Study Abroad at the University of Western Australia with Arcadia University

University of Western Australia
Preliminary Course Instructions


Course Load and Credits
Course Restrictions
Choosing Your Courses
Course Approval
Enrollment Process
Other Important Points


Course Load and Credits

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your semester at the University of Western Australia (UWA). A full-time course load is defined by Arcadia University as 14-16 U.S. semester hours of credit; this is the equivalent of 22-24 units at UWA. Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your courses:

Australian University Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
4,5 3
6 4
8 5
9 6
10,11 7
12 8

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Course Restrictions

Study Abroad students are not permitted to enroll in courses in the following areas:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry

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Choosing Your Courses

You should include at least 8-10 courses on your Preliminary Course Form to allow for scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations. Your flexibility is very important to the process.

When selecting your courses from the university's website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology:

Australian Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty School or College
Course Degree
Subject Course
Course Outline Syllabus
Semester 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2 Fall Semester

From the UWA website, http://units.handbooks.uwa.edu.au/units:

  • Click on 'Listing by Faculty/Sub-section.'
  • On the following page, click on the Faculty or Sub-section in which you are looking for courses.
  • For detailed information on a specific course, click on the course name and number.
  • Sort, either, by unit code or name depending on your preference.
  • From this comprehensive list you can view detailed information on each course, including:
    • Level of course is listed in brackets after course code and name (UG=Undergraduate)
    • Availability (Semester 1=Spring semester; Semester 2=Fall semester)
    • Location (limited to Crawley ONLY)
    • Link to Unit Outline (Syllabus)

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Course Approval

UWA will review your Preliminary Course form for approval and your Program Manager will email your approved study list.

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Enrollment Process

You will not be able to enroll in your courses and finalized your timetable until orientation. During orientation, UWA will hold Enrollment Information Sessions where advisors will be on hand to assist you with the enrollment process.

Be sure to bring an updated copy of your official transcript, your passport and COE with you to these orientation sessions.

The Arcadia University Australia Centre requires that you enroll in only one 100-level type course for the semester. To enroll in additional 100-level courses, you must appeal your timetable with the Associate Director of Western Australia during orientation.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school. Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Every effort will be made to place you in the courses you originally request. However, neither UWA nor The College of Global Studies can guarantee approval or placement in any course. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Alternate course approval and flexibility is extremely important.

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Other Important Points

Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work (i.e. courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips). Please see our fee information online here.

In some cases, UWA will request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript. Please have this information available should we need to contact you for this material.

If you are interested in enrolling in studio art, graphic art, art media production, drama, dancing or music courses, you will need to submit a portfolio or audition tape to support your application. Because your work will be sent to UWA, we are unable to return the portfolio.

Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas. If you intend to enroll in a unit that is assessed pass/fail, please contact Arcadia University to discuss the procedures associated with the grade translation.

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