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Often confused as the nation's capital, Sydney is the largest and
oldest city in Australia with a population of 4 million. The city boasts
an eclectic gathering of diverse people from over 180 different nations
who speak over 140 languages. Sydney's diversity has become one of the
city's strengths as the people have a solid reputation for their
hospitality and friendly, easy ways.
With 20% of Australia's population choosing Sydney as the place to
be, it's not hard to understand why the city has so much to offer.
Centered around its beautiful harbor, Sydney offers visitors and
residents an array of gorgeous beaches, and with an average of 300 or
more sunny days per year, people are sure to have the opportunity to
enjoy them. And for those that like to enjoy the beach in relative
isolation, Sydney offers approximately 60 different beaches, assuring
that it's always possible to get away from the crowds.
This is not to say that lounging on the beach all day is all that the
aspiring student can hope to accomplish. Sydney also operates as a
financial and commercial center not only for the eastern states, but for
Australia as a whole. The economy reflects the entrepreneurial spirit
of Sydney's residents.
Sydney provides a rich environment for study, in part thanks to the
contrasts students can find there. The city's vibrant history can be
seen in a variety of ways including a number of attractions and tours of
such early public buildings as the Parliament House and Sydney
Hospital. Sydney demonstrates its flair for high culture with
world-renowned offerings such as the famous Opera House. At the same
time the city knows how to turn that flair toward the less cultured, a
fact testified to by the city's expansive nightlife.
Sydney also offers a range of other activities that provide a
different sort of education. The city's love of sports and outdoor
activities is not hard to understand with the excellent Australian
climate to take advantage of. The legacy of the 2000 Olympic Games in
Sydney have if anything increased the city's abiding love of these
pastimes. Just some of the many activities the Sydneysiders enjoy are
surfing, swimming, tennis, sailing, rugby, cricket, basketball, and
With so much to do, you might expect to find the people of Sydney
rushing from activity to activity, but the laid-back atmosphere of the
city discourages such haste. Perhaps one of the most valuable lessons
Sydney has to teach is the joy of sitting and watching the world go by
against the backdrop of one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Sitting and watching the boats in the harbor is considered a perfectly
legitimate pastime - and with such a gorgeous harbor, why not?
Sydney is in some ways the mother of all Australia's cities. Students
who choose to study there can be sure they will find the charming
combination of a laid-back yet inspirational place to study, learn, and
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