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Country New South Wales 

A safe, friendly and genuine Australian welcome awaits in Country New South Wales (NSW), along with the opportunity to gain internationally recognised qualifications across some of the world’s most in-demand industries.   

The region stretches from Tenterfield in the NSW north-east to Broken Hill in the far west and Oberon in the central west.  

Jacaranda trees line a street in the country town of Tamworth.

Tamworth, NSW. Image courtesy of Destination NSW.

A snapshot of Country NSW

Leading agricultural region

Recognised as a premier agribusiness and food production hub.

Major education providers

Charles Sturt University (Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga and Orange) and the University of New England (Armidale and Tamworth).  

Welcoming communities

Country NSW is home to small, friendly towns making it a safe and enjoyable place to live.

The two major study destinations in country NSW are the fast-growing inland cities of Bathurst (3 hours drive from Sydney) and Armidale (5.5 hours drive from Sydney or 75-minute flight).   

The region’s clean, green, open spaces are home to key industries including health care, manufacturing, education, agriculture, forestry and fishing. 

Orange FOOD Week, Orange, NSW

Students at Orange FOOD Week, Orange, NSW. Image courtesy of Taste Orange/Tourism Australia.

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NSW information and support

Study NSW is a dedicated team within the New South Wales Government responsible for supporting and enhancing the experience of international students across the state.