University of South Australia

201–250 th
World University Rankings 2019
22 nd
University Impact Ranking 2019
26 th
Young University Rankings 2018
GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, South Australia, SA 5001, Australia

About University of South Australia

Australia’s University of Enterprise

The University of South Australia is an innovative and globally-connected university, ranked in the top 10 universities in Australia^. Located in Adelaide, Australia’s education city, the University has nearly 32,000 students, including more than 5,500 international students.

Focused on life beyond the classroom, the University offers an industry-informed curriculum and a practical approach to teaching and learning. The University produces graduates who are global citizens, ready to create and respond to change.

The University supports a vibrant and adventurous research environment, where researchers work with partners from around the world to make a difference in areas as diverse as cancer treatments, renewable energy, cybersecurity and social innovation.


  • Ranked 32 in THE World Top 200 Young Universities 2017
  • Top 10 in Australia for Teaching – 2017-2018 THE World University Rankings
  • Australia's Number One Young University for Teaching Quality – 2017 THE Top 200 Under 50 Teaching Indicator
  • Top 5 in Australia for living and accommodation costs – 2017 International Student Barometer


The University of South Australia offers more than 200 degrees across four divisions. Degrees are designed with strong professional emphasis, ensuring students graduate career ready. Industry projects, study tours, internships, employment and careers expos, networking events, and mentoring schemes are just some of the opportunities available.

Areas of study include:

  • Business
  • Education, Arts and Social Science
  • Health Sciences
  • IT, Engineering and the Environment.

Research excellence

The University’s strong commitment to cutting-edge research and engagement with industry has been well recognised, with 97 per cent of research rated at or above world-class standard (Excellence for Research in Australia 2015). 

The University is home to a number of flagship research institutes and strategic alliances, including:

  • Future Industries Institute
  • Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science
  • Sansom Institute for Health Research
  • Centre for Cancer Biology

Student services

The University of South Australia’s student support services are designed to help students succeed. Ranked number two in Australia for Student Services delivered through Campus Central in the 2017 International Student Barometer, the University provides students with the necessary support to excel in their studies and enjoy their university experience.

Support services include:

  • Academic and personal counselling
  • Accommodation support 
  • Assistance with overseas student health cover
  • Social support services
  • Prayer rooms, common rooms and other dedicated student spaces on campus
  • A range of other services offered through our students’ association.

World-class facilities

The University has invested heavily in new buildings and facilities, totalling more than $400 million, to make sure students learn in an exciting, innovative environment. Students have access to state-of-the-art learning spaces and the latest technologies, along with enhanced facilities that connect students with researchers, industry and the community. 


The University of South Australia is located in Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia. Ranked as the world’s fifth most liveable city in the 2017 Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Index, Adelaide is a safe, affordable and globally-connected city, making it the perfect place to study.

^Ranked 9th – 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Explore rankings data for University of South Australia

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Key statistics

  • 64 : 36
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 44%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 17,465
    Number of FTE Students
  • 26.1
    No. of students per staff
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 World University Rankings



University of South Australia
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