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. Its teaching is industry-informed, its research is inventive and adventurous. UniSA is Australia’s University of Enterprise.

With more than 32,000 students and six campuses the university is South Australia’s largest university. UniSA 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.

UniSA’s programs are designed in partnership with industry  so that its graduates are career-ready. In fact, UniSA is ranked as the top university in South Australia for getting a full-time job.* UniSA is also ranked number one in South Australia for student satisfaction.^

UniSA is a young and confident university with a footprint around the globe. UniSA collaborate with over 2,500 companies worldwide to bring its students placement, project, research and work opportunities. UniSA are recognised on the international stage as one of the world’s best young universities – ranked 24th by the QS World Rankings for universities under 50 years of age. UniSA is also ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide in the 2016-17 THE World University Rankings.

UniSA is continuing to set the pace for world-class research and solutions for a changing world. It partners with end-users to ensure our research outcomes are relevant and the questions asked reflect real-world issues. The Australian Government’s latest national research evaluation rated 97% of UniSA’s assessed research as at or above world-class (ERA 2015).

UniSA are also grounded within the community, supporting many cultural, sporting and artistic initiatives and events, including the Santos Tour Down Under and WOMADelaide.

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

*QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

^QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item

Admission

UniSA offer more than 200 degrees in a variety of academic fields, including some that are unique just to UniSA. UniSA are also the only accredited South Australian university to teach a range of 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

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 UniSA 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 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. 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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

For more information visit the University's Languages website

Special access schemes

Wirringka Student Services (WSS) plays a vital role in ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students gain access to UniSA’s programs through its community engagement, preselection and preparation programs, and reinforced by on-going support and tutorial assistance.

Services provided by WSS 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 visit the University's website.

Deferment

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 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 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 at unisa.edu.au/credit 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 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. Some programs offer a mid-year intake commencing in July. Details can be found on the University's website.

Student services and facilities

UniSA has four metropolitan and two regional campuses. Each campus boasts 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. UniSA’s campuses also have shops, licensed cafes, cafeterias, banking and community clinics.

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 program.

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, urban and regional planning, 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 degrees are designed with rural and regional communities in mind. Degrees are offered in business, 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 UniSA students 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.

For more infomration visit the University's website

Student Engagement

UniSA offers students a wide range of events, programs and initiatives to challenge and develop professional, networking, social and leadership skills. This includes volunteering opportunities, clubs, competitions, international events, a vibrant social calendar, UniSA’s Leadership Program and more. Find out more at the Student Life website.

Accommodation

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.

UniSA’s new Student Accommodation by Urbanest offers intelligently designed apartments in Bank Street, Adelaide, and features the very best in modern city living.

For more information visit the website.

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.

Library

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.

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.

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 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.

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/enquiry

CRICOS Provider No: 00121B

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