The University of Western Australia
Future Students

Selecting your classes

The Student Exchange and Study Abroad programs at UWA allow you to choose units (classes) from any Faculty except Medicine and Dentistry.

You must have Faculty approval for each unit you wish to take, and the Faculties will check that you meet the prerequisites for each unit prior to your enrolment.

  1. Before selecting units
  2. How many units can I take?
  3. How do I select my units?
  4. How and when do I enrol?
  5. What are the classes like?
  6. How will I be assessed?

Before selecting units

Before selecting your units we recommend you:

How many units can I take?

Study abroad and exchange students must enrol in a full academic load of 24 points per semester. Most units are worth 6 points, so this generally works out to four units per semester.

Typically, most units are offered for a semester, but some must be taken for a full year.

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How do I select my units?

As part of your application process, you will select units to add to your UWA study list. To allow for more flexibility, we recommend that you request more than the required number of units for a full-time load.

Units at UWA consist of four letters detailing the discipline of the unit (such as ECON for economics) and four numbers, which indicate the level of study:

  • Units that start with numbers 1-4 are generally undergraduate units. A code beginning with 1 represents first year level studies, and so on.
  • Units that start with numbers 5 and above are postgraduate units and are generally not available to study abroad and exchange students unless your home university degree is postgraduate; however, the Faculties will review these requests on a case by case basis.

When selecting units for your study list, you should only select units that are available at the Crawley campus. 

For each unit, the Faculties will then consider your previous academic history and any required prerequisites to determine whether or not you are approved to enrol.

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How and when do I enrol?

Final enrolment takes place during Orientation week and will depend on timetabling constraints, unit availability and Faculty approval. During this week, Faculty Advisers will be available to assist you with your selection of units.

Most units do not have a quota limit, so if the Faculty approves you to take a unit, it is likely that you will be able to enrol in it.

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What are the classes like?

At UWA the emphasis is on independent learning. There will be less direction from lecturers, greater expectations of individual study outside classes, fewer assessments and heavier weighting on assessments.

You will attend weekly lectures, which may be large (sometimes more than 100 students). These will be complemented by weekly tutorials, which are smaller classes where you will be expected to actively participate in discussion and debate. They may be compulsory and are often assessed.

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How will I be assessed?

Final grades will be based on a combination of oral and written assignments and tests, project work, participation in tutorials and final examinations. Multiple choice is not a common method of assessment.

Performance is graded according to the following scale:

Grade Percent
HD (Higher Distinction) 80 - 100
D (Distinction) 70 - 79
CR (Credit Pass) 60 - 69
P (Pass) 50 - 59
N+ (Fail) 45 - 49
N (Fail) 0 - 44
UP (Ungraded Pass) n/a
P* (Pass Conditional) n/a
UF (Ungraded Fail) n/a

All examinations are conducted in English (except for language units) and the use of dictionaries is not permitted, nor will additional time be granted if English is not your first language.

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Further information

  • Entrance requirements

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