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Before You Arrive

Moving to a new country can be daunting, and so can starting at a new university. Doing both at once can be a real challenge!

We have put together some information about what you can expect from Adelaide and from your university studies. We recommend all international students planning to study at The University of Adelaide review this information prior to coming to Australia.

International students undertaking studies in Australia should also make sure to read information about the Education Services for International Students (ESOS) legislation.

If you have not yet applied to study at the University of Adelaide, please refer to our Apply to Adelaide section.

  • About Adelaide

    Adelaide is a multicultural city with a population of about 1.3 million people, who come from over 100 different ethnic communities.

    South Australians lead a relaxed but vibrant lifestyle, in a state with a rich history, remarkable environment, and a particular love of fine wine and food.

    Information about Adelaide

    In general, the weather in Adelaide is hot and dry in the summer (average temperature between 17°C - 29°C) and cold and wet in the winter (average temperature between 7.5°C - 16°C) .

    There are many public transport options around Adelaide CBD, including buses, trains, and trams.

  • Getting to Adelaide

    To ensure that everything runs smoothly for your trip to Adelaide, you will need to arrange several important things before you depart for Australia.

    • Ensure that you have a valid visa and passport to enter into Australia. For information about visas, please consult your nearest Australian consulate or diplomatic mission, or visit the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
    • It's a good idea to become familiar with the customs and quarantine laws of Australia before packing.
    • Arrange your travellers' cheques and/or cash - we recommend that students bring a minimum of AUD$100 for on-arrival expenses and no more than AUD$5,000.
    • Photocopy or scan all of your documents and your passport, visa, travellers' cheques, bank drafts, and any return air tickets - keep these separate from the originals, and leave a set safely at home.
    • You may wish to arrange accommodation or organise an airport pick-up service. These can both be arranged through the Accommodation Service.
  • About the University

    You may find that studying at a new university is different to your experience from home, your previous university or school.

    It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the University system before you arrive in Adelaide, so you can hit the ground running.

    • Find out more about your Faculty office - where it is, when program advisors are available, what their contact details are. Your Faculty will be your key contact for any questions related specifically to your program.
    • Terminology used at the University can be different to that used in your home country.
    • You can download a University map to help you find your way around your campus.
    • What are the different types of classes you may have? Find out by checking the University's Knowledge Base.
  • Any Other Questions?

    After looking through the above steps, you should now be more familiar with Adelaide and the University. If you have any other questions, you can:


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