CISWA is an independent, voluntary, non-profit group promoting the wellbeing of international students studying in Western Australia.

Originally funded by AusAid, CISWA was established in 1963 in response to the demand for support services for the 1000 international students studying in Western Australia. Over fifty years on, CISWA remains the only organization of its kind in Australia, though the number of international students in WA has grown to over 50,000.

CISWA supports the staff who work with international students, running an affordable Professional Development (PD) Program and an Annual Conference currently in its 29th year in 2022.

President’s Welcome

CISWA would like to extend our best wishes to all students that are currently studying in Perth, but also to those who are engaged in study with a Western Australian institution abroad or are planning to travel here soon.

The COVID-19 crisis has imposed enormous burdens on all international students, but especially those who have had to carry out their studies while overseas and also those who fully expected to have come to Western Australia to study but have not been able to travel here.

We hope that those of you who were planning to come here to study will be able to make those arrangements now that international travel into Perth is possible.

We hope that you will be able to join us soon in the beautiful city and state that has so much to offer to you.

We would like to wish you to stay safe and healthy which is so important these days and we hope to welcome you in Perth and Western Australia very soon.

Best wishes,

Dr Kevin McKenna

CISWA President