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. (Note: UCalgary J.D. Law students are only eligible to take undergraduate law courses at Adelaide.)
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 several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.
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 2.5.
For applicants from the UCalgary Faculty of Law, a minimum GPA of 2.7 is required, as well as an academic reference letter. Please click here to view the reference letter guidelines & submission instructions. It must be submitted at the time of your application to UCalgary.
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.