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 27th year in 2020.


President’s Welcome

CISWA would like to extend a very warm welcome to all new international students arriving in Perth to commence their studies for this academic year!

We hope you find the information on our website helpful to you, as you settle into student life in Perth.

Once you have settled into your accommodation and studies, you may want to commence exploring our wonderful city and its outer regions while you are in Western Australia.  Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, and together with the historic port of Fremantle is home to 2.286 million people.

Each year, CISWA organises a variety of programs for international students to meet and mix with other students and members of our local community. 

We look forward to seeing you at one of our programs.

Dr Kevin McKenna

CISWA President