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University of South Australia

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
The University of South Australia is Australia‚Äôs University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. 

Distance Learning Courses

Engineering & Technology (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Education & Training (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



The University of South Australia (UniSA) was established in 1991 but our foundations date back to the latter half of the 19th century. The forerunners of today’s UniSA were the South Australian School of Art, founded in 1856, the first of several Teacher Training Colleges formed in 1876, and the School of Mines and Industries which was established in 1889. 


We offer degree programs across a wide range of subjects including business, law, education, arts and social sciences, health sciences, information technology, engineering and the environment.

  • we deliver for students the best possible start for their future careers;
  • we produce graduates who are capable of identifying opportunities and contributing to a vibrant and successful society;
  • we partner with industry and the professions to conduct research that’s cutting-edge and relevant; and
  • we engage meaningfully with our community.


The rapid pace of global change is driving many new social, economic and environmental challenges. Research at the University of South Australia has been positioned around six key themes to ensure we can deliver innovative and sustainable solutions that respond to the most pressing needs of our world today.


Students decide to embark on university studies for many different reasons. For some it might be to forge the pathway to a new career and for others to take the next step in a new direction or seek a promotion. When you’re at university, you can sometimes forget about your career goals particularly as you get tied up with your studies and assignments. Career Development Planning is one of the most important aspects of university life, and the Career Services team is here to support you with achieving your career goals. We offer an extensive range of services, resources and tools to help you plan your career, get yourself ready for the workplace and most importantly find a job in your chosen field.


Student services

In many ways your journey will begin well before you arrive in Adelaide. You will need to sort out your Student Visa and passport, obtain Overseas Student Health Cover, and organise your travel and accommodation. And then, of course, the fun bit - you’ll need to pack.To make sure you are fully prepared take a good look through the following.

  • Prepare to enrol
  • Pre-departure and arrival
  • Visa Information
  • Money considerations
  • On-arrival Airport Pickup
  • Overseas Student Health Cover

Housing services

UniSA can help you access a range of long and short term housing opportunities to suit different budgets. Some of your options include private rentals, student hostels, residential colleges, student apartments and homestays. UniSA runs an accommodation site for all students, where you can access all sorts of information and opportunities.

Library services

The library plays a significant role in supporting the university’s teaching, learning and research mission. 

ICT services

Wireless access to the internet is available on all University of South Australia campuses and sites including regional and interstate sites, and we also offer a comprehensive suite of video conferencing and Audio Visual (AV) facilities, equipment and services.

Medical services

UniSA operates a number of clinics that are open to the general public, providing professional and cost-effective services (in some cases free) in the areas of health, law, marketing, and psychology.

Services are delivered by students supervised by highly qualified and experienced health professionals. We also offer services led by qualified and registered professionals.

Student Life

Campus life

Study in the heart of the city centre, in an area rich in history and culture. City East is home to modern health science facilities and the School of Natural and Built Environments.

City East campus is next to the parklands, Rundle Mall shopping district and some of the city’s best cafés, restaurants and bars. There are a number of on-campus health clinics open to students and the public, such as a medical clinic and a physiotherapy clinic. It’s also close to public transport. 

You will also find a number of food outlets at our City East campus including A Pot Called Kettle and Mr Wuhu. Both offer great catering options for events.

Sports facilities

UniSA Sport manages UniSA's sport and fitness facilities at City East, City West, Magill and Mawson Lakes campuses

Student clubs

Life at university is about more than just study. USASA, the University of South Australia Students’ Association, can help you become part of the student community.Prepare for some of the best years of your life and discover the wider university experience that will see you graduate with professional and social skills so you’re ready to take on the world.USASA is a democratic organisation run by students. Its three key aims are to provide:

  • VOICE for student opinions and to develop leadership skills
  • ADVICE to students with academic issues
  • PLAY for students via sporting, social and academic clubs

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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