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Why study in Sydney?

Sydney is an Australian city in New South Wales. It is regarded as one of the most popular student cities in the world, and is a favorite with international students for its friendly locals, great weather and lively nightlife. Life in Sydney is laid back, meaning plenty of time for relaxing at the beach when you’re not studying.

The city is culturally diverse so it’s easy for international students to feel at home. In the last decade there has been a lot of investment in the economy, and specifically technology, meaning Sydney universities have good links with businesses and there are opportunities for placements and work experience.

The city is well connected with an international airport, and many local options such as a metro, light rail, buses, and ferries.


Universities in Sydney

Sydney is an Australian center of education with 35 higher education institutions having a presence in the city. There is a mixture of public and private universities, with a total student population of over 250,000

Many universities in Sydney have business schools and engineering faculties that are popular among international students.

What to study in Sydney

The wide range of universities available in Sydney means that international students will find an option for the program they want to study at the level they want to study. Generally Australia follows a similar set up to UK universities, with many subjects available as a bachelor’s degree in their own right.

Master’s degrees can be taught or research, and PhD and doctorate degrees are widely available.

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What is the cost of study in Sydney?

Tuition fees in Sydney vary greatly between universities and programs, but as an international student you could pay between AUD$20,000 and $50,000 per year.

Sydney is one of the most expensive Australian cities to live in, so you will need a substantial budget for your living costs. Rent can be higher than the national average, and not necessarily close to your university, which increases the need for transportation.

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How to study in Sydney

To apply to a Sydney university, you’ll need to meet specific requirements for the university and program. The exact requirements will differ between programs, universities and degree levels, but you’ll at least need to have completed secondary education to a good standard.

You’ll also need to prove that your English language skills are good enough to study in English. This can be done with the requested IELTS iBT or TOEFL tests.

You’ll need to arrange for the correct visa before you can study at a university in Sydney. When you’ve been accepted onto a program and accepted your place, you should apply for your Australian student visa.