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Eight great reasons to study in Perth, Western Australia

Western Australia (WA) is truly the authentic Australian experience. The State is famous for its long days of sunshine, spotless blue skies and brilliant white beaches. It has also gained global recognition for its record low unemployment rate, booming economy and advanced developments in science and technology.

Perth, the capital city of WA, is ranked the world’s fourth “most liveable city” by The Economist (2008) and was recently voted as one of the world’s “top ten future cities” (Lonely Planet 2006).

The city has a long tradition of welcoming international students. In any given year, Perth attracts over 42,000 student enrolments from over 140 countries.

Perth offers a unique learning environment that nurtures creativity and provides access to unrivalled academic resources. You will find everything you need to achieve your potential… all in a city famed for its friendliness!

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Here are eight great reasons to choose Perth as your study destination:


    The internationally recognised qualifications gained in Perth will pave your way to a rewarding and successful career. WA’s education system is recognised around the globe as one of the best. Its five world class universities and wide variety of schools, vocational institutions and English language colleges provide quality assured education with flexible study pathways. The State’s practical approach to education, guided by teachers who are experts in the field, ensures that you are taught the skills that are relevant to today’s ever-changing world.


    Perth offers one of the highest standards of living in the world, and yet is more affordable than many other study destinations. International students receive a 40 per cent discount on all public transport and buses within Perth’s city centre are free for everyone! The Mediterranean climate, less crowded population and less traffic congestion have resulted in perfect blue skies and a pollution-free environment. Perth also enjoys a relatively low crime rate compared to other major cities, making its campuses, transport and city streets safe and secure.


    WA is the perfect place for aspiring scientists! The State’s five universities are at the forefront of science and technology, and are involved in cutting edge research projects with other leading institutions around the globe. If you study science in Perth, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to life-changing projects such as clean water production, development of new vaccines and ways to combat climate change. The awarding of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Medicine to Prof Barry Marshall and Dr Robin Warren highlights the quality of scientific research conducted in the State.


    One of the first things you will notice about Perth is its cultural diversity. People of more than 200 different nationalities live, work and study in WA, speak over 170 languages and practice over 100 religions. So no matter where you come from – you’ll always feel welcome and respected. There are many places of worship and a wide range of venues that cater for specific religious and dietary requirements. Many nationalities have formed cultural groups for local and international members to socialise and connect with other people with similar interests and backgrounds.


    As a student, you always need a bit of extra cash! If you are on a student visa, you will have the opportunity to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week. This allows you to earn some spending money and become an active member of the community. It’s also a great way to improve your English! There are ample jobs available in the areas of administration, communications, hospitality, house-keeping, retail and tourism. If extra cash is not a concern, why not volunteer at one of Perth’s numerous charitable organisations or community programs.


    Perth is WA’s cultural hub for arts and entertainment, with the city and its surrounds providing the perfect backdrop for festivals and cultural events all year long. Visit art galleries, or enjoy a night of theatre, dance, music, comedy or film. The city’s multicultural mix is most evident in its food, which cater for all moods and tastes. Students love to frequent dim sum restaurants and food halls which serve a variety of international cuisines. There are also many entertainment venues including funky lounge bars, clubs and pubs, where you can dance, listen to live music and watch sporting events.


    WA has the fastest growing economy in the country. With only 10 per cent of Australia’s population, the State generates over 30 per cent of the country’s export income. This economic boom has generated thousands of high quality and highly paid jobs. WA continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the country, at a low 2.2 per cent (Oct 2008). People working in WA are also amongst the best paid in the country, with average full-time earnings of AU$ 67,059 per year (WA Business News, Aug 2008). This is well ahead of the national annual average of AU$ 59,654.


    Whilst you are on your study break in Perth, don’t miss the chance to leave the city and experience the breath-taking natural environment that WA has to offer. With 12,500 kilometres of pristine coastline and vast diverse landscapes, there is an adventure for everyone. Swim with friendly wild dolphins at Monkey Mia, trek the 350-million-year-old Bungle Bungle range, dive with the largest fish in the world (the whale shark) at Ningaloo Reef, try your luck at finding gold in Kalgoorlie, surf the awesome waves at Margaret River, climb the towering Karri forests of the South West… the list goes on!

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