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University of South Australia

Program Location Adelaide, Australia
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20123
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2016 02/12/16 to 07/15/16
Past Dates
Fall 2015 07/10/15 to 12/18/15

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

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University of South Australia

South Australia is a state of innovation and dynamic development, with contrasting physical environments from the spectacularly rugged Flinders Ranges in the north to the rich farmlands of the Southeast. The region is also internationally renowned for its wine growing areas: the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley, the Southern Vales and the Coonawarra.

Adelaide, the region's capital city, has a gracious "old world" feel with many outstanding stone buildings that celebrate South Australia's prosperous history. The city offers a welcoming multicultural setting with an easy going, relaxed lifestyle that is perfect for a study abroad experience. This vibrant cosmopolitan city on the banks of the River Torrens, with its wide tree-lined streets, beautiful gardens and parklands, and a Mediterranean climate, is home to about 1.2 million people. Adelaide is blessed with a stunning coastline, safe unspoiled beaches, beautiful hills, and a countryside abundant with fascinating wildlife. Boasting a unique blend of innovation, cultural festivals, fine wine, dining (Adelaide has more restaurants per head of population than any other major city in Australia), and great pubs, the city of Adelaide provides students with the ideal place to live, enjoy, and learn.

The University of South Australia (UniSA) has an international reputation for educating professionals and for applied research. It is South Australia's largest university with over 26,000 students in six campuses, including a specialized technology campus. Particular importance is placed on the quality of teaching and learning programs, and on links with industry, the professions, business, and government. The university is a national leader in collaborative industry research and has been recognized nationally for the quality of its teaching and community service. UniSA also has South Australia's largest intake of international students.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


University of South Australia

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture][College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: CDFS, CSR, HTM, HK, NUTR, PSY, & SLHS (HHS)

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students may choose to study at the University of South Australia for either a full year or a semester. In the Southern Hemisphere, the academic year typically runs from February to November, with a three-week break between terms in late June. The first semester is usually from late February to late June and the second semester from early July to late November. Most classes at UniSA are small, enabling professors and lecturers to give students individual attention.

The Division of Business and Enterprise consists of four schools with approximately 7,000 students, including many international students. The School of International Business is the key school in the Division of Business and Enterprise for studies in applied finance, commercial law, employment relations, international business, international management, justice, manufacturing management, operations management, property and real estate, small business, and tourism and hospitality.

Before the start of the semester, students attend an orientation that will include a discussion of life in Adelaide, along with the standard academic counseling, allocation of tutorials, and enrolment procedures. At this time, students will also be given their student ID cards (for concessions on public transport, movies, concerts, theatre, even interstate travel), access to email, and an introduction to the services available on each campus including language and study advisers. The orientation also offers a tour of the university, the city, and surrounding areas.


Upon arrival in Adelaide, students are housed in temporary accommodation in one of the university's International Student Residences. During the stay at the on-arrival accommodations, they can then make decisions about their long-term housing arrangement. The University Accommodations Office will assist in this process.

Students can choose from several housing options which include shared apartment/unit accommodation (prices range between A$60-A$120 per week) or university student residences (prices range between A$80-A$95 per week). Accommodation at a student residence gives Australian and international students the opportunity to live in reasonably priced, comfortable, secure and supervised environment. Residences generally provide students with a single bedroom containing a bed with linen, desk and chair, and a closet. There are shared bathroom, kitchen, and laundry facilities.  For more information, check out the UniSA Housing Office website at:

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2016

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00
Purdue Study Abroad Scholarship (Semester or 2 Semesters) [More Info]- $3000

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance$230.00
Round-trip Airfare$2,400.00
Books and Supplies$365.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,140.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
University of South Australia

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Country map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin