Moving to Australia

Universities In Sydney

Imagine studying in a city that boasts such international landmarks as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Then there’s Bondi Beach, the Blue Mountains, fascinating colonial history, the world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks and the gigantic Westfield Sydney shopping mall. But if studies are at the top of your priorities, Universities in Sydney will be your drawcard.

What is the best University in Sydney?

Well that’s kind of like asking who your favourite child is. Every institution has its own great things to offer so you’d be best basing your choice on where you want to study, whether you want to study in the centre of the city or further out and whether you have the entry requirements to get in.

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Sydney Universities’ edge over other cities

All are highly regarded educational institutions, and they all deliver accredited degrees that are recognised across the world. Arguably, what makes them different from universities in other parts of Australia is the fact that they are located in the country’s premier tourist destination. Lifestyle is an important factor when deciding where to live, study or holiday. You want to feel like you fit in and can enjoy your life in school and out of it.

Sydney is a busy, bustling city with a great deal to offer in terms of climate, facilities, entertainment and infrastructure such as public transport. There are beaches, national parks, rivers, museums, art galleries, libraries, theatres, major shopping centres, vibrant nightlife and so much more that you won’t know where to start! But let’s take a look at where you could think of studying.

An outline of the major 6

There are 6 major universities in Sydney and campuses of a further 11 are hosted there. The main ones are:

  • University of Sydney – Established in 1850, it is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious University, ranked among the country’s top three. Five Australian Prime Ministers studied there, as did heart surgeon, the late Dr Victor Chang, 140 Olympians and Paralympians and famed opera singer, Dame Joan Sutherland.
  • University of New South Wales – Known for excellent results in law, civil and structural engineering, accounting and finance, it is among the top 8 leading Australian Universities. UNSW fosters research partnerships with over 200 global Universities. Its esteemed researchers have gained worldwide attention across a number of fields including HIV treatments, quantum computing and solar power. Famous graduates include Oscar winners Cate Blanchett, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, cricketer Michael Slater and rugby union player Ewen McKenzie.
  • University of Technology Sydney – Young and dynamic, UTS was founded in 1988 and is, today, one of Australia’s leading technology Universities. Its courses include built environment design, engineering, communication, IT, international studies, business, midwifery, pharmacy and science. Famous alumni include Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman and writer Peter Doyle.
  • Western Sydney University – Another young University, UWS has six campuses where students can study health science, psychology, IT and computing, arts and humanities, science and social science, nursing and midwifery and engineering and built environment. Small class sizes are the norm. Notable gradates include award-winning actor, Joel Edgerton, Archibald prize-winning artist, Ben Quilty and Federal MP, Fiona Scott. Its reputation for research that is “at or above world standard” is well-known.
  • Macquarie University – MU boasts one of Australia’s most generous scholarship programs with many opportunities offered to international students every year. Ranked among the world’s top 2 per cent of Universities, Macquarie holds a 5-star QS rating which recognises that their graduates are among the world’s most sought-after professionals. Famous graduates of MU include comedian Adam Hills, novelist Kimberley Starr, The Wiggles children’s entertainers, Anthony Field and Greg Page.
  • Australian Catholic University – ACU has 7 campuses across the country with two in Sydney, at North Sydney and Strathfield. Its faculties cover education and arts, health sciences, theology and philosophy, and law and business. There is no requirement to be Catholic to study at ACU.

Then there are the individual campuses including the Music Conservatorium of the University of Sydney plus the University of Wollongong, the University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of Notre Dame Australia and Torrens University.

All up, Sydney has 35 Australian University campuses educating 254,000 students, 51,000 of them from overseas. The University of Sydney and University of New South Wales each have more than 50,000 students enrolled.

Sydney University courses – the facts

  • University of Sydney offers the widest range of courses of any University across Australia.
  • The financial return you achieve on your tertiary education depends more on the course you choose, rather than where you study. Your results can also be important selection criteria when being considered for a job in your chosen field.
  • Graduates with the greatest success tend to be those who chose a University course based on their interests and academic gifts, rather than trying to choose a course based on its income potential.
  • Sydney’s technology Universities have a reputation for strong employer relationships.
  • Sydney Universities are embracing the trend towards STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Maths) courses as technology graduates are in high demand.
  • The teaching language is always English at Universities in Sydney. You will need to provide proof of your English proficiency when applying to any University.

Why choose Sydney for your studies?

If you’re an international student, you will be pleased to know that in 2018, Sydney scored the number 9 spot in the top 10 of the QS Best Student Cities ranking for international students. The rankings are based on affordability, desirability and employer activity. One of the more impressive improvements was for ‘student view’. In terms of an enjoyable student experience and opportunities to stay and work in Australia upon graduating, Sydney is now at number 14.

The city’s report card does show a couple of weaknesses. Affordability of living and tuition is high compared with other cities of the world. However, it appears that international students and their families find a way to overcome the financial downside. Sydney has been named as one of the world’s 10 most liveable cities by both the Mercer Quality of Living Survey and The Economist’s Global Liveability Ranking.


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