Top 17 Reasons International Students Are Attracted to Sydney

Sydney is one of the world’s best cities for international students, beating 87 cities to the coveted 13th spot, QS Best Student Cities 2017 reveals. According to the Wellbeing of International Students in the City of Sydney 2016 survey, the majority of students (88%) responded that they would recommend Sydney as a place to study. Here Scots will look at 17 reasons why international students love Sydney.

According to the Department of Education and Training, the number of international students studying in Australia broke the record in 2016 with 554,179 international students enrolled in courses in Australia, an increase of over 10% from 2015. And Sydney is one of the world’s best cities for international students, beating 87 cities to the coveted 13th spot, QS Best Student Cities 2017 reveals. According to to the Wellbeing of International Students in the City of Sydney 2016, the majority of students (88%) reponsed that they would recommend Sydney as a place to study.

Here Scots will look at 17 reasons why international students love Sydney.

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1. Great weather

With hot summers and gentle, mild winters, Sydney’s temperate climate is favourable especially for Asean students. You can make the most of the weather with outdoor activities, such as cycling through a green park in the city, highking through the picturesque Blue Mountains or swimming from the peaceful and beautiful Coogee beach. There is no end to dreamy summertime activities.

2. The city with utmost effort against climate change

With the plan to meet all of the city’s electricity and heating needs through renewable energy, Sydney aims to reduce carbon emissions by 70% by 2030. If you feel proud to live in a city with the utmost effort against climate change, then Sydney is the right place for you.

3. World-class educational institutions

Sydney is home to many top educational instutions, including Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney and Western Sydney University. Sydney currently has 5 universities in the QS World University Ranking, with the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales in the global top 50. For overseas students who need English language training before commencing higher level studies in Sydney or who wish to improve their English language skills for work or life back in their home countries, they can choose Scots’ premium-quality ELICOS courses solely dedicated to international students.

4. A multicultural society

Sydney is one of the world’s most multicultural cities. As estimated in June 2012 by the City of Sydney, 40.1% of the city’s population were born overseas. And top 5 countries for residents born overseas were England, China, India, New Zealand and Vietnam. Sydney’s multicultural nature means overseas students are readily accepted by others.

5. Work opportunities

There are many attractive work opportunities in Sydney. Sydney is a favourable destination for many multinational corporations and companies of all sizes. According to City of Sydney data, 50,000 new jobs were created in the city between 2010 and 2014. It will not be too difficult for you to find a part-time job during your studies in Sydney and find a decent job after your course completion.

6. Many activities outside the classroom

We celebrated Harmony Day 2017 with our students at Scots campus! We all enjoyed amazing food, music and culture!

After your hard work at school, you can immerse yourself into many interesting activities in Sydney — for example, sightseeing, shopping, joining entertainment activities and enjoying a diverse spread of food culture here. If you are learning English at Scots, then we take pride to deliver the best experiences to you. York Street has an abundance of food stores for snacks, books, bus tickets, anything you need. Furthermore, there are numerous recreational centres and shopping malls nearby Scots, just taking a few minutes walk, where you can enjoy and relax after your studies. There are loads of events which are held right in Scots campus to ignite your enthusiasm.

7. Global network development

Studying abroad means developing your global network. Scots has students from over 50 nations with various social and religious backgrounds, and you are welcome to mingle with them. Also, working during your study is a great way to meet new people, to network and to develop connections with other future professionals in the field.

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8. Diverse festivals and events

There are various interesting festivals and events in this multicultural city. You can experience not only Australian ones but also festivals from China, India, Egypt, Armenian, Brazil, Lebanon, Greek, Sebia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Poland. This is a great chance for you to soak up global cultures.

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9. Exotic animals

Australia is home to some interesting, rare animals like the kangaroo, wombat and dingo. During your studies in Sydney, you can stop by Taronga Zoo. Regarded as the most hands-on and well-maintained zoo in Australia, Taronga has a wide range of native animals as well as animals you would see in big zoos all over the world. Not all, it has amazing views of the gorgeous Sydney Harbour.

10. Breathtaking landscapes

Scots’ excursions to popular locations in Sydney are our students’ and teachers’ favourite activities.

As well as being Australia’s financial and economic hub, Sydney is home to 37 beaches spreading over a large area, historic landmarks, award-winning recreational centers and various cultures. There is an abundance of breathtaking landscapes in Sydney that you should explore and enjoy, including Sydney Habour, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Darling Habour, Sydney Habour Bridge, Sydney Tower, Sydney Aquarium, Queen Victoria Building, Luna Park Sydney, and much more. Moreover, Scots also offers many study city-tours for students to open up opportunities for you to improve your English skills via face-to-face experiences and to cultivate your knowledge of Australian people and lifestyle.

11. Sea and sand

Manly beach is one of Sydney’s most famous Northern beaches. Scots’ students had such a great time visiting this beautiful beach. For more photos, please click here.

Sydney is a paradise for the world’s sun and sand lovers. The hustle and bustle of this urban city blends smoothly into the idyll of Sydney’s beaches. Bondi is the most iconic with stretching, golden sands and awesome surfing conditions.

12. Art appreciation

There is a high appreciation for creativity in this city. Some great areas to admire arts in Sydney are Newtown, May Lanee, St Peters, Newton, Glebe, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art and White Rabbit.

13. Free stuff

Free stuff is one of the big perks of studying in Sydney. These include galleries and exhibitions (Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, White Rabbit), going sightseeing (the Harbour Bridge, Observatory Hill, Mrs Macquaries Point), having a cycling tour alone or in a group, having free gigs, visiting libraries, monthly community festivals, discovering Sydney’s markets, a festival every quarter (the Sydney Festival, Art and About and Crave Festival).

14. Quality of life

Sydney has been listed in the top most liveable cities in the world for many consecutive years, according to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). You can have peace of mind when studying in such a city with high quality of life as Sydney.

15. Friendly people

Scots’ teachers are super-friendly.

Australians are known for being friendly. No matter where they live, Australians are good at helping others whenever required. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2016 global livability survey on 140 cities in the world, Sydney is the world’s second friendliest destination.

16. Multicultural food

There is nothing more wonderful than hanging out with your friends in Sydney to enjoy cuisines in restaurants and supermarkets made up from many nationalities. Many kinds of food are available for you to choose, from Japanese, Korean to Vietnamese, Spanish and Moroccan.

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17. Stylish fashion

Sydney is home to stylish fashion from luxurious brands to the mass-produced. It is difficult to resist a day full of shopping centres when in Sydney. Some famous centres for shopping and recreation include Westfield Sydney Central Plaza, Queen Victoria Building, The Strand Arcade, Mid-City Shopping Centre and The Rocks Foodies Market.


Originally published at scotsenglish.edu.au.