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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.
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:
- dining and entertainment
If you need help contacting the City during your time in Sydney, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service.
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.
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:
Manager, Community Development
02 9265 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Last updated: Monday, 30 March 2015