Department of State Development

International Education is committed to growing the number of international student enrolments in South Australia through a range of projects, promotional activities, and industry support services.

Adelaide Engage - Work Experience Network

Adelaide Engage – Work Experience Network (AEWEN) is an international student focused program, bringing student teams and employers together. 

The program encourages clients (local businesses, councils, professional associations and not-for-profits) to interact with international students, creating an opportunity for students to improve their confidence, learn about project management, and the Australian work culture.  

How the program works

  • International students enrolled in South Australian universities act as business consultants to project clients in teams of five or six, across 250 hours of work delivered over a three-week period. 
  • Clients submit a project brief, and cross disciplinary teams work together to execute the project - providing a fresh perspective on an existing business challenge.
  • Projects include market entry research, process improvement analysis, product positioning strategy, social media strategy, customer journey mapping and event planning proposals. 
  • Students are supported throughout the program by external mentors, as well as a structured learning program accessible via a customised learning app – Practera. 

How to get involved

  • International students studying at South Australian universities can learn more by contacting the Career Services team at your institution.
  • Business clients and mentors wanting to learn more, or register your interest, by contacting the team at Practera at: 

Hear what our international students and local businesses have to say:

South Australia - Shandong Joint Laboratories

South Australia has been actively pursuing opportunities to expand its international research networks. In August 2016 the South Australian Government signed the Shandong-South Australia Science and Technology Commercialisation Cooperation Platform, with the Shandong Academy of Sciences in Jinan, China.

The agreement facilitates the establishment of a series of international R&D cooperation platforms, known as joint laboratories, to promote long-term and sustainable partnerships between universities, research institutes, and enterprises in China and South Australia, to develop industrial innovations at an international level.

The Shandong and South Australian governments, the Shandong Academy of Sciences, and South Australian universities have contributed financially to the following joint laboratories: 

  • China-Australia Joint Laboratory for Native Bioresource Industry- Flinders University  
  • China-Australia Joint Laboratory for Medical Devices and Digital Health - Flinders University                      
  • China-Australia Joint Laboratory for Soil Ecological Health and Remediation - Adelaide University
  • China-Australia Joint Laboratory Advance Laser and Sensor - University of South Australia

For full details see South Australian Universities - Shandong Academy of Sciences – Joint Laboratories

VET Sector Development

South Australia has over thirty Vocational Education and Training institutions delivering international education services across all Broad Field categories to international students from all parts of the globe.

The International Education unit within the Department for Trade and Investment, and the Vocational Education and Training sector in South Australia work closely together to ensure our international students have access to the highest quality education and support services.

At the Vocational Education and Training in South Australia International Engagement Event held in October 2018, the International Education unit outlined several priority areas of collaboration for the future, including raising the profile of South Australia as high priority Vocational Education and Training destination, and further developing our international education agent and student network.

The International Education unit is working with the Vocational Education and Training sector to continue to build on the states capability and capacity to service our growing population of international students.

Our Door to VET publication is the first in a series of overviews of South Australia’s Vocational Education and Training sector and will soon be translated to the languages of our international education market.

As part of a series of education industry growth initiatives, the International Education unit will be working with the South Australian international VET sector to coordinate a major showcase of the CRICOS registered training institutions at the 2019 ICEF Australia New Zealand Education Agent Workshop in Darwin (April 2019) and a pre-workshop agent familiarisation tour in Adelaide. 

Download the workshop brochure to find out how you can be involved if you are currently offering CRICOS registered training to students from overseas.

Employer Portal

As exporters of food, wine, manufactured products and services, and as a destination for education, business and tourism, South Australia’s future relies on global connections. International students and graduates can help drive our export engagement growth in our priority sectors. By offering an internship, short-term placement or ongoing employment to an international students or graduate, local businesses can boost their export potential and open the door to trade. 

StudyAdelaide’s Employer Portal connects South Australian businesses with international students and graduates via their university or higher education provider. The website incorporates placement and project ideas, along with information regarding 485 post-graduate visas which allow international students to stay on in Australia temporarily following the completion of their studies, to gain valuable work experience (no sponsorship required by businesses to employ someone on a 485 visa).   

By leveraging the unique range of talents of international students and graduates, including consumer insights, foreign language skills and cultural diversity, the ability to connect with offshore networks, and an understanding of social media platforms relevant to the market, global connections can be forge for businesses. 

Project roles that an international graduate could fulfil include competitor or industry gap analysis, trade mission preparation, distribution strategy, hosting international delegations, translating marketing material, and language specific social media development. 

Visit the StudyAdelaide Employer Portal

Adelaide Student Housing

StudyAdelaide, in collaboration with the International Education unit within the Department for Trade and Investment, worked with the accommodation sector to establish the Adelaide Student Housing website, which will ensure international students have the best access to all types of quality accommodation. 

The Adelaide Student Housing website lists all purpose-built student accommodation by property type, location and campus. It also includes advice on quality standards, pricing structures and links to further support. 

Visit the Adelaide Student Housing website