NSW International Student Awards

Celebrating excellence in international student community engagement

The winners of the 2020 NSW International Student Awards were announced at Government House, Sydney on Tuesday 8 December. Congratulations to all winners and finalists!


The NSW International Student Awards recognise the outstanding contributions international students make to communities in NSW and celebrate excellence in international student community engagement.

In 2019, more than 280,000 international students enrolled in courses across NSW’s excellent education institutions, helping to make NSW the vibrant, multicultural and dynamic place that it is. Many international students become great ambassadors for NSW as future leaders and advocates for trade, diplomacy and research links. The NSW Government acknowledges their valuable contribution to the State and reaffirms its commitment to making their study experience in NSW the best it can be.

Key dates

Monday 3 May 2021 - Nominations open

Friday 2 July 2021 - Nominations close

October 2021 -  Ceremony hosted in Sydney

2020 awards

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present many challenges for international students and our broader education community. However, through adversity we have seen extraordinary generosity, kindness, leadership and strength as we work to support each other and demonstrate that we are #InThisTogether.

The 2020 NSW International Student Awards will shine a light on the inspirational international student leaders, education providers, business and community groups and celebrate their contributions to the community over the past 12 months.

The awards ceremony will be hosted virtually on Tuesday 8 December 2020. Although we may not be together in person, our award finalists and winners will be celebrated on a global stage with their fellow students, government and education colleagues, family and friends from around the world.

Meet the winners View the awards program View photos Watch the ceremony Watch the winner videos

Award categories

Two groups of awards are presented—the NSW International Student of the Year Awards and the NSW International Student
Community Engagement Awards.

The NSW International Student of the Year Awards recognises the contribution made by individual students to both the international student community and the broader NSW community. The awards showcase the achievements of international students in the higher education, vocational education and training, English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and schools sectors.

The NSW International Student Community Engagement Awards recognise the contribution of education providers, businesses and community groups that support international students to connect with the community through programs and initiatives. The award is offered in two categories— Business and Community and Education Providers.

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Meet our 2020 finalists




Higher Education

Business Community

Education Provider

Thank you to our sponsors

NSW Government

Multicultural NSW

Chartered Accountants

Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand

Colourful Trips (Prize sponsor)





2019 Awards

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