University of South Australia | Ranking & Review (2023)

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University Overview

Established in 1991, University of South Australia is a non-profit public higher-education institution located in the urban setting of the metropolis of Adelaide (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), South Australia. This institution also has branch campuses in the following locations: Whyalla, Mount Gambier. Officially recognized by the Department of Education and Training of Australia, University of South Australia (UNISA) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational Australian higher education institution. University of South Australia (UNISA) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 31 years old Australian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UNISA also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

NameUniversity of South Australia
Founded1991 Origins date back to 1889 (SA School of Arts) and 1889 (SA School of Mines and Industries)
MottoAustralia's University of Enterprise
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University Location

Address101 Currie Street
5001 South Australia
Tel +61 (0)8 8302 6611
Fax +61 (0)8 8302 9121
Other locationsWhyalla, Mount Gambier

Study Areas and Degree Levels

uniRank Study Areas/Degree Levels Matrix
PreBach degrees Bachelor degreesMaster degreesDoctoral degrees



Pre-Bachelor degrees

It includes undergraduate certificates, diplomas, foundation or associate degrees that usually take less than 2 years to complete

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Master degrees

It includes postgraduate master degrees that usually take between 1 to 3 years to complete

Doctoral degree

It includes postgraduate doctorate degrees that usually take over 4 years to complete

Arts & Humanities

This University offers courses in at least one of the following subjects:

  • Applied Arts
  • Classics
  • Design
  • Education
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Literature
  • Museum Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and Theology
  • Visual Arts
  • Other Arts & Humanities Studies

Business & Social Sciences

This University offers courses in at least one of the following subjects:

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  • Accounting / Finance
  • Anthropology / Archaeology
  • Business / Commerce / Management
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Library and Information Science
  • Physical Education / Sport Science
  • Political and International Studies
  • Social Policy / Public Administration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology / Psychology
  • Tourism / Hospitality
  • Other Business & Social Science Studies

Language & Cultural

This University offers courses in at least one of the following subjects:

  • Aboriginal / Indigenous People Studies
  • African Studies
  • American & Caribbean Studies
  • Ancient and Modern Languages
  • Asian Studies
  • English Studies
  • European Studies
  • French Studies
  • Germanic Studies
  • Indian / South Asian Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Portuguese Studies
  • Russian / Eastern European Studies
  • Spanish Studies
  • Other Language & Cultural Studies

Medicine & Health

This University offers courses in at least one of the following subjects:

  • Anaesthesia
  • Anatomy
  • Biomedical Science
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Medicine / Surgery
  • Natural / Alternative Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics / Gynaecology
  • Optometry / Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Podiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiography
  • Speech / Rehabilitation / Physiotherapy
  • Other Medical & Health Studies

This University offers courses in at least one of the following subjects:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer and IT Engineering
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical / Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mining and Metallurgical Engineering
  • Other Engineering Studies

Science & Technology

This University offers courses in at least one of the following subjects:

  • Agriculture / Forestry / Botany
  • Aquaculture / Marine Science
  • Architecture
  • Aviation
  • Biology / Biochemistry / Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer / Information Technology
  • Energy / Environmental Studies
  • Food Science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics / Statistics
  • Multimedia
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacy / Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Textiles and Fibre Science
  • Zoology / Veterinary Science
  • Other Science & Technology Studies

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Yearly Tuition Range

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Not reported
Admission OfficeGPO Box 2471
Adelaide 5001
(0)8 9627 4854

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 30,000-34,999
Academic Staff 1,000-1,499
Control Type Public
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Not reported
Campus Setting Urban
Religious AffiliationNone

Facilities and Services

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Housing Not reported
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional HospitalNot reported

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Institutional Accreditation

Department of Education and Training of Australia

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • CPA Australia
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  • Engineers Australia
  • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD-EQUIS)

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Important: the above section is intended to include only those reputable organizations (e.g. Ministries of Higher Education) that have the legal authority to officially accredit, charter, license or, more generally, recognize University of South Australia as a whole (Institutional Accreditation or Recognition) or its specific programs/courses (Programmatic Accreditation). Memberships and affiliations to organizations which do not imply any formal, extensive and/or legal process of accreditation or recognition are included in the specific Memberships and Affiliations section below. Please report errors and additions taking into consideration the above criteria.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Australian Technology Network (ATN)
  • Universities Australia
  • Open Universities Australia (OUA)

Academic Structure


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Online Courses

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Open Education Global

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Is University of South Australia any good? ›

University of South Australia is one of the top public universities in Magill, Australia. It is ranked #=363 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

Is studying through UniSA difficult? ›

Though it is challenging to study through a distance learning institution due to motivation and discipline sometimes lacking, I loved that I was able to study around my work schedule, and complete assignments in my own time. I would hihgly recommend UNISA! “Overall a great experience!”

What happens if you fail a course Uni Adelaide? ›

Yes, if you have received a fail grade for one final full-year or one final semester course that a pass is required in order to complete your degree, you may be eligible to apply for an Additional Assessment (AA) task - Last Course.

How long does University of South Australia take to give offer letter? ›

Applications submitted through UniSA's Online International Application System – StudyLink will be prioritised and application outcomes will be advised within 1 – 3 weeks from the date we receive the application and all required supporting documentation.

What is the number 1 University in SA? ›

Best Universities in South Africa according to International Rankings
UniversitiesTimes Higher Education Ranking (2022)Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2022)
University of Johannesburg601401
University of Pretoria601401
University of the Western Cape601-
University of South Africa (UNISA)801901
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Is University of South Australia Recognised? ›

Rankings and achievements

UniSA Business School is fully accredited by EQUIS, which accredited fewer than 200 universities worldwide.

Is 40% a fail at Unisa? ›

According to university policy, you require a sub-minimum of 40% in the examination before your year mark is taken into consideration. In other words, if you do not obtain at least 40% in the examination, you will automatically fail, and your final mark will be the mark you obtained in the examination.

Is 40 percent a pass at Unisa? ›

Thus, at the University of Cape Town and the University of South Africa (UNISA), the percentages are calibrated as follows: a 1st class pass is given for 75% and above, a second (division one) for 70 - 74%, a second (division two) for 60%-69%, and a third for 50 - 59%. Any lower than 40% is a fail.

How many hours should you study a day Unisa? ›

Unisa recommends about 8 hours per week per module.

Can a university kick you out for failing? ›

Some will kick people out for not turning up to lectures enough without good reasons. If you fail only one unit, you normally can compensate by passing everything else, otherwise you'll have to either leave or retake the year.

What happens if you fail 3 subjects? ›

If you fail in three subjects in class 12 you will have to repeat the class 12 again, and you will be able to attempt the exam next year only , so i woulg suggest you to prepare well next year , attempt all the previous year questions you can , make your own notes and study daily .

What happens if you fail 2 subjects in a semester? ›

You have to sit for supplementary exam for the subjects you have failed in class 10. Feeling more than two subjects did supplementary examination for happening to pass the field subject in class 10.

Can you not join after accepting offer letter Australia? ›

Once offered a role, you do not have to accept immediately. If you are not ready to accept on the spot,thank the employer, express your interest, and request more time to consider the opportunity. This allows you time to evaluate the job offer thoroughly, or liaise with other job opportunities on your prospects.

Do Australian universities send rejection letters? ›

Some Australian universities have an official no rejection letter policy. I definitely recommend sending rejection letters, particularly if applicants paid an application fee. This is common everywhere.

How long does it take to get an Australian student visa 2022? ›

Processing Times* by client location - 50 percent (median)
August 2022
Visa ProgramVisa CategoryIn Australia
PermanentSkilled (Permanent) Partner (First Stage)5 Months 9 Months
TemporarySkilled (Temporary) Student Visitor Working Holiday Maker3 Months 5 Months 4 Months 45 Days
26 Sept 2022

What is the top 10 University in Australia? ›

Here are the best global universities in Australia/New Zealand
  • University of Melbourne.
  • University of Sydney.
  • University of Queensland.
  • Monash University.
  • University of New South Wales Sydney.
  • Australian National University.
  • University of Adelaide.
  • University of Western Australia.

What is the best uni in South Australia? ›

The University of Adelaide

What is the largest University in SA? ›

The University of South Africa (UNISA)

Is SMU the Harvard of the South? ›

Universities: Southern Methodist University ("The Harvard of the South") Dallas, TX. Universities: Southern Methodist University ("The Harvard of the South") Dallas, TX.

Why choose to study in University of South Australia? ›

Ranked in the top 5 in Australia for quality education^ and with 100% of assessed research rated at or above world-class#, the University is young, innovative and offers students the chance to gain real-world experience.

What is the cheapest University in South Australia? ›

Cheapest universities in Adelaide
Australian Universities2017 Annual Fees
Charles Sturt University$24,000
Australian Catholic University$23,800
University of South Queensland$22,300
University of the Sunshine Coast$20,600
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Can I graduate if I fail a module at Unisa? ›

At Unisa, students are expected to pass all modules for every academic year and semester but in case a student fails a module prior to graduation, the student will be able to progress to the next level if he or she carries at least 20 credits of failure.

Can I graduate if I fail a module? ›

Typically, universities allow students to re-sit their failed modules, meaning failing the second year at the university shouldn't mark the end of your academic journey.

What happens if I fail a course at Unisa? ›

You will fail a course if your final grade is Fail 1 (F1)*, Fail 2 (F2) or Fail (F). Failing a course has some implications that you need to be aware of which might change your enrolment in future semesters. If you fail a core course, you will need to repeat the course at a later stage.

What is the lowest pass for a degree? ›

Degree classifications
  • First-Class Honours (First or 1st) (70% and above)
  • Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1, 2. i) (60-70%)
  • Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2, 2. ii) (50-60%)
  • Third-Class Honours (Third or 3rd) (40-50%)

What is the lowest APS score at Unisa? ›

UNISA Admission Point Score (APS) 2022-2023
  • A higher certificate requires a minimum APS of 15.
  • Diploma with a minimum APS of 18.
  • Bachelor degree with a minimum APS of 21 or more.

What happens if you fail a supplementary exam? ›

What Happens if you Fail a Supplementary Exam. Failing a matric re-write doesn't mean your academic life comes to a halt. So don't give up just yet. If you fail, you can register to redo your matric.

Is studying 7 hours a day enough? ›

If you can able to study for 7 or 8 hours that will be more than enough. A human mind could able to study for a maximum of 10 hours and 7 to 8 hours is a very good time. I suggest you maintain that consistency then I am sure you will exceed in your life for sure.

Can you work while studying at Unisa? ›

Many of our students work and study at the same time. You may wish to work full-time and study part-time, or work part-time and study full-time. If online study is available for your degree of interest, and you believe you can manage competing commitments, you may also be able to study and work full-time.

Is 10 hrs study enough? ›

It is much more productive to study at 100% mental capacity for 5 hours than a distracted or tired or under performing 50% for 10 hours. So your main priority should be ensuring that all your needs are met and you are studying as efficiently as possible.

What happens if you get rejected by a university? ›

Universities don't have to give you a reason, but if the rejection has left you wondering you could contact the university to ask for feedback. Try not to take it too personally. Admissions tutors will be sifting through hundreds of applications and it might not always be obvious why it's not good news for you.

What happens if you fail first year of university? ›

If you simply didn't put the work in or external struggles meant that you struggled with first year, then retaking may be the best option for you. Retaking your first year will allow you to start afresh and hopefully achieve the grades that you need.

How do you get disqualified from university? ›

Students are disqualified when they have not achieved the GPA standard (either a 2.0 cumulative or 2.3 semester GPA) at the end of a second consecutive term on probation (exempting summer enrollment).

Can you fail one semester and still pass? ›

If you fail one semester of high school, those grades are permanently placed on your high school transcript and will be averaged as such. Even if you did earn all A's subsequently, failing the first semester will definitely hurt you in the long run.

Is it normal to fail a subject? ›

Failing a subject feels bad, but let's clear something up straight away – failing does not make YOU the failure. Failing is usually the result of many different things and should never be taken as a sign of your worth and talents. Failing at something is a normal part of life, and everyone fails at some point.

How many subjects do you need to fail? ›

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You are allowed to fail one subject and still pass Matric. It is however best to do well in all seven subjects. When you have good marks, you have a better chance of studying at university.

What happens if you fail in 5 semesters? ›

Many colleges allow students to give the next semester exam but the students have to in future give the retake or give re-exam in the subject which were failed by the student in previous semester. Students are required to clear the exams of failed subjects in upcoming semesters.

What is the pass marks out of 100? ›

The marks 35 out of 100 is a pass mark which is acknowledged by any recognised School Board of India. Hope this helps.

What if I pass in 4 subject but fail in 1 subject will I get pass certificate in CBSE board? ›

Answer. Hi , No you will not be considered overall passed until and unless you have failed in 1subject.To be overall passed you need to paas in all the 5 subjects. You can give compartment exam for this.

How long is offer letter valid Australia? ›

This timeframe can range from two weeks for a first round offer to 48 hours for a second or later round offer. These expiry dates are strict and must be adhered to in order to guarantee fairness to all applicants.

Can I accept two offer letters at same time? ›

As long as you take a professional approach, there is no need to worry. Employers understand that great candidates like you will receive multiple offers.

Can I reject an offer and apply again? ›

As long as you decline the offer in a timely and courteous way. Most companies will consider you should you apply again in the future. After all, if you were good enough to receive an offer, the company was impressed by you and considered you qualified.

Can you fail university in Australia? ›

As Australian students start university, failure is probably the last thing they want to think about. But university failure is depressingly common. Our study in a large Australian university found up to 52% of students in education, civil engineering, nursing and commerce failed at least one unit during their degree.

Is 70 a good mark at university Australia? ›

What grade is 70 percent in Australia? In most of the universities, it will be considered as Credit (C) or Distinction (D) in Australia.

What are the chances of student visa rejection? ›

Pending applications

As per this report, in 2021, the total number of Study Permit Applications refused and processed from India were 91,439 and 225,402 respectively. The refusal rate was nearly 41%.

How long after visa interview will I get my visa? ›

If you are found eligible to receive a visa on the day of the interview you should allow approximately 10-15 working days for your application to be processed.

What is the age limit for student visa in Australia? ›

No Age Limitation

You can apply for an Australian Student Visa at any age. However, special conditions apply if you are under 18 years old. Contact us for more information regarding this.

How can I speed up my Australian visa? ›

You may be able to request priority processing for some types of visas if you can demonstrate compelling and compassionate circumstances. Priority processing can be requested by: Calling the Home Affairs' Service Centre on 131 881, or • Contacting the relevant processing offices.

Is Adelaide University prestigious? ›

Offering over 400 undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees and postgraduate research degrees (PhD and Masters), The University of Adelaide is one of the best universities in the world, ranked 88 out of 1,799 according to the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Is UniSA a reputable University? ›

As a comprehensive university, Unisa offers both vocational and academic programmes, many of which have received international accreditation, as well as an extensive geographical footprint, giving their students recognition and employability in many countries the world over.

What is University of South Australia known for? ›

One of the world's best places to study
  • UniSA Business is ranked in top 1% worldwide. ...
  • World top 100 for nursing. ...
  • World top 100 for hospitality and leisure management. ...
  • World top 150 for law. ...
  • World top 150 for education. ...
  • World top 100 for exercise and sport science. ...
  • World top 150 for pharmacy and pharmacology.

Is Adelaide Uni or Uni SA better? ›

The University of Adelaide is older, with a larger budget, fewer students and more staff than UniSA. UniSA is newer, but has been attracting students and research funding at a steady rate over the past few years.

Which is better Melbourne or Adelaide? ›

Adelaide vs Melbourne – The Verdict

Adelaide just seems to have everything Melbourne has to offer, but done a little better and perhaps in a more refined way and this includes everything from public transport to the nightlife and the food scene.

What are the top 5 hardest universities to get into? ›

Top 10 Hardest Colleges to Get Into
  1. Harvard. Cambridge, MA. 3.19%
  2. Columbia. New York, NY. 3.73%
  3. Caltech. Pasadena, CA. 3.92%*
  4. Stanford. Stanford, CA. 3.95%*
  5. MIT. Cambridge, MA. 3.96%
  6. Princeton. Princeton, NJ. 4.38%*
  7. Yale. New Haven, CT. 4.47%
  8. Brown. Providence, RI. 5.03%

Does Unisa give you a laptop? ›

Laptops are available at each metropolitan campus for loan to UniSA, CELUSA & SAIBT students. They can be borrowed for up to 4 days, on a first come first serve basis. Renewals and requests cannot be made on laptops.

What is so good about South Australia? ›

South Australia boasts a world-renowned food and wine culture, is home to a diverse range of cultural and sporting events and offers residents and visitors alike opportunities to experience a variety of cultural and entertainment experiences, for both education and leisure.

Which Australian University has the best student life? ›

1. Melbourne
  • Monash University - the largest university in Australia and one of the best universities in the world.
  • RMIT University.
  • Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Melbourne Business School.
  • University of Melbourne.
1 Sept 2021

What is the best school in South Australia? ›

Top High Schools in SA
2020 RankSchool Name% ATAR 90+
1Wilderness School74%
2Glenunga International High School74%
3St Peter's College53.9%
4Pembroke School47.8%
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