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University Overview

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious universities. Established in 1874, it is a member of the Group of Eight, which comprises Australia's leading research universities.

The University of Adelaide has developed an international reputation for the quality education it provides to students. It has one of the best student-to-staff ratio of all Australian universities, ensuring students receive individual attention from lecturers and tutors. Students with qualifications from The University of Adelaide are recognised by employers around the world, with many graduates going on to hold important positions in government, business, industry and universities in Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific.

Facilities: The University of Adelaide has four campuses, which all enjoy modern resources and equipment. The University's high technology and state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories contain the latest computing and international data network facilities. With more than two million volumes, the Barr Smith Library, located at the University's North Terrace campus, is one of the biggest and most comprehensive libraries in the Southern Hemisphere.


Adelaide offers a wide selection of undergraduate degrees for students. Study areas for these courses include architecture, engineering, arts, business, health sciences, medicine, law, music, nursing, sciences, psychology and education. Study options such as part-time, full-time, on-campus and off-campus study are also available.

The basic entry requirement for undergraduate students is the completion of year 12 and the ATAR standing. However, alternative options are available for students who are not able to meet regular requirements. The University of Adelaide also offers a range of scholarships, funded by the university and by external organizations, for undergraduate students from wide-ranging backgrounds.


Postgraduate study at Adelaide come in two categories, coursework and research degrees. Postgraduate coursework degrees are based primarily around lectures and tutorials while postgraduate research degrees are specialized and research-intensive. Adelaide offers a broad range of postgraduate coursework degrees, in a range of disciplines which includes arts, architecture, business, education, engineering, law and health sciences.

The Adelaide Graduate Centre (AGC) is responsible for the management and administration of research degrees at the University of Adelaide. Research students can choose a wide variety of programs based on their interest. Coursework qualification include masters, graduate diploma and professional certificate. Postgraduate student support includes different study options to help graduate students balance work and study. Postgraduate scholarships are also granted to eligible graduate students.

Study Online

There is currently no study online information for University of Adelaide check with the University directly to find out if they have started offering study online programs.

International Students

The University of Adelaide offers many services to help overseas students achieve their academic goals and to enhance their life as a student. Before they come to Australia, the university informs them of the necessary preparations like passports and visa, flights, insurance, accommodation, financial matters and travel tips. Accommodation options include university managed, residential colleges, commercially managed and private rental accommodation.

Upon arrival, a free airport pick-up will be waiting for students. They will immediately be transported to their accommodation and as soon as they get settled they will undergo briefings. The university also provides students with a week-long orientation apart from the briefings upon arrival. Aside from all these, an International Student Centre with support advisors are available to help students. One of the highlights of Adelaide's support services are the number of international student scholarships they offer.

Tuition Fees

University of Adelaide tuition fees vary depending on student status and the course being undertaken. International students are generally required to pay the full fee for undergraduate study while both local and undergraduate students can be required to pay the full fee for postgraduate study.

The average annual undergraduate tuition fee for Adelaide is AUD$29,900

The average annual postgraduate tuition fee for Adelaide is AUD$30,520

Check with the University directly for the cost of study of the courses in which you have an interest.


Adelaide offers scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students. These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organizations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students. Scholarships at Adelaide are awarded to students on the basis of academic/leadership merit, extracurricular activities, economic status and financial need.

The university also offers a scholarship scheme for international students who wish to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate study or the study abroad program. Postgraduate research scholarships are available as well. The selection and ranking of applicants is undertaken by the graduate scholarships committee, using the criteria of academic merit and research potential.

University Life

University life at Adelaide is packed with social activities and programs. To make student life easier, Adelaide provides a number of different support services for students. Orientations, student advice and general support, student social programs, medical and dental services, financial assistance and disability support are all in place to assist students. During the first year, accommodation services is offered by the university.

Aside from all these, there are many clubs and societies that students can join depending on their interests. Students are also encouraged to participate in social and competitive sports, social events and activities. For students who want to study abroad, student exchange programs are can also be arranged by Adelaide.

Student Reviews

One of the major themes emerging from the Adelaide student reviews is an appreciation of the university lecturers and tutors. Many of the reviews mention that the teachers are extremely approachable and that the staff are very helpful. Students add that teachers are there to keep students from failing by giving them enough academic support.

Another significant feature about the student reviews mention about Adelaide's hassle free application process and easy enrolment procedure. Students also comment about the university's adequate facilities, pointing out the huge gym, library and the cafes disseminated in every area of the campus.

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