Who are StudyNSW?

The New South Wales (NSW) Government established StudyNSW in 2014 to increase the number of international students studying in Sydney and NSW. Its goal is to improve the quality of students’ experiences in NSW, as well as to recognise their contributions to our communities. StudyNSW is here to help.

What does StudyNSW provide?

Working with other NSW organisations, StudyNSW offers a wide range of support services and opportunities to international students, including a warm welcome to NSW, free legal advice (in partnership with the Redfern Legal Centre), work and learning opportunities (through hands-on programs like NSW Global Scope) and the support you need for living, working and playing in NSW. Here are some of the services and programs that StudyNSW provides.

NSW International Student Airport Welcome Desk

StudyNSW offers newly arrived international students a warm welcome, orientation advice, useful information on transport and accommodation, helpful maps, support and referral advice at the International Student Welcome Desk.

  • Morning and evening, 7 days a week, during peak times such as throughout February and July
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at all other times


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

The volunteers are part of a working and learning program coordinated by StudyNSW.

The NSW International Student Awards

StudyNSW runs the prestigious NSW International Student Awards, a ceremony celebrating the huge contributions international students make to communities in NSW.

Award-winning students are inspirational role-models who:

  • Work with their local communities
  • Connect an ethnic or language community group with the NSW community
  • Participate in volunteer work
  • Help improve the lives of others

StudyNSW recognises the achievements of these students with an official certificate of achievement. Read about past winners here.

Free legal advice

StudyNSW has partnered with Redfern Legal Centre to offer legal and support services tailored especially to international students.

At the Redfern Legal Centre, international students can get advice about:

  • Housing problems
  • Fines and debts
  • Car accidents
  • Employment
  • Discrimination
  • Family law
  • Domestic violence
  • Complaints about colleges or universities

The Centre also works on many other issues related to international students, and can also advise how these problems affect student visas.

Work and learning opportunities and partner projects

StudyNSW joins up with major organisations and industry partners to offer a great range of projects that focus on enhancing the international student experience.

Partner projects include:

Plus many, many more. Check out some of the other partner projects and details here.

Student events

Throughout the year, StudyNSW also hosts many fantastic student events.

While studying in NSW, keep an eye out on the Study NSW events page for more information on upcoming events, and information sessions for international students. Recent events have included the 2017 AFL Multicultural Festival, the City of Parramatta Welcome for International Students and the Youth Week Interactive Sports Day.