Welcome to NSW

Thank you for choosing Sydney and NSW as your study destination!

Being a long way from home, we want you to feel welcome in our community and that is why we are committed to making your experience in NSW the best it can be. StudyNSW is a NSW Government initiative that aims to support and enrich your student experience.

Before you arrive

Flights and airports

Sydney Airport is an international airport located 8 km south of Sydney city centre, in the suburb of Mascot. Sydney Airport is the busiest airport in Australia and has three terminals: one international terminal (T1) and two domestic terminals (T2 and T3).

Click here to find out the key steps to complete when arriving at Sydney Airport on an international flight.

NSW International Student Airport Welcome Desk

StudyNSW opened the NSW International Student Airport Welcome Desk in 2015 to greet international students arriving at Sydney International Airport.

The welcome desk is located beside the Airport Ambassador's desk in Arrivals Hall A International Terminal.

It is open morning and evening 7 days a week during peak times of February and July and Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at all other times.

The welcome desk is staffed by local and international student volunteers through a work integrated learning (WIL) program coordinated by StudyNSW. Volunteers greet students and offer orientation advice including maps and information about accommodation and transport.


Thank you to our supporters

The NSW International Student Airport Welcome Desk was established in July 2015 by StudyNSW and stakeholders from the NSW international education sector.

The project is co-funded by a consortium including StudyNSW, Destination NSW, Australian Catholic University, Macquarie University, University of Sydney, University of Newcastle, UNSW Australia, University of Technology Sydney, Western Sydney University, University of Wollongong, Southern Cross University, University of New England, TAFE NSW, NSW Department of Education, English Australia, City of Sydney and is supported by the Council of International Students Australia (CISA).

While you are here

We are here to help. StudyNSW coordinates a wide range of services for international students including free legal advice for international students
through a partnership with the International Student Legal Service, work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities through programs such as 
NSW Global Scope, our airport welcome desk and free information and referral advice through a partnership with Service NSW.

Volunteer at the Airport Welcome Desk

The welcome desk is staffed by local and international student volunteers through a work integrated learning program. We want you to be a part of it. StudyNSW is looking for students to take part in a Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) program with their institutions and the NSW Government.  Find out more here.

Make the most of your time in Australia

  • Check out sydney.com for all the events happening in Australia's largest city!
  • Visit NSW has up-to-date information on the events and experiences across NSW.

Insider Guides

2018 International Student Guide to Sydney & NSW

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The Insider Guide to Sydney and NSW is designed to help you enjoy your new home on your terms. Filled with local student contributions, this guide not only helps you get settled, but gives you the 'inside word' on adventure, shopping, nightlife, food and more. What will you discover?

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