University of South Australia

About the university

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is a globally connected and engaged university helping solve the problems of industry and the professions. The University’s teaching is industry-informed; its research is inventive and adventurous. UniSA creates knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

Its graduates are the new professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. It is Australia’s university of enterprise.

With more than 32,000 students, the University of South Australia is the State’s largest. Over 6,000 of these are international students from every part of the globe. The University offers a large range of study options in business, education, arts, social science, health sciences, information technology, engineering and the environment. Programs are designed with a strong emphasis on partnering with industry to achieve high graduate employment rates. The Good Universities Guide (2016) rates UniSA as the top university in South Australia for getting a full-time job.

Celebrating its 25th Birthday in 2016, UniSA has become one of the world’s best young universities – ranked 25 by the QS World Rankings for universities under 50 years of age.

With a far-reaching research program, the University has close, collaborative engagement with many industry, government, collegiate and community partners. This ensures research outcomes are relevant to end-users, and that the questions asked reflect real-world issues. Excellence in Research for Australia, the Australian government’s national research evaluation framework, recently evaluated University of South Australia’s research and concluded that 97 per cent of it is world class or above.

The University of South Australia is also a strong contributor to the communities and society that it serves. That commitment is reflected in its vast worldwide alumni network and in the major artistic endeavours, sporting events and public attractions the University embraces and supports.

UniSA has six campuses providing opportunities to students from a wide range of geographic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Two are located in the city of Adelaide, two are in the metropolitan suburbs of Mawson Lakes and Magill, and a further two are in the regional cities of Whyalla and Mount Gambier.


The University of South Australia offers more than 200 degrees in a variety of academic fields. UniSA is the only accredited SA university to teach certain professionally-recognised programs.

Undergraduate programs

The University’s commitment to access and equity means the minimum educational requirements may be met by individuals who have successfully completed one of the following:

  • successful completion of the SACE/NTCET
  • interstate or overseas qualifications that the University considers equivalent to the SACE
  • the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • studies in a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution
  • at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) courses at the appropriate level
  • an award from TAFE or from another registered training organisation at AQF Certificate IV or above
  • UniSA College Foundation Studies or a Diploma program
  • qualification for special entry and completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

Some programs may also have extra requirements such as a portfolio, an interview, test or successful completion of a specific subject or subjects.

Many undergraduate programs at the University of South Australia have a predetermined entry score, known as UniSA Preferred.

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.

Postgraduate programs

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


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 provides Diploma and Foundation Studies programs as an alternative pathway into a university degree by assisting students to build the skills and knowledge required to succeed at university.

Foundation Studies

Foundation Studies is a fee-free*, one-year program for students with no previous qualifications to provide the learning skills for university-level study. On completion of the program, students can use their grade point average (GPA) to apply for entry into a university undergraduate 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. For midyear entry, applicants must be 18 years of age or over before 1 July in the intended year of study. 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.

* Student amenities fees may apply.


UniSA College offers four two-year diploma programs and by completing one, students are guaranteed a place to continue studies in the second year of a corresponding degree at the University of South Australia.

The Diploma in Arts is a two-year program providing a pathway into arts, communication and media, English and creative writing, history and cultural studies, Indigenous cultures and Australian society, international relations, linguistics, media arts, performing arts, social science (human services), social work, and sociology degrees.

The Diploma in Business provides a pathway into accounting, business, finance, finance and trade, human resource management, logistics and supply chain management, marketing, management and economics, sport and recreation, and tourism and event management degrees.

The Diploma in Science and Technology leads to studies in environmental science, science, software engineering, and information technology degrees.

The Diploma in Health is designed for students interested in entering health science, human movement, laboratory medicine, medical science, nursing, nutrition and food sciences and pharmaceutical science degrees.

Like all UniSA programs, applications for study at UniSA College are made through SATAC.

For more information contact Future Student Enquiries on (08) 8302 2376 or make an online enquiry.

Student exchange and study abroad

The University offers opportunities for students to gain an academic edge and make their degree globally-focused through a range of student exchange and study abroad programs.

Participating students can spend time studying overseas with one of UniSA’s university partners gaining personal development, new friends and increased self-confidence.

Travel grants and other funding options are available for these programs.

For information visit the University's Global opportunities website.


The University has a range of scholarships to help fund the costs of tertiary education for high achievers, Indigenous 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. For information visit

Special access schemes

Indigenous Student Services (ISS) plays a vital role in ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gain access to UniSA’s programs through its community engagement, preselection and preparation programs, and reinforced by ongoing support and tutorial assistance.

Services provided by ISS include:

  • administration of the Special Entry Scheme for Indigenous applicants.
  • university preparation sessions that provide a solid and comfortable foundation for commencing Indigenous students.
  • Aboriginal Tutorial Program that connects the University’s Indigenous students with academic tutors for each of their courses.
  • academic and cultural counselling to Indigenous students enrolled across the University’s programs.

For more information contact ISS on (08) 8302 8999 or visit the University's website.


Students who have been offered a position to study an undergraduate program at UniSA can choose to defer their commencement of studies for up to one year. Exceptions are listed in the course entries in course search.

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 are given credit towards corresponding programs at the University of South Australia. 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 TAFE or RTO 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 University of South Australia program.

Students should apply for credit through Campus Central after they have been offered a place in their University 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. Details can be found on the University's website.

Student services and facilities

Each campus has a range of facilities and services including shops, licensed cafes, cafeterias and banking, along with a GP health clinic at our City East campus.

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

Located in Adelaide’s CBD, City East campus offers programs in medical and health sciences, nursing and midwifery, nutrition, pharmacy, human movement and allied health disciplines. The campus is also home to the University’s School of Natural and Built Environment’s construction management and planning programs.

City West campus - North Terrace, Adelaide

In the heart of Adelaide’s west-end precinct, the City West campus offers programs in business, commerce, management, marketing, Australian and Indigenous studies, tourism and events, sports management, law, visual arts and design and architecture, as well as Diploma and Foundation Studies pathway programs taught through UniSA College.

Magill campus – Lorne Avenue, Magill

Located seven kilometres east of the city in a spacious parkland setting, Magill campus offers programs in education, communications, journalism and media, arts, psychology, social work and human services, international studies and languages.

Mawson Lakes campus - Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakes

Mawson Lakes campus is adjacent to Technology Park Adelaide, home to over 85 technology companies. By train, it’s approximately 20 minutes from the city, or less on an express train. The campus offers programs in computing and information technology, engineering, aviation, applied science and environmental science, advanced materials and education.

Whyalla and Mount Gambier

Targeted undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs are designed with rural and regional communities in mind. Programs are offered in nursing, social work, early childhood and primary education, along with the University’s Foundation Studies program. The Whyalla campus is located about 400 kilometres north-west of Adelaide and the Mount Gambier campus, in the largest regional city in South Australia, is about 450 kilometres south-east of Adelaide.

Campus Central

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

The Student Engagement Unit (SEU) provides a variety of services and resources to enhance the university experience of all students at UniSA including study support, counselling and wellbeing services, career and employment advice and a range of extracurricular activities such as UniSA Sport.

The SEU also offers specialised services for students with disabilities or medical conditions, international students and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students. Contact the Student Engagement Unit by email at or telephone: (08) 8302 8999.

Student Engagement

The Student Engagement Unit also offers students a wide range of events, programs and initiatives to challenge and develop their professional, networking, social and leadership skills. The aim is to enhance students’ university experience and lay pathways to becoming exceptional graduates and improving employment opportunities.

Activities available include leadership programs, volunteering, international events, sporting clubs and competitions, the UniSA Grants Program and also social events. Find out more at the Student Life website.


The University’s Accommodation Service offers information about a broad range of student housing such as residential colleges, student hostels and student apartments. Private rental options such as share-houses, units and houses, including non-profit housing, as well as housing advice can also be found through the Accommodation Services website.

For more information contact Accommodation Services on (08) 8302 0877, email, or visit the website.

Child Care

Child care facilities are provided at most UniSA campuses for the benefit of students with children.

City West Child Care Centre (includes City East) offers care between 6.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, for children aged from six weeks to five years. For more information contact (08) 8417 4200, email or visit the website.

Magill Campus and Community Children’s Centre offers care between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, for children aged from birth to five years. For more information contact (08) 8302 4657 or email

Mawson Lakes Parkway Child Care Centre offers care between 6.45am and 6.15pm, Monday to Friday, for children aged from six weeks to five years. For more information contact (08) 8260 7488 or email

Whyalla Campus students may use the Whyalla TAFE campus facilities. For more information contact TAFE SA Child Care Centre on (08) 8648 8812.


The University’s modern libraries house an extensive range of electronic and on-shelf resources, including 520,000 ebooks, 70,000 online journals and 340,000 books and print journals.

The electronic resources can be accessed anytime, from anywhere and by any internet enabled device. Each campus library has computers, free WiFi, printing and photocopying services and a range of learning spaces including bookable study rooms.

Disability support

The University’s Disability Services provides students with a disability or medical condition with information and advice to help identify strategies and academic assistance to support their studies.

The services are confidential, free and range from access to adaptive technology and library-based services, alternative arrangements for assessments or exams, resolving physical or learning access issues, and providing material in alternative formats. For more information contact a Disability Adviser on 1300 301 703, email or visit the Disability hub website.

Further information

The University of South Australia understands that the more information prospective students have, the better prepared they are to make informed choices.

The University produces a range of free brochures to help prospective students find the information they need. To download a copy, visit the University's website, or to request a copy contact (08) 8302 2376, or make an online enquiry.

Program information sessions

Most areas of study have program information sessions held at various times during the year. More information is available from the University's website.


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


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