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University of South Australia

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Overview

Overview

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is a globally recognised institution, renowned for its research, diverse faculty, and academic excellence. Based in Adelaide, its six campuses are home to over 37,000 students from across the world.

Offering over 200 world-class degrees, the university has been ranked within the top 50 universities under the age of 50 by both Times Higher Education Young University Rankings (2020) and QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50 Rankings (2021). Many of its degrees provide work experience opportunities, where students can practice their classroom skills.

The university provides students with high-class learning spaces and technologies. UniSA has been rated five stars for its excellence in research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness and innovation (QS Stars Ratings 2020).

Recognised as one of Australia's most internationally diverse universities for teaching staff (QS World University Rankings 2021), there are over 2,000 expert staff across seven departments.

Several of its programmes have been ranked by the prestigious QS and THE Subject Rankings (2021), including in the top 100 worldwide for nursing, hospitality, and exercise and sports science.

With a reputation for strong research, 100 per cent of UniSA's assessed research has been rated above world-class (Excellence in Research for Australia 2018).

UniSA has strong partnerships with more than 2,500 institutions, including 89 global universities, research organisations and employers. It has been rated the top young university in Australia for industry collaborations (THE Young University Rankings 2020).

The university has an alumni community of over 226,000 members, and 91.1 per cent of undergraduate students are in full-time employment three years after graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020).

The University is based in Adelaide – a city which has been ranked as the world's third most liveable city by the 2021 Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index.

*UniSA Business is one of just 11 institutions in Australia and 191 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2021.

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What's new

What's new

Covid-19 update

Due to Covid-19, international students can begin their degree online. The University of South Australia will send customised enrolment study plans to new students, allowing them to begin studies remotely, and then transfer to campus learning when borders re-open.

New collaboration hub

A new partnership between UniSA and Optus will create a new Cyber Security Research and Collaboration Hub.

The hub will make technological innovations and educate students in cybersecurity and data science. It will bring together industry experts, students, and academics, who will work together to solve issues in the cyber industry.

Rankings

The university has been internationally recognised in several prestigious rankings. This includes:

  • Top 50 universities under the age of 50 (QS World Rankings 2021)
  • 2nd young university in Australia for teaching quality (THE Young University Rankings 2020)
  • Number one in Australia for industry research income (THE World University Rankings 2021)

UniSA has also been awarded a five star plus rating by the 2020 QS Stars Ratings, the highest score possible. It received this score because it demonstrated excellence in research, employability, teaching, facilities, inclusiveness, and innovation.

The university was also highly rated for individual subjects by the latest QS and THE Subject Rankings:

  • Top 100 worldwide: Nursing, hospitality and leisure management, exercise and sports science
  • Top 125 worldwide: Law
  • Top 150 worldwide: Education, computer science, pharmacy and pharmacology, business and economics

Research investment

Eight researchers at UniSA have secured over USD 2.8 million in funding for six discovery projects and two linkage projects. This financial award will help the university's researchers delve into several areas, including stem cell development, food production, the impacts of childhood emotional abuse and inclusivity in schools.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Ranked second in Australia for quality education (THE Young University Impact Rankings 2021), UniSA offers innovative courses which provide real-world experiences.

Its award-winning staff have been rated as one of Australia's most internationally diverse faculties (QS World University Rankings 2021) and are experts in their fields of study. The teaching quality has been rated five stars plus by the QS Stars Ratings 2020.

Degrees are designed in partnership with industry, so students learn the latest developments in world-class learning spaces using state-of-the-art facilities.

A globally connected institution, the university also has multiple partnerships with more than 2,500 global institutions, research organisations, industry partners and respected employers. This provides students with unique opportunities to make vital connections, gain practical skills and become career-ready.

The university is also passionate about producing high-quality research, and its work is rated above world-class (Excellence in Research for Australia 2018).

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Department structure

Department structure

The University of South Australia is made up of seven departments. These are:

Allied Health and Human Performance

Offers a range of degrees across health and human performance disciplines. This includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and sports science. Students use purpose-built facilities and work with real patients in community clinics.

Business

One of only 11 Australian institutions that are accredited by EQUIS, its business unit has been ranked in the top one per cent worldwide*. It teaches ground-breaking degrees in business-related areas including accounting and finance, marketing, management, and property.

Clinical & Health Sciences

These courses cover disciplines including pharmacy, nursing, midwifery, biomedical sciences, nutrition, and laboratory medicine. Students learn in cutting-edge facilities to help them transition into a professional workplace, including working in specialist clinics.

Creative

This department combines creative disciplines including architecture, design and journalism as well as film and television. Students learn in specialist studios and production facilities using the latest technology.

Education Futures

This department connects the fields of education, teaching, arts and language. It helps develop education professionals who will play a crucial role in the learning and development of children, young people and adults.

Justice and Society

Teaches complementary subjects in the areas of social need. This includes psychology, social work, human services as well as Aboriginal and Australian studies. With a particular focus on transformative solutions, students work with the local community through the university's legal advice and psychology clinics.

STEM

UniSA STEM harnesses connections across technology, engineering, science, and mathematics for ground-breaking developments and innovative solutions.

*UniSA Business is one of just 11 institutions in Australia and 191 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2021.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The university has a dedicated online application form for international students. This online portal allows applicants to track the progress of their submission, from initial application right through to the acceptance stage.

Each course has specific entry requirements, but all undergraduate applicants need to complete the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 programme in their home country. The University of South Australia's admissions team will also consider applicants from pathway or foundation study programmes.

Applicants to postgraduate programmes need to have achieved an undergraduate degree that is the international equivalent of one obtained at an Australian institution.

If students don't have English as their native language, they will also need to meet set English proficiency scores. The university accepts scores from TOEFL and IELTS tests, and the minimum requirements are:

Undergraduate

  • TOEFL - 60 iBT (internet-based), with 18 in reading and writing
  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall with a 6.0 in reading and writing

Postgraduate

  • TOEFL - 79 iBT (Internet-based), with 18 in reading and writing
  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall with a 6.0 in reading and writing

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Facilities

Facilities

Students have access to a wide range of services and facilities to enhance their on-campus experience. The university's campuses are fully equipped with modern facilities and UniSA has invested over AUD 400 million into its campus facilities.

Academic

Students learn in contemporary lecture theatres, workshops, simulated classrooms, and purpose-built laboratories. Providing an innovative learning space where real work environments are replicated, facilities include:

  • Engineering laboratories
  • Health laboratories
  • Microbiology and biomechanics spaces
  • Photography darkrooms
  • Simulated hospital and health services
  • Social work studios
  • Television and radio studios
  • Textile, paint and drawing studios

The university also boasts the Samsung SMARTSchool, one of the most technologically advanced teacher training facilities in Australia.

Students also have access to an interactive online learning platform that includes virtual classrooms and recordings of lectures.

Campus libraries offer a large selection of texts, including electronic journals, as well as several learning spaces. The university also runs an off-campus library service that delivers requested texts by post or email.

Accommodation

The university has a range of accommodation options across its six campuses to suit different lifestyle and budget requirements. This includes homestays, residential colleges, hostels, apartments, and private rentals.

Social

The university has a wide range of events and activities and the chance to sign up to more than 100 academic, cultural and social clubs. The university houses three galleries on its campuses. Featuring interactive exhibitions and contemporary work from local and international artists, it's an ideal place for students to unwind. Several campuses have gym facilities, which include:

  • Cardio areas
  • Electronic treadmills
  • Functional training cage
  • 25 metre heated indoor pool
  • Multisport courts
  • Pin-loaded resistances machines
  • Rock climbing wall

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Every year, the university awards a variety of scholarships to over 2,500 students.

The university offers an array of scholarships and bursaries to international students. Ranging from subject-specific funding to general scholarships, options include:

Vice Chancellor's international excellence scholarship

Awards a 50 per cent tuition fee reduction for up to four years of full-time study. Recipients of this scholarship need to maintain a 5.0 GPA each academic year.

International merit scholarship

All full-time international students are automatically assessed for this scholarship. It awards a 15 per cent tuition fee discount for the duration of studies if the recipient maintains a GPA of 4.5 (or equivalent). Recipients can also receive credit/ RPL/Advanced Standing towards their degree, but they must have at least two years/72 units of study remaining to be eligible.

BUPA UniSA International Student Grant

A one-off payment of AUD 1,000 to full-time international students commencing undergraduate or postgraduate programmes. Applicants need to demonstrate excellence both academically and in extracurricular activities.

MiskSA Student Support Grant

An AUD 1,000 grant for full-time undergraduate students who are facing personal hardships. The grant will help students cover academic costs, including textbooks, travel and computing equipment. Applicants need a GPA of 6.0 or above and submit a written statement highlighting academic achievements.

Australia Awards

The university has also partnered with the Australian government to provide worldwide scholarships and bursaries.

The University of South Australia also offers scholarships to international research students and high achievers in postgraduate studies.

The university also welcomes students who have international sponsors. International sponsored students who receive funding from their home government, university or employer, and tuition fees and a living allowance can be paid by the sponsor, on behalf of the student.

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Magill South Australia St Bernards Road
Adelaide South Australia North Terrace
Mawson Lakes South Australia Mawson Lakes Boulevard
Whyalla Norrie South Australia 111 Nicolson Avenue
Adelaide South Australia 108 North Terrace
University of South Australia was established in 1991 but it?s foundations date back to the latter half of the 19th century. The forerunners of today?s University 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. These schools were renowned for providing quality education and for responding to the needs of the nascent colony of South Australia.

Students can experience the modern facilities and be taught by academics who are experts in their field. With more than 200 degree programs on offer, students can find something to suit their career interests. The university offers degree programs across a wide range of subjects including business, law, education, arts and social sciences, health sciences, information technology, engineering and the environment. It has invested significantly to enhance the student experience and is committed to excellence in teaching and learning through its modern research facilities.

University of South Australia educates professionals and citizens to the highest standards, creates and disseminates knowledge and engages with the communities to address the major issues of their time. It promotes and sustains open intellectual enquiry characterized by high standards of ethics and integrity, academic rigor, excellence and relevance underpin their actions in research and its application, in teaching and learning and in engagement with their communities.

The university?s six campuses reflect the its core commitments of regional engagement and environmental sustainability. It has four campuses across Adelaide and two in regional South Australia. 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. On the edge of Adelaide?s central business district, City West houses studies in business, law, art, architecture, design, Indigenous cultures and Australian society. In Adelaide?s leafy eastern suburbs, Magill hosts programs in the areas of education, humanities and social sciences. The progressive area of Mawson Lakes just 12km north of the city, here students can study civil aviation, education, engineering, environmental studies, information technology, science, and sport and recreation management.
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University of South Australia University of South Australia
Rated3/5based on2 student reviews
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University of South Australia - by, 2020-02-03
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University of South Australia University of South Australia
Rated3/5based on2 student reviews
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