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The perfect setting for living and learning, Adelaide is a city you can feel at home in. It is a place where you can start building your future, a place that offers diversity and choice. As Australia's most affordable mainland city, you have the freedom to live how you want to live and experience all that South Australia's capital has to offer.
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There are few places in the world offering the diversity of Australia's premier learning city.
In Adelaide you can achieve a perfect balance between your study and lifestyle. A friendly city with a relaxed atmosphere, Adelaide is consistently voted as the safest city, and the most affordable in mainland Australia.
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There is always something happening in Adelaide, which is also known as the
'Festival State'. Check out a concert in the vibrant city, play a game of cricket in the parklands, discover picturesque wineries in the hills, relax on one of South Australia's pristine beaches or taste food from around the world in one of the 700 restaurants,
cafes and bars.
Adelaide has a tradition of excellence in education and our institutions are among Australia's oldest and most respected. With more than 100 Rhodes Scholars and 3 Nobel Laureates, academic success is a reflection of, not only the outstanding education facilities, but also the range of lifestyle options and opportunities. The establishment of new, world-renowned institutions cements Adelaide's place as Australia's Learning City.
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In bigger cities, students are often forced to live in low-rent housing located hours from the central business district. In Adelaide, student accommodation is excellent and affordable and much of it is in the heart of the city, just moments from the world-renowned 'cultural boulevard', North Terrace.
And nowhere in Adelaide is too far — even our famous city beaches are only a 20-minute ride on public transport. And that's public transport which is discounted for students...
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Whilst Adelaide offers the same lifestyle and quality education opportunities as other cities in Australia, statistics suggest it is 7% more affordable than Brisbane and Perth, and 19% more affordable than Sydney and Melbourne.
International students can work up to 20 hours during semester, and unlimited hours during term breaks. In Adelaide, there are plenty of part-time jobs in the hospitality industry, and lots of students also work in supermarkets (night fill, cleaning or checkouts), or driving taxis and other weekend work that fits in with their busy study schedules.
Adelaide offers a rich mix of cultures, experiences and insights — international students from over 130 countries love to
call Adelaide home. A multicultural hub, approximately 4000 international students
live in the Adelaide CBD. There are also
around 24,000 local students, so you have a great opportunity to have an authentic Australian experience in an inclusive and welcoming setting.
Award-winning StudyAdelaide is there every step of the way, to help you get the most out of your experience. From free tickets to local sporting matches to accommodation information via the LiveAdelaide website and a range of employment seminars, StudyAdelaide will help you discover everything Adelaide has to offer . And the best part? Membership is free!
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Ben from China will take us through his journey in Adelaide as an international student and how he
now juggles full-time work at Parsons Brinckerhoff and part-time postgraduate study at the University
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Meet Donna from Malaysia who chose to further her skills in hospitality and management at TAFE SA. Donna feels Adelaide is a home away from home and loves discovering new places that the city has to offer.
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Meet Jean, an international student from the Philippines who has a passion for singing and radio commentary. Jean decided to study a graduate certificate in teaching English as a second language at Flinders University and hopes to fulfill her dream in becoming a speech pathologist. When she's not studying, she's volunteering at the Women's and Children's Hospital helping young children improve their speech. A true inspiration.
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Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a crucial provider of job ready, highly qualified graduates that specialise in hospitality, IT, business and health care.
Vocational Education is a central part of the modern approach to post school education. The key element is the provision of pathways to future higher education studies or jobs.
Providing these pathways to further higher education or employment are:
Adelaide is home to a number of excellent pathway providers that will help you on your way to a university education. Generally, university pathway programs run 20 hours a week for a full year, although you can undertake intensive courses to reduce the time it takes to get into your university Degree program. The leading pathway providers in Adelaide are:
Adelaide has full-time English Language courses (both beginner and advanced) running from one to 48 weeks. English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are especially popular, not least among students wanting to take further studies in Adelaide. Some ELICOS courses are tailored to focus on specific fields such as tourism, IT and business.
Adelaide's government and
non-government schools have an outstanding reputation, and an excellent history of providing high quality educational opportunities to overseas students. Young people who complete their secondary education (age 17) receive the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) which is highly regarded by tertiary institutions around the globe. Adelaide's International Baccalaureate program is one of the world's largest.
The University of Adelaide is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. It is Australia's third oldest university with a strong reputation for research and teaching excellence.
It has produced numerous Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Rhodes Scholars and is a member of the Group of Eight, constituting Australia's leading research-intensive universities.
Flinders University has a well-recognised reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Their students learn from academics that are experts in their field, who provide research insights and expert opinions in their discipline. Flinders University has very strong links with industry and our students learn beyond the excellent lecture facilities
University of South Australia is at the forefront of conducting research in partnership with South Australia industry. It enjoys the state's biggest intake of international students, while its off-shore study program is Australia's fourth-largest.
Carnegie Mellon is the prestigious American university offering world-class educational and research programs. It has an exceptional reputation for IT, Business and Public Policy Management. In 2005 Carnegie Mellon chose Adelaide as the base for its Asia Pacific campus; today it offers highly sought-after US degrees here in Australia.
University College London is one of three international campuses. UCL SERAus is a world-class research focused university and provides an exciting opportunity for those interested in the resources and energy industry.