About the university
Flinders is a leading international university in Australia, distinguished by its boldness, vigour and imagination. The University has a record of excellence and innovation in teaching, research and community engagement.
While the main campus is located in the suburb of Bedford Park, just a short drive south of Adelaide’s Central Business District and easily accessible by public transport, the University’s geographical footprint also stretches across South Australia, Western Victoria and the Northern Territory.
Flinders has over 2,500 staff and more than 26,000 students, with over 5,000 coming from countries as diverse as Canada, India and Kenya. Its graduates are encouraged to be knowledgeable, to communicate effectively, and to develop skills to connect across boundaries and tackle major challenges.
Flinders has led the way in providing access to higher education and offers a choice of pathways that cater to people from a variety of backgrounds.
Offering over 150 undergraduate and 270 postgraduate courses, Flinders prides itself on the quality of its programs and the attention given to the learning experience of its students.
Flinders University offers many courses in a variety of areas and the entry requirements for these courses vary.
It is extremely important that applicants get advice on the correct entry requirements for courses before listing preferences on SATAC’s online application.
Flinders University conducts an English Language proficiency check on applications submitted for consideration to its courses.
This will be met in a number of ways, including if the applicants:
- first language is English (i.e. citizenship is held for a country where English is the official language)
- completed secondary schooling in Australia
- completed prior study in English (e.g. a Certificate IV or higher from a recognised Australian training institution)
- completed one semester of full-time equivalent tertiary study at a higher education institution
- completed a recognised Foundation Studies or bridging program
- performance in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) meets the University’s admission requirements
- registered with an Australian professional registration body relevant to the applicant’s proposed course (e.g. applicant holds current registration as a Registered Nurse, General Practitioner, Teacher, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and such in Australia)
- achieved a score within an international English language proficiency test such as IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or Cambridge CAE that meets the minimum proficiency for the university
- completed an approved English language course from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider
In some instances, applicants may be asked to provide evidence they meet the requirements if the information required is not available in their application.
Entry requirements for postgraduate courses vary from course to course. Read the course entry details in course search carefully when applying.
Additional admission pathways
Indigenous Admissions Scheme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have not had the opportunity to gain access to university by traditional means.
School Recommendation Program appreciates that a student’s performance in year 12 studies may not always be a true indicator of an ability to succeed at university. Accordingly, Flinders will consider a school’s recommendation of an applicant’s academic performance and potential for university study for entry to selected Flinders courses.
Elite Athlete Admissions Scheme provides elite sportspeople with a pathway to university study.
uniTEST is open to current year 12 applicants wishing to enhance their opportunity to attend university. Flinders will select students based on their uniTEST performance.
uniLeap is open to recent year 12 applicants wishing to enhance their opportunity to attend university. UniLeap is a 4-week program, normally held in January, that will develop your independent learning skills and prepare you for university study.
Research Project B pathway is open to recent year 12 applicants who will be considered on their Year 12 results and their Research Project B performance.
Quotas which determine the number of new students admitted to all courses are determined annually and for most courses applications exceed supply. Selection is made on the basis of academic merit and for some courses also performance in the UCAT, at an interview or audition. The University reserves the right not to offer a course for which insufficient applications have been received.
Most undergraduate degrees offered by Flinders University can be studied concurrently with another degree, including the Bachelor of Letters which offers a range of streams. It is undertaken part-time concurrently with a bachelor degree, normally adding one extra year (full-time equivalent) to their overall studies. For example, students in three-year (full-time equivalent) degrees are normally able to complete both degrees in four years of full-time equivalent study.
Similarly, Flinders University offers students the opportunity to combine degrees to follow their interests and aspirations. Completing an approved combined degree option will normally add at least one extra year (full-time equivalent) to their studies. For example, students combining two three-year full-time equivalent degrees are normally able to complete both degrees in four years of full-time equivalent study. Students graduate with two degrees, expanding employment opportunities.
To be considered for entry to approved combined degree options applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements and any subject pre-requisites for both courses. Chances of selection for combined degrees will not be affected by which combined degree option is selected since the selection rank will be the same.
Most undergraduate courses can be deferred until the next academic year.
There is no deferral for postgraduate courses through SATAC.
Many courses at Flinders will grant credit for studies undertaken at other recognised educational institutions.
Credit transfer is available for applicants who have completed or partially completed an award from another university or recognised higher education institution, or who have completed an appropriate level of qualification from TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Many TAFE/RTO qualifications have already been assessed for credit towards some of our courses; these can be searched with our Credit Transfer Database. Other qualifications will require individual assessment.
Eligibility for credit does not guarantee entry to a course at Flinders University.
Flinders University and TAFE SA
Flinders University together with TAFE SA offer over 40 dual offer pathways in various discipline areas. Students undertaking this pathway are guaranteed entry to Flinders University on successful completion of their TAFE SA studies. Articulated credit transfer agreements allow for students to maximise credit opportunities. Students will strengthen their vocational skills by combining TAFE and university studies and receiving two awards.
For further information contact the TAFE SA Information Service, telephone 1800 882 661 (free call) or 8463 6300 (mobile callers).
Most undergraduate degrees offered by Flinders University commence in semester 1 and/or semester 2 of each academic year.
If you receive an offer to a course you will be sent detailed enrolment instructions. Some courses require new students to enrol by a deadline to secure their place and this is stated in their offer letter.
Flinders University has a range of scholarships and bursaries available to assist high achieving students as well as students from rural and remote areas or from low socio-economic backgrounds. Scholarships vary in level of support and some are targeted at specific fields of study. In addition, Flinders University offers a number of options that assist students to gain valuable work experiences or support studies overseas.
Scholarships are also available to continuing and honours students.
Your questions can be answered at www.flinders.edu.au/ask or by contacting Flinders Connect on 1300 354 633 (option 8).
Student services and facilities
Flinders University has a strong reputation for supporting all students by providing access to a comprehensive range of free and confidential student services.
Flinders University’s Plaza and Student Hub is the heart of the University’s Bedford Park campus. With a focus on student interaction, engagement, services and community events, the plaza is a vibrant place in which to learn, connect and play.
Typically, a new Flinders student will begin the year by participating in the Orientation and Transition Program, including campus tours and academic, online and social support. In addition, students can attend the Academic Preparation Program (APP), which provides an introduction to student life at Flinders, including university expectations, academic skills, and student services, making sure first year students start on track.
Other Student Services available to Flinders University students include:
- The Transition Office – assisting students from many different backgrounds with their transition to university by offering information, support and referral on a number of issues. No question is ever too small! For further information email email@example.com or call (08) 8201 5781.
- The Student Learning Centre (SLC) – provides free academic support to all currently enrolled students. The SLC offers lunchtime seminars and drop-in centres, as well as facilitating the APP and a brand new English Language Support Program. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (08) 8201 2518.
- The Careers and Employer Liaison Centre – offering career advice, university and community mentoring, vacation and graduate employment, and a range of additional programs assisting the further development of graduate skills sought after by employers. For further information email email@example.com or call (08) 8201 2832.
- Health, Counselling and Disability Services – offering medical services, personal counselling, disability services and many online resources. For further information visit https://students.flinders.edu.au/student-services/hcd or call (08) 8201 2118.
- Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement – providing academic, social and other support to Indigenous students. For further information visit www.flinders.edu.au/oise email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (08) 8201 3033.
- International Student Services – offering a range of services to assist international students with life and studies at Flinders University. For further information email email@example.com or call (08) 8201 2717.
- Flinders University Student Association – providing assistance with advocacy and welfare services, loans and financial counselling and academic, cultural, political, recreational and religious clubs, societies and associations. For further information visit www.fusa.edu.au or call (08) 8201 2371.
The Flinders University Library consists of a Central Library and three branch libraries – the Law, Sturt and Gus Fraenkel Medical Libraries. The library system contains more than one million books and periodicals on all subjects related to the teaching and research interests of the University's staff and students. There are extensive reading and study areas in all the libraries, and each library offers borrowing facilities to any student in the University. The library offers a wide range of electronic services, including:
- a comprehensive range of databases and electronic journals
- computers in each library with internet and word processing capabilities.
Flinders One services
Flinders One provides a range of services to students including:
- a gym, sports and recreational clubs and facilities
- food outlets and cafes
- retail/stationary shop.
Students with disabilities
Flinders University is committed to providing access and equity for students with disabilities to enable them to participate fully and independently, to the greatest extent possible in the academic, cultural and social life of the University. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (08) 8201 2118.
Flinders University encourages students to apply for accommodation in the educational, multicultural, and fun residential communities on campus.
University Hall accommodates 250 students from around the world in its catered, collegiate-style hall of residence.
The Deirdre Jordan Village is self-catered with 2, 3 and 5-bedroom units and a supportive semi-collegiate environment for 310 residents.
Both are a few minutes’ walk from the heart of the University and to public transport to the nearby beaches, shopping centres and the Adelaide CBD. Both offer residents a fantastic opportunity to be a part of lively communities that emphasise personal development, collegiality, leadership opportunities and intellectual growth.
Applications normally close mid-November of the year prior to entry. For further information contact Flinders Living, telephone (08) 87221 8900 or email email@example.com.
Child care facilities
There are two options of childcare available on the Flinders University campus. For further details please contact either the Flinders University Child Care Centre located on the Sturt Campus, telephone (08) 8201 2881, or the Community Child Care Centre located next to the Flinders Medical Centre, telephone (08) 8204 5306.
The following free publications are available on request:
- Flinders University Undergraduate Course Guide 2020
- Course brochures 2020
- New Courses 2020
- School Students Guide
- Adult Entry Pathways Guide
- Indigenous Student Guide
- Flinders Living Student Accommodation
- Scholarships at Flinders
- Information for Parents
Publication enquiries should be directed to the Office of Student Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flinders University Course and Career Open Days will be held on Friday 16 August and Saturday 17 August. As well as enabling you to sample the atmosphere of the Flinders campus first hand, Course and Career Open Days give you the best opportunity to talk to our academic staff about the subject areas and degrees that interest you. We organise a full program of activities including presentations on degrees, talks by current students and tours of departments, labs and teaching areas.
Student Recruitment Drop-in service
10am to 4pm – Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays and end of year university closure)
Location: Flinders Connect, Level 0, Central Library, Flinders University, Sturt Road, Bedford Park SA 5042
Telephone: 1300 354 633 (option 1)
Office of Student Recruitment
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide SA 5001
CRICOS Provider No: 00114A