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 28th year in 2021.


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. With the COVID-19 crisis it has been unfortunate we are not able to welcome you in Perth this year. We hope that once this pandemic is over, you will be able to join us here in the beautiful city and state that has so much to offer to you.

CISWA has had to cease organising programs for international students in the current situation, however we hope to restore these programs as soon as it is safe to do so.

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