University of South Australia Admissions 2023: Application Fees & Deadline ,Adelaide,Australia

  • Adelaide,Australia
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Established in 1991, the University of South Australia (UniSA) is the Australia’s University of Enterprise on the global stage. UniSA is renowned for its relevance, equity, and excellence. The forerunners of today’s UniSA 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 the answer to the needs of the nascent colony of South Australia while providing quality education.

The first two research institutes, the Ian Wark Research Institute and the Institute for Telecommunications Research, were established in 1994, followed by the Flexible Learning Centre in 1996.

The year 2005 witnessed the evolution of the university as a modern and diverse institution with a $140 million project including the closure of the Underdale campus, the construction of buildings at City West, City East, and Mawson Lakes campuses, and the extension of others. Two years later, it also saw the completion of the Hawke Building at City West.

Courses Offered

What all courses are available to international students?

The University of South Australia (UniSA) offers over 200 world-class degrees across a wide range of study areas. Furthermore, it is the university in South Australia to offer undergraduate programs in Aviation, Journalism, Illustration and Animation, Pharmacy, Property, Physiotherapy, Surveying and more. Additionally, UniSA is the only university in the state to offer postgraduate programs in Cybersecurity, Communications, Visual Effects, and Arts and Cultural Management. The university offers a range of research degrees including Master by Research, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Professional Doctorate.

Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Research degrees are available in the following study areas:

  • Aboriginal and Australian Studies
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Construction Management
  • Contemporary Art
  • Creative Industries
  • Design
  • Education and Teaching
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Health Science
  • Human Movement, Sport, Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Management and HRM
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Media Arts
  • Medical Radiation Science
  • Medical Sciences
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Property
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Tourism, Sport and Event

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?


Applicants aspiring to pursue an undergraduate program at UniSA must successfully complete an Australian Year 12 program or an equivalent program in their home country or a recognized Pathway or Foundation Studies Program. For international students studying Year 12 in Australia must apply via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).


At a minimum, an applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized higher institution in Australia or the international equivalent and/or equivalent professional work experience.

Note: The entry requirements for the individual program are mentioned on the website.

English language requirements

International applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds are expected to be proficient in English. It must be demonstrated by:

  • Passing an approved test or
  • Completing an Academic English program or
  • Meeting an approved alternative requirement

The following English tests are accepted by the University of South Australia: 

If applicants fail to meet the English language entry requirements like IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, OET prescribed by the university, they must undertake an English language program at CELUSA or another UniSA approved provider.

Additional Information:

Genuine Temporary Entry

Only a genuine student with GTE can obtain a student visa.

Living Costs and Evidence of Funds

  • Living Costs & Evidence of Funds Requirement: The university ensures that applicants have enough money to pay for themselves, their partner and dependent children for the duration of their stay in Australia.
  • Determining Sufficient Funds: Here the applicant is required to complete an assessment and furnish documentary evidence of funds.
  • Withdrawal of Offers: After providing an Offer of Admission to the applicant, if the university determines that the applicant does not have access to sufficient funds, or documentation supplied by the applicants or their representative was incorrect or fraudulent, the university reserves the right to withdraw Offers of Admission at any time, even in the event that an applicant signs and returns their Acceptance and Payment Form and pays any amount required and even if a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) document has been issued.
  • Deferral of Offer: After accepting an Offer of Admission and receiving a CoE document, if applicants defers their start date at the university for more than six months, they may be required to complete a further financial assessment to determine whether they still have sufficient financial resources.

What all documents are needed for application?

UniSA offers undergraduate courses in several different fields including Science, Commerce, and Arts. Indian applicants aspiring to study at UniSA must apply through the registered UniSA agent. The specific requirement will be provided by the agent during application. However, following are the common documents that an Indian applicant applying for an undergraduate course will need:

The University of South Australia offers over 38 graduate programs in the field of Engineering, Pharmacy, Accounting, Finance and Business. The basic application process is similar for all the courses; however, the application must be done through the registered UniSA agent.

Application Requirements:

  • Mark sheet of the previously attended institution
  • Passport
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • English proficiency test score for international applicants
  • Work experience (if required)

Visa Requirements for International Students

After application, applicants must wait for one to two weeks to receive an update. If selected, the applicants will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and can apply for a student visa to Australia. Following are the documents required for visa:

  • Provide copies of passport, birth certificate, national identity cards and suchlike
  • Obtain an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to be eligible for visa approval
  • Provide a statement in their application form that they intend to stay in Australia temporarily and should be able to provide documentation for the same
  • Applicants with employment history are required to provide details for the same
  • Research students are required to provide a copy of the topic of their research and a resume
  • Students can visit the International Student Support Service Website for more information
  • Contact the Australian Embassy regarding any visa-related queries

Note: Since the application evaluation at UniSA is an ongoing process, only complete applications with all the supplementary documents will be processed.

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fees?

No, the University of South Australia does not charge an application fee.

What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university? 

University of South Australia has a specific fee structure for each program. Applicants can visit the university website to find the fee information.

The expected fee for different undergraduate programs is mentioned below:

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

The expected fee for different postgraduate programs is mentioned below:

Note: *Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

Payment Procedure:

  • At UniSA, international applicants must pay tuition fee using Western Union Global Pay
  • Applicants can pay from bank account with a telegraphic transfer or using a credit card
  • Payment status are updated via text and email
  • After the initial payment is received, due dates for tuition fees are set for each study period to proceed with enrolments
  • There are two due dates per study period, which are detailed on the invoice
  • Invoices can be paid using BPAY, at any Australian Post Office or via UniSA webpay

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

Yes, UniSA offers benefit from scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars to more than 2,500 students each year. Its scholarships and grants are available for students in multiple categories, including financial support for high achievers and students in need. Scholarships are allocated to UniSA’s brightest and best as well as to the university’s most disadvantaged.

Vice Chancellor's International Excellence Scholarship:

The Vice Chancellor's International Excellence Scholarship is awarded to international students with an average score of 85% (or equivalent) in previous studies. Students only after meeting the required average score and applying to study UniSA undergraduate or postgraduate (by coursework) degree are selected for this scholarship. Under this scholarship, recipients receive a 50% reduction in their student contributions (tuition fees) per annum, for up to four years of full-time course. The value of scholarship is $15,000.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant to be an international student
  • Applicant must be eligible to study in Australia
  • There must not be other UniSA scholarship or bursary accepted by the applicant
  • Applicants must meet normal program admission requirements for the program applied into
  • Applicants must have UniSA equivalent of a high distinction average in previous studies
  • Applicant must meet the minimum English language entry requirements for the program applied

International Merit Scholarship:

International Merit Scholarship is offered to future international students who have achieved a 65% average (or equivalent) in previous studies and have applied to study a UniSA undergraduate or postgraduate (by coursework) degree (in selected fields). UniSA offers the recipients a 25% reduction in their student contributions (tuition fees) for their first year of study up to a maximum of two semesters or eight courses. The scholarship value is $8,000.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant to be an international student
  • Applicant must be eligible to study in Australia
  • There must not be other UniSA scholarship or bursary accepted by the applicant
  • Applicants must meet normal program admission requirements for the program applied into
  • Applicant must achieve the UniSA equivalent of a credit average in previous studies or have an offer conditional upon completion of an award with a credit average

Student Hardship Grant

During COVID-19 pandemic, the university has taken the onus to monitor the health and wellbeing of its students. As a response to the disruptions caused by this global health crisis, UniSA has therefore committed $10 million to establish a student hardship fund. It is available to all students currently enrolled at UniSA. The value of the grant is $500.

Grant Criteria (students must satisfy one or more of the following conditions): 

  • Increased financial costs due to technology, equipment or other added requirements for studying off-campus and/or online
  • Loss of employment
  • Reduced hours of employment
  • Inability to pay rent/board/mortgage
  • Inability to pay utility bills
  • Additional transport and housing expenses, including housing, food and incidentals required for medically advised self-isolation

Admission Process

When do the admissions start? 

At UniSA, there is no closing date for submitting your application. Furthermore, application outcomes will be revealed within one to two weeks after submission of complete application with all required supporting documentation. International students seeking a student visa, need to allow additional time to apply for a student visa.

How do I start my application? Is there any Pathway option available?

After finding the preferred program, from the program's home page, Indian applicants are required to apply through a registered University of South Australia agent. The list of registered agents can be found at:

Entry pathways

For students with no previous qualifications or students with a tertiary level education from university, TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO), UniSA offers a range of entry pathways to university study.

English language

Applicants failing to meet UniSA's English language entry requirements and need to improve their English proficiency can study at the following institutions:

Centre for English Language at University of South Australia

For applicants who do not meet the UniSA English language entry requirements, may undertake an English language program at CELUSA or any other University of South Australia approved provider.

The Centre for the English Language at the University of South Australia (CELUSA) offers the Academic English (AE) program for students aspiring to study at an Australian education institution. It is the preferred language provider for the University of South Australia. Here students will have to study between 10 and 40 weeks, based on a formal assessment of their English level, their academic course commencement date, and their chosen program’s English language entry requirements.

Applying to CELUSA/University of South Australia, applicants must:

  • Apply to the University of South Australia
  • Request a CELUSA package by selecting 'I would like the University to arrange an English language program for me', under the English Proficiency section of the application form
  • Determine the duration of the English language program

After application, UniSA will issue a combined CELUSA and University of South Australia packaged offer. After acceptance UniSA will provide applicants Confirmation of Enrolments (CoEs).

Technical and Further Education SA (TAFE SA)

At TAFE SA, students can commence their English language preparation before transferring into a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the University of South Australia.

Note: Applicants applying to the University of South Australia will not need to take the IELTS or other English language test if they complete one of the English language programs at the appropriate level.


For students who fail to meet program entry requirements, can bag entry into a UniSA degree through a pathway program delivered by its partner institutions in Adelaide, South Australia.

South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT)

The South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT) provides pathways to University of South Australia bachelor’s degrees. Such applicants can apply for a SAIBT Early Transition Program (ETP) or diploma in a related area. After successfully completing the ETP or diploma approved pathway and achieving the required Grade Point Average (GPA) (for select degrees) as well as any other conditions, students will then be eligible to transfer, with credit, to any of the UniSA programs linked with SAIBT programs.


For international students, Eynesbury offers an alternative pathway solution to enter the university through their Diploma and Foundation Studies Program. With appropriate score, foundation students will avail the opportunity to study at UniSA. UniSA has more credit transfer and pathways arrangements with Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes than any other South Australian university.

UniSA also allows offshore foundation programs offered by other Australian or overseas institutions. After completing these foundation programs, students can apply for entry into UniSA Bachelor's programs provided that they meet academic and English language requirements.

Maple Leaf School - University of South Australia (MLS-UniSA):

Aspiring candidates with low scores can join MLS-UniSA and complete the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Following completion, students can apply for selected degrees at the University of South Australia via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

What are the steps to the application process? Does this involve an interview round?

Indian applicants are required to apply through a registered University of South Australia agent and to proceed with the application, following steps must be taken.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

At UniSA, the application evaluation is an ongoing process and only applications which are deemed complete with all the supplementary documents are processed. The decisions are released within a week.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

What is the process of applying for a student visa at University of South Australia?

The Department of Home Affairs administers the student visas. Applicants are requested to visit the Department of Home Affairs' website to learn more about the student visas application process. However, the general information about the process is mentioned below:

Applying for a Student Visa

The process for student visa application can start only after obtaining a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) document. CoE must be submitted along with a complete student visa application to initiate the process. Incomplete submission of the visa application or non-submission of CoE, Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement, or any other required documents at the time of lodgement may result in visa application delay or refusal.

Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)

Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) was introduced by the Department of Home Affairs to replace the previous Assessment Level (AL) framework and Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements.

Note: SSVF is applicable to all international students and all programs. However, the evidentiary requirements for SSVF are based on the combined immigration risk of the applicant’s country of citizenship and the education provider. Student visa applications are now processed online, and it includes both CoE and GTE statement.

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement

Applicants must satisfy the Department of Home Affairs that they are Genuine Students and Genuine Temporary Entrants (GTEs). During the application, a GTE statement must provide the following information: 

  • Detailed reason for choosing the course of study specified in the application must be provided
  • A proper and justified reason for choosing the education provider must be mentioned
  • Applicants must discuss the reasons for choosing Australia over their home country
  • A detailed discussion must be done illustrating the relevance of the selected course of study to applicants academic and/or employment background
  • The statement must also discuss the relevance of course to accomplish career/education plans
  • Applicants must clearly highlight their incentives to return home after completion of their studies

Family (dependants)

Applicants seeking options to bring family members along with them to Australia must first-check with the Australian Visa Office to see if that is allowed or not. Also, if applicants are planning to bring their children to Australia, they must provide evidence of arrangements related to school, tuition fees, and so on. For detailed information, applicants must visit the Department of Home Affairs' website.

Welfare arrangements (Applicants under 18 years of age)

Applicants under 18 years of age, must get university approval for their accommodation and welfare arrangements. The appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements must be completed before lodging the student visa application. Only after making the appropriate accommodation or guardianship arrangements, the applicants will receive a confirmation of appropriate accommodation/welfare letter (CAAW) along with their CoE.

How many international students are studying at the university?

Offering over 200 world-class degrees across a wide range of study areas, the University of South Australia attracts students from all over the world. Currently, UniSA houses over 6,000 international students pursuing programs in Journalism, Illustration and Animation, Pharmacy, Surveying, and more.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

Yes, student visa holders are granted work rights automatically at UniSA. Students at UniSA after commencing their degree are permitted to work up to 40 hours per fortnight (14 days) when the degree is in session and for unlimited hours when the degree is not in session (scheduled breaks). The work that is a formal requirement of degree is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight. Students pursuing a postgraduate program by research or doctoral degree are allowed to work unlimited hours at all times.

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

The University of South Australia has two campuses in the Adelaide city center (both on North Terrace), two metropolitan campuses (at Mawson Lakes, formerly the Levels, and Magill), and two campuses in regional South Australia, (Whyalla and Mount Gambier). UniSA also delivers its offshore degree programs in collaboration with private institutions in Hong Kong Baptist University and other higher education institutions throughout Asia.

Is on-campus housing available?

SA offers multiple accommodation options to the students. However, only Whyalla campus offers on-campus accommodation. 

Whyalla Student Residential Village

Whyalla is the only University of South Australia campus to offer on-campus accommodation. Student Residential Village is a modern, vibrant regional center and considered as one of the best places to live.

UniSA’s student accommodation by Urbanest is located on Bank Street within Adelaide’s cultural precinct. It is within easy reach of the UniSA’s CBD and Metro campuses Urbanest, and Rundle Mall shopping.


Homestay is the best accommodation for international students as it offers an opportunity to reside with a local family, couple, or single person and familiarize themselves with the new environment as well as the culture. 

Students Hostels

Student hostels are an affordable option for students living away from home and also, it is a great way to meet other students. 

Student Apartments 

Student Apartments are catered to students with a wide range of budgets and seeking to live comfortably in a single lockable bedroom, fully furnished with a bed, desk, chair and wardrobe, shared kitchen, bathroom, living area, and laundry and close to UniSA campuses can select this accommodation option. 

Private Rentals

Students can select this mode of accommodation through UniSA Rental Database, as well as real estate portals. 

Non-profit Housing

Students seeking to stay in a not for profit or subsidized basis accommodation can apply to this type of housing. A referral is necessary for availing a room here. Additionally, Non-profit housing is usually unfurnished.

Indigenous Hostels

Young Indigenous people (aged 16 - 24 years) from rural and remote areas who move away from home can apply to the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP and can avail of a hostel room for accommodation).

*Cost varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the university’s website for the latest costs.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

In case of doubts, students can reach the university through any of the below mentioned modes:

Website Link:

Physical Address: 101 Currie Street, Adelaide, 5001 South Australia, Australia

Contact: +61 8 8302 9121


Freecall: (Australia) 1800 181 858

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