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Make the Choice

Live, study, work in Adelaide, Australia in 2022

Make the Choice

Live, study, work in Adelaide, Australia in 2022

Make the Choice

Live, study, work in Adelaide, Australia in 2022

Why you should choose Adelaide

Adelaide is the ideal place to live and study. It’s vibrant, affordable and accessible. In 2021 it was voted Australia’s most liveable city and has favourable migration policies, global businesses and a welcoming community. Adelaide. Designed for Life.

Career and work opportunities

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Globally recognised education

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Migration

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Lifestyle made for students

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Adelaide is the ideal place to live and study. It’s vibrant, affordable and accessible. In 2021 it was voted Australia’s most liveable city and has favourable migration policies, global businesses and a welcoming community. Adelaide. Designed for Life.

Career and work opportunities

Learn More

Globally recognised education

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Migration

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Lifestyle made for students

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Discover Adelaide with international students

Discover Adelaide as our students show you their favourite places around the city.


Adelaide Oval

Join Kanishka on a tour of the iconic Adelaide home of cricket and AFL - Adelaide Oval

Cuddle a koala

Get up close and personal with a koala on a tour of Cleland Wildlife Park

Mall's Balls

What are the Mall's Balls and why are they famous?

Discover Adelaide with international students

Discover Adelaide as our students show you their favourite places around the city.


Adelaide Oval

Join Kanishka on a tour of the iconic Adelaide home of cricket and AFL - Adelaide Oval

Cuddle a koala

Get up close and personal with a koala on a tour of Cleland Wildlife Park

Mall's Balls

What are the Mall's Balls and why are they famous?

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Job Shop

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What's happening

Discover student stories, news and events from StudyAdelaide.
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Employment Toolkit

Everything you need to shape your professional profile
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Student portal

Information and resources for before and after arriving in Adelaide
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Job Shop

Get a job before you arrive!
Apply now

What's happening

Discover student stories, news and events from StudyAdelaide.
Discover

Employment Toolkit

Everything you need to shape your professional profile
View

Student portal

Information and resources for before and after arriving in Adelaide
View

Career and work opportunities

Adelaide gives you options to pursue the future you desire. 

Whether you plan to work while studying, graduate and grow your career in Adelaide or internationally, in Adelaide it is all possible.

Adelaide offers international students an additional year of post study work rights and favourable migration options for students that want to stay after they graduate.

In Adelaide you can work while you study, to gain experience and build your networks. StudyAdelaide’s Job Shop connects new students to Adelaide employers looking for staff. Visit Job Shop to learn more.

No matter what industry you choose to work in, you have the same protections at work as anyone else working in Adelaide.

There is a range of industries that students often work in while they study including: retail, hospitality, tutoring, administrative work and services such as childcare and aged care.

Many students also gain valuable work experience through volunteering and internships during their time in Adelaide. 

Almost 40% of international students volunteer while living in Adelaide, building networks and connections in the community.

An international student working part-time at a cafe while she continues to study an Adelaide education provider

StudyAdelaide and education providers offer free employment support sessions to help international students secure part-time and graduate roles in Adelaide. 

These sessions, offered all year round in person and online, range from tips on creating a resume through to networking and interview tips. 

Assisting students to find work either during or after their studies is part of the focus Adelaide has on your entire student experience in our city.

Three international students working at an office in an Adelaide business

There are amazing career opportunities in exciting industries after graduation in Adelaide, including:

Adelaide city skyline

All international students in Australia have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia. These workplace rights include protecting your entitlement to:

  • A minimum wage and superannuation
  • Challenge of unfair dismissal from the job
  • Leave, breaks and rest periods
  • A healthy and safe work environment

Find out more about your working rights as an international student through the Australian Government's Fair Work Ombudsman - an independent government organisation that offers free services to all workers in Australia, including international students.

An international student working in the office of an Adelaide business

Globally recognised education

Adelaide offers quality study options at every stage of your learning journey. 

The Australian education system is world-renowned and provides globally-recognised qualifications.

When you choose Adelaide, you receive a world-class education and are prepared for future success. 

With five prestigious universities and a range of specialist colleges and schools, we have a place to suit your study needs.

Adelaide is home to some of Australia’s most innovative and prestigious universities. 

In Adelaide you can choose from three state universities, all ranked in the top 2% worldwide, a US university ranked in the top 50, and a leading private university with campuses across the world. 

Education in Adelaide teaches more than just the facts, it teaches you how to think. 

It’s this commitment to deeper understanding and curiosity that has helped our state produce five Nobel Laureates, Rhodes Scholars and other leaders in their fields.

Two international students in graduation robes displaying their diplomas from Adelaide universities

From schooling and ELICOS through to vocational education and training (VET), pathways, higher education and university, Adelaide's institutions meet the highest standards guaranteed by the Australian Government’s Education Framework.

In addition to quality study options at every stage of your learning journey, Adelaide offers strong connections to industry and opportunities to engage directly with business. 

Students graduate with valuable networks and a well-rounded education that is in demand here and around the world.

An international student enjoying a class at an Adelaide education institution

An English language pathway to university study

When Minori decided to leave Japan and study abroad, she chose a pathway that began with an intensive English language course. 

Minori then took a pathway into university via a SAIBT diploma course. 

She says the pathway helped her go from barely speaking English to having the language, writing and communication skills she needed for university success.  

Minori, an international student from Japan in Adelaide, Australia

Migration

International graduates of Adelaide institutions are eligible for an additional year of post-study work rights. 

An extra year of post-study work rights (subclass 485 visa) is available to graduates who have completed a higher education or postgraduate qualification and maintained residence in South Australia as a holder of a first Temporary Graduate Work Visa (subclass 485). 

This gives graduates valuable time to further foster their career after receiving their qualification.

Three international students discussing post study work rights in Adelaide

If you enjoy the lifestyle, friendships and industry connections that you build during your time in Adelaide, there are favourable migration options that can allow you to migrate to Adelaide, South Australia.

International graduates who have studied in South Australia can be eligible for state nomination as a skilled migrant. 

The General Skilled Migration (GSM) program is a way for skilled people to migrate to Australia. 

The program is a points-based visa system that fills skills shortages in Australia. 

With more occupations on our skilled occupation list, South Australia can offer skilled nominations to graduates from more industries than any other state in Australia. 

Another benefit for South Australian graduates is that they need less work experience in their nominated occupation than other states to apply for nomination. 

Learn more about the program, visas and pathways to permanent residency. 

Two groups of international students that have migrated to Adelaide, Australia

During his studies, Sushrut applied for a number of internships and Trility was one of the companies that offered him the opportunity to gain experience in an Australian workplace. 

Following his three month internship Sushrut was offered a full time job with Trility after his graduation.

Watch Sushrut's story about how he has built a life in Adelaide after graduation now.

Lifestyle made for students

In 2021 Adelaide was voted the most liveable city in Australia, friendliest city in Australia and one of the world’s best cities for students. 

Adelaide welcomes international students from over 120 nationalities who enjoy the unique mix of culture, natural beauty, thriving industries and new experiences available year round.

Adelaide offers everyone a warm welcome. Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia has a population of 1.4 million people – small enough to feel safe and welcomed as part of the community, but large enough to offer everything you expect from a globally linked city. 

It has a vibrant atmosphere with natural beauty on its doorstep. 

You will be valued as a new member of the community when you arrive and amazed at the lifestyle you can lead and the network you can build.

A group of international students and their Australian friends enjoying a game of cricket on the beach in Adelaide

Adelaide is one of Australia’s more affordable cities. Our cost of living is up to 12% lower than other major Australian cities and international students receive discounted public transport costs. 

Less living expenses means more money to spend enjoying the city – and that matters when there is a lively restaurant and bar scene, world-class festivals, galleries, markets and so much more to explore.

A group of international students enjoying an affordable meal in Adelaide

Travel from the vibrant city-centre to pristine beaches, scenic hiking trails and the Adelaide Hills all within 20 minutes. 

The city of Adelaide is surrounded by parklands, so you can study and work in the city and walk to the relaxing Botanic Gardens and Riverbank minutes later.

A group of international students enjoying a hike in the natural environment near to Adelaide

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