Universities in Adelaide, Australia
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Latest ranking updates related to universities in Adelaide
  • 06 Mar, 2024: Publication of Scimago Institutions Rankings. The University of Adelaide with highest ranking among universities in Adelaide ranked #208.
  • 25 Jan, 2024: THE World’s Most International Universities updated with The University of Adelaide in position 34.
  • 19 Dec, 2023: Urap published most recent results of URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance. Includes 3 universities from Adelaide.
  • 15 Dec, 2023: Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments - ShanghaiRanking (Sport Science) updated with University of South Australia in position 37.

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and it’s one of the five most populous cities in the country at roughly 1.4 million inhabitants. Lying near the River Torrens and characterised by churches, stone buildings, parkland and numerous beaches, Adelaide has become a popular destination for international students. Those relocating to Adelaide can expect a thriving live music scene, comparatively affordable monthly rents to other parts of Australia, and three reputable universities at an international level.


Rankings of universities in Adelaide, Australia 2024

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (384 reviews)
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  • #7 
  • #111 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #8 
  • #89 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 27 June, 2023]
  • #8 
  • #208 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2024]
Show 19 more rankings of The University of Adelaide and subject specific rankings for 12 subjects

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (284 reviews)
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  • #23 
  • #301 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #23 
  • #380 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 27 June, 2023]
  • #23 
  • #670 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2024]
Show 13 more rankings of Flinders University and subject specific rankings for 8 subjects

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (150 reviews)
  • #21 
  • #301 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #21 
  • #326 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 27 June, 2023]
  • #19 
  • #508 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2024]
Show 17 more rankings of University of South Australia and subject specific rankings for 11 subjects

Highest subject rankings of universities in Adelaide

Dentistry QS World University Rankings By Subject
#33 
The University of Adelaide
Geology URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#41 
The University of Adelaide
Civil Engineering URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#72 
The University of Adelaide
Computer Science THE World University Rankings by Subject
#85 
The University of Adelaide
Architecture URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#85 
The University of Adelaide
Agriculture URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#94 
The University of Adelaide
Education THE World University Rankings by Subject
#97 
The University of Adelaide
Psychology THE World University Rankings by Subject
#101 
Flinders University
Law QS World University Rankings By Subject
#101 
The University of Adelaide
Business URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#120 
University of South Australia

Student Opinions About Studying in Adelaide

“Studying in Adelaide has been an unforgettable experience. There are many international students here, so that helped me to feel more comfortable about being a foreigner here..housing is affordable which makes life a little easier. I wish there were more job options though.”

“Adelaide has a number of stunning beaches where you can meet up with your friends to hang out for a while, or even do some sports, because one thing you’ll learn about Adelaide is that running and cycling are hugely popular here. With three public universities in Adelaide, you’re spoiled for choice if you want to study somewhere prestigious.”

Adelaide Key Facts for International Students

PROS

  • The housing options are modern and up-to-date in Adelaide, with options at various rental price points in different neighborhoods.

  • Adelaide is known to be a fairly inexpensive city compared to other major cities in Australia, and more affordable for students.

  • The beaches are popular among students and often spoken about as some of the best places to spend your free time.

CONS

  • There are numerous students who express that the city doesn’t have as many job opportunities as there are in other cities, so students often move to a bigger city after their studies.

  • Despite the housing being cheaper as well as the social scene, energy bills are expensive.

  • Neighbourhoods in Adelaide aren’t as close together as many expect, making it necessary to use public transport to get anywhere.


3 out of 3 Universities in Adelaide Ranked in at least one ranking

25 Different Rankings list Universities in Adelaide (20 institution and 5 subject rankings)

22 Global Rankings rank Universities in Adelaide Among TOP 200

Population: 1226000

Time: GMT +9

District/province: South Australia, Adelaide

Living costs for students in Adelaide:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 100* (0% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 77* (23% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 88* (12% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 7.14 AU$
  • Plug Type I
    • Residential voltage: 230 V
    • Frequency: 50 Hz

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FAQ

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Flinders University is ranked best in Adelaide for Social Studies & Humanities (Psychology). See all rankings for the Flinders University.

The University of Adelaide is ranked best in Adelaide for Law (Law). See all rankings for the The University of Adelaide.

University of South Australia is ranked best in Adelaide for Business (Business). See all rankings for the University of South Australia.

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Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:

Academic Reputation 40% Employer Reputation 10% Faculty/Student Ratio 20% Citations per faculty 20% International Faculty Ratio 5% International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:

Employer reputation 30% Alumni outcomes 25% Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25% Employer/Student Connections 10% Graduate employment rate 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS 50 under 50:

Based on the QS World University rankings methodology, the top 50 universities that are under 50 years old.

Academic Reputation 40% Employer Reputation 10% Faculty/Student Ratio 20% Citations per faculty 20% International Faculty Ratio 5% International Student Ratio 5%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:

Research Performance: 40%

  • Research Output: 10%
  • High-Quality Publications: 10%
  • Influence: 10%
  • Citations: 10%

Quality of Education: 25%

Alumni Employment: 25%

Quality of Faculty: 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:

Scientific Impact Number of Publications Collaboration Open Access Gender Diversity

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:

Research Productivity: 25%

  • # Articles last 11 years: 10%
  • # Articles current year: 15%

Research Impact: 35%

  • # Citations last 11 years: 15%
  • # Citations last 2 years: 10%
  • Average # citations last 11 years: 10%

Research Excellence: 40%

  • H-index last 2 years: 10%
  • # Highly cited papers last 11 years: 15%
  • # Articles current year in high-impact journals: 15%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Academic:

Article count (AC) Fractional count (FC) Weighted fractional count (WFC)

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:

Teaching: 40%

  • Ratio Faculty/Student: 8%
  • Ratio Faculty/Bachelor Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • Ratio Faculty/Doctoral Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • Ratio Doctoral Degrees Awarded/Bachelor Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • World Teaching Reputation: 8%

Research: 40%

  • Citations per Academic/Research Staff: 8%
  • Doctoral Degrees per Accepted PhD: 8%
  • Normalized Citation Impact: 8%
  • Papers per Academic/Research Staff: 8%
  • World Research Reputation: 8%

International Diversity: 10%

  • International Faculty: 2%
  • International Students: 2%
  • International Co-Authored Papers: 2%
  • Reputation Outside Geographical Region: 2%
  • International Level: 2%

Financial Sustainability: 10%

  • Institutional Income per Faculty: 2%
  • Institutional Income per Student: 2%
  • Papers per Research Income: 2%
  • Research Income per Academic/Research Staff: 2%
  • Research Income per Institutional Income: 2%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Academic Rankings:

Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20% Citation per papers 20% Papers per academic and research staff 20% International research reputation 20% Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:

Teaching Reputation 50% Research Reputation 50%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings:

Research 50% Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:

Quality of Education 10%

  • Alumni winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 10%

Quality of Faculty 40%

  • Staff winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 20%
  • Highly Cited Researchers 20%

Research Output 40%

  • Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
  • Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded & Social Science Citation Index 20%

Per Capita Performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings:

30% Teaching (the Learning Environment)

  • Reputation survey: 15%
  • Staff-to-student ratio: 4.5%
  • Doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio: 2.25%
  • Doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio: 6%
  • Institutional income: 2.25%

30% Research (Volume, Income and Reputation)

  • Reputation survey: 18%
  • Research income: 6%
  • Research productivity: 6%

30% Citations (Research Influence)

7.5% International Outlook (Staff, Students and Research)

  • Proportion of international students: 2.5%
  • Proportion of international staff: 2.5%
  • International collaboration: 2.5%

2.5% Industry Income (Knowledge Transfer)"

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World’s Most International Universities:

Proportion of international students 25% Proportion of international staff 25% Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25% University’s international reputation 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Young University Rankings:

Teaching 30% Research (volume, income and reputation) 30% Citations 30% International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5% Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:

Visibility 50% Excellence 35% Transparency 10% Presence 5%

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