Multicultural Adelaide

Multicultural Adelaide

The South Australian capital is Australia’s fastest growing destination for international students, offering a selection of world-class universities…

If you head north you’ll think you’re in Munich, and if you visit the city’s suburbs you imagine you’re in Athens, Milan, Beijing or Mumbai such is the multicultural atmosphere. Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, and with a population of about 1.2 million it’s Australia’s fifth-largest city. It also happens to be Australia’s fastest growing destination for international students.

The city is home to Australia’s only foreign universities – Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz Campus and University College London’s School of Energy and Resources. The city also has three Australian universities delivering world-class education with a range of graduate and postgraduate courses.

Adelaide is also one of the most affordable cities in Australia. In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual World Wide Cost of Living Survey, Adelaide regularly achieves an excellent ranking.

Results from the survey show that it costs 24 per cent more to live in Sydney, 21 per cent more to live in Melbourne, 12 per cent more to live in Perth and 8 per cent more to live in Brisbane.


British couple Becky Hirst and Daniel Procter came to Adelaide while travelling around Australia a few years ago. “On that occasion, we were here only for a weekend but that involved a day at the cricket and a night in the Barossa Valley drinking some great wine so we knew it was our kind of place,” says Becky.

“When Dan and I returned to the UK we realised we wanted to live back in Adelaide. There was no looking back.”

While Becky says images of long sandy beaches and beautiful people sipping wine or beer near the water are commonplace in many Australian advertising campaigns, it’s a reality.

“It might sound cliche but we live amongst vineyards and walk our dog on the beach most evenings,” says Becky. “We love the lifestyle in South Australia – sunshine, blue skies, beaches,vineyards, friendly people, delicious food, beautiful wines…” Enough said.

“In London we lived in a flat the size of our garage,”

she says.

“South Australia has provided the perfect place for me to set my consultancy business up – I’d have been very unlikely to do this in London as I was too much of a small fish in a huge ocean.”

Forty miles of the finest white beaches, hundreds of festivals, 300 days of sunshine a year, rolling hills, vineyards, gold mines, salt lakes, ancient mountain ranges, and the mighty outback deserts all make South Australia an experience to savour.

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It may not have the stress, hustle and bustle of the larger cities, but Adelaide has over-delivered on the expectations James Warner had when he first left his home in Kent to begin studying abroad.

“From the moment I first attended UniSA (University of South Australia), I began to realise that I had the ability to surprise myself,” recalls James, who completed a Bachelor of Arts degree.

“The staff were brilliant and helped me to achieve my goals. They are extremely knowledgeable and willing to give up their time to answer any questions or problems you have. A lot of universities, especially those in the UK, don’t have the time to speak to students individually.

“My study in Adelaide has now laid a huge foundation from which I have continually developed my knowledge and also my future goals.”

James gained entry to UniSA through SAIBT, a pathway institute where he studied a Diploma program granting him entry into the second year at UniSA, and found it an easy transition.

His three and half years of study in Adelaide culminated with a Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Management) from UniSA in 2009.

Aside from the obvious – warmer weather and longer days – James has found Adelaide offers a list of distinct advantages for UK students.

“It is cheaper living compared to the other Australian states, which is a real bonus. It’s very relaxed and the people are welcoming, with a range of cultures all bringing something different into the city. And there are plenty of sports on offer – I’ve been playing rugby and soccer since I arrived.’

For others considering university study, James has a few tips. “Try not to be concerned about the fact that Adelaide is situated across the other side of the world, because it has a homely feel and offers fantastic options for you to study what you want.”




Australia’s third oldest university is one of the finest in the world. The University of Adelaide is small enough to provide personal interaction with elite teaching staff, but large enough to offer a broad range of programs and outstanding opportunities for research. It consistently ranks among the most research-intensive universities in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Total student population: 20,558
  • Most popular undergraduate degree programs: Accounting & Finance, Commerce, Engineering, Architecture and Project Management
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The University of South Australia (UniSA) is an innovative, outward looking university with a vibrant student community from all over the world. UniSA offers the most diverse education in South Australia. The university has the largest number of international students in South Australia.

  • Total student population: 34,603
  • Most popular undergraduate degree programs: Accounting & Commerce, Business & Commerce, Architecture, Communication, Media & Information. Computing & Information, Technology, Engineering and Journalism
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Noted for world-class research, science and student satisfaction. The university’s teachers regularly win awards for excellence, including the 2004 and 2006 Prime Minister’s Award for University Teaching. Graduates have a higher fulltime employment rate than the national average.

  • Total student population: 17,200
  • Most popular undergraduate degree programs: Law & Legal Practice, Psychology, Medicine, Eco-Tourism, Cultural Tourism, Science in Nanotechnology and Innovation and Enterprise
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Carnegie Mellon was Australia’s first foreign university. Students live and learn in South Australia and have their qualifications recognised throughout the world.

  • Most popular programs: Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management and Masters of Science in Information Technology
  • Total student population: 102
  • The university is ranked within the world’s top 20 by the Times Higher Education Supplement
  • The Masters of Science in Information Technology – course world ranking 1 (US News & World report)
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Ranked fourth in the world, University College London has arrived in Adelaide. Its School of Energy and Resources provides unique international education opportunities to those who wish to work in mining, energy and business sectors. The UCL School of Energy and Resources has a program offering that is industry focused across three streams:

  • Executive Education – a portfolio of short courses designed for those who work directly in, or provide services to, the energy and resources industries;
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Energy and Resources: Policy and Practice – a two-year fulltime course providing a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary theory and practice in energy and natural resource management, and the economic and legal context. The course includes a nine-month industry placement;
  • PhD Research – for research leadership in the energy and natural resources sectors
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Renowned for helping more than a million students over the past decade, research shows that 91 per cent of graduates either go on to university or find a job once they have completed their qualification here – that’s a higher rate than any other state in Australia.

  • Total student population: 80,000
  • Most popular programs: Beauty Therapy, Hospitality, Business, Engineering, English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students, Interpreting and Translating, Cookery and Food Science, Tourism, Performing and Visual Arts
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