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The NSW Government established StudyNSW to increase the number of international students studying in NSW or with our education providers overseas, improve the quality of their experience while in the State and recognise their contributions to our communities.

StudyNSW is a dedicated unit within NSW Trade & Investment responsible for delivering the 10-year international education strategy outlined in the Industry Action Plan and positioning NSW in key markets as a leader in international education that launches global careers. StudyNSW has four main functions: 

  • marketing, promotion and research;
  • development of policy and advocacy to enhance the competiveness of international education in NSW;
  • delivery and evaluation of strategies and programs to improve the experiences of international students in NSW, and
  • identification and generation of international market development opportunities and new technology-enabled models of delivery.

StudyNSW will deliver core initiatives including policy, advocacy and activities to enhance the quality of the international student experience in NSW that are fully funded by Government. StudyNSW will also invite co-fund partner activities from industry that align with Industry Action Plan recommendations.

StudyNSW Business Plan 2014-2015

The StudyNSW Business Plan for 2014-2015 describes the goals of StudyNSW and how they will be achieved through specific strategies and core and partner projects.

StudyNSW Partner Projects

StudyNSW also co-funds international education projects that are delivered in partnership with industry. Partner projects need to be strategic, innovative, demonstrate a strong benefit to the international education sector and focus on gaps not currently addressed by the sector. Funding of up to $100,000 per project is available on the basis that it will be matched by industry partners.

Seven partner projects developed by education institutions and stakeholders were awarded funding by StudyNSW in 2014/15.
The seven funded projects are:

  • A semester length "Creating Entrepreneurs" pilot program developed and delivered by the Australian Catholic University and the universities of NSW, Sydney, Technology Sydney and Western Sydney to foster international students' entrepreneurial skills to enhance future employability.
  • A "buddy" support program for selected international students assessed as at risk of not completing their studies to enhance their educational experience, to be developed and delivered by TAFE NSW - South Western Sydney Institute. A best practice guide will also be developed and shared with the NSW international education sector.
  • Development of a "one-stop shop" online resource and app promoting the Hunter region as a study destination for international students, with up-to-date study, accommodation and lifestyle information in multiple languages by RDA Hunter, TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute and University of Newcastle. The partners will also establish vocational placements and internships for international students.
  • A conference to address the challenges of international student accommodation in NSW and develop effective solutions, led by the International Education Association of Australia with a range of education and industry organisations.
  • A research project to identify a sustainable funding model for a free specialist international student legal advice service provided by the Redfern Legal Centre
  • A pilot program to educate NSW vocational education and training providers in planning, implementing and evaluating tailored international education business and marketing strategies, developed and delivered by the Australian Council for Private Education and Training.
  • Two paid internships with the Council of the City of Sydney, open to international students over the age of 18 from all NSW education providers. The internships will be for one day a week for 12 weeks, providing an integrated learning experience and focus on projects to enhance the international education sector in NSW.

StudyNSW would like to thank everyone who submitted an application for 2014/15 partner project funding.

The second round of funding will open in mid-2015.

Read the Media Release.


NSW International Student Charter

The NSW International Student Charter is the whole of NSW international education sector's commitment to delivering the best possible international student experience in NSW. It communicates what current and prospective students can expect about the quality of education and support they will receive when studying in NSW and their obligations in return. 

The Charter is a statement of intent (rather than a legal document). The Charter was drafted in consultation with 11 NSW Universities, Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) members, English Australia (EA) members, the Department of Education & Communities – International (DECI) and the Council for International Students Australia (CISA).