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Popular Universities in Sydney for Indian Students

With numerous universities in Australia, Sydney with its top-ranked universities and great living experience attracts numerous Indian students.

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Popular Universities in Sydney for Indian Students

Sydney is home to a number of leading universities, which have a strong Indian student community.

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Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and is a cosmopolitan city that is consistently ranked among the world’s top tourist-friendly cities. Sydney is also home to many universities and vocational training institutions that welcome international students from all around the world. Sydney has five key universities that are listed in the world’s top universities as per the QS Rankings. These are - University of Sydney; University of New South Wales (UNSW); University of Technology, Sydney (UTS); Macquarie University; Western Sydney University.


Sydney – A Tourist’s Delight

Sydney is consistently ranked among Australia’s most popular cities along with Melbourne. Sydney is a harbour city and the image of the Sydney Harbour is quite iconic and ranked among one of the most popular tourism promotion pictures of all time. The city’s transport system offers easy connectivity by bus, trains and ferry. The city is an expensive place to live but students can obtain a variety of discounts on many products and services and with access to well-paying part-time jobs; Sydney is a student-friendly city and offers a great life experience.


Universities in Sydney that Attract Indian Students

The key universities that see a high number of Indian students are listed below with their brief descriptions. Note that most of these universities have an Indian Students’ Association and the students bond together quite well.


University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university with a legacy of over 160 years of academic excellence. The University has over 10,000 international students from more than 145 countries. With multiple campuses, state-of-the-art learning and living facilities and teaching staff who are experts in their chosen field of study, the University of Sydney is a great place to study. The University of Sydney is ranked in the top 25 universities in the world for humanities and social sciences, and in the top 50 for engineering and technologies. View all programmes offered at the University of Sydney.


University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales is globally recognised for its innovative teaching, world-leading research and state-of-the-art facilities. Popularly known as UNSW the institution was established in 1949 and has grown from strength to strength to become a premier research-driven university in Australia. UNSW comprises nine faculties, which offer 900 degrees across different subject areas and study-levels. The MBA offered by the UNSW Business School is one of the best in Australia and UNSW also has the country’s biggest engineering faculty. View all programmes offered at UNSW.


University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

University of Technology, Sydney popularly known as UTS is one Australia’s premier science and engineering focused universities and is based right in the heart of Sydney a short walk from Central Station. Currently UTS offers about a 100 undergraduate and around 150 postgraduate programmes in subjects as varied as Data Analytics and Information Technology and Pharmacy and Communication. View all programmes offered at UTS.    


Macquarie University

Macquarie University is a premier public research university established in Sydney in 1964. Ranked among the top two percent of the world’s premier universities, Macquarie is renowned for its state-of-the-art research facilities, high standard of teaching and a vibrant student experience that brings together students from over 100 countries. The University holds the distinction of being a special place with its own dedicated railway station and a fully functional hospital on campus that caters to all medical emergencies. View all programmes offered at Macquarie University.


Western Sydney University

 Western Sydney University operates multiple campuses and caters to one of the most diverse and vibrant regions in Sydney. With over 42,000 students and 3,000 staff members, the University offers its students a great learning experience. With a tuition fee that is comparatively lesser when compared to other universities in the region, WSU attracts a large number of Indian students every year to its campus. The Indian Society at WSU is called ‘Mast’ and celebrates the unique heritage and culture of India in Sydney. Forensics, Engineering and Technology and Medicine are the most popular fields of study here. View all programmes on offer at WSU.  


Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University, popularly known as ACU has seven campuses spread across Australia. Of these two campuses are based out of Sydney; one is in North Sydney and the other in Strathfield. ACU comprises four key faculties – Education and Arts, Health Sciences, Law and Business, and Theology and Philosophy. Indian students typically opt for programmes in Business and Information Systems, Information Technology and Public Health. View all programmes on offer at ACU.


Sydney TAFE

Sydney TAFE is an integral part of TAFE NSW and offers a wide variety of programmes to international students. With intakes in February and July every year, students can pick from programmes as short as three months and as long as 3 years. Be it learning English, preparing for a degree in Business or Accounting; there is something for everyone. On completion of a diploma at Sydney TAFE; students have the option to progress to a relevant degree with full academic credit at Australian Catholic University or the University of Western Sydney. 


Studying in Australia is a good option and Sydney is one of the best cities in the world for students.


Student visa rules allow you to work for fixed hours every week during class time and full-time during vacations. A number of universities also offer generous scholarships to students enrolling on postgraduate programmes. Sydney is well connected to the rest of Australia by road and rail and you should undertake a trans-Australian trip at least once during your university vacations to explore the sights and sounds of the ‘amazing land down under’.


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