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University of Adelaide

4.3 out of 5 (13 ratings / 5 reviews) Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
The University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia’s third oldest university with a strong reputation for research and teaching excellence, and producing graduates that make an impact on the world.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (4)
Engineering & Technology (4)
Agriculture & Forestry (3)
Humanities (2)
Journalism & Media (1)
  • Bachelor Media
    Undergraduate Programs
Law (1)



The University of Adelaide was founded with a noble goal: to prepare for South Australia young leaders shaped by education rather than birth or wealth in a settlement free of old world social and religious inequalities.


The University of Adelaide creates a unique learning experience for our students.

Students learn under the expert guidance of leading academics and develop research skills right from the start of their undergraduate degree. Students are exposed to international perspectives and have the opportunity to build strong global networks throughout their time at the University.

Our graduates are recognised for their critical thinking abilities, communication proficiency and are equipped to become leaders of the future.


The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's most research-intensive institutions.

With world-leading researchers, modern facilities and an innovative culture, we're committed to delivering the highest quality results for our local and global communities.


The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
114 -5
109 16
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
135 -1
134 8
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
102 20
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The International Student Centre (ISC) offers support to all international students throughout their stay in Adelaide.

We at the ISC aim to provide the following to all international students:
  • A safe space of mutual respect
  • Courteous and friendly support
  • Guidance throughout his or her chosen course of study
  • Referrals to the correct person or department

Housing services

The University of Adelaide understands that accommodation plays an important part in building a solid foundation to academic success for students.

University of Adelaide students can enjoy the benefits of access to quality accommodation options across the city, at various price points, when they seek assistance from the Accommodation Service.

Accommodation options in Adelaide include:

  • University Managed
  • Residential Colleges
  • Commercially Managed
  • Private Rental Accommodation

Library services

The University Libraries comprise five physical libraries in addition to Rare Books and Special Collections, and University Archives & Recordkeeping.

ICT services

  • Email & Collaboration Tools
  • Internet, Wireless & Network
  • Accounts & Access

Medical services

Health care is delivered by both private and government institutions. A publicly-funded health scheme called Medicare, which is run by the Department of Human Services, ensures that all Australians can a specified range of medical services either for free or at a very low cost.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Adelaide has four main campuses, each with a distinctive profile.

Sports facilities

Life at university has more to offer than just study. There is a complete range of recreational activities to enjoy through Adelaide University Sport.

There are almost 40 sports to choose from ranging from Australia's largest University snow ski trip, through to bush walking, rowing and many more water, field and indoor sports.

Student clubs

  • Joining a club is the best way to meet new people, share your interests and make new friends on campus. The Union supports more than 130 clubs representing all kinds of activities and interests – social, political, faculty-based, activity-based – they’re all here.
  • We provide rooms for clubs to meet, equipment and resources that can be booked for use by clubs, and grants to help clubs stage events or buy things they need.
  • The Union helps clubs with administration, infrastructure and event advice and promotional support. We also coordinate Clubs activities during O'Week.

Student Reviews

great experience in Australia
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I have been the University of Adelaide for one year. ItÔÇÖs really a great experience in my study life. I enjoyed all of the activities in my uni and lived with some really nice guys. I will recommend my friends coming here and they must be glad with all of these which I experienced as well.

Studied at University of Adelaide
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I was on a study abroad from Newcastle University (UK). Loved it! The Uni itself is great, staff and students all very helpful. Extremely laid back compared to the UK- more flexible with deadlines. More assessments in smaller percentages compared to my course in the UK, and from a variety of tasks rather than just essays/exams. The work was more research based, which gives...

University of Adelaide
Lauren Honey rated 4 out of 5 stars

Loved my time at Adelaide University! I was studying third year BA Politics on an exchange semester from my home university in the UK. The teaching was much more interactive than in the UK, and in comparison was much more self directed. Based on developing own research questions rather than choosing an essay topic provided by the lecturer. Much more chilled out and...

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia