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University of South Australia

Established:  1991

Location:  Six campuses, four in and around Adelaide and two in regional South Australia (Whyalla and Mount Gambier)

Student Population:  35,000

CRICOS:  00121B

Australia’s university of enterprise

The University of South Australia is a globally connected and engaged university with industry-informed teaching and research that is inventive and adventurous. It is ranked in the world’s top 50 under 50 in both the QS Top 50 and Times Higher Education Young University Rankings^. The University is young and innovative and offers students the chance to gain real-world experience.

Focused on life beyond the classroom, the University of South Australia offers a practical approach to teaching and learning. It offers more than 200 degrees in a range of academic disciplines. Degrees are designed with industry, giving students opportunities to gain practical skills and graduate career ready. The University collaborates with more than 2,500 companies worldwide to bring students valuable networking and work opportunities such as projects, placements and internships. 

Everything you need to know


What can I study?


  • Accounting
  • Art, architecture and design
  • Aviation
  • Communication and media arts
  • Construction management
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental sustainability and geospatial science
  • Finance, economics and property
  • Information technology
  • Law
  • Management and HR
  • Marketing
  • Medical radiation science
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Pharmacy and medical sciences
  • Psychology, social work and human services
  • Rehabilitation, health and sport sciences
  • Science and mathematics
  • Speech pathology
  • Tourism, sports and events
  • Urban planning

Student Services


The University provides all the necessary support for students to excel in their studies and enjoy the university experience, including:

  • Counselling (personal, academic)
  • Career advice
  • Social support services
  • Mentoring
  • Disability and inclusion services
  • Health services
  • Legal advice
  • Accommodation support
  • Student advisers (international)
  • Language and learning assistance
  • On-arrival welcome
  • Orientation activities



More than 2,500 students a year benefit from scholarships and grants, totalling millions of dollars.


World-Class Facilities


The University of South Australia has invested over A$400 million in new buildings, modern facilities and vibrant social spaces. Our students study in state-of-the-art learning spaces using the latest technologies, along with enhanced facilities that connect with researchers, industry and the community. Highlights include the Iress Trading Room, a state-of-the-art learning facility featuring live market data and financial analysis tools; the Samsung SMARTSchool, one of the most tehcnologically advanced teacher-training facilities in Australia, featuring an array of Samsung technology including large form screens, video walls and virtual reality headsets; and the Boeing 737 Next Generation flight simulator for our aviation students.




Ranked in the world’s top 50 under 50
Ranked #25, 2020 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings; ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50
Top 5 in Australia for developing work-ready skills
Ranked #4, ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Skills Development Indicator (undergraduate). Public universities only
Top 10 in Australia for employer satisfaction
Ranked #8, 2020 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey – Overall Satisfaction Indicator
Overall five star plus rating for excellence (2020 QS Stars Ratings)
Top 10 in Australia for teaching quality
Ranked #9, ComparED (QILT)
Student Experience Survey 2019-20 (undergraduate). Public universities
Top 10 in Australia for student support
Ranked #8, ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 (undergraduate). Public universities
No.1 In South Australia for student experience
ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Quality of
Entire Educational Experience (undergraduate). Public, SA-founded universities only.


Research Excellence


Our research is innovative, inspired by challenges, and connected to industry and community needs. Research degrees are focused on producing new knowledge, providing solutions to global challenges and preparing candidates for competitive careers. The University’s commitment to cutting-edge research and engagement with industry has been well recognised, with 100 per cent of assessed research rated at or above world-class standard*.

^25, 2020 THE Young University Rankings; 29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50; *2018 Excellence in Research for Australia, 4-digit Fields of Research; ~8, ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 (Undergraduate). Public universities only.