Adelaide has a strong sense of community and welcomes visitors from around the world; making it a place of opportunity where students can get involved in a diverse range of activities and events.
A home away from home
South Australia’s population is a melting pot of different cultures, with figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealing that around 350,000 South Australians were born overseas, and 220,000 speaking a language other than English at home.
This – plus the large numbers of places of worship, associations, clubs and community groups across the state – make it a home away from home for people of many nationalities, languages and cultures. With the oldest Mosque in Australia, churches, gurudwaras, and temples in and around the city, Adelaide welcomes visitors from many different faiths. These options will keep you connected to your home country and help you form connections to fellow visitors and students. Find out more about different places of worship in Adelaide on the SA Tourism Commission website.
Community on campus
The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and University of South Australia have student clubs that cater to international students of different faiths and nationalities, and in addition to these clubs, the Adelaide City Council Community Centres are situated in residential locations around the city, and are friendly, accessible places that foster relationships between different members of the community. A Chinese welfare group, multicultural cooking classes, KPop fan meetups, and English conversation lessons are just a few of the activities that may appeal to international students. Students will also feel welcomed at the many multicultural events held in South Australia each year. OzAsia, the Moon Lantern Festival, Tasting Australia, Womad and the acclaimed international Festival of Arts are just some of the events Adelaide is well known for. Find out more about these and more events in the Festival and Events section of our website.
Students receive a warm welcome at Adelaide Airport during key enrolment periods throughout the year, and are given a StudyAdelaide welcome pack which includes a guide to the city and details of a year-long program of social and career focused events. These range from sporting matches and arts events, to employment seminars and regional tours. Find out more about our student engagement program in the student events section of our website, and sign up to our student newsletter which has details of events including the Airport Welcome Desk.