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The Best Universities in Adelaide

The Best Universities in Adelaide
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When you talk about studying in Australian universities as an international student, the most popular destinations are Sydney and Melbourne.

However, there are many destinations options when making a decision to study in Australia.

If your preference is to study in a place that is different from the hustle and bustle of major cities such as Sydney or Melbourne and if you prefer a place that is more laid back and even offers a cheaper yet richer lifestyle, then Adelaide should be on your list.

In fact, the coastal capital city of South Australia is the cheapest Australian city to live in for students.

This means you are able to easily afford things such as groceries, accommodations and entertainment because budgeting becomes easier to manage.

In Adelaide, you can also look forward to enjoying the rich festival culture as well as its beautiful beaches that are on offer.

In Adelaide, you can also look forward to enjoying the rich festival culture as well as its beautiful beaches that are on offer.

The Best Universities In Adelaide

So now that you know a bit about Adelaide and why it’s a great choice for international students, let’s have a look at which of it universities are the top picks for students.

According to the 2019 QS World University Rankings, the top 5 universities in Adelaide are:

  • University of Adelaide
  • University of South Australia
  • Flinders University
  • Torrens University Australia, Adelaide
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Australia (CMU)

1. University of Adelaide

This university has a student population of about 21,000.

It is also ranked number 8 in Australia and number 114 in the world according to QS University Ranking. Founded in 1874, it is the third oldest university in Australia.

The building of its unique main campus, which is located in the central part of the city is made of heritage sandstone

Its other campuses are the Waite and Roseworthy campuses, which are well known all around the world in the area of agricultural research and the study of wine.

The university also has a technology campus called the Thebarton campus, which is about 4 kilometres from the city.

It has also produced five Nobel peace laureates and 109 Rhodes scholars and contributed to major discoveries that students find very useful – the sunscreen and Wi-Fi.

Its faculties are:

  • Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Professions
  • Faculty of Sciences

2. University of South Australia (UNISA)

This university has a student population of about 32,000.

According to the 2019 QF Ranking, UNISA is ranked number 14 in Australia and 264 in the world.

It was established in 1991 and it is the largest public research university in Adelaide.  It also has six campuses, four in the metropolitan area and two in the regional

Its faculty of Health Sciences is based in its City East campus and its law, creative arts, business, management and commerce are located in its City West campus.

All the other schools are located in the rest of the university’s campuses.

UNISA is renowned worldwide for the quality of its teaching, which is why most of its academic staff are PhD holders.

The university also ranks in the world top 100 in the areas of design, law, art and nursing.

Its faculties are:

  • Division of Health Sciences
  • Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
  • UniSA Business School
  • Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment

3. Flinders University

The student population of this university is about 25,000.

Flinders University is a cross-disciplinary institution that was established in 1966 and named after the British cartographer and navigator, Matthew Flinders.

According to the QS Rankings, it ranks number 24 in Australia and 478 in the world and its medicine and humanities faculties rank in the top 10 list in Australia.

It has its main campus in Bedford Park, which is popular for its wide expanse, bushland and view of the coast.

This provides a beautiful setting for students to study in together with the presence of cates, bars and shopping centres close by.

Another of the university’s campus is located in the Adelaide CBD, which is housed inside a modern $120 million building and is the base of the maths, computer sciences and engineering schools.

Its faculties are:

  • College of Business, Government and Law
  • College of Education, Psychology and Social Work
  • College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Medicine and Public Health
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering

“Flinders University is a cross-disciplinary institution that was established in 1966 and named after the British cartographer and navigator, Matthew Flinders.”

4. Torrens University

This is the newest university in Australia being founded in 2015 with the opening of its Wakefield campus.

It is made up of 75 institutions across different countries with seven of them being located in Australia and there are more than one million students enrolled in these institutions.

This modern university adopts a dynamic and hands-on method in its teaching practices. This is done through small class sizes that promote effective interaction with the students.

There are various activities and locations within the university such as chill-out zones, study areas and creative pods that contributes to the modern and dynamic approach of the university to learning.

Students also have an option to do online studies especially when they also work.

Torrens university also helps international students to properly transition into studying in the institution through its direct entry program where international students are able to develop their English language before becoming full-fledged students.

Its faculties are:

  • Business
  • Design
  • Education
  • English
  • Health
  • Hospitality
  • Project Management
  • Sports Management
  • Technology

5. Carnegie Mellon University

The university has a student population of about 250.

Its program offered is only at the masters degree level and it was the first American university to be established in Australia. It was established in 2006.

The campus is located within the Torrens Building in Victoria Square.

The international student community is made up of students from over 20 countries and it offers a number of specialised scholarships for international students sponsorship.

Due to its international presence, some CMU graduates have gone on to work for major international companies such as Google, Deloitte and Microsoft.

Some of the courses offered by CMU are:

  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Science in Public Policy and Management
  • Master of Information Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Public Policy Management

Due to its international presence, some CMU graduates have gone on to work for major international companies such as Google, Deloitte and Microsoft.

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