University of Adelaide - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at University of Adelaide through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about University of Adelaide and all other Australia program options.   


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this University of Adelaide program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as AustraLearn, offers semester and year abroad programs at the University of Adelaide.

Ranked among Australia’s nine top universities, the University of Adelaide was established in 1874 making it the third oldest university in Australia. 22,000 students are enrolled at the university, including 6,000 international students from 90 countries. With over 3,000 staff, the University of Adelaide is a member of the “Group of Eight” research intensive universities with five Nobel Prize winners, 104 Rhodes scholars and 104 Fulbright Scholars amongst its alumni. University of Adelaide offers a ide choice of undergraduate and postgraduate courses complimented by advanced, high-quality teaching and research.

With modern facilities, including the new student Hub Central, and more than two million volumes in the Barr Smith Library the University of Adelaide is an outstanding institution for study abroad. Adelaide offers comprehensive student support services, reasonably priced, accessible accommodation and is located in Adelaide’s central business district, a short walk from the Art Gallery, Museum, State Library, National Wine Centre, Government House, Parliament House, the Zoo, and Botanic Gardens.




Learn more about the University of Adelaide:




About Adelaide

Founded in 1836, Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and is the center of the economic, cultural, political, and social life of the state. It is an attractive, well-planned city of wide streets and boulevards, squares, parklands, and a mixture of historic and modern buildings. With great shopping and beaches, a café culture and affordable student accommodation, Adelaide offers a relaxed lifestyle with all the convenience of city living.

Adelaide has a population of 1.3 million and is a cosmopolitan city which enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and cool winters. 

Adelaide hosts a large number of national and international cultural and sporting festivals each year, including the Adelaide Festival and Fringe Festival; WOMADelaide – a four day festival of international music and dance; the Tour Down Under (Australia’s premier road cycling event), as well as numerous food and wine events. There are ample recreation activities including cinemas and theatres, music, and shopping; swimming, sailing, and windsurfing at nearby beaches; and hiking and exploring the towns and wineries in the Mount Lofty Ranges close to the city. 

South Australia has a great variety of landscapes to explore outside Adelaide. The Barossa Valley, a world famous wine region, is 90 minutes from the city and Kangaroo Island, an hour by boat from the mainland, has pristine beaches & abundant wildlife. The Adelaide Hills within 30 minutes of the city has lush farmland, historic villages & unspoilt bush land. Further afield are the Flinders Ranges with spectacular natural scenery and Adelaide is considered to be the gateway to Australia’s Outback.

Around the University

The main campus of the University of Adelaide is located right in the city center of Adelaide, making it very accessible to students using public transport to travel to the campus (the city’s bus, train and tram network all converge on the city center). The campus is also very conveniently located close to the city’s main pedestrian shopping strip, Rundle Mall, with its major department stores and specialty shops. Cafes, food courts, and bookshops can also be found here. Adjacent to the University is the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum (which has a major collection of indigenous artifacts), and the State Library. For those who enjoy exercising, the River Torrens, which runs along one side of the campus, is bordered by a park and a cycling/walking track which winds its way all the way to the beach, 8 miles away.

Academic Highlights

  • Health sciences (including psychology)
    Agriculture, food and wine studies
    Biological and physical sciences
    Commerce, business, economics and management
    Environmental and life sciences
    Engineering and computer science
    Information technology and communications
    Social sciences (especially Australian, Aboriginal, and Asian studies; human geography; and international economics)
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    Classes are offered in a wide range of subjects. To see if the classes you need are available at this university, review the course catalog.
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    View Available Subjects

Classes are offered in a wide range of subjects. To see if the classes you need are available at this university, review the course catalog.
View courses/subjects available at this university.
Be sure to use the "help pages" for assistance on finding the courses that you need.

University Services

Arrival Services: The International Student Center arranges airport pickup and transport to pre-arranged accommodation for new students. It also arranges temporary accommodation (if needed) for new international students.

Library: The Barr Smith Library is the University’s main library. Here you will have access to over 2 million items including books, journals, electronic resources, and audio and visual recordings. The University also has a number of specialized libraries including the law library and the music library.

Computer access: The University provides a range of computer services and IT support including on-campus computer suites – some with 24-hour access. You will have access to the University’s wireless network and a student dial-up service which provides students with access to all the University's Online IT facilities from any location outside the University campuses.

Student Facilities: In September 2011 the University opened Hub Central, a spacious learning environment with the primary goal of providing students with the best on-campus experience in Australia. The Hub has quickly become the dynamic heart of the main campus, providing a place for students to meet, study, eat, and exchange ideas.

Support services: The International Student Center provides a range of services to assist and support study abroad students in all aspects of their life. International Student Advisors are available to assist students with any issues or problems affecting their study.

Other services at the University include:

  • Employment Service
  • Careers Service
  • Counseling Service
  • Disability Service
  • Health Service
  • Language and Learning Assistance
  • Accommodation Service
  • Legal Service
  • Student Computing Suites
  • Student Radio
  • Fitness Center




As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

Students may live in pre-arranged, self-catered; university managed modern apartment style accommodation in the city center with excellent facilities and 24 hour staffing. Other housing options include residential colleges, student hostels and privately rented accommodation. Staff at the Accommodation Service are happy to assist students to find the most suitable option and students can use its rental database to search for different types of accommodation.


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program which is included in your program fees, the International Student Center runs an extensive orientation program for new international students at the beginning of each semester. The program includes information sessions and academic advising, social events and excursions to help students meet other students, and assistance with tasks such as enrollment, settling into Adelaide, and finding accommodation.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee

In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>


Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

University of Adelaide Special Programs and Excursions

The International Student Center provides opportunities for international students to interact with local and other international students through its Language and Cultural Exchange Program, as well as ongoing social activities throughout the semester (morning teas, BBQs, lunches). Study Adelaide (hyperlink to:, a South Australian Government body which is responsible for international students, runs many activities during the year for international students, including trips to regional areas such as the Yorke Peninsula, attending football games and other sporting events, advice on volunteer opportunities etc.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

Participating in the extensive range of clubs and sports at the University is an excellent way to meet people and make friends with local students. The University offers almost 40 sports including; baseball, basketball, cricket, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rowing, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water skiing and windsurfing.

The University has a fitness center with strength fitness and resistance equipment, including treadmills, spin cycles, rowers, versa climbers, pin loaded machines, free weights and hydraulic circuits. Various classes such as aerobics, yoga, cross-training and dancing are also on offer. Qualified gym instructors are on hand to provide expert fitness advice.

The University also has 80 special interest clubs including the wine club, debating club, film club, environment collective, philosophy, photography, choral society, chess club, many religious and spiritual clubs, political clubs, and language clubs. 


Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Australian culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Adelaide or discover your own upon arrival!

You'll get a taste of how enriching community involvement can be during your first few days in Australia on the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program. The program includes pre-arranged volunteering with the local community. You'll interact directly with locals while giving back to and sharing your own culture with the community that first welcomes you to Australia. Plus, you can continue your volunteer efforts later in the semester by signing up for the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Conservation Volunteer Weekend.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact

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University of Adelaide
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsN/A
Housing without MealsApproximately $6,200 - $7,000
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.80

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Katie Brooks

Program Assistant
Chelsi Hudson

Advice From The Program Team:
The two most popular spots for students in Adelaide are Rundle Mall and Glenelg. Rundle Mall is a pedestrian mall with lots of cafes and shops and Glenelg is a resort area by the beach, 20 minutes outside of the city!