There are various pathways to the University for students who don't meet the traditional entry requirements or are looking to fast track their program.
Foundation Studies Programs
The Foundation Studies Program provides international students with a specially developed preparation for degree studies in Australia. Students are assisted to develop language and independent study skills that form an excellent preparation for meeting the challenges of university study and life.
In the supportive environment of a Foundation Program, students have the opportunity to develop important friendships with other international students, as well as with Australians, and this provides students with a great advantage, especially during their first semester of university.
The University offers admission through two Foundation Programs. Both these programs have been established by the University of Adelaide and are monitored by the University to maintain the high academic standards required for admission to the University. Foundation students are given provisional offers to their target degree courses and enrolled in the University as well as their chosen college.
Each college provides a range of different subject choices, intakes and experiences. Please contact the colleges directly to obtain details of the Foundation Studies programs.
Other Foundation Studies options
Other Foundation Studies Programs recognised by the University of Adelaide are:
- The University of Sydney
- Trinity College - University of Melbourne
- The University of Queensland
- Tuart and Canning Colleges - University of Western Australia
- The Australian National University
- The University of New South Wales
- Monash College - Monash University
- Academic Colleges Group - University of Auckland
- International Foundation Year (IFY) - Northern Consortium of UK Universities
Degree Transfer Program: Bradford College
Provided by Bradford College, the Degree Transfer Program offers the first year of a Bachelor Degree at the University of Adelaide for students who cannot enter the program directly. The Degree Transfer Program has additional learning support especially for English language and difficult concepts in subjects such as mathematics. Upon completion of the program, students are offered direct entry into second year with full credit for first year in the chosen field of study (provided the required scores are achieved).
Degree Transfer courses are for 45 weeks (3 x 15 week semester), with intakes in October and March. For more information please visit the Bradford College website.
The following diploma pathway programs offer students a stand-alone qualification in their chose area, as well as the opportunity to transfer onto a relevant university course.
Eynesbury's Diploma of Business, Diploma of Computing and Information Technology, and Diploma of Engineering provide pathways to selected undergraudate degree programs at the University of Adelaide. Upon successful completion of the Eynesbury diploma, students may gain entry into the second year of the corresponding degree program. For further information visit the Eynesbury College website.
Kaplan Business School
Students receiving a packaged offer for Kaplan Business School Australia may complete the Diploma of Commerce in one year of full-time study and, following successful completion of all subjects at credit level or above, gain entry to the second year of the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Economics at the Univeristy of Adelaide.
TAFE South Australia
Applicants who have completed a relevant TAFE award can be considered for selection on the basis of their completed TAFE studies, in addition to other qualifications where relevant.
Completed certificate IV awards (formerly advanced certificates and some certificates) meet the minimum entry requirements for university diploma programs, as well as bachelor programs in Agriculture, Natural Resources Management and Wine Marketing. Completed certificate IV awards in music meet the minimum entry requirements for bachelor programs in Music. Completed certificate I-IV awards in music meet the minimum entry requirements for Music certificates.
The University has established credit transfer and pathway arrangements with TAFE institutes and many faculties grant status, also known as credit or advanced standing, for previous TAFE studies. Further information is available from the relevant faculty or on the Credit Transfer page.
University Senior College
University Senior College (USC), an academic, coeducational, independent senior secondary school that operates in partnership with the University of Adelaide. USC offers intensice English (ELICOS) and the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE, Years 11 and 12).
Located on the University of Adelaide campus in the heart of the city, USC provides international students with an excellent preparation for university entry. Students gain a well-balanced educational experience where they are supported from the moment they arrive in Adelaide until they graduate and move onto university study.
The academic program at USC is comprehensive and enables students to choose a range of subjects that will provide the best preparation for their intended tertiary pathway. All SACE sujects are taught in classes alongside Australian students.
All international and local students who successfully complete the USC study program are offered a place in the course of their choice at the Univeristy of Adelaide (provided adequate scores are achieved).