The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide stands tall on the world stage as South Australia’s leading university.

Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide* and located in the heart of the world’s 10th most liveable city**, the University of Adelaide offers the rare combination of elite academic performance and an unrivalled quality of life.

The University of Adelaide is Australia’s third oldest university and have a rich heritage of accomplishment, being associated with one third of Australia’s Nobel Laureates—five in total. Yet our focus remains firmly on making history, not resting on it.

The University is today home to 25,000 students, with 30% coming from overseas, creating a diverse community spanning more than 100 nationalities. The education provided is of the highest quality: ranked top 50 globally in four subject areas; top 100 in another 12; and top 150 in 10 more.# And all Adelaide degrees ensure students gain not only deep discipline knowledge, but broad transferable capabilities to explore every future opportunity. Consequently, the University rank number one in South Australia for graduate employability^.

The University of Adelaide is also our state’s only member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities, with 100% of our research assessed as world-standard or above and our work in 41 fields rated 5/5.

*Times Higher Education, 2020; QS World University Rankings, 2020; Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2019.

**Economist Intelligence Unit, 2019. #QS World University Rankings By Subject, 2019. 

^QS Graduate Employability Ranking, 2020. †Excellence in Research Australia, 2018.

Key Highlights

  • #1 ranked university in South Australia:
    • #120 in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2020
    • #106 in QS World University Rankings
    • #137 in Academic Rankings of World Universities.
  • #1 in South Australia for graduate employability (QS Employability Rankings, 2020).
  • South Australia’s only member of Australia’s prestigious ‘Group of Eight’ research-intensive universities.
  • Associated with one third of all of Australia’s Nobel Laureates—five in total.
  • Over 120 Fulbright Scholars and more than 100 Rhodes Scholars among our alumni.
  • A truly global institution:
    • around 30% of 25,000 students come from overseas
    • half of the academic staff were born internationally or hold dual citizenships.
  • 100% of our research sub-fields are rated ‘world standard or above’ (Excellence in Research Australia, 2018).

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
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
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.

Key Highlights

  • #1 ranked university in South Australia:
    • #120 in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2020
    • #106 in QS World University Rankings
    • #137 in Academic Rankings of World Universities.
  • #1 in South Australia for graduate employability (QS Employability Rankings, 2020).
  • South Australia’s only member of Australia’s prestigious ‘Group of Eight’ research-intensive universities.
  • Associated with one third of all of Australia’s Nobel Laureates—five in total.
  • Over 120 Fulbright Scholars and more than 100 Rhodes Scholars among our alumni.
  • A truly global institution:
    • around 30% of 25,000 students come from overseas
    • half of the academic staff were born internationally or hold dual citizenships.
  • 100% of our research sub-fields are rated ‘world standard or above’ (Excellence in Research Australia, 2018).

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
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
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.

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Student Stories Student Stories

Hear from international students about living and studying in Adelaide.

Diana

Malaysia

"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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YiWei

Malaysia

"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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Yidi

China

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

Myanmar

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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Student Stories Student Stories

Hear from international students about living and studying in Adelaide.

Diana

Malaysia

"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."

View Story

YiWei

Malaysia

"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."

View Story

Yidi

China

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.

View Story

Wai Wai

Myanmar

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

View Story

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