Sydney: the most popular city in the world for international students (2014 Global Cities Index)

Introducing a diverse, sophisticated study destination...

Sydney, the cosmopolitan capital of New South Wales, is home to a melting pot of cultures from across the world. It’s a city that attracts the country’s best, from chefs and writers to architects and stockbrokers. 

The glistening harbour – punctuated by UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House – stretches out to sea, while sparkling skyscrapers shoot heavenwards from the high-powered business district. Sydney has a great deal to offer as an international study destination.

As you’d expect to find in most major cities around the globe, it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to places to take those important breaks from the books. Its collection of galleries and museums is a great place to start, including Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. 

From handmade goods at Paddington Markets to cutting-edge design at The Rocks and high-end fashion in The Strand Arcade, the shopping offers something to suit just about every taste, too.

Sydney owes thanks to its multicultural population for the mouth-watering range of world cuisines it offers. From fine dining to budget-friendly snacks, you’ll find plenty of options for satisfying your hunger around the CSU Study Centre itself. 

Head a little further afield to Manly for fish and chips. Or if you prefer to prepare your own, Sydney Fish Market showcases an impressive range of the fresh catch of the day.

With a coastline formed of an impressive stretch of eastern-suburb beaches, as well as a collection of national parks, it’s easy to feel far removed from the urban landscape without venturing very far at all. You’ll even find interesting wildlife to spot within the city, including cockatoos keen to be heard above the traffic hum and flying foxes hanging around fig trees at twilight. 

Wander the coastal trail from Bondi to Coogee. Or venture inland for a more challenging trek in the Blue Mountains National Park. Sydney offers its international visitors a safe and friendly concentrated version of Australia, the sixth-largest country in the world.

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