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Our Story

Supporting students since 1982

We’re proud of our history and look forward to the future.

The first government-sponsored international students arrived at Canning College in 1982, and four years later, privately-funded overseas students were enrolled for the first time. With the establishment in 1986 of a dedicated international office, which focused solely on the needs of its overseas students, Canning College was positioned as a pioneer and leader in international education.

In 1986, under Principal Mr Jim Casey, Canning College enrolled 90 fee-paying students from Malaysia and Singapore in the Year 12 program.

From that small beginning, international programs at Canning College have grown to cover:

  • WA Universities’ Foundation Program.
  • WA Certificate of Education Year 11 and Year 12.
  • Certificate IV in University Access Program.
  • Diploma of Commerce.
  • Year 10 Secondary Program.
  • Bridging Programs.

In 2019, Canning College became the Western Australian State Government’s preferred provider for international secondary-level students.

Setting the standard for support

Aside from our excellent academic offerings, Canning College is also recognised for its exceptional student support services. We understand that international students arrive in Perth with different expectations, academic levels and career goals, and we make it our responsibility to assist them every step of their journey.

We set up students for success by providing the appropriate guidance and advice on academic and personal matters. This includes:

  • A comprehensive orientation program to help students adjust quickly and to make new friends.
  • Specialist Student Advisors that assist with subject selection and provide advice on university destinations and degree courses, as well as matters outside of education.
  • A Care Group Leader, who acts as an immediate point of contact should a student require advice or assistance.
  • A Literacy Support Teacher to provide additional support with English language learning.
  • A Library Teacher to help students access digital and physical resources and to understand referencing, which is an important requirement during university studies.
  • The Learning Centre, available to students seeking additional assistance with specific subjects.
  • Interactions with Western Australian universities to build familiarity, which help students during their transition to tertiary studies.
  • A dedicated staff member who gives advice and assistance with accommodation.

a modern college experience.

We celebrate a strong culture of internationalisation, which is built into Canning College’s campus life. We host hundreds of international students each year, who are drawn from around 20 countries. Students are encouraged to attend events and activities that enrich their international education experience.

Pathways to universities around the world

Canning College has assisted international students from many parts of the world to gain places in WA universities — The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Notre Dame — as well as universities around Australia and the world. In fact, our students have gone on to study in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Germany. Canning College students have enrolled in a wide range of course areas including medicine, law, engineering, arts, commerce, health sciences, physical sciences, and others.