Department of State Development
  • International Education

Discover South Australia’s truly remarkable international education capability.

You can engage with some of the brightest people in education, R&D and commercialisation as well as explore about the exciting opportunities as more and more students choose South Australia. See how we're enabling globally engaged education sectors to attract international students to South Australia.

To learn more about how we can realise opportunities for South Australia's economy, view the International Education 2030 sector plan.

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A growth industry

South Australia’s International Education sector plays a crucial role in our economy as the state’s largest export, and continues to attract new students, industries and investors.

International students in South Australia help drive new investment in construction and services and are boosting our retail, hospitality and tourism sectors. There are significant opportunities to invest in infrastructure as well as the International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism Studies.

We have a strong 10-year vision for growing international education and supporting industries to be globally competitive by aligning with knowledge-intensive business models, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Here in South Australia, international education providers and institutions can collaborate with world-leading industry players to partner on R&D and commercialisation.

Our innovative ecosystem attracts leading institutional capability across the health and medical industries, agriculture, digital technologies including AI and cybersecurity, as well as defence and space.



Exciting investment opportunities

Our connectivity between education, innovation and international partners enable significant investments in infrastructure, including:

  • 8,000 purpose-built student accommodation options completed or in progress
  • $500 million committed to purpose-built student accommodation construction.

Each year, our international education sector entices approximately 45,000 student enrolments to South Australia which push new investment in construction and services, boosting retail, hospitality and tourism.

Adelaide’s size offers expansion opportunities for locations across the city and improved government flexibility to fast-track key infrastructure within the international education sector.

The Government of South Australia is seeking proponents to help create an International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism Studies on a prime site in Adelaide’s central business district at the nation’s most exciting innovation and entrepreneurship neighbourhood, Lot Fourteen.


Live. Learn. Stay.

The excellence of education, world-class institutions and liveability of our state offers an environment where international students can shine during their time of study and flourish following their graduation.

South Australia is affordable, safe and offers international students a desirable lifestyle with a lively mix of arts and culture, cafes and restaurants, and proximity to beautiful beaches and nature experiences. Our business environment inspires and allows education institutions to have greater interface with academia, providing easy access to skilled workers and establishing rapid capability.

Adelaide has always been one of the most attractive cities in the world to live and work, but we are now also one of the safest of all capital cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Universities, higher education and vocational education facilities remain open in South Australia.

Several major infrastructure projects in Adelaide, as well as growth in professional, scientific and technical services has resulted in a high demand for skilled occupations in South Australia, providing great career opportunities after graduation.



Collaboration is in our DNA

The cross-sector capabilities in South Australia provides the opportunity to access multiple specialisations such as health, space, defence and digital technology in one place, and is aligned with industry and the needs for a future skilled workforce.

Lot Fourteen

An innovation neighbourhood in the heart of Adelaide, Lot Fourteen is focused on growing the industries of the future, like space, defence, machine learning and cyber security and includes the Australian Institute of Machine Learning, Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C)  as well the Australian Space Agency.




Tonsley Innovation District

This 61-hectare hi-tech hub is home to Flinders University’s School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, the Flinders Medical Device Research Institute and the Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology.

TAFE SA’s Tonsley campus also trains over 8,000 students per year in its purpose-built training centre.

Tonsley provides the collaboration between academia and industry bringing together leading-edge research and education institutions. Tonsley Innovation District’s four focal industry sectors reflect South Australia’s major economic strengths and opportunities which include:

  • health, medical devices and assistive technologies
  • cleantech and renewable energy
  • automation, software and simulation
  • mining and energy services.



Adelaide BioMed City

The centrepiece of South Australia’s health and medical industries is Adelaide BioMed City - one of the largest health precincts in the Southern Hemisphere.





Promoting Adelaide as the city designed for life, StudyAdelaide’s key marketing activities include targeted global digital campaigns, country specific websites and social media channels, roadshows and events, and a comprehensive inbound familiarisation program.

Once a student arrives here, StudyAdelaide goes beyond the welcome and offers a year-long calendar of free and discounted events and activities that give students the opportunity to meet, make new friends and immerse themselves in different aspects of Australian culture. Students enjoy access to a wide range of programs to support their health and wellbeing as well as employment outcomes both part-time while studying and upon graduation.


World-class institutions

The University of South Australia

The University of South Australia is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. The research is inventive and adventurous, creating new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.



The University of Adelaide

Studying at the University of Adelaide will provide the very best academic preparation to achieve in your chosen discipline and to equip you with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference.



Flinders University

Flinders University offers innovative teaching facilities and learning spaces that bring together the best the world has to offer.



Carnegie Mellon University (Adelaide)

A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon University (Adelaide) offers a skills-based curriculum. Their innovative curriculum equips students with a data-driven approach to solving problems and the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams from cutting-edge brain science, path-breaking performances, innovative start-ups, driverless cars, big data, big ambitions and a whole lot of robots.



Torrens University 

Torrens University  prepares international students with the skills and knowledge they need to be employment-ready, communicate and collaborate with diverse cultures, and graduate with a perspective to gain global learning experiences.




Courses cover more than 80 areas of industry and activity, with flexible delivery options that suit the needs of students. TAFE SA is responsive to the needs of employers, working with industry groups to deliver relevant, high quality training that aligns with contemporary career opportunities.



Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Adelaide’s VET institutions offer courses to build job-specific skills across a wide range of industries in Australia. VET is delivered, assessed, and certified by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) offering specialist capabilities including aviation, tourism and agriculture.



SACE International

SACE International is a globally recognised pre-university program that awards students the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and provides entry into the world’s top universities.





It's all happening in South Australia

News, highlights and insights for trade and investment in South Australia.

TAFE SA strengthens VET links with China

  • TAFE SA and the Qingdao Vocational and Technical College of Hotel Management are teaching a joint education program in hospitality. Read more

$13.8m for SA's international education sector

  • The Marshall Liberal Government announced a new $13.8 million support package for South Australia’s international education sector. Read more

5 major visa changes to help international students study in Australia

  • The Australian Government announced a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia remains a competitive and viable choice as a study destination. Read more

Sharing knowledge and stories of success

  • CMU-Australia launched a new virtual event platform, ‘Red Ladders’, to encourage alumni in different parts of the world to return to the campus virtually. Read more

$50 million in support for international students in Adelaide

  • The South Australian Government and three public universities in South Australia have committed more than $50 million to support international students studying in South Australia during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Melinda: Making new friends and keeping busy in Adelaide – Study Adelaide

  • At the start of 2020, Melinda didn’t know how a global pandemic would define the final year of her social work degree. Read more 

Ryushin Kimura: Studying in South Australia - Department for Education

  • Making the decision to study abroad after graduating from his Japanese junior high school, Ryushin consulted with various people, including his teachers, and decided that his destination would be Australia. Read more

Kitty: Juggling homeschooling with postgraduate study

  • After helping her teenage son settle into high school life in Adelaide, Kitty fell in love with the idea of studying here herself. Read more

Adelaide Student Accommodation Demand and Supply Analysis - Report

  • International education is a key economic growth sector for South Australia. It is the State's largest services export and
    second largest general export following wine. Read more

Chinese thirst for wine making knowledge leads to university partnership

  • The rising number of Chinese students heading to South Australia to study winemaking is expected to increase further following a partnership between Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Adelaide. Read more

Agribusiness course helps international students fill labour shortage in Australia

  • A new international student pathway is fostering the next generation of agribusiness entrepreneurs and leaders. Read more


Let's talk

If you are interested in investing in South Australia contact

Taliessin Reaburn
Director International Education
Department for Trade and Investment
Phone +61 435 319 244

Explore opportunities for investing in South Australia's international education sector.