TAFE institutes for international students

West Coast Institute


West Coast Institute (WCI) is the premier large training provider in Perth’s n​orthern suburbs and has welcomed thousands of international s​tudents from over 50 countries in rec​ent years.

Our Courses

WCI currently offers the following Associate Degree:

Find out more about the advantages of studying an Associate Degree

​Other courses on offer range from Certificate to Advanced Diplomas in the following areas:

Pathways to University

WCI has advanced standing agreements with several universities. Find out more information, and see which courses are eligible for university packaging through Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP), in the University Pathway Finder.

Our Campuses

WCI has three campuses in the Perth metropolitan​ area that offer courses to international students:

Getting to WCI

The main campus of WCI is located in Joondalup, 25 kilometres north of Perth, or just a 27 minute train ride.​

It is located in the Joondalup Learning Precinct, which includes Edith Cowan University (ECU).

All of the campus locations are a short walk from public transport, provided by Transperth, including the bus and train. In Western Australia you will be eligible for a student discount on all public transport.

There is a free Central Area Transit (CAT) bus that operates within the Joondalup Central Business District (CBD) and learning precinct, which provides frequent services around the city.

Specialist Training

JOONDALUP – Kendrew Campus​

Academy of Digital Technologies

With a state-of-the-art learning environment featuring the latest in industry software, motion capture equipment and an animation studio the Academy of Digital Technologies (ADT) has a reputation for excellence in the delivery of high quality training and producing award winning graduates in a range of information technology industries and disciplines.

The Academy is at the forefront of digital media including animation, 3D modelling, augmented reality and Computer Generated Imagery.

Academy of Hospitality and Culinary Arts

The award-winning West Coast Academy of Hospitality & Culinary Arts, partners with industry and offers a range of live and realistic training environments to prepare students for employment in the culinary and front of house service industries.

The Academy is the only Australian education provider to date to be awarded the prestigious World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) award for excellence in culinary education.

Facilities include two skills kitchen, pastry & baking kitchen, barista training room, beverage training bar, fully functioning training restaurant and function rooms.

JOONDALUP – Health and Wellness Training Campus

Academy of Health Sciences

Based at the Institute’s Health and Wellness Training Campus on McLarty Avenue, the Academy uses a combination of online, classroom, simulated environments and on-the-job training, to deliver high quality and relevant skills training to students and health care professionals in the nursing and​ allied health industries.

Academy students conduct practicums in a variety of interesting job placements in public and private hospitals, aged care facilities, GP clinics, mental health clinics and community health facilities.


Trades North

Trades North, the Institute's face of trades training and is only a 10 minute drive from the Institute’s main Joondalup campus (Kendrew). It is easily accessible via public transport from Joondalup and Clarkson train/bus stations.

A $23m modern and environmentally friendly building, the campus has been designed to demonstrate ‘green’ practices and draw on methods of energy efficiency, water efficiency and waste minimisation. With a green economy focus, environmental practices will be embedded into every course in order to prepare students for employment in an economy demanding environmentally conscious employees.

Trades North provides trade-training programs in the areas of brick/block laying, plastering, wall and floor tiling, carpentry and horticulture.


Certificates awarded to students graduating from cookery courses at West Coast will also include the WACS (World Association Chefs Societies) - Recognition of Quality Culinary Education.​


International Support

International students enjoy a high level of personal attention from ​experienced and committed staff members at the WCI International Centre that strongly focus on supporting students to ensure ​their learning experience is positive and rewarding.

The friendly team provide international students with information on or assistance with:

  • Course information
  • Course entry requirements
  • Application, enrolments and withdrawals
  • Fees and charges
  • Scholarships
  • Learning support
  • Personal or study concerns
  • Accommodation
  • Student Visa enquries
  • Social activities
  • Finding local facilities (shops, banks, post offices etc..)
  • University pathways

Welcome from the Managing Director

"By choosing West Coast Institute you will be located in the rapidly expanding northern corridor of Perth. Our campuses are in close proximity to transport hubs, shopping centre’s, medical services, recreational facilities, dynamic entertainment and dining establishment and some of Western Australia’s finest beaches – enabling our students to enjoy a well rounded lifestyle of work, rest and play.

West Coast Institute is located in Perth's northern suburbs in close proximity to Western Australia’s pristine coastline.

Boasting world-class facilities in Joondalup and Clarkson, the Institute offers over 120 nationally accredited courses across 27 industry areas in partnership with Education and Training International. Together we welcome students from over 50 countries to their training journey in Western Australia.

Through our Council of Industry Partners and Advisory Boards we are able to ensure that the skills required by industry and enterprises are embedded in the training that we deliver.

With a reputation for high quality and innovative training delivery, your time at West Coast will be filled with hands on experience to ensure that you have the skills that you need to succeed in the workplace. Whilst at West Coast you will develop personal and professional networks, networks that will grow with you as you enter the working world and ascent up the corporate ladder of success.

We look forward to welcoming you to our West Coast community."​​

Michelle Hoad - Managing Director, West Coast Institute

International Student Video Tours

WCI students and staff have developed a welcome video for international students planning to come to Perth and study at WCI. You will hear from international students studying our courses.

WCI News

WCI student wins national culinary competition

West Coast Institute recently hosted the Australian Culinary Federation Fonterra Foodservice National Apprentice Competition Final at its Joondalup Campus.​

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WCI's International Student of the Year

United Kingdom (UK) student Gemma Hart has been awarded
the West Coast Institute’s International Student of the Year for her dedication to becoming a nurse.

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