Student Document Certification

All academic documents, professional qualifications and English translations of these documents, must be certified as a true copy of the original.

Certification requirements

Every page of the document must contain ALL of the following elements:

  • An original stamp bearing the name of the person or organisation who verifies the document,
  • Words in English to the effect of “I certify that this is a true copy of the original”,
  • An original signature, and
  • The date of certification.

Qualifications from the University of Adelaide do not require certification. (In certain cases this may also apply to qualifications from other Australian institutions.)

Applying through in-country representatives and agents

Agents who are representing the University of Adelaide have authority to sight original documents and provide certified, electronic copies when submitting the application.

Agent certification must comply with the certification requirements listed above.

Private (direct) applicants

Are you applying directly to the University of Adelaide? and not applying through an agent? You may submit electronic documents with the application.

Certified documents must comply with the certification requirements listed above.

Authorised person

The following people can certify documents lodged with international student applications

  • An official agent or representative of the University of Adelaide when representing the applicant
  • An authorised staff member of the University of Adelaide
  • A Justice of the Peace
  • A Notary Public
  • A Consular Official
  • A Commissioner for taking Affidavits
  • The registrar of the university that the transcript or parchment is from
  • A police officer
  • An examining authority

Research programs

Are you applying for a research program (PhD and Masters by Research)? Original and certified documents can be mailed to the the Adelaide Graduate Research School:

Research applications (PhD and Masters by Research)
Adelaide Graduate Centre
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005


If you have any questions or concerns contact Student Recruitment and Admissions Services.