One is the son of a retail manager from Japan's third most populous city; the other from a tiny town in Southern Italy.
Kyosuke Kudayama, 28, and Gabriele Bochicchio, 29, are midway through agricultural courses at TAFE NSW's Primary Industries Centre (PIC). For Mr Kudayama, who is studying a Diploma of Agriculture, the course is a perfect pathway to fulfilling his dream of running a dairy farm in Australia.
As a child, Mr Kudayama would travel daily to his grandmother's home deep in the Japanese dairy belt of Hokkaido.
Mr Bochicchio is working on a rockmelon farm in Griffith as an agricultural technician and irrigation manager but decided to enrol at TAFE NSW to broaden his skills.
"Once you get the skills you become much more confident and competent."