Welcome to NSW

Study NSW is committed to making your experience in NSW the best it can be. We are here to help along every step of your journey – from arriving to thriving and beyond.

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You have made a great choice

NSW is the leading study destination in Australia. The NSW Government through Study NSW is here to support and enrich your study experience. 

Choosing to study in NSW is a significant investment in your education and career. Wherever you study in NSW, you will learn from the best. You will gain internationally recognised qualifications across in-demand industries at our world-renowned universities and training institutions. 

Before you land in Australia, explore the Discover NSW Arrive ProgramExternal Link . This online guide will equip you with tips and tricks for a smooth transition for your study journey. 

Explore our support services and programs for current students. 

Australia welcomes international students

We are excited to welcome international students to Sydney and New South Wales, Australia! 

The Australian Government through Study Australia is here to support your journey. You can access resources and information to help you settle into your new life and have a positive student experience. 

Visit Study AustraliaExternal Link  to learn more.

Top 5 things to do when you arrive in NSW

  1. Visit Service NSWExternal Link  for photo ID and for information on obtaining an International Driver’s Licence
  2. Open an Australian bank account
  3. Apply for a tax file number with the Australian Tax Office if you plan to work
  4. Set up your phone service with a local mobile provider
  5. Subscribe to the Study NSW newsletter for all the latest updates

Help with getting started

Here are some resources to make the most of what NSW has to offer.

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NSW Government advice for living in NSW

Information on government services and support to residents of NSW.

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Discover NSW Arrive Program

Get a taste of living in Australia and what you need to know as an international student with these online workshops and quizzes.

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City of Sydney Resources

Discover City of Sydney's welcome event for international students, perfect for discovering Sydney's many opportunities.

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Sydney and New South Wales International Student Guide

Get help finding housing, learning Australian slang, using public transport, preparing for your studies, and more in this free guide for international students.

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Redfern Legal Centre Welcome Pack for International Students

Download Redfern Legal Centre's comprehensive information pack and gain access to a wealth of information and support.

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Study NSW newsletter

Subscribe to Study NSW to receive regular updates on international education news, stories, events and opportunities.