Welcoming international students to Sydney
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Lord Mayor’s Welcome for International Students 2021
The Lord Mayor's Welcome for International Students main event took place on 16 March 2021, with continuing associated programs. The event recognised students' contributions to Sydney's vibrancy, liveability and cultural diversity.
This year, the event was held virtually on Hopin allowing students, regardless of where they are in the world, to experience this exciting annual event and to connect with Sydney.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore officially welcomed students, who also experienced traditional Aboriginal dance performances, virtual reality and a Welcome to Country, with an opportunity to join discussion rooms, chat with community groups, industry organisations and universities about support in and outside the classroom.
The associated events in partnership with community groups and industry organisations aim to provide in-depth knowledge about aspects of living and studying here and further enhancing a true connection with Sydney.
Whether it be making sure students know their legal rights, learning more about Indigenous living cultures, or support for business entrepreneurs, this event provided something for every student.
This event is supported by Study NSW, the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney.
Welcome to Sydney
Every year, Lord Mayor Clover Moore officially welcomes more than 1,000 international students to Sydney. The reception marks the start of their journey and making life-long connections.
On behalf of the people who live and work here, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Sydney – one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world.
Our community includes people from over 180 nations. This mix of cultures, histories, experiences and stories makes our city a great place to live, visit, work and study.
With a lifestyle that is second-to-none, Sydney is Australia's most exciting education destination. We have leading research facilities and instructors, giving overseas students great educational opportunities.
Sydney offers a fantastic lifestyle with experiences at cafés, shops, bars and restaurants as well as some of the best and most inspiring arts, culture and natural environments to be found anywhere in Australia.
Sydney is a city that is alive with opportunity and possibility. While you study here, you will be able to enjoy sport and cultural events, including our spectacular New Year's Eve celebrations and the biggest Lunar New Year celebrations held outside Asia.
I also encourage you to engage in your local community and participate in volunteering opportunities to enrich your experience here and learn more about the local culture and people.
This dynamic, accessible and safe city is just waiting to be explored – welcome to our great city.