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Sydney shares a warm welcome for new international students

Lord Mayor Clover Moore hosted a huge welcome event for new international students in Sydney

  • Welcome to Sydney

    On 26 April 2023 Lord Mayor Clover Moore hosted hundreds of international students at Sydney Town Hall. The Lord Mayor’s Welcome for International Students is a chance to, officially welcome international students who will study at various educational institutions across the city over the next few years.

    Credit: Damian Shaw / City of Sydney
  • Making contributions to Sydney’s diversity

    The event recognises and celebrates the contribution international students make to Sydney’s vibrancy, liveability and cultural diversity, helping them start lifelong connections with the city.

    "I'm so pleased international students are returning to Sydney, and I’m delighted to welcome them to their new home, whether it’s temporary or permanent,” the Lord Mayor said.

    "International students contribute to Sydney's rich cultural diversity, as well as being an investment in our city's future.

    “Sydney offers world-class educational and research institutions, a leading knowledge-based economy and a friendly, welcoming population.

    “It’s these qualities that make it one of the world’s most popular cities for students.”

    Credit: Damian Shaw / City of Sydney
  • Meet our international student leaders and ambassadors

    Members of the 2023 international student leadership and ambassador (ISLA) program attended the event.

    The ISLA program is made up of 24 students from 12 countries and regions. The ambassadors take part in a year-long program that includes free training, work integrated learning and volunteer opportunities to develop leadership skills and work on projects for international student communities.

    Credit: Damian Shaw / City of Sydney
  • Experiencing First Nations cultures

    New students got to experience First Nations cultures. The event featured a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and Didgeridoo performance.

    Credit: Damian Shaw / City of Sydney
  • Speaking from experience

    Sri-Lankan born ISLA alumni member Anston Ratnayake presented talked about the importance of international students having a strong support system and feeling welcomed in a new environment.

    “It’s so important for students to immerse themselves in the local culture, and one of the best ways to achieve this is by going to cultural events, festivals and engaging in activities that are representative of the host country's customs and traditions,” Anston said.

    Credit: Damian Shaw / City of Sydney

International students make a vital contribution to Sydney’s diversity. It was delightful to welcome hundreds back to Sydney after a few years of disruption during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you’re new to Sydney, these links may help you settle into your new home:

• Check out our guide for international students.
• Find events and things to do on our official events website What’s On.
Find resources for international students, from visa info to welcome dinners and emergency education.

Published 28 April 2023