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The University of Adelaide

Location

North Terrace, Adelaide Australia

Ranking

# =82QS World University Rankings

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148Undergraduate programs

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87Postgraduate programs

International

10097International students

About The University of Adelaide

At the University of Adelaide, we unite and serve those striving to change the world—and themselves—for the better. This is a place where you can make history.

Established in 1874, we’re home to around 29,000 students and 3,000 staff, all working to create progress. For everyone in our community.  For all. Ours is a university of outstanding quality—ranked as a top 100 global university—in the heart of the city of Adelaide.

Adelaide has made a habit of breaking new ground. We were Australia’s first university to welcome female students. The first to offer science and business degrees. The first with a conservatorium of music.

Among those who’ve studied, taught, or conducted research here are Australia’s first female prime minister; space-walking astronaut; Indigenous Rhodes Scholar; and female Supreme Court judge, state governor and university chancellor. That’s in addition to the 2021 Young Australian of the Year; 2020 Australian of the Year; and five Nobel Prize winners.

Our bold spirit continues to drive us to excel. In research, as our state’s only member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities, we’re rising to global challenges in a huge range of fields, with work universally rated world-standard or above*.

In fact, our output—frequently collaborative with industry and government—is recognised as ‘well above’ world standard in 41 distinct areas. These range from space sciences, materials engineering and AI, to cardiorespiratory medicine, crop production and environmental science.

As a teaching university, we’re ranked among the top 100 globally in 24 different subject areas†. In eight of those—including computer science, and dentistry we’re top-50.

We also lead our state in graduate employability‡. Our degrees combine deep discipline knowledge with broad, transferable skills, ensuring graduates are well prepared for a multidimensional career in the future workforce.

 

* Excellence in Research Australia, 2018 (the most recent assessment date).

† Total unique entries across QS World University Rankings by Subject (2022), Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject (2022) and Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject (2022).

‡ QS Graduate Employability Ranking, 2022

About The University of Adelaide

At the University of Adelaide, we unite and serve those striving to change the world—and themselves—for the better. This is a place where you can make history.

Established in 1874, we’re home to around 29,000 students and 3,000 staff, all working to create progress. For everyone in our community.  For all. Ours is a university of outstanding quality—ranked as a top 100 global university—in the heart of the city of Adelaide.

Adelaide has made a habit of breaking new ground. We were Australia’s first university to welcome female students. The first to offer science and business degrees. The first with a conservatorium of music.

Among those who’ve studied, taught, or conducted research here are Australia’s first female prime minister; space-walking astronaut; Indigenous Rhodes Scholar; and female Supreme Court judge, state governor and university chancellor. That’s in addition to the 2021 Young Australian of the Year; 2020 Australian of the Year; and five Nobel Prize winners.

Our bold spirit continues to drive us to excel. In research, as our state’s only member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities, we’re rising to global challenges in a huge range of fields, with work universally rated world-standard or above*.

In fact, our output—frequently collaborative with industry and government—is recognised as ‘well above’ world standard in 41 distinct areas. These range from space sciences, materials engineering and AI, to cardiorespiratory medicine, crop production and environmental science.

As a teaching university, we’re ranked among the top 100 globally in 24 different subject areas†. In eight of those—including computer science, and dentistry we’re top-50.

We also lead our state in graduate employability‡. Our degrees combine deep discipline knowledge with broad, transferable skills, ensuring graduates are well prepared for a multidimensional career in the future workforce.

 

* Excellence in Research Australia, 2018 (the most recent assessment date).

† Total unique entries across QS World University Rankings by Subject (2022), Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject (2022) and Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject (2022).

‡ QS Graduate Employability Ranking, 2022

Available programs

Since its establishment in 1874 the University of Adelaide has been amongst Australia's leading universities. Studying at the University of Adelaide means being part of a rich tradition of excellence in education and research, with world-class academic staff and a vibrant student life. Adelaide has a fine tradition of exemplary scholarship and ground-breaking research, and its unique relationship with industry and other organisations ensures that our research expertise is translated into tangible benefits for the global community. Adelaide's research is at the leading edge of knowledge, with research earnings consistently the highest per capita of any Australian university. Analysis of publication and citation impact shows that the University is ranked in the top 1% in the world in 11 research fields. An innovative and forward-looking University, Adelaide has major strengths in health sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, information technology and telecommunications, food and wine, environmental sciences and social sciences. At the heart of the University's vision, achievement and impact is our commitment to excellence, our sense that a focus on the experience of the student is fundamental, and our belief that research intensity and innovative, high quality teaching have a symbiotic relationship that underpins and characterises the finest universities in the world.

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Since its establishment in 1874 the University of Adelaide has been amongst Australia's leading universities. Studying at the University of Adelaide means being part of a rich tradition of excellence in education and research, with world-class academic staff and a vibrant student life. Adelaide has a fine tradition of exemplary scholarship and ground-breaking research, and its unique relationship with industry and other organisations ensures that our research expertise is translated into tangible benefits for the global community. Adelaide's research is at the leading edge of knowledge, with research earnings consistently the highest per capita of any Australian university. Analysis of publication and citation impact shows that the University is ranked in the top 1% in the world in 11 research fields. An innovative and forward-looking University, Adelaide has major strengths in health sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, information technology and telecommunications, food and wine, environmental sciences and social sciences. At the heart of the University's vision, achievement and impact is our commitment to excellence, our sense that a focus on the experience of the student is fundamental, and our belief that research intensity and innovative, high quality teaching have a symbiotic relationship that underpins and characterises the finest universities in the world.

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University information

Thinking of studying at Adelaide but not sure where to start?

For a comprehensive step-by-step guide on the University application process—from submitting your application to arriving in Adelaide for on-campus orientation—please visit our website.

To quickly pre-assess your suitability for entry, you can use our Future Assistant Chatbot tool here . Or to speak with one of our friendly staff, you can submit a question via our webform or email .

  Alternatively, you can also search answers to your questions on our knowledge base .

Bachelor

1090+
4+
6+
76+

Master

4+
6.5+

The University has three academic faculties , each with a number of schools and disciplines.

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

  •            Business School
  •           Elder Conservatorium of Music
  •            Law School
  •             School of Economics and Public Policy
  •             School of Education
  •           School of Humanities
  •            School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

  •            Adelaide Dental School
  •            Adelaide Medical School
  •             Adelaide Nursing School
  •             Adelaide Rural Clinical School
  •            School of Allied Health Science and Practice
  •            School of Biomedicine
  •            School of Psychology

  •             School of Public Health
  •            South Australian Immunogenomics Cancer Institute (SAiGENCI)


Faculty of Sciences, Engineering, and Technology

  •            School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
  •            School of Architecture and Civil Engineering
  •             School of Biological Sciences
  •             School of Chemical Engineering
  •             School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
  •             School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  •             School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
  •         School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
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74%
26%
10,097
65%
35%
1,826
49%
51%

Student life

The University offers a range of support services to help students succeed. Friendly staff are available to help with a range of issues, from helping students manage their studies to assisting with enquiries relating to visa conditions or academic support. They also support students to address personal issues that may be affecting their studies, or simply help them adjust to their new life in Adelaide. In addition, doctors at our North Terrace campus Health Practice can provide students with year-round health support.

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The university offers a stimulating environment where students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of extracurricular activities. We offer a variety of social programs to make new friends whether it be special interest or social clubs to sporting clubs. To explore the depth of activities you can be involved visit.

At the University of Adelaide we have an awarding winning Careers Service. This service provides individual advice and employability workshops to help students develop career management skills. They have an extensive database of employment opportunities and resources known as CareerHub and hold annual career-related events including the Careers Expo and employer-on-campus sessions. The service also offers expertise in locating graduate vacancies based offshore and within Australia.

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Another unique opportunity for students with an interest in STEM is our Women in STEM Careers program (WISC). WISC provides professional development opportunities for young women studying a STEM degree at the University of Adelaide. 

Tuition fee and scholarships

One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Rankings & ratings

The University of Adelaide is one of the top universities in Roseworthy, Australia. It is ranked #=82 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #102
  • 2014
    #=104
  • 2015
    #100
  • 2016
    #=113
  • 2017
    #125
  • 2018
    #=109
  • 2019
    #114
  • 2020
    #106
  • 2021
    #106
  • 2022
    #108
  • 2023
    #109
  • 2024
    #89
  • 2025
    #=82

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Campus locations

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Safe and relaxed, Adelaide is ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities*—and with a cost of living up to 14% lower than Sydney or Melbourne, it also comes in as one of Australia's most affordable mainland cities^.

 

Adelaide has a bustling, energetic city centre and is renowned for its festivals, cultural life and sporting events. With great shopping, beaches, a cafe culture, affordable student accommodation and friendly residents, Adelaide offers a relaxed lifestyle with all the convenience of city living.

 

To see what an average day on campus looks like for one of our students, watch Phan's story . Or browse the experiences of some of our other students here .

 

* Economist Intelligence Unit Global Liveability Index, 2021

^ Study Adelaide studyadelaide.com

1.      The University offers a range of support services to help international students succeed.

Friendly staff are available to help students manage their studies, assist with queries related to student visa conditions, academic support related to health or disability needs, support students as they fit into their new life in Adelaide, and offer support to address personal issues that may affect their study or life. In addition, doctors at our North Terrace campus Health Practice can provide students with year-round health support.

 

For more information on all the support services available, visit our website

The University of Adelaide is committed to providing educational opportunities for international students by offering scholarships. For full details on each of our scholarships visit our website .

 

All scholarship details are subject to change, so interested students are encouraged to check these websites regularly.

Thinking of studying at Adelaide but not sure where to start?

 

For a comprehensive step-by-step guide on the University application process—from submitting your application to arriving in Adelaide for on-campus orientation—please visit our website .

 

To quickly pre-assess your suitability for entry, you can use our Future Assistant Chatbot tool here. Or to speak with one of our friendly staff, you can submit a question via our webform or email.

 

Alternatively, you can also search answers to your questions on our  knowledge base .

From our industry-informed curriculum and partnerships to professional placements and internship opportunities, we ensure you’ll have every opportunity to enhance your employability throughout the duration of your studies. In most of our degrees students can undertake an internship—either as part of, or in addition to, their studies. Internships are a great way to develop industry connections and networks, prepare you for graduate work environments and provide you the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills into real-life situations.

 

Students undertaking certain degrees will be required to complete an internship or clinical placements as part of their studies to meet professional accreditation requirements. Our Allied Health students, for example, complete over 800 hours’ of work-based training in a wide variety of healthcare settings and our Engineering students complete practical placements under the supervision of qualified, practicing engineers.

 

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