Support services for international students

Carine, who is from Malaysia, was pleased with Canning College's support services for international students.

Support services for international students are incredibly important in helping them achieve their academic goals. Pursuing an education in a new country can be filled with lots of new learning opportunities and exciting experiences, but you’ll also likely be met with a few challenges and roadblocks. As you start your overseas study journey, it’s essential to know what support resources and services are available to you as an international student at your educational institution.

To help understand support services for international students at Canning College, we spoke to Carine Siew, who relocated from Malaysia to study Year 11 Secondary Studies and the WA Universities’ Foundation Program (WAUFP) at Canning College. After completing her secondary studies, Carine has moved on to pursue the Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) at Curtin University.

Carine, who is from Malaysia, was pleased with Canning College's support services for international students.
Transition support

Coming to Australia for the first time to study felt daunting for Carine.

“I felt anxious when I arrived at the airport, not knowing anyone around me. Fortunately, in addition to the very helpful pre-departure pack, Canning College arranged for an airport pick up to drop me off at my accommodation,” Carine said.

During orientation week, the Canning College team assisted Carine with getting all the important aspects of studying and living in Australia organised. From selecting subjects and getting student/concession cards to opening a bank account – Canning ensured Carine had a smooth transition into her life in Perth. You can even seek the College’s support to find accommodation if you’re unsure about where to live during your studies.

“Their support made my life so much easier as an international student who knew nothing about living in Australia,” she said.

Study support

The Student Services centre at Canning College is the place to go to when you need any kind of assistance. Here, you can get support with day-to-day matters such as accommodation, academic issues, subject selection, guidance in tertiary entrance, visa/passport inquiries, and also receive pastoral care. Support services for international students are essential to the Canning College goal of preparing students on their pathway to universities.

“Student Services was where I ran whenever I felt lost or stressed due to my studies,” she said. “I could simply go to one of the Student Advisors at the office and talk to them. They guided me and were my greatest support system throughout my two years of study at Canning College,” Carine said.

Literacy support

Canning College also offers additional assistance with literacy and language development.

“Since my first language is not English, my goal was to improve my English language abilities so I could communicate well with people around me,” Carine said. “Thanks to Canning College and the Literacy Support Officer, my English speaking improved.”

English language is taught in creative ways to aid learning at Canning College.

“In addition to the English class, we get to learn the language by watching videos and movies and having discussions with our classmates. I really enjoyed studying English, thanks to Canning College,” Carine added.

Personalised learning environment

To help ensure you are able to meet specific career path goals and university requirements, a one-on-one interview with a Canning College Student Advisor can be held as part of the enrolment process, ensuring that your study is tailored to you and your career aspirations.

Since classes are smaller at Canning College, you’ll get to know teachers and other staff members well, which creates a supportive environment. You’ll find that your inquiries are dealt with quickly, you’ll be able to work more closely with teachers, and it’s easier to make friends.

Social and mental wellbeing support

As you focus on your studies, it is also important to maintain your social wellbeing. At Canning College, there are regular events and local trips for students to help create connections. Sometimes, the trips take students beyond Perth, allowing you to explore the wonders of the Western Australian region.

Carine shared, “Due to international border closures during the pandemic, [and] since most of us were unable to go back to our home countries, Canning College organised an overnight field trip to the Swan Valley.”

Students were able to take a break from their studies to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Swan Valley.

At Canning College, there are also dedicated advisors available to help students with social, emotional, learning, and behavioural needs. If you ever feel like you need help with any aspects of your study and personal life, be sure to reach out to the School Psychologist, and remember: you are not alone in your academic journey!

Support for future goals

Beyond your studies at Canning College, you will find that the College serves as a fantastic springboard to tertiary education opportunities that can help meet your future career goals.

Carine admitted that her scores in science subjects such as biology, chemistry, and physics were quite low before she joined Canning College. That made her feel underprepared to pursue her aim to become a wildlife conservationist.

“It felt like it was just a dream and far from being a reality. However, thanks to the patience of the teachers at College, my scores and English language have improved…boosting my confidence to pursue environmental science at university,” Carine said.

Currently enrolled, she is intending to specialise in Wildlife Biology in her second year.

Canning College and the support services for international students have been a foundation for Carine to enter university to study the degree of her dreams so she can achieve her goal to be immersed in nature and conserve precious Australian fauna.

What are your goals for the future? Check out how Canning College can help you achieve them!

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Must do in Perth in 2022

If you are an international student planning on studying in Perth, you are in for a treat! The city is a great study destination with excellent quality of life, culture, and infrastructure. 

We had a chat with Carolyn Tan, a graduate of the Western Australian Universities’ Foundation Program (WAUFP) program at Canning College. The WAUFP was Carolyn’s pathway to university, and she is now studying a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at Curtin University.

Originally from Labuan in East Malaysia, she has lived in Perth for almost three years now and has a lot of great suggestions for international students looking to explore the city and its surroundings. Her time at Canning College was especially beneficial in helping her adapt to her new home.

“Canning College offers many opportunities for international students to familiarise themselves with Western Australia by hosting many events that allow international students to gain a better understanding of Perth,” she shares.

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We’ve put together a list of eight things international students must do in Perth in 2022.

1. Head to London Court in the city centre

London Court is a charming European style open-roofed shopping arcade located between Hay St Mall and St Georges Terrace.

Carolyn says, “It’s a very photogenic spot and makes for a great outing with friends, right in the heart of the city.”

Don’t forget to pop into the quaint shops to buy souvenirs or grab a coffee, and check out the cute clock towers with their unique chimes.

2. Visit the Blue Boat House in Crawley

Located near the University of Western Australia, this picturesque spot has earned the title of being the hottest selfie spot on Instagram. The 90-year-old blue boathouse, located at the end of a pier, is one of Perth’s iconic must-sees.

“The Blue Boat House is a unique attraction to check out in Perth, but it can get a bit windy so bring a windcheater,” Carolyn advises.

3. Check out the food scene in Perth

Perth is also a great city for food lovers. “If you’re looking to have a great time with friends at a place with good vibes, and to eat excellent food that comes in big portion sizes served by great staff, try Pancho’s Mexican Villa at Victoria Park,” Carolyn says.

For something a bit more fancy, head to Firewater Grille for a nice steak. The Meat & Wine Co is another fantastic high-end dining option.

4. Explore hidden gems in the city

It is always exciting to explore a city’s secret spots, and Carolyn’s top recommendation is the S&R Orchard.

“It’s really peaceful…you can enjoy fruit picking, the prettiest pictures around the orchard and even tractor rides. They’re open seasonally so you’ll have to keep an eye out for [events].”

5. Check out local events and exhibitions

Carolyn recommends following Perth is OK or Urban List Perth to stay up to date with the city’s events and happenings.

“Keep up with the updates from local clubs, societies and associations as they regularly host events, and this is a great way to make new friends. I used to go event hopping through these [student] clubs when I first came and that’s how I met a lot of my current friends,” Carolyn says.

There are lots of events popping up in Perth, such as the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel exhibition in Fremantle and the multi-sensory Van Gogh Alive experience. So be sure to check them out while they last.

6. Explore Perth’s parks and walking trails

Perth’s metro and regional areas both offer scenic parks and walking trails for those who enjoy the outdoors. The parks are ideal for hosting a barbecue, riding a bike, and taking pleasure in the ample walking paths along the river. There are also many walking trails close to the city for those looking to get close to nature. 

“I would often head down to Mill Point Swan River with my friend and enjoy a picnic sitting on the bench while watching the ducks float in the water against the scenic city skyline. I can’t recommend this enough to other international students, especially after a busy week of assignments,” Carolyn says.

7. Explore outer city regions

Carolyn’s recommendation to international students is to not limit themselves to exploring just the city.

“Students should take the opportunity to go out of Perth city and visit the other wonders of Western Australia, such as Busselton, Margaret River, and the Pinnacles,” she says.

One of her fondest memories of her time at Canning College involves meeting a quokka – the happiest animal on earth!

“[Canning College] gave us a chance to visit Rottnest Island! Tickets to Rotto are usually very expensive, but they managed to get us very cheap tickets! I had a great time there with my mates,” she shares.

There are some great adventure sports you can do, too, like sandboarding at the Pinnacles, and outer regional areas make for a great camping trip with friends. And don’t forget to look up at the star-studded night sky!

8. Make new friends in Perth

It can be a bit frightening to make the transition from where you’ve come from, and you may not have a lot of friends or family when you first arrive. This might lead you to feel homesick. Carolyn’s advice is to not stay cooped up indoors.

“Push yourself to discover what Perth has to offer. You might end up having fun, making new friends, and a lot of wonderful memories.”

Starting her international student journey at Canning College was particularly helpful when it came to meeting new people.

“The friends I made [at Canning College] helped make it such a memorable year for me.”

Finally, Carolyn recommends international students seek a part-time job while studying. Not only will this be excellent for gaining work experience, but the money earned can help you explore all that Perth and its surroundings have to offer.

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Farewell to Mid-Year Foundation students

Canning College has congratulated a group of international students on their completion of the Mid-Year WA Universities’ Foundation Program during 2021-22.

Jamielynn Wong, who is from Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, won the Top Student Award as well as the subject awards in Computer Science and Maths Applications.

She also gave a valedictory address in which she described the challenge of studying mostly online before moving to Perth recently.

Only two students – Riho from Japan and Irene from Korea – completed the entire program on campus. They started in August 2021 and were joined in Perth by another five students during second semester following the opening of Western Australia’s borders this year.

Twenty more students completed the program in the virtual classroom online.

Students in the graduating class of 2021-22 came from Malaysia, India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Congo Democratic Republic, China, Iran, Philippines, Maldives and Singapore.

Acting Principal Maria Leslie and Director of International Operations Lisa De’Ceglie thanked the students for their dedication and hard work.

Award winners

Top Student: Jamielynn Wong Shin Yew (Malaysia – International Education Consultancy, Kota Kinabalu)

Chemistry: Josephine Ng Wei Tong (Malaysia – Xceleration Higher Education Consultancy, Kota Kinabalu)

Computer Science: Jamielynn Wong Shin Yew (Malaysia)

English Language and Australian Cultural Studies: Esther Seow Min Jin (Malaysia – AUG, Ipoh)

Accounting and Finance: Ma Wenjia (China – Bright Can-Achieve Limited)

Human Biology: Esther Seow Min Jin (Malaysia)

Mathematics Applications: Jamielynn Wong Shin Yew (Malaysia)

Mathematics Methods: Hein Kyaw Paign (Myanmar – Intel-Bridge Education, Yangon)

Physics: Joshua Chua Hanwei (Singapore – Jack Study Abroad)

A successful Foundation

The WA Universities’ Foundation Program provides international students with direct access to leading Australian universities.

The WAUFP is managed by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre and students can determine their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank by using a simple conversion chart. This system is recognised by Australian universities, including Group of Eight institutions such as The University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne.

In 2021-22, students unable to travel to Perth due to COVID restrictions, studied the WAUFP in the virtual classroom. They were required to log on daily and engage in live lessons conducted via webcam.

For some students, this meant re-scheduling their daily life so that they could align their studies with the live lessons. This was a particular challenge for Garryl, in Congo Democratic Republic. For students in the +8 timezone, there was little disruption to their daily routines.

Applications are open for the next Mid-Year WA Universities’ Foundation Program, which starts in August. Students can also start the WA Universities’ Foundation Program in February and April each year.

WAUFP is an academic program, aligned to the Western Australian school curriculum, which has been designed specifically for international students. All students study English Language and Australian Cultural Studies for nine hours per week. They must also study at least three other academic subjects.

Find out more about the WA Universities’ Foundation Program here.

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Reach study goals with Foundation

Naomi enjoyed the Foundation Program (WAUFP) at Canning College

Canning College is a leader in preparing international students for degree program studies at universities in Australia. The Western Australian Universities’ Foundation Program (WAUFP) is the cornerstone of Canning’s university preparation programs.

What is the Western Australian Universities’ Foundation Program?

The Western Australian Universities’ Foundation Program (WAUFP) is an academic program that provides entry into tertiary education in Australia.

With programs running across either 8 or 10 months, the WAUFP provides students with the skills to help them transition into university in Australia.

Benefits of the WAUFP

Successfully completing WAUFP guarantees entry into all five Western Australian universities (Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, the University of Notre Dame Australia and The University of Western Australia). Australian universities in other states, including the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney, and some overseas institutions also accept WAUFP results as entry criteria.

Students choose from a range of academic subjects at Year 12 level, including Mathematics (Applications, Methods and Specialist), Physics, Human Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Business Management, Accounting, Economics and Computer Science.

The compulsory English Language and Australian Cultural Studies subject provides international students with additional literacy support to improve their readiness for university.

Teachers committed to both academic excellence and student wellbeing

Naomi Pang completed the WAUFP at Canning College in May 2020. She began the course as part of a cohort in August 2019.

“I thought it was the best pathway for me to enter directly into Australian universities,” Naomi said of the WAUFP.

The experience was a positive one, and Naomi has since gone on to study a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland.

The diversity of the Canning College cohort, and the fact that many of them were living out of home for the first time, made it easy to find friends and study buddies.

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Alignment with the Australian syllabus prepares students for life after Canning

Naomi said that WAUFP aligns with the Australian syllabus and gives international students a taste of learning in an Australian classroom.

This knowledge has been hugely beneficial now that she has commenced her tertiary education.

For Garryl Kalonji, WAUFP has helped him improve his English language skills and has prepared him for the architecture degree he hopes to pursue when he finishes.

“I have learned and added new skills and knowledge which will be helpful for my future studies and career,” Garryl explained.

Garryl started WAUFP remotely from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At first, he was anxious about studying online, given he would need to attend classes at odd hours due to the time difference.

“But I had the support of teachers and other staff members as they were taking time to help when needed,” he said.

This helped him feel confident that he could complete his studies despite the logistical challenges. Garryl has since travelled from Congo and joined Canning College on campus studies.

How to apply to WAUFP at Canning College

Students can start WAUFP in any of three intakes, which are in January, April and August. Students joining in April complete an accelerated program, which aligns with students who started in January.

April-start students generally need to be of above-average academic ability to cope with the heavier workload.

The Mid-Year (August) intake is completed in the middle of the following year.

Scholarships are available, based on academic merit.

To apply for the WAUFP at Canning College, students must have completed year 11 or equivalent and have English language skills at IELTS 5.5 level. 

Moving on to university

After completing WAUFP, students receive a Combined Percentage Score, which can be directly compared to the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), which is used for university entry.

Naomi wouldn’t hesitate to recommend WAUFP at Canning College to other international students. Her advice is simple: “don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone, because with every step you take you gain a bit of confidence.”

This was a particularly important element of her studies and has eased the transition into university.

Garryl’s view is similar. He has gone from being anxious about beginning WAUFP to “confident, comfortable, and ready to start University!”

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Pathway to university in Australia

3 easy steps to university in australia

Canning College’s mid-year programs take international students into university in Australia – and a step closer to their career goals.

New programs start in July 2022, so students can start on their pathway to university sooner. You can start online while you wait for visa approval and you may even be eligible for a scholarship

Our staff can also help students improve their English by recommending one of our intensive English language partners.

Getting into university in Australia is as easy as (1) contacting our team, (2) completing a Canning College program, and (3) enrolling in a university degree course.

Canning College staff will help you with every step.

STEP 1 – Contact us to discuss your goals

Our experienced staff help students understand which program is best suited to them.

After assessing English language and academic qualities, our team recommend the right Canning College program to set students on their way to university in Australia.

Whether you are interested in physiotherapy, law, nursing, engineering or business, Canning College programs help you achieve your goal. In fact, in recent years Canning College students have enrolled in almost every field of study, including education and training, information technology, agriculture and environmental science.

Our admissions team can process applications quickly so that students do not have an anxious wait to know if they have been successful.

You can also visit our international education agent page to find a representative in your local area to help you with your application.

Our programs

STEP 2 – Study with us in Perth, Western Australia, or online

Canning College has been educating international students for 40 years and our staff understand the unique needs of global learners. After students enrol in Canning College programs, our staff help them prepare for life on campus and in our great city – Perth, Western Australia. Students not yet ready to travel can choose to start an online learning program.

Before students leave home to start their international education adventure, they are provided with all the information they need to make life easy in Perth. They learn about the subjects in each program, and our support services, which include additional English language assistance and wellbeing services. They also receive advice regarding accommodation. Students under the age of 18 stay with a registered member of the Australian Homestay Network, where they receive additional care and support.

On arrival in Perth, students are offered a free airport pick-up service that takes them to their accommodation. Our spacious campus, set in a natural setting next to Curtin University, has modern classrooms and fully equipped science laboratories where subjects are taught by teachers who understand the needs of international students.

A team of Student Advisors are available throughout the year to provide advice and assistance with queries regarding studies, personal wellbeing and university destinations.

Our priority is to give every student a happy and supported experience, not just in the classroom but in every aspect of their life in Perth.

STEP 3 – Enrol in your dream university degree program

When international students successfully complete a Canning College program, it opens up a world of university opportunities. While some students choose to continue their studies elsewhere in Australia or even overseas, many stay in Western Australia.

University in Australia

We have long-standing partnerships with Western Australia’s five universities – Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, The University of Notre Dame and The University of Western Australia. Many of our students also choose to enrol in other Australian universities such as The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland.

Our Student Advisors assist students with their university applications, making it easier for them to transition from school to degree studies.

Garryl’s commitment to learning

Garryl was learning during lockdown.

Garryl, who lives in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is seriously committed to his studies, making a point of learning something new during lockdown.

Despite a six-hour time difference between his hometown and Perth, he joins his classmates for online lessons delivered live from Canning College.

He wakes during the night to start College and often sleeps during the day. But he is now on his way to completing the Mid-Year WA Universities’ Foundation Program.

Watch the video below to find out more about Garryl, his hobbies and where he will go next.

From online to on campus

From online to on campus

Alvin Candra spent 2021 finishing a Diploma of Commerce with Canning College from his home in Indonesia.

Online study was the best option for him to progress quickly into the second year of Curtin University’s Bachelor of Commerce degree program.

With Western Australia’s borders now open to international visitors, Alvin has already arrived in Perth and is studying on campus at nearby Curtin University.

We were delighted to meet our 2021 valedictory speaker at Canning College recently, and thank him for choosing us on his pathway to university.

We want all our students to make the most of their international education experience by studying with us in Western Australia.

But we will also continue to offer students an opportunity to start their studies online if they are not yet ready to join us in Perth.

Just like Alvin, you can start your studies online before making the move to Western Australia.

Read more about Alvin’s journey from online to on campus studies on Insider Guides here.

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Environment in focus with new project

Recycling helps the environment

As international students start to return to Western Australia, we’re kick-starting our Containers for Change initiative to help the environment and a local charity.

We’re hoping to have many more students join us on campus in the coming weeks and months.

This will mean a great deal more recycling and more money to donate to a worthy cause.

Around 88% of the students enrolled in our pathway-to-university programs are currently studying online from their homes overseas.

But many students are now preparing to join us on campus after recent news that the Western Australian border will open on March 3.

Canning College’s Containers for Change initiative will be an ongoing project, which means students currently on campus, and those who will be joining us in the future, can contribute to the cause.

We’re really looking forward to seeing more students here in Perth and helping us with this project.

Simple actions, powerful results

Students and staff are encouraged to put refundable cans, bottles and other containers in the marked bins in the cafeteria, student lounge, student services and staff room.

These bins are for containers marked with a “10c refund at collection depots” label, or similar.

If you already take your 10c recyclables to a local depot, you can choose to donate some of your refund to Canning College.

Simply scan the code at your collection point and select Canning College.

We will make sure your donation is passed on to our chosen charity.

Keep reading to find out which charity will be receiving the funds from our recycling efforts.

But if it’s easier, or if you are not currently using a recycling depot, bring your containers into Canning College and drop them into one of the bins.

Choosing a charity

We expect that by the middle of the year, our campus population will be much busier, and we’ll then be in a position to take the next step.

This will involve asking our students to research some suitable local charities that are listed on the Containers for Change website.

Student input will be considered before an organisation or cause is selected to receive the proceeds of our Containers for Change initiative.

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Why we care about the environment

We all know that our environment is precious.

Here in Western Australia, we have blue skies, golden sand and clean water lapping on to our beaches.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have to work to keep it that way.

With the effects of climate change, plastics in the world’s oceans and huge amounts of waste going to landfill, the world environment is under a lot of strain.

As a college exclusively focused on the education of international students, we feel globally connected.

Our Containers for Change initiative allows Canning College to contribute to a global challenge from a local perspective.

Western Australia’s role

Although Perth has a relatively small population of around two million people, the small steps we take can have a significant, positive impact on the environment.

Every year, the people of Western Australia use 1.3 billion drink containers.

These soft drink cans, fruit juice cartons and water bottles can end up in landfill, contributing to waste.

But there is a way to dispose of these items that is better for the environment.

Most drink bottles that are made of glass and plastic, cans made of aluminium and steel, and some cartons made of paperboard can be recycled instead.

And it is incredible how this recycled material can be put to good use in future.

Containers can be turned into many things, pens, shoes, road base, furniture, new drink containers and even aeroplane wings.

Find our more at Containers For Change.

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Full border opening on March 3

WA border opening to international students

Western Australia’s border will be open to international visitors from March 3, which will allow Canning College students to join us on campus.

This means that international students entering Western Australia after 12.01am on March 3 will not be required to spend any time in quarantine. As indicated in correspondence sent earlier this week, students entering before the border opening date must isolate in approved accommodation for seven days. For information regarding entry into Western Australia before March 3 please visit our website here.

After March 3, international travellers into WA will be permitted with the following requirements:

  • meet Commonwealth Government requirements to enter Australia;
  • be fully vaccinated under the Commonwealth requirements, if eligible;
  • have a registered G2G Pass;
  • undertake a rapid antigen test on arrival (within 12 hours and report any positive result).

Students who are planning to travel to join us here in Perth are asked to provide us with flight and accommodation details before travelling to WA. This will allow us to arrange free transfers between the airport and accommodation.

From March 3, the WA State Government will provide a Rapid Antigen Test to each international arrival to meet the new interim controls. Interim testing arrangements will be in place for a minimum of two weeks and then be subject to an ongoing review.

During this transition period and until further notice, Canning College will continue to offer online programs. We are committed to supporting students in the pursuit of academic goals both on campus and online.

Further information regarding WA’s response to COVID-19 is available on the WA Government website here.

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