University of South Australia

Adelaide's avid cycle culture and natural attractions makes it one of the world's coolest cities.

Often thought of as the "Amsterdam of Australia", Adelaide's plethora of botanical gardens, parks, and cycle pathways has led to its reputation as the world's 5th most liveable city in the world (tied with Calgary!). Located just South of the Barossa valley next to the coast, with an eclectic Central Market and great access by public transit to Glenelg beach, many find that it lives up to its informal moniker - "Radelaide". 

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is the state of South Australia's largest university - with 2 main campuses located in and around Adelaide's central business district (CBD), 2 in the outer suburbs, and 2 regional campuses in Mount Gambier and Whyalla ("where the outback meets the sea"), its many campuses cater to various fields and styles of study. UniSA offers an active and extensive range of activities for students, and is perfectly situated for weekend adventures along the Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island, or the charming German settlement of Hahndorf (in the Barossa Valley). UniSA is ranked in the top 250 universities worldwide, and #30 in the top 50 universities less than 50 years old (THE & QS, 2020). It excels in the fields of kinesiology, art & design, and environmental studies, and has one of the largest social work programs in Australia.

Key information




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2020-21 applications

Applications for Winter 2021 and "Australian Full Year" (Winter 2021-Fall 2021) exchanges are still open. First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2021-22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

University-wide Areas of Study:

UniSA offers a wide variety of programs (courses), including Aboriginal Studies, Animation, Arabic Studies, Art & Design, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Drama, Environmental Systems, Film & Television, Gender Studies, Geoscience, Human Movement, Information Systems, International Studies, Justice, Librarianship, Linguistics, Math, Outdoor Education, Performing Arts, Physics, Psychology, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Sociology, Sport Studies, Social Work*, and more. 

*Students interested in the Social Work Practicum at UniSA should speak with the social work practicum advisor as selection is done through the faculty. Please note that for 2020/21, this option is only available for Masters level Social Work students, not undergraduates.

Haskayne students see Haskayne program page.

Course Information:

Course credits at UniSA are called "units". Exchange students are expected to take 18 units (typically 4 courses) per semester. To find courses, type your preferred discipline (faculty) in the "How can we help you?" section, then click on the course names to see the Timetable for when the course is offered (Study Period 2 = Winter, Study Period 5 = Fall), and make sure all are offered at the same campus (City East is main campus). You can also see courses popular with exchange students in their brochure on page 24.

"Exchange Plus" Internship Program:

Accepted exchange students for UniSA may also be able to participate in the Exchange Plus program. Exchange Plus at UniSA is designed to provide you with a range of services to increase your future employment prospects by completing, alongside your studies, a four week (20 day) Internship. As places are limited, please express your interest to the exchange advisor upon or before nomination. Further information will also be provided during Orientation - additional cost is $2000 AUD

The academic year at UniSA is divided into several study periods; exchange students will attend Study Period 2 and/or Study Period 5.

  • Study Period 2 runs from early March to early July. 
  • Study Period 5 runs from late July to late November.

Students can start in either semester, however full-year students must start in March.



  1. Costs

    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 around AUS$250-450 per week to pay for accommodation and living expenses. Cost of living estimates can be found online. Also, don't forget to include things like flights, visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.

    A typical weekly budget at UniSA might look like this:

    Expense Cost (low)  Cost (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 50+ AUD
    Total estimate weekly in AUD: 355 AUD 700 AUD


    UniSA suggests using Insider Guides "Cost of Living" calculator to ballpark your approximate costs per week. Additionally, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is mandatory for all students studying in Australia and will be applied for through UniSA when the time comes. You will be required to provide evidence of OSHC for the duration of your Student Visa at the time of your visa application. 

    Adelaide cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here


  2. Funding

    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 exchange funding page for more information.

UniSA does not manage any student housing. However, they provide advice and assistance to help students find their own housing, including managing an online rental database for both shared and private accommodations. Options may range from residential complexes, apartments, homestays, and more. There may private or shared housing available as well as self, semi-, or fully-catered meal options. Because of the range in housing types, and the variance by location in and around Adelaide, rental fees can vary drastically. Students are encouraged to look into the detailed information providedonline for their desired housing types.

Rooms offered by Urbanest, UniSA's main provider of student accommodation range from $199AUD to $489AUD per week.

On campus, the new multipurpose Pridham Hall will open in May 2018 will offer a new 25m 5-lane swimming pool, fitness centre, rock climbing wall, and multi-purpose courts. There will also be an additional 9 food vendors added across campus. 

See more info in the UniSA Student Exchange Brochure

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the U of C, 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.

Haskayne Students:
Haskayne students at UCalgary can ONLY apply for this partner through Haskayne.


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. UniSA has put together information on Adelaide in their Exchange Brochure
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 (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

Adelaide has a smoke-free campus policy. Smoking on campus is not permitted. 

What resources are available for new students?

UniSA runs an orientation O-Week for incoming students before the semester starts, which includes plenty of informative and social events. They also offer extensive events for students during the academic year. O-Week activities typically include scavenger hunts, mini golf, arcade and lawn games, photo walls, message walls, henna painting and chill-out spaces.

UniSA also publishes online an "International Student Guide" (download the PDF).

What supports or services are available at UniSA?

UniSA's Disability Services provides comprehensive support for students with disabilities. 

As well, several of UniSA's campuses have Access Maps that indicate full-access facilities (click on the campus to view its maps).

Is Halal food easily available in Adelaide?

UniSA recommends students review the "Muslim students' guide to Adelaide", which is published online by the organization Study Adelaide. 

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

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.

Find your academic advisor

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.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

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.

Application guide

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.