A new survey has ranked Sydney as the world's most popular city to study in, ahead of 83 other cities including London and New York.
Being the world's most popular destination for international students helps build our city's cultural diversity and strengthens our regional and global connections.
At the moment there are around 35,000 visiting students studying on campuses within the City of Sydney, and more than 10,000 students live in the local government area.
Our community of international students improves Sydney's prosperity and liveability, contributing over $1.6 billion to the economy and generating demand for 10,000 full time equivalent jobs.
A globally competitive city needs a strong education and research sector. It is great to see Sydney recognised for its first-class education, professional experiences, cutting-edge research opportunities, strong local economy and a lifestyle that is unmatched.
The City puts a lot of work into making international students feel welcome and supported while they are in Sydney.
Each year I host an official welcome for hundreds of students at Sydney Town Hall - a great chance for new students to connect with one another.
And our International Student Leadership and Ambassador Program, now in its second year, helps provide work experience, skill development, mentoring and leadership training. The program currently has 26 participants from 18 countries.
If you are an international student, please visit http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/community-support/international-students to find out more.