University of Adelaide
Swim with dolphins or explore historic Port Adelaide: there is something for everyone in Australia's coastal cultural capital.
Take in a match at the "prettiest cricket stadium in the world" Adelaide Oval, or explore the galleries and botanical gardens of the North Terrace, all located close to the university. Established in 1874, the University of Adelaide is ranked 8th in Australia and #106 worldwide (QS 2020). It has a student population of over 21,000 students, including nearly 8,000 international students, and is one the Group of Eight - Australia's leading research-intensive universities. The university has four campuses, three of which are in Adelaide (including the main campus, North Terrace).
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Open November 1, 2021
Areas of Study: Adelaide offers a wide variety of degree programs and courses, including Agricultural Science, Anthropology, Architecture, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Food Sciences, Ecology, Economics, Engineering (aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, petroleum, software), English, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Health Sciences, History, International Studies, Law, Linguistics, Math, Music, Petroleum Geosciences, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, Urban Design, and more.
Closed Programs: Some programs/courses have restricted registration. Please see online for details.
Course Requirements: Courses at Adelaide are usually worth 3 units - exchange students are expected to take a minimum of 12 Adelaide units per semester (typically 4 courses), which are equivalent to 15 units at UCalgary (5 courses).
Experiential Learning: Adelaide offers a number of internship opportunities to incoming exchange students, each worth 6 units of credit (two courses). Individual internships may have special requirements and deadlines.
- South Australian Parliamentary Internship (Fall semester only)
- Arts Internship (General Research for areas within public/private sector)
- International Studies Internship (Work with NGOs/organisations, mostly project-based) (Winter Semester, International Relations students only)
The academic year is divided into 2 semesters.
- Semester 1 runs from mid-late February to early July
- Semester 2 runs from mid-July to late November
Students can start in either semester, however full-year students must start in February.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
Adelaide offers the cheapest living costs of Australia's major cities, though it is recommended that students budget a minimum of AUS$6000-8000 per semester to pay for accommodation and living expenses. Additional financial information can be found online (see the chart titled "Exchange Costs").
A typical weekly budget at Adelaide might look like this:
Expense Cost (low - high)
Accommodation (shared/single) 135 AUD - 385 AUD
Public Transit 20 AUD - 35 AUD
Food (not including restaurants) 90 AUD - 135 AUD
Utilities 40 AUD - 55 AUD
Mobile Phone & Internet 20 AUD - 40 AUD
Clothes & Entertainment 50 AUD or more
Total estimate weekly in AUD: 355 AUD - 700 AUD
Additionally, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is mandatory for all students studying in Australia and will be applied for at the time of application to your host university. You will be required to provide evidence of OSHC for the duration of your Student Visa at the time of your visa application. Also, don't forget to include things like flights, visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.
Adelaide cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree-seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange, you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the funding page for more information.
*This program is eligible for Eyes High funding! This is an internally nominated award worth $3000. Eligibility requirements and more can be found on the funding page.
Exchange students to Adelaide are given many options for housing through the university's . Students may apply for a room at one of the off-campus student residences managed by the university. These residences are mainly apartment-style and have 3-6 bedrooms with shared or private bathrooms and a shared kitchen. Some residences are laid out in halls with single bedrooms-plus-ensuites and a shared kitchen as well as a semi-catered meal plan (e.g. weekday dinners provided). Rent for a full semester may range from AUS$5000-7000. Alternatively, students wishing to arrange their own housing privately can seek assistance and advice from the Accommodation Service.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).
An academic reference is required for a complete application.
What's special about Adelaide?
Tied with Calgary for one of the top 5 most livable cities in the world, Adelaide is often informally referred to as the "Food and wine capital of Australia" for its abundant markets and wineries, and the "Amsterdam of Australia" for its flat terrain and expansive cycle culture. Free helmets and bike rentals can also be found throughout the city (cycling without a helmet is illegal in Aus!), and the relatively calm traffic and plentiful bike paths make it an accessible form of transit. Adelaide is also one of the most affordable cities in Australia (14% more affordable overall compared to over major cities in Australia, or for a detailed breakdown: 21% cheaper than Melbourne, 23% cheaper than Sydney, 4% cheaper than Brisbane and Perth), saving you money for travelling across the continent.
Adelaide Central Market is South Australia's most visited landmark, is one of the country's oldest (since 1869) and largest fresh produce markets, making it a mecca for foodies and connoiseurs, with unique offerings and culinary delights you can't easily find elsewhere in Australia. Also, check out some of Adelaide's best festivals and events across South Australia!
Adelaide has a Mediterranean climate, ranging from 10 degrees as a winter average up to 25-30 degrees as a summer average. However, it's still a good idea to pack a light jacket, hoodie, and jeans as insulation in Australian buildings tends to be less common than in Canada.
The University of Adelaide has a smoke-free campus policy. Smoking on campus is not permitted.
What resources are available for new students?
Adelaide's International Student Centre runs an Orientation Week at the start of each semester, which has many useful workshops and social events for incoming international students.
The International Student Centre provides a variety of support services like airport pick-up or advice on public transit upon arrival.
The Global Adelaide platform is a valuable tool for international students and includes information on a wide variety of available services ranging from online events/experiential resources, wellbeing support, social engagement, and more.
There is also an interesting collection of student stories from different universities in Adelaide.
What accessibility resources are available?
Adelaide's Disability Service provides comprehensive support for students with disabilities.
Global Learning 101
Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.