University of Adelaide

Adelaide, South Australia


The University of Adelaide (informally Adelaide University) is a public university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university’s main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia.

The university has five campuses throughout the state; North Terrace; Roseworthy College at Roseworthy; The Waite Institute at Urrbrae; Thebarton; and the National Wine Centre in the Adelaide Park Lands. It has a sixth campus, the Ngee Ann – Adelaide Education Centre (NAAEC), in Singapore. The university operates several associated and independent research institutes and groups. These include the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies, the Hanson Institute for Medical Research, and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

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.

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.

The annual undergraduate tuition fees are $35,500 for business courses, $29,000 for Arts/Education, and $35,500 for Engineering/Science.

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.

#109th in world by QS World
Type Public University
Size Large
27,357 Students
South Australia


Courses Available

  • Arts
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Arts
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Health and Nursing
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences


How to Apply?

Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

6.5 Minimum IELTS Score
TOEFL, PTE, CAE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Semester 1 For most of the program
Semester 2 For most of the program

Cost and Scholarships

AUD 35,500
Median Tuition Fee

Types of Scholarships Available



Adelaide Refugee & Humanitarian Scholarship
Total Worth 100% Tuition Fee Waiver + Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF) Scholarship + $2,500 once-off payment
Eligibility and Requirements To be eligible to be considered for the Adelaide Refugee & Humanitarian Scholarship, applicants must: 1. gain admission to an undergraduate Bachelor's level program of study commencing in Semester 1, 2019 (i.e. hold a Letter of Offer, and meet any academic and English language proficiency conditions outlined in that Letter of Offer); and 2. be holders of a Bridging Visa E (BVE) or Temporary Protection Visa (subclass 785) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV); and 3. be able to provide evidence of their financial capacity to support themselves through study.
Application Deadline January 25
Other Details The Adelaide Refugee & Humanitarian Scholarships have been established in recognition of the financial hardships that are faced by students from a refugee background and will support these students to fulfil their aspiration of studying at the University of Adelaide.
Adelaide Undergraduate Scholarship
Total Worth $12,000
Eligibility and Requirements Scholarships will be offered to all students who: 1.are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia 2.qualify for their year 12 certificate (South Australian Certificate of Education, International Baccalaureate or Steiner curriculum) at a South Australian School in 2017 or 2018 3.have applied through SATAC for admission to a Commonwealth Supported Place in an undergraduate Bachelor's degree program at the University of Adelaide in 2019 and are eligible to receive an offer of a place in that program 4.are commencing post secondary studies for the first time in 2019 5.obtain an ATAR of 99.95, exclusive of all bonus points "
Application Deadline No application necessary
Other Details The University will offer Adelaide Undergraduate Scholarships in 2019 to all South Australian students who have demonstrated outstanding academic merit by obtaining an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99.95 (with no bonuses).
Agribusiness Leaders Scholarship for Excellence
Total Worth $10,000
Eligibility and Requirements Selection of the successful candidate will be made according to academic merit and applicants' demonstrated leadership experience. Academic merit for commencing students will be determined according to ATAR or equivalent scores.
Application Deadline March 1
Other Details The Agribusiness Leaders Scholarship in Excellence has been established by a collective of individuals and companies who are keen to support young people in Agriculture to support one undergraduate student who is commencing the Bachelor of Agriculture Science program of study at the University of Adelaide. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia undertaking study as a Commonwealth supported student and must remain enrolled on a full time basis in the approved program for which the scholarship was approved.