Sponsored Students

Sponsored Students

The University of South Australia welcomes students from around 50 different international sponsors including;

Sponsored students receive funding from their home government, university or employer to study at UniSA. Tuition fees are generally paid to the University by the sponsor on the student’s behalf and a living allowance may also be paid to the student. Sponsored students generally follow our usual application process. Here's How to Apply. If you already have an offer, please see How to Accept

Financial Guarantees

When you accept your offer, you must provide a Financial Guarantee letter which details:

  •  Your name and date of birth
  •  Your sponsor name, address and contact details on their letterhead
  •  Name of the program and the University covered by the sponsorship
  •  Duration of the sponsorship
  •  Inclusions – Tuition fees, OSHC, books, printing etc

This will enable us to set up an account with your sponsor for your tuition fees. 

Support for sponsored students

  •  A dedicated staff member will liaise with your sponsor
  •  A specific Orientation session for sponsored students will be held at the beginning of Study Periods 2 and 5.
  •  An International Student Officer is based on each Campus to assist you with queries regarding academic or personal issues

Academic progress

We will send Academic Reports to your sponsor twice per year via email, usually in July and December.  Upon acceptance of your offer, we will obtain your consent to release personal information, such as academic progress to your sponsor. This ensures that we comply with South Australian privacy legislation and University policy as well as obligations to your sponsor.  

Your obligations

Before taking leave or making any changes to your program, visa or COE you must submit the relevant form to Campus Central. Campus Central will liaise with our Sponsored Student team to obtain approval from your sponsor. If your Financial Guarantee expires or is cancelled prior to the completion of your program, you will be responsible for any outstanding and future tuition fees. If you are granted an extension of sponsorship by your sponsor, you will need to provide the new Financial Guarantee to Campus Central to have the tuition fees allocated to your sponsors account. 


Hear from some of our students

Satriyo Kirdo Wahono - Testimonial

Satriyo Krido Wahono - Indonesia

RISET PRO Scholarship, PhD scholar, School of Engineering

Sponsor: Ministry of Research and Technology

I have three wonderful supervisors, great research facilities, hospitable research group mates and nice supporting staff. I wish all of the best study environment will support my goal to finish my project and thesis on time in 2019. The university offers so many awards and grants for international students and I have received one of them from my institute as the best first year 3MT (Three Minutes Thesis) presentation. I also joined the Indonesian Student Community of UniSA (PPIA-UniSA) to enhance my network and teamwork.

UniSA is located in Adelaide which is a small city with many green landscapes, attractive recreation places and free sport facilities. The city provides good management of public transport, low traffic jam and there is one direct flight to Indonesia (Bali). It is also a lower cost city which is suitable for Indonesian student’s family to stay here. For muslim community, it is easy to find mosque for praying and halal food (from halal stores and halal restaurants).

Mohammed Abdullah Alghamdi  - Testimonial

Mohammed Abdullah Alghamdi - Saudi Arabia

Interior Architecture

Sponsor: Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission

I chose to study at the University of South Australia because I was told it has a good education system for everyone and it has modern facilities. I like the support system for learning and teaching and the interesting events that happen around the campus. I have come across good lecturers who deliver good quality of teaching and support.

I also did a work placement as part of my studies and I'm going on a study tour to Singapore so I expect I'll gain a great experience.

Ahmad Alhamdan - Testimonial

Ahmad Alhamdan - Kuwait


Sponsor: Kuwait Cultural Office

What I enjoy most about studying at the University of South Australia is that it offers a wide range of teaching methods. Most courses deliver a lecture and then topics are taught and explained in a tutorial, theoretical problems are solved in a practical where experiments are held. This is really enjoyable as when we are taught something we have the chance to test it in real life using labs and workshops.

Suellen Sonego Costenaro - Testimonial

Suellen Sonego Costenaro - Brazil

Study Abroad

Sponsor: Science Without Borders

The teaching staff were really helpful, and they are prepared to work with students who have English as a second language, helping us to understand. Another thing that made me enjoy studying was the resources available: modern classrooms, a huge amount of online books and articles, comfortable libraries operating until midnight and rooms where we could stay to study. I had classes mainly in City West Campus, and my favourite place is the Library! It is almost always open, you can read, use the computers, drink a coffee, study… it is such a good environment!

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