International Students The Vice-Chancellor’s Welcome



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Part-time employment

Under the terms of a student visa, once an international student has commenced their course they may work up to 40 hours per fortnight while their course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks.

The University has a Careers Centre (see page 11) to help you find part-time and vacation work, but it is important to be aware that work is not always available. You should not rely on earning sufficient income to support your studies and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship may decline a visa on this basis.
Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

A compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is payable for each year or part year of your study. The fee is used to improve the quality and quantity of services to students. The fee for 2013 is $235. An electronic SSAF Statement of Account notification fee will be sent to your UWA student email account each semester following your enrolment. Further information is available at www.student.uwa.edu.au/courses/fees/ssaf


Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires all international students applying for a student visa to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of their student visa.

OSHC is offered by a number of providers, see www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/Sia/en/StudyCosts/OSHC.htm. You may obtain OSHC from the provider of your choice.

The University of Western Australia has a ‘preferred provider’ agreement with Allianz Global Assistance. On acceptance and payment of your offer, UWA will arrange health cover with Allianz Global Assistance for the duration of your student visa.

For information on the University’s agreement with Allianz Global Assistance, refer to www.international.uwa.edu.au/newstudents/health

There are three types of policies available to students:



  • Single cover—covers only the valid student visa holder

  • Dual family cover—covers one valid student visa holder plus either one adult spouse, or one or more dependent children

  • Multi family cover—covers one valid student visa holder plus more than one dependent—this can include one adult spouse and one or more dependent children.



Cost of living ($AUD)




On-campus residential

Calculated on 39 weeks

Off-campus residential

(With two other people)

Calculated on 52 weeks

Off-campus full board

Calculated on 50 weeks




Week

Year

Week

Year

Week

Year

ESTABLISHMENTS COSTS

Bond



















Bond rental










800







Advance rent










400







Letting fee










200







Electricity connection










32







Phone connection










60







Gas connection










45







Furnishings, linen










600







TOTAL










2,137




235






















Books, stationary




750




750




750

SSAF (see page 19)




235




235




235

Contingency fee




500













Student Club fee




200













Building and amenities fee




460













Internet service fee




400













TOTAL




2,545




985




985






















Rent/board

404

15,756

200

10,400

235

11,750

Food







100

5,200







Lunch at uni







75

3,900

75

3,750

Public transport







40

2,080

50

2,500

Utilities







35

1,820







Spending money

100

3,900

100

5,200

100

5,000

TOTAL

504

19,656

550

28,600

460

23,000






















Expenses for holidays

300

3,900













GRAND TOTAL




26,101




31,722




24,220



6Worldcare quotes fees for 2013

Length of degree

Single cover

Dual Family cover

Multi Family cover

1 year

$519

$1,180

$1,534

2 years

$1,037

$2,622

$3,409

3 years

$1,602

$3,922

$5,098

4 years

$2,403

$6,032

$7,841

5 years

$3,085

$7,808

$10,150

6 years

$3,768

$9,619

$12,505

Courses for a changing world

UWA is committed to ensuring our graduates have all the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s workplace.

To ensure that you’re equipped with the knowledge and skills that employers are seeking, the University has incorporated broadening units within its course structure. Studying broadening units gives you the opportunity to develop skills and abilities in fields beyond those in which you choose to specialise.

Employers and professional associations have emphasised the need for university graduates to have a better, broader understanding of the world. These include attributes such as well-developed communication, research and problem-solving skills.

By choosing to study at UWA you will become a well-rounded graduate with a global perspective, prepared for success in a rapidly changing and increasingly international workplace.

As part of your undergraduate degree, you will be required to take four broadening units chosen from outside your degree area. You may choose broadening units that are of particular interest to you or which add value to your degree and chosen study area.


How it works

Broadening units fall into two categories—A and B. You need to choose at least one of your four broadening units from Category A. The remaining three units can be taken from Category A and/or Category B providing you meet any unit prerequisites.

Category A broadening units focus on aspects of the globalised and culturally diverse environment. There are three types of Category A broadening units:


  • Select from the list of designated Category A units

  • Choose a unit in a language other than English (provided it is not the same as your degree-specific major)

  • Study overseas in an approved Student Exchange or Study Abroad program. For more information on spending a semester or two internationally refer to pages 9 to 10.

Category B broadening units are all units outside of your degree—this includes almost all Level 1 undergraduate units (providing you meet any prerequisites). This gives you literally hundreds of interesting options!

To see the list of broadening units go to www.handbooks.uwa.edu.au/undergraduate/courses/broadeningunits

If you choose to study a second major from outside your degree area, these units may count towards your Category A and/or B broadening units.

When will I study my broadening units?

You can take your broadening units at any time during your degree.



Prior to your enrolment at UWA you will receive further information and advice to help you design your individual study plan and this will help you determine where your broadening units will best fit into your undergraduate course.

Course diagrams: examples only


7Single major unit selection

YR 1

SEM1




MAJOR (DSM)




COMPLEMENTARY




BROADENING A OR B




ELECTIVE

SEM2

MAJOR (DSM)

COMPLEMENTARY

BROADENING A OR B

ELECTIVE




YR 2

SEM1




MAJOR (DSM)




COMPLEMENTARY




BROADENING A OR B




ELECTIVE

SEM2

MAJOR (DSM)




COMPLEMENTARY




BROADENING A OR B




ELECTIVE




YR 3

SEM1




MAJOR (DSM)




MAJOR (DSM)




ELECTIVE




ELECTIVE

SEM2

MAJOR (DSM)




MAJOR (DSM)




ELECTIVE




ELECTIVE

Broadening unit

Elective unit

Complementary unit

Degree-specific major



This diagram shows the basic components of an undergraduate degree. In this example, a student has chosen to complete one degree-specific major (DSM) which includes four complementary units. As well as four broadening units, this student can choose their remaining subjects (electives) from a number of different areas of interest.
Course diagrams: examples only


8Two majors unit selection1

YR 1

SEM1




MAJOR (DSM)




COMPLEMENTARY




BROADENING A OR B




SECOND MAJOR

SEM2

MAJOR (DSM)




ELECTIVE

BROADENING A OR B

SECOND MAJOR




YR 2

SEM1




MAJOR (DSM)




ELECTIVE




BROADENING A OR B




SECOND MAJOR

SEM2

MAJOR (DSM)

ELECTIVE




BROADENING A OR B




SECOND MAJOR




YR 3

SEM1




MAJOR (DSM)




MAJOR (DSM)




SECOND MAJOR




SECOND MAJOR

SEM2

MAJOR (DSM)




MAJOR (DSM)




SECOND MAJOR




SECOND MAJOR

Broadening unit

Second major unit

Elective unit

Complementary unit

Degree-specific major

This student has chosen to take two majors: the degree-specific major (DSM) and a major from another degree. Because the degree-specific major chosen only specifies one complementary unit, there is room in the degree structure for some elective (free-choice) units.


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