World-class education in an unparalleled location

Sydney and greater New South Wales offer cutting-edge, industry-relevant education opportunities for international students.

Our world-leading universities and thriving vocational education sector help deliver the foundation for rewarding, life-long careers. NSW also boasts some of Australia’s leading private providers, specialist English language colleges and secondary schools.

With a wealth of world-class qualifications across the entire educational spectrum, NSW can help you make a difference in the world, whatever pathway you choose.

Top 10 reasons to study in NSW

1. Top Ranking

We are a leader in education, with four of our universities ranked in the world’s top 200, a thriving vocational education sector, and Australia’s leading private education providers, specialist English language colleges and secondary schools.


2. Established Institutions

We are home to Australia’s oldest university, and to more universities than any other Australian state.


3. Return On Investment

Our world-class educational facilities provide a solid return on your educational investment.


4. Growth Engine

NSW is Australia’s economic powerhouse, with an economy larger than that of Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.


5. Corporate Centre

Nearly half Australia’s top 500 companies are based in NSW, offering diverse employment opportunities during and after study.


6. Tech Hub

We are Australia‘s most innovative and dynamic state, with 64% of the nation’s tech start-ups based in Sydney.


7. COVID Safe

With amongst the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the world and a law-abiding, friendly society, NSW offers a safe and welcoming environment.


8. Diverse Population

We are proudly multicultural – more than 40% of Sydney residents were born overseas and over 275 languages are spoken in NSW.


9. Global Index

Sydney was declared the 5th most Liveable City in the World in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking (2018) and number 10 in Mercer’s Quality of Living 2018 ranking, ahead of any other Australian city.


10. Lifestyle Benefits

We offer an unrivalled lifestyle with excellent entertainment and sporting venues, a vibrant food and wine scene, plus rich and diverse regional experiences.

A helping hand for our international students

Study NSW is committed to providing a supportive and engaging environment for international students through award programs, industry partnerships, work opportunities, health and wellbeing support and more.

In response to the pandemic in 2020, Study NSW delivered $20 million+ in student welfare support, including a temporary crisis accommodation scheme, and distributed thousands of free food hampers.

Find out more about how we are connecting, inspiring, engaging and supporting international students and their communities across the state.


Sydney is one of the world’s great cities and is consistently ranked in the top 10 internationally for quality of living. As a hub of innovation, industry and a dynamic business environment, Sydney offers a wealth of opportunities for international students.

Outback NSW

Study while connecting with real-world experiences in some of Australia’s most iconic locations, such as cattle stations, farms, World Heritage national parks and rainforests.

South Coast

Australia’s South Coast offers outstanding natural beauty, a serene beach lifestyle and picturesque Australian towns, as well as easy access to Sydney and Canberra.

North Coast

The North Coast is an ideal study destination from those looking to experience the Australian bush and stunning coastal landscapes while they study.

Hunter Region

The Hunter Region is home to Australia’s seventh-largest city, Newcastle, as well as beautiful beaches and vineyards. It features some of the world’s largest natural resources companies, offering excellent pathways for engineering students to enter the local industry.

Student Stories

Emmanuel Sserebe

International Hotel Management School at Torrens University Australia

“Studying in the Blue Mountains, NSW, has given me so many opportunities, including working in one of the area’s top hotels. Studying in NSW has taught me to expect more of myself and that I can achieve all that I set my mind to.”

Maram Mohamed

University of Newcastle - Finalist in the 2019 NSW International Student of the Year award – ELICOS category

“Studying in NSW has been a great experience. Living here for a year and a half, I have learned how to have a better life and to search for great opportunities to build a good network to turn one of my dreams into reality.”

Daniel Carpentier

TAFE NSW, Wollongong - Winner of 2019 NSW International Student of the Year award – VET category

“Studying English in NSW has allowed me to expand my vocabulary to efficiently work with the youth in our society, and has improved my communication skills so I can build trust with them.”

Sabrina Manandhar

University of New South Wales, Sydney

“Australia has been very kind in welcoming me through the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarship. I chose NSW as my study destination for its academic excellence, great cultural vibrancy, and linguistic diversity. Studying in NSW has opened many doors. Choosing to study here is the best decision I’ve ever made.”