Study in Sydney

Experience a world-class education in Australia's most popular study destination

Welcome to Australia’s leading global city

Famous for its glittering harbour, beautiful beaches, and amazing food, wine and entertainment, the Sydney lifestyle is the envy of the world. Sydney is more than just a Harbour City: it’s also Australia’s home of innovation and new-generation technologies. This is why Sydney is the perfect place for forward-thinking international students and the global leaders of tomorrow.

Did you know Sydney is Australia’s most popular study destination? Our top-ranking universities and research facilities attract students seeking globally recognised qualifications and career connections. Sydney also offers countless work opportunities for international students during and after their studies. 

High-quality vocational education and training providers, primary and secondary schools, English language courses and universities can be found across Sydney, including Parramatta to the west of the CBD and Central Coast immediately to the city’s north.


Ranked #7 best student city in the world

Top 20

2 of 6 universities in Sydney rank in the world’s top 20


Ranked 4th most liveable city in the world


Highest ranked city in the Asia-Pacific region for innovation


is the safest city in Australia and is ranked 4th globally


per cent of residents speak a language other than English at home


Sydney is the doorway to an internationally recognised career. Both the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) are top universities in Sydney, ranked in the world’s top 20 universities. University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is the top-ranked young university in Australia, and Macquarie University is also consistently ranked among the world’s best.

Beyond its world-leading universities, Sydney and NSW are also home to top quality private higher education providers and vocational education and training (VET) providers. TAFE NSW, for example, is the leading VET provider in Australia with more than 400,000 students enrolling each year.

Sydney also offers a wide network of high-quality primary, secondary, tertiary and further education colleges and English language schools.

UTS students


Sydney offers many professional opportunities for students, like internships and work placements with global finance, banking, technology and service businesses. Sydney’s thriving business, tourism and hospitality sectors also offer many opportunities to gain experience, hone your language skills and earn money during your studies.

We’ve partnered with SEEK to deliver NSW Jobs Connect for International Students. This innovative program connects international students with businesses across NSW. Search for jobs and connect with employers today.

The City of Sydney’s award-winning International Student Leadership and Ambassador Program offers free training, learning and volunteering opportunities to develop the skills needed for future careers.


With easy access to world-famous beaches, natural attractions, and an outstanding food and entertainment scene, Sydney offers a variety of lifestyle options. This makes it the perfect place to study, live and work. Sydney offers support networks for international students with welcoming communities and friendly neighbourhoods.

Almost 50% of Sydney residents were born overseas and 39.2% of people speak a language other than English at home. Sydney’s famous food scene reflects this multiculturalism, with global flavours from across the world. 

Housing options include student housing, private rental, homestay or short-term options. The City of Sydney helps students make the most of their experiences in Sydney, including an annual official welcome they host for more than 1,000 newly arrived international students, marking the start of their lifelong connection with Sydney. 


People playing pool


Sydney is the playground of NSW and Australia’s gateway to the rest of the world. The city is home to Australia’s biggest events and most iconic landmarks. With an ideal climate to make the most of its sparkling harbour and beautiful beaches, there are many opportunities for fun in the sun.

This buzz can be carried into the night across its vibrant rooftop bars, acclaimed restaurants and packed sporting stadiums. While Sydney attracts the best of the world, there’s also exciting local scenes for art, music and fashion.

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Sydney ferry

Biggest employment sectors in Sydney

  1. Professional, scientific and technical services
  2. Financial and insurance services
  3. Health care and social assistance
  4. Accommodation and Food Services
  5. Retail
  6. Education and training

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