Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia and one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Our universities and education institutions are internationally-recognised for their high standards in education excellence. As leaders in research and innovation, our hero universities rank within the top two per cent 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.
Adelaide is known for our innovation and smarts and for producing brands that are recognised around the world. Our niche in these three areas is not just from an education standpoint. It runs deep, from family business through to education, industry, and all are interwoven. We have strong links with South Australian 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.
Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia and according to The Economist Intelligence Unit is the fifth most liveable city in the world. The City of Adelaide has the fastest internet speeds in Australia offering a high-speed network 10x faster than the National Broadband Network.
South Australia’s economy is growing rapidly with a diverse range of industry sectors and low unemployment.
Known as the 20-minute city, Adelaide is easy to get around. The airport is only a 15-minute drive from the CBD and an extensive train, tram and bus system provides public transport for the city’s 1.36 million residents. International students enjoy the same public transport discounts as local students.
According to the EIU Cost of Living Report 2018, Adelaide is 16 per cent more affordable than Sydney and 13 per cent more affordable than Melbourne, making it the best value capital city in Australia.
There are five high industry sectors in Adelaide, South Australia that are driving jobs growth both now and into the future. These industries include Engineering, Health and Life Sciences, Energy, Creative Services & High Technology and Food, Wine, Tourism & Hospitality.
In the Engineering sector, multi-billion shipbuilding contracts and large infrastructure projects will drive demand for engineering professionals for decades to come.
In the energy sector, more than AUD $550 million is being invested in energy generation projects including renewable energy, boosting competition and providing jobs for the future.
The health and life sciences sector has a wide variety of jobs on offer and demand for skilled workers will increase rapidly over the next few years. The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme alone is expected to create more than 6,000 jobs alone.
Adelaide is undergoing an economic transformation and developing strengths in high-tech industries, creating the smart skills and jobs that are needed for the future. The ability to innovate, quickly adopt new ways of doing things, and using advanced technologies is central to the future prosperity of the city.
The food, wine, tourism and hospitality sector is rapidly expanding with many new hotels and tourism developments currently under construction including Sofitel, Westin , Adelaide Casino, and Crowne Plaza).
Adelaide has the lowest median rent in Australia (source rent.com.au), and there are many high-quality, affordable accommodation options within walking distance of all major institutions. Types of accommodation available in Adelaide include student apartments residential colleges university-managed accommodation student hostels managed houses and many other options.
Arun knew he wanted to pursue his postgraduate studies in agribusiness in Adelaide so he could learn from South Australia’s outstanding food and wine industry.
To achieve his goals, Arun undertook a dedicated pathway to university, completing a Graduate Diploma before entering his postgraduate degree.
We spoke to Arun about how his study pathway saved him money and enhanced his experience as a student in Adelaide.Read more
As a person with a disability, Salina knew she needed to find a place to study that offered both a world-class education and an accessible lifestyle to help her live independently.
We spoke to Salina to find out why she chose Adelaide, and how her South Australian education has made her more confident and ready for future career success.Read more
February - March
The Adelaide Fringe Festival is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 705,000 tickets sold for 1,231 shows over 31 days. The Fringe takes over Adelaide, surrounding suburbs and regional areas of South Australia with the city pulsating with vibrancy and creativity. Check out some international students enjoying all the Fringe has to offer in this video.
Australia's premier cycling event, the Santos Tour Down Under will once again welcome the best cyclists from around the world to South Australia in January 2017. The Santos Tour Down Under was first staged in 1999 and has grown year on year to become the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere. The race is part of the prestigious UCI WorldTour which includes other famous events such as the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d’Italia.
The Adelaide 500 (formally known as Clipsal 500) is a week of motorsport mayhem and is the first race of the season for the Australian Supercars Championship. The legendary street circuit around Adelaide welcomes over 270,000 spectators each year to witness one of the most entertaining motorsport categories in the world. The party continues each night during the event with outdoor concert performances by national and international bands.
Set in the lush surrounds of Adelaide’s Botanic Park, WOMADelaide (https://www.womadelaide.com.au/) is an iconic festival of world music, arts and dance. Over 500 artists from around 30 countries perform at WOMADelaide each year in front of a crowd of more than 80,000 people over four days. It is an exceptionally unique festival that caters for a diverse audience. There are cooking demonstrations, an environmental discussion series, a kidZone for children’s arts activities, late night electronic music club and a global village with over 100 international food, retail and charity stalls, bars and restaurants.
Surrounded by fresh produce and world-class wine regions, it is no wonder that Adelaide is the home to Australia’s best food and wine festival – Tasting Australia (http://www.tastingaustralia.com.au/). A celebration of all things local produce, Tasting Australia offers a wide range of food experiences be it a collaboration among world-class chefs, tastings of beer, wine or spirits or an evening soaking up the charred flavours and aromas of Town Square in the very centre of the city. Over 10 days, Tasting Australia offers you unprecedented access to South Australia’s premium, eating and drinking experiences, opening your mind and stomach to the best and freshest produce in the world.
Established in 2001 and the biggest cabaret festival in the world, Adelaide Festival Centre's Adelaide Cabaret Festival is a major event in the international and Australian arts calendar. The festival has garnered a reputation of highlighting the best local, national and international artists through an eclectic program of classic and contemporary cabaret performances. Now in its 18th year and the biggest festival of its kind, Adelaide Festival Centre's Adelaide Cabaret Festival has continued to attract truly outstanding artists from around the country and the world. The festival not only highlights the big names but makes them too.
Highlighting Adelaide's dynamic creative industries against a backdrop of the city’s vibrant venues and fashion precincts, the Adelaide Fashion Festival (https://adelaidefashionfestival.com.au/) is bold, original, progressive and inspired. Featuring runway shows by internationally-acclaimed atelier Paolo Sebastian and showcasing global brands such as Finders, The Fifth Label and C/MEO Collective, the festival is a celebration of innovative South Australian design and style. The festival is also committed to developing the local fashion industry and the five-day program includes a runway show produced entirely by TAFESA design students.
OzAsia Festival is Australia's leading international arts festival engaging with Asia. Held over 18 days this spring, the annual OzAsia Festival program presents the very best in contemporary dance, theatre, music, visual art, film, literature, food, family events, workshops, talks and more from across Asia today. The expansive and innovative program attracts critical acclaim and praise annually and is expected to attract 190,000 people over the duration of the festival.
Adelaide’s three state universities all rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and have been responsible for producing alumni that have forged successful careers in Adelaide, Australia and the world.
In addition to an outstanding selection of universities, Adelaide offers students a wide choice of higher education alternatives in business, technology and other specialist areas, particularly in hospitality.
An investment in vocational education is highly regarded in Australia as it is closely aligned to industry skills and needs.
Research has shown that international students choosing to study at a pathways provider before university generally have better academic outcomes than students taking direct entry into university. Taking a pathway to university is a good option to ensure academic success.
Adelaide is the perfect environment to learn English with small classes, and a necessity to converse in English during day to day activities.
The South Australian Certificate of Education is a globally-recognised school program allowing entry into university and higher education around the world. It has also been taught to over 40,000 students outside Australia in China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Vanuatu. Selected schools also offer the International Baccalaureate (https://ibaustralasia.org/schools/SA), an internationally accepted qualification recognised by many universities worldwide.
South Australia is the only state in Australia where all of its public universities appear on one or more of the major three international ranking systems. The universities in Adelaide are ranked in the top 150 in the world, in rankings relevant to the age of the University. The three public universities in Adelaide are consistently rated highly in international higher education rankings and surveys of student satisfaction.