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Orientation resources

The City of Sydney is committed to the safety and wellbeing of international students studying, living and working in the city.

We know that a number of issues may affect the experience of international students in Sydney.

Difficulties like language barriers, making friends and integrating into the local community can sometimes add to the stress of study and lead to feelings of social isolation.

In collaboration with key stakeholders, we have developed a number of free resources to help newly arrived international students feel welcome and to help with their orientation.

This includes a short video with top tips for international students including safety advice and contacts.

Welcome to Sydney

Each year, the Lord Mayor of Sydney welcomes international students at Sydney Town Hall.

The welcome letter from the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore has been translated into numerous community languages to help newly arrived students feel at home, which you can download, print and include in your own orientation kits.

Student leaders and ambassadors

Through the City's multi-award winning international student leadership and ambassador program (ISLA) cohorts improve their communication and leadership skills, get some practical work experience, expand their professional networks and make new friends along the way.

Find out more about our 2018/20 ambassadors and hear about the experiences of our global alumni.

Enjoy Sydney's lifestyle

Our international student guide provides information about settling into Sydney. Check out these other useful resources across the City's website:

Safety information and useful contacts in English and community languages Speak my language – many resources are available in community languages Getting around, information on using public transport in Sydney Libraries – great places to explore, learn and connectSports and recreation facilities offering student discounts Community services directory

Video presentations
International Education Provider Forum 2015 Event Highlight

International education provider's forum highlights

13 October 2015

The City of Sydney, NSW Police Force and StudyNSW hosted the third International Education Provider's Forum at Customs House on 13 October 2015. The forum allowed for an exchange of information and ideas relating to accommodation and student safety and wellbeing to improve the sector's support of students to make safe choices.

Panel 1: Accommodation

Panel 1: Accommodation

13 October 2015

The panel discusses issues around illegal accommodation, safety issues such as overcrowding and smoke alarms, affordability and advice and support services for international students.

Student Wellbeing

Panel 2: Student wellbeing

13 October 2015

The panel discusses issues around international student wellbeing including workplace relations and entitlements, dealing with stress and support services for problem gambling.

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: Tuesday, 10 March 2020