University of South Australia

About the university

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is a globally connected and engaged university helping to solve the problems of industry and the professions. Our teaching is industry-informed, our research is inventive and adventurous. We are Australia’s University of Enterprise.

With more than 31,000 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 business, education, arts, design, social science, health sciences, information technology, engineering and the environment.

We offer more than 200 world-class degrees in a variety of academic fields, 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 and Construction Management We also provide flexible study options with online, part-time, blended and accelerated learning. You can also study a double degree, combining two different disciplines and graduating with a competitive advantage. 

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.* We are also ranked number one in South Australia for student satisfaction.

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 26th by the QS World Rankings for universities under 50 years of age. UniSA is continuing to set the pace for world-class research and solutions for a changing world. We partner with end-users to ensure our research outcomes are relevant and address real-world issues. The Australian Government’s latest national research evaluation rated 97% of our assessed research as at or above world standard (Excellence in Research for Australia 2015).

We are also grounded within the community, supporting many cultural, sporting and artistic initiatives and events, including the Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide Crows Football Club, Head of the River Rowing Regatta, Australian International Pedal Prix, and more.

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

*QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.  
^QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-17. Public SA-founded universities only.

Admission

Undergraduate programs

The University is committed to access and equity and offers number of admission pathways to undergraduate courses that consider a range of qualifications and experience. 

​UniSA Preferred offers guaranteed entry into many UniSA programs for domestic Year 12, TAFE and other registered training organisation (RTO) students. If your ATAR (including any eligible bonus points) or TAFE/RTO award meets or exceeds the UniSA Preferred score for that program, you have met any prerequisites and you have listed the program as your first preference, you are guaranteed to receive an offer into that program.

UniSA offers guaranteed entry into many degrees. If your Selection Rank (ATAR) or VET award meets the UniSA Guaranteed Entry score, you have met the prerequisites and any specific entry requirements, and you have listed the degree as your first preference, you are guaranteed an offer. 

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. 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 skills needed to study at university. On completion of the program, students can use their Grade Point Average (GPA) to apply for entry into a UniSA degree or the second year of a UniSA College diploma.

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 to this program.

UniSA College also offers the Aboriginal Pathway Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with no previous qualifications seeking entry into a UniSA degree.

*Student amenities fees may apply.

Diplomas

UniSA College offers four two-year diploma programs. On successful completion, students are guaranteed a place in the second year of a corresponding degree at UniSA. The diplomas link to over 80 UniSA degrees and help students make a seamless transition into their bachelor program. Diplomas include:

  • Diploma in Arts
  • Diploma in Business
  • Diploma in Science and Technology
  • Diploma in Health

Applications for study at UniSA College are made through SATAC.

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

Concurrent degrees

Students may have the opportunity to study a Diploma in Languages concurrently with their undergraduate degree.

The Diploma in Languages consists of 36 units of study in a specific language, taken concurrently with a student's bachelor degree. It is open to students who hold a place in any undergraduate degree at the University of South Australia or any other Australian university. Graduates will acquire an in-depth understanding of their chosen language and culture. Available languages are: French, Italian, Japanese and English (as an Additional Language). Applications must be submitted directly during enrolment.

Global opportunities

UniSA offers opportunities for students to gain an academic edge and make their degree globally-focused. Students can travel overseas through a student exchange, short-term program, internship, volunteering opportunity or study tour as part of their studies. Travel grants and other funding options are available.

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

Aboriginal student support services

Wirringka Student Services (WSS) plays a vital role in ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are supported through preselection and preparation programs, meaningful engagement, and on-going academic and personal assistance.

Services provided by WSS include:

• Administration support for the Special Entry Scheme.
• Preparation sessions that provide a solid and comfortable foundation for commencing students.
• Aboriginal Tutorial Program that connects the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with academic tutors for each of their courses.
• Academic and cultural counselling for students enrolled across the University’s programs.

Deferment

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

There is no deferral process for postgraduate programs through SATAC.

Credit transfer

The University may award credit from a range of prior learning sources, including studies from a recognised higher education institution, TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Students who complete specified programs may be given credit towards corresponding programs at UniSA. Credit will not normally be 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. 

The University’s Credit Assessor can be used to search any institution and TAFE qualification in Australia for credit that may be granted in a UniSA program.

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

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 of each year. Some programs offer a midyear intake commencing in July/August.

Scholarships

Each year more than 2,500 students at UniSA benefit from a scholarship. The University has a range of scholarships to help fund the costs of tertiary education for high achievers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students from rural areas, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Scholarships offer financial assistance and, in many instances, valuable work experience and overseas study opportunities. Students can check their eligibility through the online scholarships search engine.

Student services and facilities

UniSA has four metropolitan and two regional campuses. Each campus features state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities from architecture and design studios to engineering laboratories, an industry-standard TV and radio studio, and replica hospital wards – 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 Adelaide’s CBD, City East Campus is the central hub for our medical and health science degrees, including nursing and midwifery, nutrition, pharmacy, human movement, exercise and sport science, and other allied health disciplines.

City West campus - North Terrace, Adelaide

In the heart of Adelaide’s west-end, the City West Campus offers programs in business, commerce, management, marketing, tourism and events, sports management, law, visual arts and design and architecture.  This Campus is also home to UniSA College, offering alternative entry pathways into university. 

Magill campus – Lorne Avenue, Magill

Located in the leafy eastern suburbs, just seven kilometres from the city, Magill Campus offers programs in education, communications and 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 Adelaide - home to over 100 companies spanning industries such as defence, engineering, aerospace and information technology. By train, it’s approximately 20 minutes from the city, or less on an express train. The Campus offers programs in engineering, information technology, aviation, applied science, environmental science and education.

Whyalla and Mount Gambier

Our regional campuses offer degrees that meet the needs of the local community. Programs include nursing, midwifery, social work, music, early childhood and primary education, along with the alternative entry programs offered through UniSA College such as Foundation Studies, the Aboriginal Pathway Program and the Diploma in Health (Mount Gambier). We also offer flexible study options for regional students including part-time and online learning. The Whyalla Campus is the largest regional university in South Australia and the Mount Gambier Campus is located in the state’s largest regional city.

Student services

Campus Central is the primary service point for all UniSA students. With an office on each campus, Campus Central provides year-round help and information in a wide range of areas including enrolment, ID cards, student fees, program advice, timetables and graduation eligibility.

Learning advice and support services

We provide a full range of integrated services to help support you during your time at university. This includes study support, personal counselling, career advice, peer mentoring and more. We also offer specialised services for students with disabilities and medical conditions, international students, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Student app 

Our dedicated mobile app allows all UniSA 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.

Library services

Each UniSA campus features dedicated library facilities with an extensive range of electronic and on-shelf resources, totalling 520,000 ebooks, 70,000 online journals and 340,000 books and print journals. Electronic resources can be accessed anytime from any device, and each campus library has computers, free WiFi, printing and photocopying services, and a range of learning spaces including reserved study rooms.

Student life

UniSA offers students a wide range of events, programs and initiatives to help you create a vibrant university experience. This includes overseas study, volunteering opportunities, participating in sports and clubs, competitions, on-campus social events, professional development programs, and more.

Accommodation

The new UniSA Student Accommodation by urbanest offers intelligently designed, modern apartments based in the Adelaide CBD and centrally located between our two city campuses. There are also other accommodation options available including residential colleges, student hostels and alternative student apartments. Students can also consider private rental options.

Access and inclusion 

Our access and inclusion services are all about supporting and empowering students to achieve their academic goals and participate equitably in all aspects of university life. We provide guidance in relation to access, adjustments and inclusive practices for students who have a disability, impairment or chronic health condition and those with significant caring responsibilities. Our services are free and confidential, open to all UniSA students and can be delivered via phone or in person from any campus.

Child Care

UniSA has child care facilities on campus at City West, Magill and Mawson Lakes and offers child care services through the TAFE campus in Whyalla.

For more information contact your local Campus Central on 1300 301 703.

Further information

UniSA produces a range of free brochures to help future students find the information they need. Download electronic copies at unisa.edu.au/brochures, 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.

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

Website: unisa.edu.au/enquire

CRICOS Provider No: 00121B

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