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International students

Each year international students from more than 100 countries choose to study at a TAFE college in Western Australia.

There are many good reasons to study through TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA):

  • Government owned and operated
    TAFE offers high quality nationally recognised courses for international students and is government backed and guaranteed.
  • Pathways to university
    TAFE colleges offer programs that have flexible entry requirements and provide opportunities for further study at university.
  • Large course selection
    You can choose from more than 250 courses to study at locations throughout metropolitan Perth and regional Western Australia.
  • Modern facilities
    TAFE colleges have modern facilities designed to closely replicate real work environments.
  • Practical workplace skills
    TAFE qualifications provide you with practical skills and industry training that gives you skills employers need.
  • Value for m​oney
    You will receive high-quality training and support at an affordable cost.

TIWA is the unit within the Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development responsible for the recruitment and admission of international students studying at Western Australian TAFE colleges.

All international students applying to study at a Western Australian TAFE college must apply through TIWA. You can apply online (opens in a new tab)  on the TIWA website or make an enquiry (opens in a new tab) .

TIWA works in partnership with TAFE colleges to ensure that international students are encouraged to achieve their study goals, including continuing to higher education studies at university.

TIWA - RTO Provider No: 52395 CRICOS Provider Code: 00020G


Department of Home Affairs information for international students, updated February 2022

  • Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders – this takes effect immediately for any new or ongoing students and includes the added ability to also start work before their course commences and work for more than 20 hours per week. This will be reviewed by the Federal Government in April 2022.
  • Student visa holders who travel to Australia between 19 January – 19 March will be eligible for a refund of their visa application charge.
  • Visa extension for COVID affected Temporary Graduate 485 visa holders - On 18 January 2022, the Australian Government announced that Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders who are eligible for a replacement Temporary Graduate visa because they lost time in Australia as a result of COVID-19 international travel restrictions, will have their visas extended to 30 September 2022.This interim measure allows eligible Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders who were affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions, to enter, or remain in, Australia to live and work until they can apply for and be granted a replacement Temporary Graduate visa.


Courses for international students

  • Commercial Cookery

  • Hospitality

You can study a TAFE qualification from Certificate level to Associate Degree. Visit the international course catalogue (opens in a new tab)  for information on courses and English requirements.


Study English at TAFE International Western Australia

You can study English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) at TAFE International Western Australia.


How to apply

International students apply through TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) by completing an online application. Visit the application process instructions (opens in a new tab)  to find out more or you can apply now (opens in a new tab) . This is our preferred way to apply and will receive priority processing.

In some countries, you may find it helpful or convenient to seek the assistance of one of our Education Agents. They are available to assist you with your application and visa. Find an Education Agent

If you experience issues during your application, please phone (+618) 9218 2100 or contact us via our online enquiry form (opens in a new tab) ​​.


Contact Details

Student Support (Albany campus)

Tel:  6371 3722



Student Services (Bunbury campus)

Tel: 6371 3100 or 0417 937 894