International students

International students

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Strengthening global connections

The City of Sydney welcomes international students as part of Sydney's global talent hub. Sydney has always attracted people from many cultures and there are now over 35,000 international students studying here.

International students enhance Sydney's vibrancy and liveability through contributing to our city's cultural diversity. The international student community also plays an important role to grow and strengthen Sydney's global connections – today and in the future.

Lord Mayor's reception

Now in its 11th year, Lord Mayor Clover Moore (pictured below) officially welcomed 1000 international students to Sydney on 18 March 2015. The yearly reception marks the start of the students' journey and the beginning of life-long connections with Sydney.

Sydney is Australia's global knowledge centre and business hub, alive with opportunity and possibilities offering world class education and pioneering research institutions, and a wonderful array of cultural activities and professional experiences. 

Lord Mayor Clover Mpore surrounded by hundreds of international students

Welcome to Sydney

A great number of international students live in the local area because of its proximity to universities, TAFEs, colleges and other educational providers.

We worked with Insider Guides to put together the 2015 Sydney International Student Guide, which we hope will help you discover everything there is to love about your temporary hometown. You can also download an accessible version.

The guide covers:

  • transport
  • accommodation
  • employment
  • communications
  • shopping
  • dining and entertainment
  • adventure.

If you need help contacting the City during your time in Sydney, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service.

Student safe

We worked with the NSW Police Service to put together personal safety tips in a variety of community languages to help you avoid crime and remain safe during your stay in Sydney. 

Leaders and ambassadors

In 2013 the City trialled its international student leadership and ambassador (ISLA) program, with 40 leaders and ambassadors successfully graduating from the 6-month training course and work experience program in December.

Our libraries

The City provides a network of libraries and international students are welcome to become members.

You can access our extensive collections, including IELTS, online resources, free wifi and study spaces. 


To find out more about our programs for international students, or to order resources from the City for your students, please contact:

Susana Ng
Senior Community Programs Officer
02 9265 9333

Images (from top): The City's ISLA program won the inaugural NSW Government International Student Community Engagement Award in September 2014. Students at the 2015 Lord Mayor's reception for international students.

Video presentations
A speaker from the education provider forum.

Education provider forum

31 March 2015

A showcase of the range of interagency resources available for international students hosted by the City in partnership with StudyNSW, NSW Trade and Investment and the NSW Police.

My Study My Career

My Study, My Career

21 March 2014

Advice to international students about finding work while they’re living in Australia and what they can do to maximise job opportunities. Also offers advice regarding safety, including the various forms of domestic violence. Speakers include students, some of the country’s leading employers and legal experts.

Study Work Play Safely

Study, Work and Play Safely

31 October 2013

The purpose of this forum was to enhance the safety and wellbeing of international students through facilitating access to resources and promoting a more cohesive and socially inclusive community by engaging service providers in the process.

Last updated: Monday, 18 May 2015