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Perth: University of Western Australia
Perth, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Agriculture, Archeology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Business/Management/Finance, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Culture, Dance, Development and Planning, Drama/Theater/Performing Arts, Economics, Education, Electronics, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Government, Graphic Design, Health Sciences, History, International Relations, Internship, Irish Studies, Italian, Journalism, Land and Food Resources, Latin American Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Marketing, Mathematics, Media, Music, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sciences, Social Sciences/Sociology, Statistics, Studio Art and Design, Teaching ESL, Theology, Tourism, Urban Studies, Veterinary Science
Type of Program:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:



This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in agriculture, natural sciences, liberal arts, earth and mineral sciences, exercise science, and engineering. Use the on-site course catalog to find more information about specific courses.

Perth City Skyline
You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits).

Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits/22 University of Western Australia Points. Students can enroll in a maximum of 15 credits/24 UWA Points. 5 UWA Points = 3 PSU credits.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Perth UWA Course Equivalency List*. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact

Housing and Meals

Student can apply to live in a residential college (dorms).  2-3 meals a day are included in the housing cost depending on the residential college. To see more information on the different cost of housing you can visit the  UWA housing website.


On-campus housing is competitive, so it is recommended to submit the housing application as early as possible. Links to the various Residential Colleges can be found on the Housing Information as the application process for each residential college varies. Students who are unable to live in on-campus residential colleges, may contact the UWA Housing Service Office to request assistance in finding private housing.

Housing costs in Australia can vary significantly between the different residential colleges and off-campus options.  Students are responsible for researching the different housing opportunities in order to choose their best option.  See the notes section of the budget sheet for more details on the varying costs.

Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

Beautiful Ocean Scene
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.

For More Information

For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program.  Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college.  If you're not at University Park, students at Commonwealth campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.

To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Elizabeth Shuman, the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2014 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 07/28/2014 11/22/2014
NOTE: The semester begins on July 28. Students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to the beginning of the semester for which the dates are TBD.
Spring 2015 05/01/2014
06/30/2014 01/01/2015 01/02/2015
NOTE: NOTE: Please note: The dates listed above are not the actual dates of the program. At a later date your program dates will be provided to you. Should you have any questions, please follow up with your Education Abroad advisor.

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