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Support for international students

We'll help you call Sydney home

International students are an integral part of our community. These are some of the ways we help you succeed academically and personally.

Your studies

We care about your success and welfare, and have several programs to help you to achieve your academic potential. There are free workshops, study tips, online workshops and tuition options available to strengthen your study and academic writing skills. 

You can also sign up for peer mentoring, where you'll be paired with a senior-year student who will show you around campus and give you all the information you need to start the year on the right foot.

Your visa

Our team of compliance officers are here to help you with basic issues related to your student visa and your general academic progression. They will send you a regular newsletter with reminders about visa conditions and important dates, and can also answer any questions you might have or point you to relevant support services. Find out more about the support our compliance team provides.

For more information on your student visa, visit this page. 

Health and wellbeing

Your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) provides access to the University Health Service and public hospitals in Australia (waiting periods apply for some health treatments). We provide extensive health services for students on campus, including:

  • General practitioner (GP) services, including vaccinations
  • Counselling and mental health services
  • Dentists
  • Optometrists
  • Chiropractic and physiotherapy
  • Pharmacies.

Find out more about the University's health services.

You can also stay active with Sydney Uni Health and Fitness (SUSF), with two health and fitness centres and lunchtime social sport. 

Student clubs and organisations

There are several student organisations that represent your interests on campus:

  • The University of Sydney Union (USU) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides student programs and services, including the International Student Lounge which hosts events like tours of Sydney, language discussion groups and language exchange programs.
  • The USU also run over 200 clubs and societies, which you can join to connect with your faculty, explore your passions and interests, and meet other students from your home country. 
  • If you're an undergraduate student, the Student Representative Council (SRC) represents your interests. They can provide free advice on issues such as a tenancy or employment matter, academic appeal, harassment or discrimination. If you're a postgraduate student, the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) provides similar support for legal and academic issues. 
  • If you study at the Cumberland campus, you can access the services and facilities provided by the Cumberland Student Guild.

Your career

Whether you're looking for part-time work while you're studying, or are seeking to build a career in Australia or overseas, we can help you get started with a range of services tailored for international students. Find out more.

Settling in

There are a lot of things consider before you move to Australia, and a lot to do once you get here. We have extensive advice on:

  • what to bring
  • when to arrive
  • how to find accommodation 
  • how to find your way to and around the University 
  • how to make friends.

Find out everything you need to know on our New to Sydney page.

Further assistance

  • Have any further questions? Our International Student Project and Events Officer is happy to help. Contact us for referral to support and services, or to answer any other questions you may have - including where to find the best coffee around campus! We also run events and programs throughout the year to help you transition into life in Australia.
  • For more information about life in Australia, visit the NSW Government's Study Sydney website. To translate some of this information into your home language, visit this page.