About the university

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is a globally connected and engaged university. Our students are the new professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. You will graduate career ready, with the skills required of tomorrow’s leaders. Our teaching is industry-informed and you will learn in a highly practical environment from experts in their field. Welcome to Australia’s University of Enterprise. 

With more than 32,000 students and six campuses, we are South Australia’s largest university. We offer more than 200 world-class degrees across a wide range of disciplines including some that are unique just to UniSA. We are the only university in South Australia to offer undergraduate degrees in Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Journalism, Aviation, Interior Architecture, Property, Construction Management, Product Design, Creative Industries, Counselling and Interpersonal Skills, and more. We also provide flexible study options with online, part-time, blended and accelerated learning; and you can graduate ahead of the pack by studying a double or combined degree. 

Our degrees are designed in partnership with industry so that our graduates are career-ready. In fact, UniSA is ranked as the top university in South Australia for getting a full-time job.¹ We are also ranked number one in South Australia for employer satisfaction² and student satisfaction³.

We are a young and confident university with a footprint around the globe. We collaborate with over 2,500 companies worldwide to bring our students placement, project, research and work opportunities. We are recognised on the international stage as one of the world’s best young universities – ranked 25th in the QS Top 50 Under 50 World University Rankings. UniSA is continuing to set the pace for world-class research and solutions for a changing world. We partner with industry to ensure our research outcomes address real-world issues. In fact, the Australian Government’s latest national report on research rated 100% of our assessed detailed fields of research as at or above world-class (ERA 2018). 

We also have a strong community spirit, supporting many sporting and cultural events and initiatives. This includes the Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide Crows Football Club, MOD. (our futuristic museum of discovery), Schools’ Head of the River Rowing Regatta, Australian International Pedal Prix, Hawke Lecture Series, Samstag Museum of Art, and more.  

We are proud to be the destination of choice for students and welcome you to become part of our future. 

¹QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only;

²QILT: 2018 Employer Satisfaction Survey, Overall Satisfaction Indicator – National Report;  

³QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Admission

UniSA is a university for all South Australians with a strong focus on access and equity. We offer a number of entry pathways to our undergraduate degrees that consider a range of qualifications and experience. 

Undergraduate programs

UniSA offers guaranteed entry into many degrees. If your selection rank (ATAR) or VET award meets the UniSA Guaranteed Entry score, and you have met the prerequisites and any specific entry requirements, you are guaranteed an offer. 

Find out more about UniSA's Guaranteed Entry score

Postgraduate programs

Admission to postgraduate courses varies from course to course. Read the course entry details in course search carefully when applying.

Quotas

Quotas determine the number of new students who may be admitted to both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. These quotas are set annually.

For most programs, the number of applications received is in excess of the places available. Selection is made on the basis of academic merit. The University reserves the right not to offer a program when insufficient applications are received.

UniSA College

UniSA College offers alternative pathways into university study. UniSA College programs help students to build the knowledge and skills required to succeed at a tertiary level. 

Foundation Studies

Foundation Studies is a free* one-year program for students with no previous qualifications, and provides the knowledge and skills needed to study at university. On completion of the program, students can use their competitive Grade Point Average (GPA) to apply for entry into a UniSA degree of their choice. 

While no formal qualifications are required for entry into this program, applicants must be 18 years of age or over before 1 February in the intended year of study, or have successfully completed SACE or a Certificate III. For midyear entry, applicants must be 18 years of age or over before 1 July in the intended year of study or have successfully completed SACE or a Certificate III.

This program is available to Australian citizens, permanent residents, humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens. Applicants who have completed a recognised award at Certificate IV level or higher will not be considered for admission into this program.

UniSA College also offers the Aboriginal Pathway Program specifically designed for Aboriginal students with no previous qualifications. 

*Student Services and Amenities fee may apply.

Diplomas

UniSA College offers a range of two-year diploma programs. On successful completion, students are guaranteed a place in the second year of their chosen linked UniSA bachelor degree. The diplomas link to over 90 UniSA degrees and provide a seamless transition into the second year of university study. 

  • Diploma in Arts
  • Diploma in Business
  • Diploma in Construction
  • Diploma in Engineering
  • Diploma in Health
  • Diploma in Information Technology
  • Diploma in Science and the Environment 

Applications to study at UniSA College are made through SATAC.

For more information contact Future Student Enquiries on (08) 8302 2376.

Additional access schemes

Wirringka Student Services (WSS) plays an important role in ensuring that Aboriginal students are supported throughout their study journey at UniSA. WSS provides on-going academic and personal support for all Aboriginal students including administrative assistance, academic tutoring, personal counselling and more.

Find out more about Wirringka Student Services (WSS)

Deferment

Students who have been offered a position to study an undergraduate program at UniSA can choose to defer the start of their studies until the following year. Some UniSA programs also offer midyear entry.

There is no deferral process for postgraduate programs through SATAC.

Credit transfer

UniSA may award study credit for prior learning, including studies from a recognised higher education institution, TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Credit is not typically granted for studies or other learning completed more than ten years prior to application. In some cases, this time restriction may be shorter.

Completion of a VET award does not automatically lead to selection as admission is competitive and determined by academic merit. Other sources of credit include studies undertaken through a professional body, work experience or life experience. 

Students should apply for credit through Campus Central after they have been offered a place in their chosen program. 

Find out more about credit transfer and see what you might be eligible for

Academic year

For most students, the academic year at UniSA commences in early February to early March, depending on the program, and ends in early December. Some programs offer a midyear intake commencing in July/August.

Find out more about the academic year at UniSA

Scholarships

Each year more than 2,500 UniSA students benefit from scholarships and grants, providing financial assistance and additional opportunities such as work experience and overseas study. Scholarships and grants are open to students from all backgrounds, including high achievers, students living in regional areas, Aboriginal students and students from low socioeconomic families. 

Find out more about UniSA scholarships and check what you may be eligible for

Student services and facilities

UniSA has four metropolitan and two regional campuses. Each campus features state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities from health, architecture and design studios to laboratories, replica hospital settings, technology hubs, industry-standard TV and radio studios and a financial trading room – just to name a few. Our campuses also have vibrant social spaces, health and fitness centres, food vendors and community clinics. 

City East campus - corner North Terrace and Frome Road, Adelaide

Located in the Adelaide CBD, City East Campus is the central hub for all of our health-related degrees, including nursing, midwifery, nutrition, pharmacy, public health, human movement, exercise and sport science, physiotherapy, medical radiation science, and other allied health disciplines. This campus is also where students will study our degrees in construction management.

City West campus - North Terrace, Adelaide

In the heart of Adelaide’s thriving west-end, our City West Campus is home to degrees in business, commerce and finance, management, marketing, tourism and events, sports management, law, creative industries, visual arts, design and architecture. UniSA College is also located at City West, offering alternative entry programs into university. 

Magill campus – Lorne Avenue, Magill

Located in the leafy eastern suburbs and just seven kilometres from the city, our Magill Campus offers degrees in education, journalism, media arts, arts, psychology, social work, human services and languages.

Mawson Lakes campus - Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakes

Mawson Lakes Campus is located next to Technology Park – a vibrant business community that is home to over 100 companies spanning industries such as defence, engineering, aerospace and information technology. By train, Mawson Lakes Campus is around 20 minutes from the city, or less on an express train. This campus offers our programs in engineering, aviation, information technology, mathematics, science, environmental science and education.

Whyalla and Mount Gambier

Our regional campuses offer degrees that meet the needs of the local community, including nursing, midwifery, social work, and early childhood and primary education, along with alternative entry programs delivered UniSA College. We also offer flexible study options for regional students including part-time and online learning. 

Student services

Campus Central is the primary service point for all UniSA current students with one located at every campus. Staff at Campus Central provide year-round help and information in a wide range of areas including enrolment, ID cards, student fees, program advice, timetables, study credit and graduation.

UniSA also has a dedicated student app that allows all students to view their timetable, check emails, get important notifications, track assessments and see course enrolments and details. You can also find available PCs on campus, book a study room, check your print quota and library loans, and view announcements.

Learning advice and support services

UniSA provides a full range of support services to help you achieve your best. This includes study support, personal counselling, career advice, peer mentoring and more. They also offer services specifically for Aboriginal students through Wirringka Student Services (WSS) and tailored services for international students. The access and inclusion team are also there to assist students with a disability, impairment, chronic health condition or significant caring responsibilities.

Global opportunities 

Go global and add international experience to your studies by participating in overseas field trips, work placements, internships, study tours, short-term programs, volunteer opportunities, conferences or a student exchange.

You can also choose to learn a second language through the Diploma in Languages, which is studied at the same time as your undergraduate degree. 

Student life

Make the most of your university experience. UniSA has a vibrant campus culture and encourages all students to join one of the many clubs or sporting teams, attend social events, consider a volunteering opportunity, and engage with your student association – USASA. There are also dedicated social spaces on campus where you can take time out from your studies, including student lounges. 

Accommodation

UniSA’s Student Accommodation by Urbanest offers intelligently designed, modern apartments in the Adelaide CBD. There are also other accommodation options available including residential colleges, student hostels and alternative student apartments. Students can also consider private rental options.

Find out more about UniSA's accomodation options

Further information

Brochures

UniSA produces a range of free brochures to help future students find the information they need. Download electronic copies, or to request printed copies contact Future Student Enquiries on (08) 8302 2376.

Degree and career information sessions

Keep up to date with the latest information by attending events throughout the year

Open day

UniSA events give you the opportunity to ask questions about different degrees and careers, take a tour around campus, attend presentations, and talk to current staff and students. 

UniSA Open Day 

  • Sunday 18 August / 9:00am – 4:30pm / City West Campus and City East Campus 

Find out more about UniSA Open Day

Campus Days 

  • Mount Gambier Open Day  Sunday 11 August / 11:00am – 4:00pm / Mount Gambier Campus 
  • Whyalla Open Day Sunday 25 August / 11:00am – 3:00pm / Whyalla Campus 
  • Mawson Lakes Campus Day  Tuesday 27 August / 4:00pm – 7:30pm / Mawson Lakes Campus 
  • Magill Campus Day  Wednesday 28 August / 4:00pm – 8:00pm / Magill Campus

Find out more about UniSA Campus Days

Enquiries

Future Student Enquiries
Level 1, 101 Currie Street, Adelaide

Postal Address:
Future Student Enquiries
University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA 5001

Telephone: (08) 8302 2376

Visit the UniSA website

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