We provide a number of different support services for international students, many available through International Student Support.
International Student Support provides the following services to all current international students of The University of Adelaide:
- Guidance throughout your chosen program of study
- Specialised advisory services for international students
- Referrals to relevant contacts inside and outside the University
- Advice and support relating to enrolment and Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) matters
- Social programs and promotion of activities for international students
International Student Support
Level 6, Hughes building
North Terrace Campus
Monday 10.00am - 5.00pm;
Tuesday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tel: +61 (08) 8313 4828
International student advisors
International student advisors provide individual one-on-one support to international students.
You can make an appointment to speak to an advisor if you have:
- personal issues
- problems with your study
- financial issues
- questions about your student visa or Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
General advisors are available for all international student issues, as well as specialist advisors for Australia Awards Scholarship students, Home Government Sponsored students, and for students with CoE or enrolment related issues.
Advisors are available during office hours:
10.00am - 5.00pm Monday,
9.00am - 5.00pm Tuesday-Friday,
every week of the year (excluding public holidays).
To make an appointment to speak to an advisor contact International Student Support.
If you are unable to attend campus to meet with an advisor, please email or call International Student Support to arrange a phone appointment.
Other support services
The careers service is a free service that provides current students and recent graduates with job hunting resources, resume assistance as well as interview and career advice. They also put you in touch with potential employers.
In Australia, it's normal to seek help and speak to a counsellor if you are feeling stressed or distressed, have academic anxiety or relationship issues, or if there are any other concern affecting your lifestyle. Counselling can help you achieve and maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Counselling in Australia is confidential and is not reported to any outside organisation. What you say in a counselling session is private, and will not be disclosed without your consent.
The University's counselling support service provides confidential and professional support to students enrolled at the University of Adelaide at no cost.
Lifeline Australia is a personal and family counselling service that provides counselling for people of all ages. Lifeline is a safe and supportive environment adhering to respect for individuals and maintaining confidentiality of all its cases.
For further information about maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle whilst succeeding academically have a look at the University's UniThrive website.
We understand that student disabilities can include a wide range of issues. The disability support website contains information on access around campus, services available to students with disabilities as well as useful contacts if you have any questions or need help.
English and maths support
If you need assistance with your English or Maths skills, the University has support services that can help.
The Writing Centre The Writing Centre offers support to students of all English levels to write assignments and essays The English Language Centre The English Language Centre offers English language classes, and occasionally hosts free classes for all English learners Social Programs If you are having issues with your conversational English, you may wish to consider joining our free conversation programs
The Maths Learning Centre The Maths Learning Centre helps all coursework students learn and use mathematics and mathematical skills in order to succeed at university
Peer assisted study sessions (PASS)
The aim of PASS is to enable students to understand and apply key concepts in their study courses, and to achieve their best possible academic results.
PASS classes are FREE and are facilitated by undergraduate students who have mastered their respective PASS course.
PASS is relevant for all undergraduate students, whether to improve from a Distinction to a High Distinction; a Pass to a Credit or to obtain a pass level
If you require legal help for any reason, there are several free and confidential services that are available to you.
- Adelaide Legal Outreach Service (ALOS), a free legal advice service run by the University of Adelaide Law School. The service is operated by final year law students under the supervision of fully qualified legal practitioners.
- Adelaide Law School Free Legal Clinics
- If you're not sure who to talk to, make an appointment to see an international student advisor.
Medical services and Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC)
If you get sick when you're in Adelaide, or if you just want a check up, there are many options for seeking medical assistance.
In Australia, for all non-emergency medical situations (e.g., a cold or a headache), you should visit a General Practitioner (GP) doctor. In emergency situations (e.g., a heart attack or broken bone), you can call an ambulance (on 000) and/or visit the emergency room of a hospital.
- International student health and wellbeing fact sheet provides a great introduction to the Australian healthcare system and your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy
- The Australian Government's Health Direct website contains a good, easy-to-understand overview of healthcare in Australia.
- Allianz Global Assist also provides an excellent introduction to how your OSHC policy works.
Finding a doctor
Need to see a doctor? The University Health Practice is located on North Terrace Campus in the Horace Lamb Building. Their open hours are 8.30am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday,
Looking for a doctor outside the University? Search on Allianz's Find a Doctor website.
If you have an emergency medical situation, you can call an ambulance on 000, and/or visit a hospital. In Australia there are both public and private hospitals.
Dental services are not covered by standard OSHC policies. If you are not sure whether your policy covers dental work, please speak directly with your OSHC provider.
If you need dental work you will need to visit a private dentist. Please note that dental appointments in Australia can be expensive, and may cost you up to $90 for just an examination. We recommend confirming the price before seeing a dentist.
A good starting point for finding a dentist near you is to search the Yellow Pages. If you are covered by the University's preferred provider, OSHC Allianz Global Assist, you can visit a staff member from that organisation to enquire about dental options (see information directly below).
Staff from OSHC provider Allianz Global Assist are available in Hub Central from 10:00am - 4.00pm, Monday - Friday.
Other OSHC providers:
Request a letter
If you require an official academic transcript, you can order this through the University's online store.
If your family members require an invitation letter for their visa application, you write the invitation letter yourself - the University does not provide invitation letters. For general information about how you can write an invitation letter, see our information sheet. Please note that the University cannot provide you with any specific advice related to your or your family members' visa application.
If you have a grievance because of a decision or action by a University of Adelaide staff member, or the action of one or more University of Adelaide students, we will do our best to help you resolve the grievance.
There is no fee or charge to students for accessing the Student Grievance Resolution Process.
If you wish to speak to someone outside of the University about your grievance, you can consult an Education and Welfare Officer (EWO). EWOs are not University employees, and are thus able to take an independent advocacy role on behalf of students.
Students with children