International students

A guide for education providers

The resources provided inside this section will help international students studying, working and playing in Sydney.

You will find useful information and links to help international students navigate their life and work while studying in Sydney. This guide covers immigration, accommodation, working and all things to do with health and wellbeing.

Read about the NSW International Student Awards and the students and education providers who have added extra value to the Australian community.

These resources were developed as part of the 4th Annual International Education Provider Forum held in October 2016.


The award winning Welcome Dinner Project launched in 2013, has held more than 200 welcome dinners in homes and community spaces across Australia. Involving more than 5,000 people it has now become a social movement.

The project has a simple vision: To foster new and meaningful relationships between newly arrived people and established Australians over potluck style meals.  

To register to attend or host a welcome dinner, go to the Welcome Dinner Project or email Everyone should feel welcomed.

Student visas and arrival information

Learn more about international student visas at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

StudyNSW provides a welcome desk at Sydney International Airport, staffed by international student volunteers during peak arrival periods and a virtual presence is provided at other times.

Basic emergency education

Educate international students about how to get emergency help for ambulance, police or fire and rescue with the free triple zero (000) awareness campaign.

The 4th Annual International Education Provider Forum in 2016 was presented by:

City of Sydney 2030. Safe City.

In partnership with:

New South Wales Police Force. Safety and wellbeing of international students.  

The event was supported by: 

NSW Government. Health. South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. 

 ACON. Here for Health. ISANA: International Education Association Inc.

Special thanks to:

The Council for International Students Australia

Last updated: Tuesday, 3 January 2017