Get ready for your Australian study experience

The blue boatshed is one of the things you might like to visit on your Australian study experience.

Getting the most out of your Australian study experience

Being away from home as an international student can be challenging for a young person. But it will also be one of the most exciting times, too.

No matter who you are, where you are from, whether you’re a new student or are continuing with us, we’ve got you covered!

FIVE things to prepare before leaving your home country –

  1. Book your flight
  2. Organise your accommodation
  3. Make a list and start packing
  4. Have a browse about Perth, Western Australia
  5. Embrace and enjoy your Australian study experience

1. Book your flight

Perth is a popular summer destination and with international students returning to Western Australia’s sunniest state it is very important that you have booked your flight in advance. It is best not to leave it until the last minute to lock in your flight.

Keep in mind that you might need some extra time to settle into a new place before you start with us. It is worth considering a flight that arrives a few days before the start of your study period.

Make sure you have these documents before you book your flight –

  • Passport – You must have a valid passport for at least 6 months prior to your arrival in Australia. Print a couple of hard copies of the information page in your passport in case of an emergency.
  • Visa – You must have a valid visa for entering and studying in Australia. Have your visa documentation and Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) ready before you fly.
  • Proof of vaccination – From 6 July 2022, you are no longer required to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination for travel to Australia. However, we encourage all travellers to be vaccinated for their own protection. You might want to check the requirements of your airline and any countries that you are transiting through as they may have vaccination requirements.

Please note that masks are still required for international flights to Australia.

Let Canning College know your arrival time in Perth and we can arrange a free pick-up service from the airport to your accommodation.

2. Organise your accommodation

Finding the right accommodation can be tricky, which makes it important to make this a priority. Do your accommodation research properly and confirm your booking as soon as possible.

Things to consider when choosing accommodation:

  • Location – Think about the distance from your accommodation to college and check on the transportation options here: Transperth. Also keep an eye out for local shops along the road like supermarkets, restaurants and pharmacy.
  • Price – Know your budget and always confirm the total cost and any other expenses you may be required to pay, such as a bond and utility fees (water, electricity etc) and ensure they are included in your accommodation agreement.
  • House rules and agreements – You are legally obliged to keep your place clean and pay your rent on time. You also have the legal right to feel secure in your property, and to live in accommodation that is well maintained. Make sure you are aware of any rules and agreements before you signed the contract.

On-campus accommodation is available at Unilodge Vickery House and nearby at St Catherine’s College Curtin.

Find out more: Student Accommodation and University Housing Perth | UniLodge Perth

You can also access other accommodation options, including private rentals and shared living.

If you are under the age of 18, and you will not be staying with a family member, you must stay with a homestay host under the Australian Homestay Network (AHN).

Once you have confirmed your accommodation, make note (address and contact number) of where you will be staying and let your family know. You are also required to inform Canning College as your education provider of your residential address and keep us updated if you have moved or changed contact details.

3. Make a list and start packing

Pack your things slowly to make sure you do not miss a thing. Imagine if you forgot to bring your power plug adapter for your electronic devices to be used in Australia? You will be able to buy a new one here in Perth, but you could have saved your time and money if you had your packing list prepared.

Here are some guidelines to help you work on your packing list –

  • Important documents – Gather all your documents in one safe place and have a copy of each packed somewhere else in your luggage. Even better to leave an extra copy at home with your family in case of emergency.
  • Essential items – Bring with you all the basic things that you need at least for the first week of your arrival. Check with your accommodation whether you’ll have to bring your own stuff like bed sheets, towels, toiletry, cutlery, etc. Cards and electronic banking are widely used but it’s a good idea to have some Australian currency, just in case.
  • Personal belongings – You might want to bring along your favourite things like most-loved jeans, comfy shoes, favourite pyjamas and items you don’t want to leave behind. Depending on when you arrive, you might need to pack something warm for the cooler autumn and winter months.

While working on your packing list, please check the Australian customs and biosecurity regulations here: Australian Customs and Biosecurity FAQs – Tourism Australia. There are some prohibited goods that you must declare when entering Australia. The penalties for breaches of rules can be very severe. 

One general rule is that if you are in doubt, it is better to declare the goods. These restrictions relate to food, herbal medicines, weapons, products from endangered and protected animals plus many other items. Also note that not only are passengers and their baggage checked but also parcels sent by mail from overseas. Your family needs to know what can and cannot be sent to you. Find out more about what you can bring into Australia (

The blue boatshed is one of the things you might like to visit on your Australian study experience.

4. Browse Perth, Western Australia

Have a look at the city of Perth, Western Australia. Searching online is a great way to help you get a better understanding of the city, the people, their lifestyle, the weather and the food. Visit the StudyPerth website here: to find out more about international study in Perth. You can visit to see what activities are taking place in Perth.

Don’t forget to visit our website to familiarise yourself with your soon-to-be second home. Follow our social media on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channel (@canningcollege) to stay updated.

5. Embrace your Australian study experience

Once you have arrived in Perth and have completed settling into your new accommodation and surrounds, let the adventure begin. Remember that you are not alone. Aside from the friends you will make at Canning College, there are thousands of international students in Perth and the locals are extremely welcoming, too.

As our office is open for most of the school holidays, you can even come in to see us at the College before orientation. Once you know how to get here it will make it very easy to find us on your first official day.

Welcome to the Canning College family. We’re sure you’ll have a wonderful journey ahead.

Get more from WACE

Get more from WACE in 2024.

Local/domestic students can get more from WACE at Canning College. This is the perfect study environment for students who want to work towards achieving WACE ATAR (WA Certificate of Education Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) in a university-style environment.

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Hao’s journey to Canning College

Hao's journey to university

Hao's journey to canning college

Hao, who is from Vietnam, studied the WA Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP) as a pathway into the University of Western Australia.

Canning College provided advice, guidance and support during his WAUFP studies as he adjusted to a new way of learning and living.

Watch the video below to find out more about Hao’s journey to Canning College.

Use O levels to enter Australian universities sooner

Use Your O Levels to enter Australian universities sooner

You don’t have to complete A Levels to achieve entry into Australian universities. At Canning College, in Perth Australia, you can use your O Levels to join the WA Universities’ Foundation Program (WAUFP) in April and July and be ready to enter a top Australian university in 2025.

Use your preliminary or actual O Level results to apply now!

The WAUFP is completed in just two semesters and provides entry into Australia’s top universities and high-demand degree programs, subject to students achieving the required scores and meeting entry requirements.

Canning College’s high-quality education programs have helped thousands of international students bridge the gap between school and university.

Whatever your university goal, Canning College can help you achieve your aim with our excellent academic programs and high levels of care and support that give you the best chance of success.

Our learning programs and great relationships with Western Australia’s excellent universities make it easier for students to transition into tertiary studies.

Click here to express your interest in joining Canning College or scroll down to read more about how we can help you achieve your academic and career goals.

Achieve more with our programs

Canning College has a range of programs that help students take their first steps in international education.

Western Australian Universities’ Program (WAUFP)completed in 8 or 10 months, the Foundation Program starts in January, April and August and leads to entry into many degree courses across Australia.

Diploma of Commerceequal to first year university studies, this one-year program leads into year two Bachelor programs at The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Certificate IV in University Access Program – this six-month program leads directly into a range of degree programs at Curtin University and Murdoch University

Western Australian Certificate of Education – this year-long program is the recognised WA school program that provides entry into degree courses across Australia.

Year 11 – students improve their English skills and academic capabilities before progressing into WAUFP or WACE.

Year 10 – integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics to prepare students for Year 11 studies

Click here to find out about the minimum entry requirements for our programs.

Students who require academic improvement can complete Canning College Bridging Programs.

Applications and scholarships 

High-performing students may be eligible for Canning College scholarships, including up to 40% off tuition fees.

We make it easier to study with us by allowing students to use their latest academic results, including preliminary or forecast results, to apply for a place in the WA Universities’ Foundation Program.

2020 WAUFP Carina Singapore 2

Find out why Carina chose Canning College

“The assurance that Canning College would make things happen if I were to fly played a big part in my decision of coming over within half a day.” Carina Yap

Prepare for success 

Our goal is to give students a great education by providing care and support at every stage of their journey. Our approach makes it easier for students to focus on their studies and achieve their academic and career goals.

Thousands of students have completed the WA Universities’ Foundation Program on their way to top universities, including education institutions in Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight.

The Foundation Program gives students excellent academic preparation for university studies, while our staff make sure students feel positive about the transition into universities.

Choose your university

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.

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

Learn from the best

Canning College has been educating international students for 40 years and our staff understand the unique needs of students from many different backgrounds.

After students enrol in Canning College programs, our staff help them prepare for life on campus and in our great city.

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.

The support students need

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.

Take the next step now

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

Contact us here and start on your pathway to university in Australia.

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

International Guide ready to download

International Guide: All you need to know

Canning College’s 2024-25 International Guide is ready to read online. It has everything international students need to know about our pathway-to-university programs, how to apply and why studying in Perth is a great choice.

This comprehensive 44-page International Guide provides detailed information to help prospective students – and their parents – choose the right Canning College program to take international students on their pathway to university.

Our programs have helped thousands of international students enter Australia’s best universities – including the five institutions here in Perth, Western Australia.

Check out the International Guide to find out more about our connections to Western Australia’s excellent universities, testimonials from former students and how we provide the care, support and attention to make it easier for students to succeed at university.

And, if you’re a current or former student and you took part in one of our official photoshoots over the years, you might even see yourself in the pages of the International Guide.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming an international student at Canning College, check out the International Guide or send us an email at

A bright future for graduates

A bright future awaits Canning College graduates

A bright future awaits

A bright future awaits Canning College’s latest graduates, who recently celebrated the completion of their course of study.

At a Presentation Evening function held at The Hub, we recognised the achievements of almost 120 students from 20 countries, who studied the WA Universities’ Foundation Program, Diploma of Commerce and Certificate IV in University Access Program with us.

We are grateful to the Minister for International Education, the Hon. Mr Templeman, MLA, who was a special guest speaker at the event. 

The Minister spoke of the important role Canning College plays in helping international students adjust to life in Western Australia and tackle their academic studies with confidence and optimism. 

In a humorous and entertaining speech, he also praised the students, valedictorians, performers and award winners.

We heard wonderful valedictory speeches from Nyan Lin and Pauline and witnessed incredible performances from Shem and Alex.

We applauded the efforts of top WA Universities’ Foundation Program student Tan Yuze, who won the Doug Russell Award. His fellow Singaporean, Archana, was awarded the Principal’s Commendation.

Congratulations were also reserved for top Diploma of Commerce student Jeannie, who won the Ron Goddard Award, and Chang Shi Hui and Pham Ngoc Phong Trinh, who shared the Canning College Advisory Board award as equal best Certificate IV in University Access Program students.

Our students were also privileged to hear from Curtin University’s Hannah Wilkinson, and Dr Fang Liu from The University of Western Australia.

Thank you to all our special guests for joining us on the night.

We also extend our appreciation to all students for contributing so richly to Canning College. We wish them well and hope they will all have a bright future. 

Award winners


Doug Russell Award (Dux) – Tan Yuze (Singapore)

Principal’s Commendation – Archana Gopakumar (Singapore)

Subject awards

Accounting and Finance – Silvia Cendana (Pekanbaru, Indonesia)

Business Management and Enterprise – Amberlyn Yeo (Bintulu, Malaysia)

Chemistry – Tan Yuze (Singapore)

Computer Science – Issac Chang (Penampang, Malaysia)

Economics – Archana Gopakumar (Singapore)

English Language and Australian Cultural Studies – Yong Wen Quan (Johor, Malaysia)

Human Biology – Tan Yuze (Singapore)

Mathematics Applications – Tan Yuze (Singapore)

Mathematics Methods – Isaac Chang (Penampang, Malaysia)

Physics – Isaac Chang (Penampang, Malaysia)

Psychology – Angela Kiu (Bintulu, Malaysia)


Ron Goddard Award – Jeannie Kong (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia)


Canning College Advisory Board Award – Chang Shi Hui (Miri, Malaysia)

Canning College Advisory Board Award – Pham Ngoc Phuong Trinh (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

A bright future awaits Canning College graduates

What Is WACE and Why Does It Matter? A Guide for Students

The completion of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is a significant milestone for students in Western Australia as it marks the successful completion of senior secondary education. Although this is typically achieved over Year 11 and Year 12, it can be completed by mature-age students at any time. 

Attaining WACE opens the door for future study opportunities and shapes a student’s academic and career trajectory, especially for those seeking an ATAR pathway.  

A Comprehensive Introduction to WACE 


Governing Bodies 

Having a WACE is a sign that you’ve completed the academic requirements for Years 11 and 12. Rooted in the educational framework of Western Australia, WACE is administered by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority meticulously oversees WACE activities, ensuring they align with the educational aspirations and standards in WA. 

WACE vs. Other Secondary School Certifications 

WACE’s unique structure and comprehensive curriculum set it apart from other secondary school certifications, offering a well-rounded educational experience. When compared with global certifications, WACE’s emphasis on holistic development and diverse subject choices underscore its distinctiveness. 

How to Achieve a WACE Certificate 

To achieve WACE, students must meet various requirements. These include completing several Year 11 and Year 12 courses and demonstrating a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy. 

Where WACE Can Take You


WACE results are used by universities, vocational training organisations, and employers to assess the suitability of candidates for further study or employment. The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) can also be calculated based on the student’s performance in WACE exams, which helps determine eligibility for university entrance.

How WACE and ATAR are Linked

There are two main types of WACE courses: ATAR and General Courses. You do not need to do ATAR to receive a WACE, but you do need to complete WACE to achieve an ATAR.

An ATAR score ranges from 99.95 to zero and is used to position you relative to all other students in WA who sit WACE exams in the same year. For example, if you have an ATAR of 75.00, it means that you have achieved as well as or better than 75% of the students who completed ATAR that year.

ATAR as a Prerequisite for University

University courses have an ATAR score prerequisite. For example, to study a Bachelor of Engineering at Curtin University, you’ll need an ATAR of 80 or higher. A Bachelor of Commerce at the same university requires an ATAR of 70 or higher.

If you don’t reach the ATAR score you need for the university course you want, don’t worry! There are other pathways you can use to eventually study that course (but we won’t go into that today).

WACE for Vocational Pathways

WACE also opens doors to various Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, offering alternative career paths and opportunities. The VET you undertake while completing WACE can provide direct entry to employment or open doors to future study, including further vocational or higher education.

The WACE Structure

Overview of Subjects and Courses

In a sense, there are multiple ways to achieve your certificate. Rather than fixed subjects, WACE encompasses a spectrum of subjects and courses, which students can choose from. Many balance academic goals and university prerequisites with personal interests, fostering the development of essential skills and knowledge.

Learning areas to choose from at Canning College including English, health, mathematics, science, and technologies.

Assessment and Examination Structure

Assessment under WACE is multifaceted. For each subject, students have a variety of assessments throughout the year (e.g. exams, assignments, practical tasks etc.) and an external exam/s or at the end of the year. Depending on the subject, a student may have a written (or theory) exam, as well as a practical exam. All these elements are used to calculate an individual’s ATAR.

Choosing Subjects and Courses

Embarking on the WACE journey requires strategic planning and informed decision-making, aligning subject choices with career aspirations and passions. For starters, students must choose the right subjects — of course, there are no “correct” subjects in the broader scheme of things. “Right” just refers to subjects that align with academic requirements — we focus on STEM subjects at Canning College.

As a result, the correct blend of WACE subjects and courses will be different for each person. Some students find this process overwhelming, which is perfectly normal and okay. Our Student Services team can assist you in choosing the best subjects for your interests and future study needs.

Four Common Challenges WACE Students Face

WACE students encounter various challenges, recognising these early in the academic journey and adopting proactive strategies are keys to success.

1. Poor Time Management

You won’t be able to master your subjects solely by the work that you do in class, even if this is what you’ve done in the past. You’ll need to put in additional time for study, practice and revision at home, especially around exam time. However, between work, family, hobbies, and social commitments, some students struggle with time management when it comes to studies.

2. Unaware of Syllabus and Study Requirements

While it’s true that the syllabus can be hard to understand, reading it is essential so you know what’s required of you. You can read the WA syllabus here. 

3. Not Enough Emphasis on Assessments

When it comes to ATAR, too many students mistakenly believe everything depends on the end-of-year exams. Remember, 50% of your ATAR comes from the marks you achieve throughout the year (assignments and assessments) and 50% of the end-of-year exam marks.

4. Cramming for Exams

Adding another dimension to poor time management, “cramming” occurs when students cruise through the year and then intensively study large volumes of information in a very short period of time, right before exams. The technique focuses on rote memorisation rather than a deep understanding of the material and often results in a lack of sleep, which ironically impairs memory. Exam cramming is famously ineffective, yet it’s a common situation students find themselves in.

Study Tips and Resources for WACE 

Study Habits and Routines 

Establishing disciplined study habits and routines early on in the year is fundamental for academic achievement. It also helps you maintain a healthy balance between all commitments — work, hobbies, family, and friends. It’s a good idea to regularly review your commitments and prioritise accordingly.  

Utilising Resources and Seeking Help When Needed 

Using available resources and seeking help proactively can significantly enhance understanding and retention of knowledge. At Canning College, teachers are always willing to provide out-of-class additional support as required. Teachers are also rostered into our learning centre-for ‘free tuition’ at advertised times. 

Managing Stress and Exam Anxiety  

Learning to manage stress and anxiety can significantly improve assessment experiences and outcomes. A key way to mitigate and manage stress is making time for hobbies, relaxation, journaling, meditation, sleep and social engagements. A balanced diet and exercise — even if light or minimal — are also key. 

Six Specific Study & Revision Techniques for WACE 

Adopting effective study and revision techniques significantly improves learning speed and information retention. 

Below are some proven and popular study methods. You’ll naturally gravitate to specific ones and combinations, or blend techniques, depending on your learning style. For example, you might use the Pomodoro Technique (5) to do Mind Mapping (3) and then finish up with a Summary Sheet (6). 

1. Active Recall 

Retrieve information from your memory without looking at the text. Answer questions, do practice problems, or explain concepts out loud. This strengthens memory recall and identifies areas of weakness. 

2. Spaced Repetition 

Review the same material multiple times over increasing intervals. This helps combat the “forgetting curve” (a hypothesis that suggests that over time, the memory of learned information decays if it’s not reviewed or used) and strengthens long-term retention. 

3. Mind Mapping 

For visual learners, mind mapping is a great practical tool — simply draw or create visual diagrams that represent relationships between concepts. This enhances memory through visual cues and the organisation of information. When it’s time to recall this information, you’ll picture the diagram in your head instead of words on a page. 

4. Self or Assisted Quizzing 

Regularly test yourself with flashcards or mock quizzes. If possible, have someone else write the quiz or hold up flashcards for you. This reinforces memory, identifies gaps in knowledge, and mimics test conditions. 

5. The Pomodoro Technique 

Work 25 minutes then take a five-minute break. Repeat. Each study session is called a “Pomodoro” — when you complete four, increase the break intervals to 15 minutes. This prevents burnout and helps you maintain high levels of focus.  

6. Write a Summary Sheet 

Condense your notes and material into one-page summaries for each topic. Even if you study the same material multiple days in a row, you should write a new Summary Sheet each time. This simplifies revision, identifies key points, and aids visual learning. 

Your WACE Journey Starts at Canning College   

Looking to begin your academic WACE journey? You can register your interest in attending Canning College on this page or call us on 9278 3500 to arrange a discussion. Canning College will contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss your interest in the College and your future plans.