The Kalgoorlie campus (approximately 600 kilometres east of Perth) primarily offers courses in metallurgical engineering and mining engineering.

There are also Curtin campuses in Dubai, Malaysia, Mauritius and Singapore. The institution is known for being the state’s most culturally diverse University and boasts the country’s third largest international student population. Its reputation centres around its strong ties with industry and high impact research and the array of innovative courses offered there. In the QS World University Rankings for 2019, Curtin was ranked 20th in the world for Universities under the age of 50.

Edith Cowan University

Established in 1991, Edith Cowan University is a fairly young institution and has more than 30,000 students on its books, roughly 6,000 of them international students. Students can choose studies in the following areas: arts and humanities; business and law; engineering and technology; medical and health sciences; nursing and midwifery; science; teacher education; performing arts (through the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts). ECU’s major campus is in Perth but students can also study through ECU Melbourne or ECU Sydney.

Edith Cowan University is one of Australia’s youngest Universities and is the institution of choice for around 6,000 international students.

Murdoch University

Murdoch University’s main campus is located on South Street in Perth, in its namesake suburb of Murdoch. There are two other campuses – Rockingham, 38 kilometres to the south and Mandurah, 64 kilometres to the south. Fields of study include: arts; business and governance; education; engineering and IT; health professions; law; psychology and exercise science; veterinary and life sciences and the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs. There is also a Dubai campus in the UAE.

The University’s enrolments number around 18,500, with 3,000 of those being international students from more than 100 different countries.

MU is ranked among the top 100 young Universities in the world and has achieved world-class standard or above in 85 percent of research disciplines. It also has a five-star rating for graduate starting salaries and educational experience. The Uni partners with over 50 exchange partner Universities.

On-campus accommodation is available for 800+ students at Murdoch University Village which features secure apartments, a swimming pool, student lounge and beach volleyball court.

University of Western Australia

Established in 1911, UWA was the state’s first University. Located in the suburb of Crawley, 10 minutes from Perth’s CBD is the main campus and there are two smaller campuses at Albany and Claremont. Choose from the following faculties and schools: arts, business, law and education; science; engineering and mathematical sciences; health and medical sciences; school of Indigenous studies.

UWA has more than 24,000 students enrolled there, from undergraduate studies through to postgraduate studies. It is a World Top 100 University and part of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia’s top research Universities.

Considered the most picturesque University in Australia, UWA sits adjacent to the beautiful Swan River. The facilities on campus include cafes, banks, social clubs, bookshops and more.

Famous alumni who graduated from UWA include former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, former Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley, several former Premiers of WA, entrepreneurs Robert and Janet Holmes a Court, Singaporean billionaire, Peter Lim and pianist and comedian, Tim Minchin.

University of Notre Dame Australia

Western Australia’s only private University, the University of Notre Dame Australia offers studies in the following fields: arts and sciences; business; education; health sciences; law; medicine; nursing and midwifery; philosophy and theology; physiotherapy. The University’s graduate employment rate is 79.1 percent, well above the national average which is 70.6 percent.

Though a Catholic University, UNDA welcomes students from all faiths and backgrounds. The main campus is in Fremantle, south of Perth and there are two others: one in Broome in regional WA and another in Sydney. Each of the WA campuses offers on-campus accommodation.

Why international students choose Perth University courses

One of the factors that international students are drawn to is Perth’s reputation as a sophisticated, safe and beautiful city. It’s close to beaches and enjoys the most days of sunshine per year out of any of Australia’s major cities. Perth is in the same time zone as China, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei which makes keeping in touch with family back home very easy. It’s also only one hour ahead of Vietnam, Indonesia, Mongolia and Laos and one hour behind Japan and South Korea.

Did you know that around 35 per cent of Perth’s citizens were born overseas? That makes Perth Australia’s most multicultural city!


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