International Student of the Year Award

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Award Winner is Zhibo Zhang (UWA).

A big congrats also to our excellent finalists: Siddier Chambers (Curtin University) and Camilla Groen (UWA)

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CoP logo Stacked HI RESThe CISWA International Student of the Year Award is about recognising the significant contribution that international students make to the Western Australian community.

We are looking to acknowledge an international student, who has demonstrated academic excellence and has contributed to enhancing the student experience both on and off campus.

In selecting the recipient of this award, the student’s achievements and contributions during their time as an international student in Australia will be taken into consideration. Additional weight will be given to any activities which promote interaction with Australian students and with the local community.

The achievements and contributions of the winning student will be promoted through the education sector’s peak bodies, higher education media and the CISWA website.

Who Can Apply?

  • Any current international students living and studying in Western Australia
  • CISWA accepts nomination by an institution, colleague or friend

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must currently hold a student visa
  • Current CISWA Executives are not eligible to apply or nominate for the award
  • Unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated in subsequent years

The following criteria will add to the value to the nominee’s application:

  • Personal interests and community involvement
  • Degree of difficulty of the achievement
  • Previous awards and recognition
  • Voluntary work beyond paid employment
  • Achievements as an individual or as part of a group or organization

2017 Key Dates

1 APRIL- Applications Open

5pm on 19 MAY- Applications Close

26 MAY- Judging Completed

22 JUNE- CISWA Awards presented at the CISWA 24th Annual Winter Conference


2016 WINNER– Sarah Koelsch- The University of Notre Dame

Sarah Maria Koelsch PhotoSarah was rewarded with the Archbishop Foley Award in 2014 and the Bupa International Student Award in 2015 for outstanding contribution to service and community. Sarah has been a member of the Students’ Affairs Committee at Notre Dame representing ‘Arts & Sciences’ and is involved in welcoming international students and mentoring new commencing students.

Sarah has been a volunteer for AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) where she participated as a mentor in 2013, 2014 and was then employed as the Program Assistant in 2015. Sarah has also been involved with the Red Cross since 2012, where she started as an Emergency Services volunteer and then became part of the Migration Support Services. As part of her education at Notre Dame, Sarah completed an unpaid internship at CARAD (Centre for Asylum seekers, Refugees and Detainees) and continued being involved with the organisation until today. Furthermore, Sarah is a committee member of the ‘Higher Education Working Group’ which is a subcommittee of CARAD that supports refugees’ participation in tertiary education.


2015 WINNER- Thomas Remont- Central Institute of Technology

Thomas WinnerIn 2015, Thomas was awarded the ‘Outstanding Achievement in the Commerce Portfolio’ and the ‘Accounting Student of the Year’ and is Central Institute of Technology’s ‘2015 International Student of the Year’.

In 2014, Thomas was elected as an International Student Ambassador to help international students settle in to their studies and lives in Perth, and act as a conduit between international students and Central staff.

Thomas’ natural leadership was recognised by Navitas who appointed him to a part time position as an Activities Coordinator in November 2014.Thomas has been volunteering at the WA Aids Council for the past two years and earlier this year joined the Cross Campus Queer Network which is a student organisation that aims to make educational campuses welcoming and safe for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual students.





Full Name *

First Name

Family Name


Address *

Street Address


Post Code


Phone Number *

Mobile or Daytime Contact Number


Email *

Email Address


Gender *

 Male Female


Age *



Nationality *



Education Institution *

Education Institution


Course of Study *

Course of Study



Selection Criteria

Executive Summary *

In 500 words or less provide a summary which outlines:

  • the student’s contributions and achievements
  • benefits to other students and/or the community of the student’s activities
  • all community work undertaken


Significant Contribution *

In 500 words or less, describe how the student made a significant contribution towards the community while in Australia:


Evidence *

In 500 words or less, explain how the student has demonstrated leadership, innovation or creativity in their work:



Referee Statements

Please submit 2 referee statements below. One referee must be a staff member at the student’s education institution and the other referee must be an individual who has worked with the student when performing any of the roles mentioned in the application.

Referee 1:

Full Name *

First Name of Referee 1

Family Name of Referee 1


Position *

Position of Referee 1


Organisation *

Organisation of Referee 1


Phone Number *

Phone Number of Referee 1


Email *

Email Address of Referee 1


Statement *

Statement of Referee 1


Referee 2:

Full Name *

First Name of Referee 1

Family Name of Referee 1


Position *

Position of Referee 1


Organisation *

Organisation of Referee 1


Phone Number *

Phone Number of Referee 1


Email *

Email Address of Referee 1


Statement *

Statement of Referee 1




The following items must be uploaded to your application:

Student Photo *

Upload a digital photo of yourself (Accepted file types: png, jpg, jpeg. Max file size: 3mb)


Academic Results *

Upload a digital copy of your academic results, eg. academic transcript, letter of recommendation (Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx. Max file size: 3mb)


Resume *

Upload a digital copy of your resume (Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx. Max file size: 3mb)



Nomination by

Full Name *

First Name of person who nominated you

Family Name of person who nominated you


Position *

Position of person who nominated you


Organisation *

Organisation of person who nominated you


Phone Number *

Phone Number of person who nominated you


Email *

Email Address of person who nominated you




All boxes must be ticked for application to be accepted

 I currently hold a Student Visa

 Nominees have been notified of this nomination

 Application has been completed in full including all attachments uploaded

 I agree that CISWA has permission to use my application for promotional/marketing purposes