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International student stories

What is it like to study in Sydney? Find out from our students

We asked some of our international students to share their views of the University of Sydney experience.

More than 10,000 of our current 50,000 students are from overseas – together, they represent more than 152 countries. If you join us, you'll become part of this diverse tapestry of experience, perspectives and talents.

Each one of our students has a different story.

That’s why we asked a few of them to tell us about their experiences – why they chose Sydney, what they've learned, and what advice they would give to you.

Here’s what they had to say.

Wen Chen: My Life at Sydney


My advice

Oliver Qin, China, Bachelor of Commerce
"Like most of the other students from China, I was initially pretty quiet during lectures and tutorials. But I found the best way to get around this was to make friends with more non-Chinese speaking students. The more you practise English, the more confident you’ll become."

Choosing Sydney

Nicolas Lyons, Argentina, PhD in Veterinary Science
"The University offered me the unique opportunity to work in a multicultural environment at one of the world’s leading universities, specialising in my area of interest and opening doors to the international research community."

My experience

Paolo Castelanelli, Italy, study abroad program
"The University of Sydney reflects the city by helping students to understand diversity, different cultures and points of view, to have fun and learn beyond textbooks."