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University of South Australia



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Location : Australia ,South Australia

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The University of South Australia is Australia’s university of enterprise, globally connected and engaged in helping solve the problems of industry and the professions. Its teaching is industry-informed, its research is focused on end-user application and it creates knowledge that is central to economic and social prosperity.

With more than 32,000 students, around 6,000 of whom are international students, it offers degree programs in business, education, arts, social sciences, health sciences, information technology, engineering and the environment. Programs are designed with strong professional emphasis and in partnership with industry. The Good Universities Guide 2016 ranked it as number one in the state for getting a full-time job.

The University’s international rankings continue to grow. It is ranked in the top 50 world universities under 50 years old by Quacarelli Symonds (#24) world university rankings. It has recently moved into the 251-300 band of world universities by Times Higher Education which also ranked it as amongst the world’s best international universities. Thompson Reuters ranks UniSA as one of Asia’s 75 Most Innovative Universities.

The university continues to develop a strong research environment and focuses its efforts on understanding scarce resources, future industries and cancer prevention and management, among other themes. It is ranked Number 1 in Australia for industry research income and in the Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 evaluation more than 97 per cent of its assessed research was deemed to be of world-class standard or above.

The University also engages closely with the communities it serves. Its Samstag Museum presents a changing exhibitions program of contemporary visual art, and its Hawke Centre public lectures are devoted to generating ideas and solutions to achieve cohesive, sustainable societies. 

The University has a strong equity mission and was the first university in South Australia to have a Reconciliation Action Plan. It is also a proud supporter of vital community events including the Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide’s Planet Talks and the Santos Tour Down Under UCI World Tour cycling race.



Make sure you are aware of entry requirements for the University as well as individual program requirements.

  • English language requirements
  • Guidelines on genuine temporary entry
  • Guidelines on living costs and evidence of funds

Undergraduate – you must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 program or an equivalent program in your home country or a recognised Pathway or Foundation Studies Program.
If you are an international student studying Year 12 in Australia you need to apply via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).
Postgraduate – At a minimum you must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, to the required standard, from a recognised higher institution in Australian or the international equivalent and/or the equivalent professional work experience. The University offers both coursework and research degrees.

For admission to a University of South Australia program, international applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds are expected to be proficient in English, as demonstrated by:

  • Passing an approved test or
  • Completing an Academic English program or
  • Meeting an approved alternative requirement

The following English tests are accepted by the University of South Australia

  • IELTS – Academic
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – PT and iBT
  • University of Cambridge – ESOL Examinations for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CEP) or the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

The minimum English language entry requirements for international students who do not speak English as their first language are as follows:

Undergraduate programs

• International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 6.0 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing) obtained within the last two years, or a corresponding result via one of the alternative English language tests recognised by the University.

Postgraduate programs • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 6.5 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing) obtained within the last two years, or a corresponding result via one of the alternative English language tests recognised by the University.

For information regarding score equivalency between English tests recognised by the University, please refer to the English language score equivalency table below. Please note that many programs have a higher IELTS (Academic) requirement than the minimum of 6.0 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing) and/or include specific sub-score requirements.

Information on particular program requirements can be accessed through the program information pages on the website. Applicants are required to meet at least one of the English language entry requirements listed. Possession of one or more of these qualifications, in addition to the academic entry requirements, does not, in itself, guarantee a place at the University of South Australia. Applications are considered on an individual basis and selection is competitive. 

If you do not meet our English language entry requirements, you may undertake an English language program at CELUSA or another University of South Australia approved provider.The Centre for English Language at the University of South Australia (CELUSA) offers the CAcademic English (AE) program  for students planning to study at an Australian education institution and is the preferred language provider for the University of South Australia. Students will study between 10 and 70 weeks, based on a formal assessment of their English level, their academic course commencement date and their chosen program’s English language entry requirements.



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