Moving to Australia

Universities In Adelaide

Its Mediterranean climate is just one of the reasons why Adelaide is a popular choice among international students. And with four excellent Universities there, it stands to reason that of its 70,000 enrolments, Adelaide welcomes around 20,000 international students a year. When choosing where to live, study or holiday, remember that Adelaide may seem far away from the eastern seaboard but it’s really just a plane ride away and has a great deal to offer.

The city of Adelaide’s population is around 1.7 million which makes it incredible that there are four Universities to choose from. South Australia has a strong focus on education which is reflected in the number of tertiary enrolments.

1. University of Adelaide

Ranked in the top 150 elite Universities in the world, UA is the highest globally ranked University in South Australia. Its 27,000 students come from Australia and over 90 other countries and benefit from the institution’s global connections. It has strong research and innovation partnerships with organisations, institutes and Universities across North America, Asia and Europe. Known for its entrepreneurial spirit, UA boasts a business incubator, ThincLab which encourages entrepreneurs to nurture ideas into functioning enterprises.

The University of Adelaide offers a variety of scholarships to international students looking to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Although on-campus accommodation is not available, UA does operate a range of off-campus accommodation options for the exclusive use of its students.

Many famous people have had their academic start in life at UA. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard studied there as did Eurovision performer, Guy Sebastian, multiple notable Olympians, physicists, anthropologists, diplomats, politicians and business people. Former Presidents of Singapore, Ong Teng Cheong and Tony Tan Keng Yam studied there too.

2. Flinders University

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Flinders University is ranked among the world’s top 500 institutions. Situated in Bedford Park, 12 kilometres from Adelaide city, it is the only South Australian University that offers on-campus accommodation, both catered and self-catered. The student body numbers around 25,600, with about 20 per cent international students.

Flinders University has a well-equipped gym that’s open 24/7/365 and which offers Zumba, yoga and boot camp classes. There are cafes, kitchenettes, a deli and a variety of food outlets on campus offering Vietnamese, Mexican and burgers. Study in the library or out on the lawns. There’s also a pharmacy, Post Office, textbook co-op and travel agency on campus.

Famous alumni of Flinders University include: Tongan Prime Minister, Sialeʻataonga Tuʻivakanō; multiple state and federal politicians; Australian historian, Mark Peel; retired astronaut, scientist and engineer, Mamoru Mohri; and the late Doc Neeson, front man of The Angels band.

3. University of South Australia

Known for its diversity, UniSA is considered one of the best young Universities in the world and is Australia’s highest ranked University for the international diversity of its staff. It fosters a strong culture of innovation and enjoys relationships with academic, industry and research partners all over the world. Of its total 32,000 enrolments, around 6,000 of those are international students.

As quite a young University, UniSA’s facilities are spread across two campuses in the city centre, both on North Terrace and two other campuses in Adelaide, at Mawson Lakes and Magill. There are also a couple of regional campuses in South Australia. Ongoing investment in new buildings and facilities has totalled over $400 million in recent years and includes the $247 million UniSA Cancer Research Institute.

Famous graduates of UniSA include Australian politicians at all levels, Olympic basketballer Rachael Sporn, BHP Chairman Essington Lewis and author D. M. Cornish.

4. Torrens University

Only fairly recently established in Adelaide’s CBD, Torrens University offers degrees in public health, education, media design and management. Founded in 2012, it is situated in the city itself and offers online tuition as well as on-campus. Enjoy small class sizes, personalised access to highly experienced lecturers and one-on-one learning opportunities.

Courses Offered

Select from a broad range of courses offered by the individual Universities. No matter what your interests, you’re sure to find in Adelaide what you’re looking to study.

University of Adelaide

Choose from faculties of arts; engineering, computer and mathematical sciences; health and mental sciences; professions; sciences. There is a plethora of courses to select from throughout the respective faculties. View them here.

Flinders University 

Arts; business, commerce and management; computing and mathematics; creative arts and media; criminology; culture and communication; education; engineering and design; government and international relations; health; innovation and enterprise; law; medicine; nursing and midwifery; psychology; science and environment; security; social work; sport.

University of South Australia 

Aboriginal and Australian studies; accounting and finance; architecture; arts; aviation; business; communication; construction management; contemporary art; defence; design; education; engineering; environmental and geospatial science; health science; human movement, sport, clinical exercise physiology; human services; IT; journalism; laboratory medicine; languages; law; management and HRM; marketing; mathematics; media arts; medical radiation science; medical sciences; nursing and midwifery; nutrition and food sciences; occupational therapy; pharmacy; physiotherapy; podiatry; property; psychology; science; social work; tourism, sport and events.

So, which is the best University in Adelaide?

That’s a question best answered by the students and graduates themselves. There is no ‘one best University in Adelaide’ or indeed Australia. What makes a tertiary institution great is how it treats its students, how it continually invests in infrastructure and resources and the quality of its education.

In Adelaide, each of the Universities checks all these boxes so any one of them will be an excellent choice. When you’re serious about enrolment, be sure to attend one of the open days so you can check out the campuses for yourself, meet some of the students and lecturers and get a feel for if it’s the right one for you.

When applying to any Australian University, you will need to show proof of your English proficiency.


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