Welcome to NSW

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

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. Study NSW 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).

Key steps when arriving in Sydney on an international flight

NSW International Student Welcome Desk

Study NSW opened the NSW International Student 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.

2020 Opening Hours

In peak season the desk is open 7 days a week for two shifts, morning and afternoon. For the rest of the year the desk is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the morning.

Peak season dates: 13 January to 8 March, 4 May to 7 June and 6 July to 13 September.

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

Volunteer at the desk

Welcome Desk Map

While you are here

We are here to help. Study NSW 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 welcome desk and free information and referral advice through a partnership with Service NSW.

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.

International Student Guide to
Sydney & NSW

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?

Download your FREE 2019 copy

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