International students

Each year, around 38,000 international students choose to study in Adelaide.

Our universities and education institutions are internationally recognised for their high standard in education excellence.  As leaders in research and innovation, our hero universities rank within the top 2% of the world’s universities.  We create well-rounded, highly-accomplished individuals.  These include numerous Nobel Laureates, Rhodes Scholars, and Fulbright Scholars, who have had a positive impact on our world.

We have progressed from one of Australia’s smallest cities, to become known for our innovation and smarts and for producing brands that are recognised around the world.  Our education institutions and industry are interwoven with strong links to South Australian, Australian and global companies.  This gives local businesses access to fresh thinking and talent. Students get real-world experience and enhanced career opportunities.  Our immersion approach between industry and education creates results.

We are known as the friendly state.  South Australians genuinely care.  We say hello in the street, we support each other in our endeavours and we believe in community.  Why?  Perhaps it’s because we have such a liveable city.  Space, physical beauty, and affordability are a recipe for happier people. We carry this ethos of care through the complete life-cycle of our students. We provide support and opportunities for students and their families to acclimatise and immerse themselves into the South Australian way of life - as visitors pre-study, as students and as graduates on their career path.  We know that happy people are the foundation for success in both life and career.

Working while studying

International students can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while studying in Adelaide and unlimited hours during semester breaks. There is no limit on the number of hours you may work if you are studying a masters by research or doctoral degree.

English language courses

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are especially popular, not least among students wanting to take further studies in Adelaide.  Some English courses are tailored to focus on specific fields such as tourism, IT and business.  A full list of English language schools can be found on the StudyAdelaide website.

Student accommodation

Adelaide has many different types of student accommodation options international students close to education institutions, particularly in the city.

Students can search for accommodation that suits their requirements by visiting Adelaide Student Housing that lists a wide variety of accommodation options in Adelaide.

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