The University of Adelaide

Established in 1874, the University of Adelaide is Australia’s third oldest university, and the oldest university in South Australia.

Established in 1874, the University of Adelaide is Australia’s third oldest university, and the oldest university in South Australia.

The Adelaide’s strong industry links and global engagement ensures students gain the experience and expertise required to make an impact in their career. With more than 30,000 students including 7,000 international students, the University is South Australia’s largest.

The University’s programs are designed with strong professional emphasis and in partnership with industry. They include fieldwork, placements, industry projects and work experience. This real-world experience provides students with the qualities employers look for.

Students benefit from the modern facilities and academics who are experts in their field. There are over 400 degrees on offer to suit a wide variety of career interests.

Key Highlights

  • Ranked #120 in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
  • Ranked in 106 in QS World University rankings
  • Member of the Group of Eight Universities in Australia
  • Consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world
  • Over 100 Rhodes scholars and give Nobel Laureates among its alumnus
  • 82% of the Universities research sub-fields were assessed as being "above or well above standard" (Rating 4 or 5)
  • 2017 StudyAdelaide International Student of the Year

North Terrace
The University of Adelaide's main campus is the site of most teaching and research facilities, as well as excellent educational and social facilities.

Roseworthy is an internationally renowned centre for excellence in dryland agriculture and animal production. This campus is also home to a number of collaborative centres.

Waite is located just 7km south-east of the city and is the pre-eminent plant and agricultural science research site in the Southern Hemisphere.

Veterinary science

Student hub

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Nursing and health science

Robotics and engineering

The University of Adelaide

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Hear from international students about living and studying in Adelaide.



"I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to study this area of research in Malaysia, so during my time in Adelaide, I have found that learning in a different cultural setting allowed me to experience a different mindset."

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"There is a different education system here in Australia compared to Malaysia," she said. "Content in Malaysia is spoon fed to students, but here in Adelaide teachers are more inspiring and guide you to form your own opinions."

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Before she came to Adelaide, Yidi says she was shy and lacked confidence. But her time studying, working and volunteering in South Australia has built her communication skills and self-confidence. We spoke to Yidi to find out how her experiences in Adelaide have given her a boost to her career aspirations.

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Wai Wai


Wai Wai is studying a Master of Education at The University of Adelaide and is exchanging knowledge and culture with students from a diverse range of backgrounds.  Learn more

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