Welcome to Sydney

The City of Sydney welcomes international students as part of Sydney's global talent hub. You can find out more in our international education action plan.

Sydney has always attracted people from many cultures and there are now over 178,000 international students studying in the City's local area.

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.

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

The Sydney International Student Guide will help you discover lots about how to settle into your temporary hometown.

The guide covers:

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

Lord Mayor's reception

Every year, Lord Mayor Clover Moore officially welcomes more than 1,000 international students to Sydney. 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.


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: The City's ISLA program won the inaugural NSW Government International Student Community Engagement Award in September 2014 (above).

Students at the 2015 Lord Mayor's reception for international students (below).

Lord Mayor Clover Mpore surrounded by hundreds of international students

Last updated: Tuesday, 10 March 2020