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About The Asian Studies major from The University of Western Australia

Asia is home to two-thirds of the world's population and some of the most dynamic and fascinating societies on the planet. It is also an economic powerhouse, vital to Australia's future prosperity and security. You will develop critical knowledge of contemporary Asia and the social, cultural, political and economic forces which are shaping modern societies in the region. 

You'll examine topics as diverse as popular culture, gender relations, environmental issues, political transformations, the media and Australia's relations with the region. The Asian Studies major does not require you to learn an Asian language.

Career Pathways

Graduates with a good understanding of Asian cultures, societies and languages are in short supply. They have excellent employment prospects in Australia and in the rising economies of Asia. Many employers in Australia and Asia including human rights, education, tourism and media organisations, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the World Bank, and the United Nations give priority to the employment of graduates with an Asia-related academic background.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])

  • Credits
    144 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Asian Societies and Cultures 
  • Asia from colonial to modern
  • Environment, Power and Disasters in Asia 
  • Culture, Society and the State in Asia 
  • Australia and Asia
  • Popular Culture in Asia
  • Indonesian Politics and Culture 
  • Issues in Japanese Society and Culture 
  • Social Issues in Contemporary China 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

CRICOS Code: 00126G

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

  • All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE): 80
  • Canadian Matriculation (except Quebec): 80
  • Chinese Gao Kao: 80
  • Chinese Unified Examinations (UEC): 80
  • French Baccalauréat: 80
  • GCE or Cambridge Advanced-level Examinations: 80
  • German Abitur: 80
  • Indian School Certificate (CISCE): 80
  • International Baccalaureate: 27

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31704 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 95100 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Domestic Average Annual Fee - $9,094.47 (Commonwealth supported students).

Living costs for Perth

  • 1328 - 2370 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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