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Discover and experience Sydney's rich cultural diversity at the yearly Living in Harmony festival.

Youth Week in the City celebrates our young people who are aged 12 to 24 with a variety of events in 2014.

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 it's 10th year, Lord Mayor Clover Moore officially welcomed over 800 international students (pictured below) to Sydney on 12 March 2014. 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.

The audience at the Lord Mayor's reception to welcome 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 2014 Sydney 'International Student Guide', available for download below, which we hope will help you discover everything there is to love about your temporary hometown.

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.


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

Susana Ng
Manager, Community Development
02 9265 9333

Study, Work and Play Safely – International Education Sector Safety and Wellbeing Forum

The forum was held on Thursday 31 October 2013 at the NSW Trade & Investment Centre, Sydney.

Last updated: Wednesday, 26 March 2014