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Get Admitted To Your Dream University – Adelaide University

The University of Adelaide (Adelaide University) is a public research university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia.  Adelaide University is a member of the Group of Eight and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The university is also a member of the Sandstone universities, which mostly consist of colonial-era universities within Australia. It is one of the most research-intensive universities in Australia, securing over $180 million in research funding annually.

Numerous notable accomplishments and discoveries have been attributed to the university, including the discovery and development of penicillin, the development of space exploration, sunscreen, the military tank, Wi-Fi, polymer banknotes, X-ray crystallography, and the study of viticulture and oenology.

Adelaide University is composed of five faculties, with each containing constituent schools:

  • The Faculty of Engineering, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS)
  • The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
  • The Faculty of Arts
  • The Faculty of the Professions
  • The Faculty of Sciences

The main campus of the university is on North Terrace. It is bordered by the Art Gallery of South Australia, the State Library of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the “City East” campus of the University of South Australia. The vast majority of students and staff of the university are based at the North Terrace campus, where the majority of courses are taught, and schools are based.

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The central administration of the university and the main library, the Barr Smith Library, are both located on this campus. While many other universities have law and business schools or satellite campuses within the central business district, Adelaide University is unique for having its main presence adjacent to the main business and shopping precinct.


Whether a student is applying as a domestic or international student, understanding the criteria for admission is essential. For an international student, preparing to pursue an undergraduate degree there are two ways to apply:

Applying through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC form), which is available to domestic and international students. It is an online gateway to assess and process college applications in South Australia. SATAC assists 9 Australian universities in undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs.

Directly applying to the university’s website through their undergraduate app form. This is the most common way of applying to Australian universities by international students.

Adelaide University is among the only four Australian Universities that have three intakes: February, July and September. Students are allowed to apply for an undergraduate degree once they have completed grade XII.

February Intake October – November  (previous year) Students who have completed grade XII and have the result can apply
July Intake March – April Students who have completed grade XII and have the result can apply
September Intake April – May Students currently in grade XII can also apply.

The requirements for the undergraduate degree for the said university are very straightforward. Students are required to submit their academic records, personal details, choice of course, English language proficiency proof, and a personal statement. Now, unlike other Australian universities, Adelaide University does require a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) for admission in the undergraduate degree courses. This is a school teacher LOR where the students’ accomplishments & interest in the subject/field of study are highlighted.

Students with at least 70% in their grade XII can apply to this university, but some courses may require a minimum of 85% in grade XII. For the students applying to competitive courses like the STEM, the Advanced Placement (AP) tests are not mandatory but can provide an advantage in the admission process.

A student must achieve a band of at least 6.5 in IELTS or at least 79 in TOEFL. For STEM or related field courses a minimum of 7.5 band in IELTS, or a score of 85 and above in TOEFL is required.

Personal Statement is another crucial aspect of admission in the Adelaide University, as it covers information about academic & non-academic activities, projects, leadership work, etc.

Adelaide University does not ask for any extra-curricular activities, but these may be considered a plus on the application. So, it is important for students to participate in relevant activities linked to their area of study. These experiences are extremely valuable while writing a statement of purpose and sometimes optional essay questions (students will be informed about it in the form).

For specific degree requirements students can visit the degree finder page of the university’s website and explore the options.


For the international students acquiring the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or selection rank is not a prerequisite, unless a student is from IB Board. It is a selection mechanism that measures a student’s overall academic performance and achievements in relation to that of other applicants. But the international students are evaluated on the basis of their grade XII final marks, a compelling statement of purpose, IELTS/TOEFL score, and any additional information the student may have provided like extracurricular activities, AP test results, etc. to increase their chances of admission.


International students need to pay a non-refundable application processing fee of A$ 110 for the university’s application form, whereas the SATAC application form fee is A$ 95. Adelaide University has an average of A$ 34K to 46K tuition fee per annum. The living cost is around A$ 22K to 24K. Students are also required to attain the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as a Visa necessity, which costs approximately A$ 305 per year.

After the student has accepted admission to the university, they will receive an electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) that will make the student eligible to study a course in Australia and apply for the student visa. Proof of funds, health cover/insurance (OSHC) and the online CoE code – an important part of the Australian student visa process – helps students to apply for visa easily.

The vast number of courses to choose from and getting great employment opportunities afterwards, really makes the whole process quite beneficial. If you follow the above steps and adhere to the guidelines, it will increase your chances of getting admitted to Adelaide University.

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About the Author: 

Ankita is an Admissions Specialist & Editor at Scholarly, and has 4 years of experience in study abroad. She has a Masters degree in English Literature from University of Delhi. Ankita is an ardent reader who enjoys fiction and composes personal poetry. Her interests lie in learning more about the ancient history of the world and how she can pen down the experiences she gains in her life as articles.

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