Enter university in Australia

Entry into university in Australia.

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Is your dream to study at a university in Australia and complete a degree that helps you achieve your career goal?

Do you need to improve your subject knowledge so that you can meet university entry requirements?

The Western Australian Universities’ Foundation Program at Canning College can help you take the next step by preparing you for entry into university in Australia.

Students who join the WA Universities’ Foundation Program in April 2022, will complete it in December and be ready to enter university in 2023.

Designed specifically for international students, the WA Universities’ Foundation Program will prepare you for entry into a variety of degree courses at many universities.

Online or on campus

If you are unable to travel to Perth, you do not have to delay your studies. You can start the WA Universities’ Foundation Program using our live and interactive online learning system. When travel resumes, you can complete your study experience with us in Perth, Western Australia.

Our online system was launched in 2020 and has already helped students enter top Australian universities, such as The University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne and University of Queensland.

The strength of our relationship with Western Australian universities’ also makes Canning College a great choice for students looking to study at Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Whether your goal is business, law, physiotherapy, engineering, arts, nursing or another area of study, the WA Universities’ Foundation Program provides you with the preparation and academic credentials to achieve your aim of entry into an Australian university.

What you get from us

Unlike many other Foundation Programs, the WA Universities’ Foundation Program is an academic program that prepares students for tertiary studies at many universities. This means you will improve your skills and knowledge in many subject areas, including English, as you achieve entry into a leading university.

In 2021, 84% of Canning College’s WA Universities’ Foundation Program students achieved the minimum standard for entry into an Australian university. These students recently started university courses in a wide range of areas including, Medical Radiation, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Animal Science and Nursing.

Care and support to make it easier

As a Western Australian State Government College focused exclusively on the education of international students, you can be assured of our commitment to your education. And our expert staff will provide care and support to help you get the most out of your entire experience.

Many students choose to remain in Perth after the completion of their tertiary studies and continue to enjoy the safe, friendly and relaxed environment. With the strongest projected economic growth in Australia, the state of Western Australia is also a great place to pursue employment opportunities in a range of industries including mining, health care, construction, scientific services and finance.

Our city has a rich multicultural population, with 32% of people born in 190 overseas countries.

What you need

Students who have completed the equivalent of Year 11 (see table below) in their home country and have achieved an English standard equivalent to IELTS of 5.5 are eligible to enrol in this program.

The minimum entry requirements for all our programs can be viewed here.

If you haven’t met this academic standard, you can enrol in a Canning College Bridging Program that will prepare you for the WA Universities’ Foundation Program. You may also like to consider enrolling in the Certificate IV in University Access Program, which can be completed in just six months and leads directly into some university courses. The Certificate IV is also a pathway into our Diploma of Commerce, which is equivalent to first year university studies.

Foundation Program entry requirements
Hong Kong
Average 50% or higher in relevant academic subjects in Form 5
SMA2/Year 11, average 7.0
KCSE or O Levels with C grade average
SPM with minimum 4 C grades in academic subjects. Sen Middle 2 with C grade average.
Year 11 with minimum grade average of 75%
4 C grades at O Level; N Levels also considered
Year 11 with minimum GPA 6.5
ECZ or O Levels with C grade average
4 C grades at O Level/ZimSec

Choose your university in Australia

You can take a big step towards achieving your university and career goals by joining the WA Universities’ Foundation Program in April 2022. You may also be eligible for an academic scholarship.

Contact our team at canning.col.info@education.wa.edu.au, speak to one of our approved education agents or start your application using the APPLY NOW button below.

WA Universities’ Foundation Program CRICOS Course Code: 076495K

Health and safety measures

Entry into university in Australia.

Current and new students, staff members and visitors to Canning College are reminded of social measures in place to protect the health and safety of Western Australians against COVID-19.

Border restrictions will be relaxed after February 5, which will allow international visitors to enter Western Australia without the requirement to quarantine, provided they meet entry requirements. These include having proof of vaccination and a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within three days of departure.

In order to protect the health and safety of the WA population, the State Government will continue to make health assessments and introduce new measures when necessary.

The wearing of masks is currently mandatory in some public venues, including on public transport, in hospitals and at Canning College.

It is also a requirement to show proof of vaccination to enter some public venues.

Students and staff are asked to regularly check the WA State Government information page for the latest measures.

We can’t wait to welcome new and returning students on to campus in 2022.

Entry into university in Australia.

Education is more than numbers

In 2021, despite the extraordinary challenges of the pandemic, international students around the world pushed on towards their academic goals.

At Canning College, we saw first-hand how students, both on campus and online, adapted to their circumstances with great success. The year has been more difficult for some students but almost without exception they have shown resilience, flexibility and a determination to reach the finish line.


A success rate of 96% across all programs included more than 30 students progressing to The University of Western Australia and Curtin University from our Diploma of Commerce. In the WA Universities’ Foundation Program, 84% of students achieved a score equivalent to a 70 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, generally considered minimum university entrance standard. We were delighted also that 21% of the Foundation Program group ranked in the top 5% of all students in Australia.

It’s personal

While the numbers are important, success can be measured across a number of things, including the personal development of the young people we educate. This year, as in all others since we started teaching international students in 1982, we helped students grow in confidence through the support of our teachers and other staff. This will serve students well as they transition into tertiary studies.

We were also impressed by the contribution of our student leaders. The Student Representative on the Board, Khaasyiyah, who is from Singapore, and our Student Ambassadors, Risto (Hong Kong) and Linda (Vietnam), stepped out of their comfort zones and represented the College commendably. We hope that our leaders in 2022 will be just as inquisitive, interested and polite.

A different year

Things will be different in 2022 and news that the Western Australian border will open to visitors from February 5 was very well received by the international education industry. But we need only to reflect on events elsewhere in the world to expect new challenges to emerge in the new year.

We cannot predict exactly how the new year will unfold but we can promise to deliver the same level of care and support that has been key to Canning College’s success for almost 40 years.

We wish past, present and prospective students, their parents, our partner agents and our good friends at Western Australia’s excellent universities the very best over the Festive Season and into 2022.

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Singapore students in Australia

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Are you a Singapore student who completed O Level or N Level studies in 2021?

Do you want to take the next step towards studying at a leading Australian university?

Canning College, in Perth, Western Australia, can help you achieve your study and career goals through the WA Universities’ Foundation Program (WAUFP), which can be completed in 8-10 months.

The Foundation Program leads into degree programs at The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Notre Dame Australia, as well as other institutions in Australia and overseas.

Students have progressed into a wide range of courses from engineering, physiotherapy and education to law, business and medicine.

In 2021, 84% of our Foundation Program students achieved an academic score at least equal to the minimum entry for Australian universities, while 21% of students ranked in the top 5% of all students in Australia.

Canning College works with highly experienced education agents in many countries. Our agents in Singapore will be able to help you prepare to join us in February.

Western Australia’s international border will reopen on February 5. Students who face challenges regarding flight availability and visa processing do not have to delay their studies. They can start the Foundation Program using our live and interactive online learning system until they are able to join us on campus.

Whatever your career goal, Canning College can help you get you there. You may even be eligible for one of our prestigious scholarships.

If you have a particular question, please email our team at canning.col.info@education.wa.edu.au and we will be in touch as soon as we can. Or watch our short introductory video to see what it’s like to study with us.

We hope to see you soon.

New community initiative engages students

Canning College has launched a new initiative that provides students with volunteer opportunities that engage them in community activities.

Award-winning WA Universities’ Foundation Program student Lee Dayoon was the first to take part in the program when she visited West Leeming Primary School this week.

Science teachers Tony Herbert and Simon Maddy attended with Dayoon to introduce the young students to microscopy.

In the 90-minute session, students learnt how to identify and describe the different parts of a microscope before using it to observe things such as crystals of sugar, onion cells, pollen grains, human hair and ants.

Dayoon, who was a joint winner of the 2022 Doug Russell Award as Canning’s outstanding WAUFP students, along with Micayla Han Qi Yi, was a great contributor to the session, helping the groups of students to conduct their tasks.

“It was nice to be able to help out and to show the young students some interesting science activities,” said Dayoon, who is from South Korea.

“I like the idea of being able to interact with members of the community and to be involved in something that feels important to the students.”

The West Leeming Primary School session was part of an ongoing collaborative partnership between Canning College, Curtin Universities and local schools.

Each visit will involve Canning College students engaging with members of the community in a voluntary capacity. Student volunteers are presented with a certificate from Canning College as a recognition of their contribution in extracurricular activities.

Science Specialist Mrs Charu Sharma from West Leeming Primary School was pleased with the activity.

“Our Year 5 students were highly motivated and engaged throughout the lessons prepared for them,” she said. “I greatly appreciate your time and effort and look forward to future collaboration.”

Mr Herbert was pleased with the inaugural activity.

“This is just one of many ways international students can engage in community activities,” he said. “It’s important that our students, who come from many parts of the world, feel genuinely connected to their studies and the place in which they have chosen to live.

“This initiative is a great way to connect students with the community through volunteering and we look forward to continuing this project in 2022.”

Welcoming students to Perth in 2022

Canning College in spring

Canning College is looking forward to welcoming new students on to campus in early 2022 following an announcement from the Western Australian State Government. 

After maintaining tight border controls that have successfully contained COVID-19 and limited its impact on the people of Western Australia, the State Government is preparing to start welcoming new international arrivals as part of a Safe Transition Plan. 

The transition, which is based on expert health advice, will occur when WA reaches a double dose vaccination rate of 90% of the eligible population (12 years and over). This is expected to be achieved in late January/early February 2022. 

Once an 80% vaccination rate is achieved, the WA State Government will announce the transition date. 

International arrivals in Western Australian will be required to: 

  • be double-dose vaccinated
  • return a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure 
  • undertake a test on arrival

During the pandemic, Canning College successfully developed, launched and delivered interactive online programs, which allowed international students to continue on their pathway to university from their own homes. We will continue to offer interactive online program delivery in 2022, until further notice. 

The Safe Transition Plan is a significant step forward for Western Australia and we hope that students enrolled to start with us in first semester will be able to join us in Perth at some stage of their education. We anticipate that new students may not be in Perth for the start of Semester One 2022 and that they will begin their Canning College studies through online delivery. However, we encourage agents to assist students in taking the necessary steps to be able to join us in Perth where they can fully immerse themselves in the international student experience. 

We understand that the processing of visas may be delayed in some countries and that some students may be required to spend more time studying online. Canning College will work with international education agents to ensure the best outcome for students enrolled in our programs. 

Canning College is committed to providing international students with excellent pathway programs that take them into their chosen university. More than that, we will continue to assist in their personal development so they are ready for the transition into university life. 

After almost two years of adjustment and caution around the world, we are delighted to be able to offer safety and stability here in Perth, Western Australia. Our State has the strongest economy in Australia, our city is clean, modern and conducive to a healthy lifestyle and our education system is among the best in the world – just three reasons for students to consider joining us at Canning College. 

Should you require any information about Canning College and how our programs can help international students achieve entry into leading universities, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions team at canning.col.admissions@education.wa.edu.au

For the latest information regarding the safe return of international students to WA visit the StudyPerth page here or for more about Western Australia’s Safe Transition Plan visit the Government website here. 

Canning College in spring

Secure your place with forecast results

2021 Lisa De Ceglie

Students seeking to join us at Canning College do not have to wait for their final academic results to submit an application.

Preliminary and/or forecast results can be assessed during the application process to help ease student anxieties and allow them to focus on current school studies.

Students can also use forecast results to apply for Canning College scholarships, which are available across all programs. Scholarship applications must also include a student’s most recent semester school results.

Our experienced admissions team can quickly assess student capabilities and provide the security of an offer of place, often within 24 hours of receiving the application.

Our commitment to student success comes with an expectation that those granted an offer of place will continue to work hard on their current school studies.

Canning College also offers students course packaging arrangements with Western Australian universities, saving time and money on visa applications.

Most importantly, a packaged offer can secure student places in some quota-restricted university degree courses, subject to meeting minimum requirements.

Apply now and find your future at Canning College

Direct entry into Australian universities

Your pathway into australian universities

Wherever you are in the world, Canning College can help you achieve your dream of earning a place at a leading Australian university.

Our programs are designed for international students and are generally completed in six to 12 months. We also offer multi-year senior secondary studies.

You can enrol now and start the WA Universities’ Foundation Program in July. 

Our experienced and supportive staff can make it easier for you to enter leading Australian universities. You will receive expert tuition from teachers who care about international students, and your qualification will be recognised across Australia and in other parts of the world.

Whether you are interested in studying with us here in Perth, Western Australia, or through our live and interactive online programs, you can gain access to leading universities on the successful completion of your Canning College program.

Students unable to join us in Perth can avoid delaying their studies by joining our online programs.

Students can continue this live, interactive learning until they are able to enter Western Australia and be part of our on-campus experience.

Canning College will continue to offer online programs to international students for a period of time after Western Australia reopens borders to international travellers in 2022.

As a Western Australian State Government institution, our programs are recognised across Australia, and Canning students are drawn from countries around the world, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Middle East and Africa.

Our reputation for success has been built over almost 40 years. In this time, we have helped thousands of students on their path to a wide range of careers including physiotherapy, law, business, engineering, medicine, nursing, veterinary science and IT.

Canning College works with highly experience education agents in many countries. They are experts at helping students prepare to join us in February, April or Mid-Year intakes.

Whatever your career goal, Canning College can help you get there with programs suitable for students of various academic levels. You may even be eligible for one of our prestigious scholarships.

If you have a specific question, please email our team at canning.col.info@education.wa.edu.au and we will be in touch as soon as we can or contact one of our approved education agents in your area.

Celebrating student success

Canning College celebrated the achievements of more than 130 students across three programs in 2020 and 2021 during a Presentation Evening ceremony held at Technology Park on Friday, October 22.

Students completing the WA Universities’ Foundation Program this year, and those who finished the Diploma of Commerce and Certificate IV in University Access Program at the end of 2020 or in the middle of 2021 were acknowledged during a presentation that was livestreamed to an international audience. Thank you to students from around the world, who watched the livestream despite technical difficulties during the night.


04mins 08secs

Principal’s address

15mins 25secs

Certificate IV 2020 students

17mins 40secs

Certificate IV 2021 students

20mins 07secs

Certificate IV Academic Excellence Award

21mins 15secs

Diploma of Commerce 2020 students

26mins 25secs

Diploma of Commerce 2021 students

32mins 30secs

Diploma of Commerce Awards

42mins 55secs

Diploma Valedictorian – Alvin Candra

49mins 30secs

WA Universities’ Foundation Program students

1hr 02mins 30secs

WAUFP Valedictorian – Livia Lily Mammen

1hr 07mins 40secs

Student Leaders presentation

1hr 12mins 20secs

WAUFP Awards

1hr 20mins 30secs

WAUFP Valedictorian – Khaasyiyah Kamsani

1hr 27mins 18secs

Charge – Dr Bruce Mackintosh






Principal Wayne Axford thanked students for their application to their studies and wished them well in their future academic endeavours.

“I encourage you to build on the relationships you already have with your peers, family and other members of society,” he said. “I also encourage you to develop meaningful relationships with people you will meet in the future, whether that be at university, in the workplace or through groups that share a common interest.

“To achieve ongoing success, I encourage you to focus on your goals, be passionate about these goals, work hard at the associated tasks and take pride in what you do.”

Director of International Operations Lisa De’Ceglie said students had adapted to significant changes to learning and teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We hope that the education that you received whether onshore or online has set you up for future studies that will lead to your dream career,” she told students.

“The way you have adapted to the totally unexpected shows that nothing is impossible for you.”

An exceptional valedictory speech from Khaasyiyah Kamsani, a WAUFP student who is also on the Canning College Board, was matched by online valedictories from Alvin Candra, a Diploma of Commerce student from Indonesia, and Livia Lily Mammen, who studied WAUFP from Singapore.

The prestigious Doug Russell Award for the top student was shared, for the first time, by Micayla Han Qi Yi, who studied WAUFP from Brunei, and Lee Dayoon, a Korean student who studied on campus.

The Scholarship Award and Ron Goddard Award for the Diploma of Commerce University of WA stream were won by Chung Hui Ning. The Scholarship Award and Ron Goddard Award for the Diploma of Commerce Curtin University stream were won by Goh Wen Xuan.

So Cek Ki, who studied online from Malaysia, won the Academic Excellence Award as the top Certificate IV in University Access Program student.



Doug Russell Award: Micayla Han Qi Yi and Lee Dayoon

Principal’s Commendation Award: Carine Siew Ying

Accounting and Finance Award: Yan Xiang Hock

Business Management and Enterprise Award: Micayla Han Qi Yi

Chemistry Award: Dominic Cheng

Computer Science Award: Micayla Han Qi Yi

Economics Award: Yan Xiang Hock

English Language and Australian Cultural Studies Award: Charity Lim Shu Ann

Human Biology Award: Carissa Lim Yen Hui

Mathematics Applications Award: Shelly Voo Sigawin

Mathematics Methods Award: Lee Dayoon

Mathematics Specialist Award: Lee Dayoon

Physics Award: Lee Dayoon

Psychology Award: Charity Lim Shu Ann and Carine Siew Ying



Financial Accounting Award: Chung Hui Ning

Communication Studies Award: Chong Yun Jun and Chung Hui Ning

Introduction to Finance: Chung Hui Ning

UWA Scholarship Award: Chung Hui Ning

Ron Goddard Award (UWA): Chung Hui Ning


Curtin Scholarship Award: Goh Wen Xuan

Ron Goddard Award (Curtin): Goh Wen Xuan


Academic Excellence Award: So Cek Ki