Find out why Australia is the best place to study as an international student

There’s a good reason hundreds of thousands of students make the journey to study in Australia every year. The latest 2024 QS World University Rankings have spotlighted Australia as one of the countries that provide the best education in the world. Sydney alone has two global top 20 universities, including UNSW Sydney, ranked equal 19th place with its neighbour, the University of Sydney. 

Plus, great weather, diverse culture, thriving food, shopping and cultural scenes – and we’ve got some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. 

Whether you head home after your studies or launch your career Down Under, studying in Australia is an experience you’ll never forget and never regret. 

Advantages of studying in Australia

Where to start? Hundreds of benefits come to mind. From top universities and career-defining professional opportunities to our vibrant and varied cultural scenes, here are a few advantages that stand out. 

Join a diverse, welcoming community

As a migrant country, Australia is famous for its openness to different cultures. Sydney, in particular, is home to dozens of international communities with strong cultural ties to their homeland. Plus, Sydney is one of the top study destinations for international students, so you can make global connections and lifelong friends. 

Supercharged career opportunities

Starting a career in Australia after university is a dream for many international students, and there are plenty of incredible opportunities on offer. Australia is experiencing record-low unemployment rates, with thousands of new jobs created every month*. Some of the fastest-growing sectors include healthcare, community services, energy and resources, tourism and cyber security, where skilled graduates are in high demand. 

As an international student, you can work for limited hours while studying in Australia to participate in internships and gain real-world work experience. And when you finish your study, you may be eligible to apply for post-study work right to launch your careers in this land.

*Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force Data, May 2023

Port Stephens, NSW ©Destination NSW

World-class learning experiences

Australians are a friendly bunch, but we’re also highly ambitious and not afraid to put in the hard work. Home to three global top 20* universities, Australia places a big focus on employability in education. UNSW is ranked 1st^ Australia-wide for graduate Employment Outcomes. That means you’ll enjoy hands-on learning, getting practical experience in your field, and having a bit of fun while you’re at it. 

*^QS World University Rankings, 2024

Kanangra-Boyd National Park, NSW ©Destination NSW

A nature-lovers playground

Name another place with as many stunning landscapes close by. From the iconic Sydney Harbour to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and the beautiful pink lakes in Western Australia, this charming country has so many places to explore during holidays.

From lakes, islands and bays to famous Bondi Beach, Sydney has plenty of places to cool off in summer. And in winter, go hiking in one of the multiple national parks around the city or skiing at snow resorts around New South Wales. Let’s not forget the beautiful parks, historic architecture, shopping precincts and postcard-worthy landmarks.

Your guide to studying in Australia

At UNSW, we welcome thousands of commencing international students to our Sydney campus every year. So, we’re experts in helping you feel prepared and excited to study abroad. From finding accommodation to building a career in Sydney, these articles can guide you through the journey. 

Why study at UNSW?

We’re a global top 20 university with the top graduate employment outcomes in Australia. Study at one of Sydney’s best universities.

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Student visas

Wondering about student visas? This detailed guide explains everything you need to know about applying for an Australian student visa. 

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Looking for a boost to support your studies? Explore a range of scholarships available to international students who join us to study in Sydney.

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Life in Sydney

Beaches and museums, sport and music, art and history – there’s always something to discover as an international student living in Sydney.

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Moving to Sydney

Your complete guide to moving to Sydney, with a packing checklist, safety tips and what to do when you arrive. 

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Cost of living

Want to know how much you need to live in Sydney as an international student? Learn how UNSW can help you manage your financial situation and things you should know if you choose to work part-time. 

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City? Beach? Suburbs? Whatever your preference, you’ll find a neighbourhood to match. Check out these tips for finding accommodation in Sydney.

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Postgraduate study at UNSW

Want to take your studies even further? Check out our postgraduate study options for international students.

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Launch your global career

UNSW can help you build your career here in Australia, back home or anywhere in the world. Find out how.

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What to expect when you join UNSW?

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About UNSW 3+

Make your studies work for you. See how you can design your study plan to achieve your personal goals with UNSW 3+ calendar.
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UNSW double degree

Get more choice, more career opportunities and more knowledge with a double degree at UNSW.
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How to kickstart your career while studying

UNSW blends professional development into your degree. No matter what you study, you'll have access to practical experience and connections to industry.
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