FAQs

General

  • What should I study/where can I get more information?

      UniSA holds an Open Day in August of each year at the City West and City East campuses. At this event you have the opportunity to speak to experts in your field of interest, listen to lectures and get a feel for university life.

      After Open Day in August, UniSA holds events that focus on specific areas of interest. These information events give you an opportunity to wander around your future university campus, participate in interactive tours, attend workshops and speak face-to-face with lecturers and current UniSA students. Our information sessions can assist you in choosing the right course for you. For more information visit the Information Sessions and Events website.

  • Is Orientation compulsory?

      Attending Orientation is the best way to get started at UniSA. It is not compulsory but you are encouraged to attend. You will get lots of important information about your program of study, your campus, and the student services available. Visit the New Students website to find out about O-Week Activities.

  • I need to look for accommodation. Where can I go for help?

      UniSA metropolitan campuses do not have on-campus accommodation, however, we do offer support services to assist students in finding accommodation options that will meet their financial situation as well as campus location. More information about UniSA’s accommodation services can be found on our Student Accommodation website.

  • When does each semester start and finish?

      Semester 1 normally commences in late February to early March and Semester 2 normally commences late July. For more information view the Academic Calendar on our website.

  • How much will I need to spend on text books? When will I need to purhase them?

      Textbook costs can vary from program to program, and course to course. As a guide one book may normally be $50-$150, but in some cases can be as much as $200-$350.

      These books can be purchased before or during the first week of semester. Books can be purchased on campus at The Co-Op, or online.

       Second hand books are also on offer through the UniSA Student Association (USASA) online book store. They can be significantly cheaper and still in good condition. The library may also hold copies of required books for short-term borrowing/photocopying purposes.

  • How much will my study cost?

      How much your study is going to cost depends on whether you are applying as an Australian Permanent Resident, Australian Citizen or International student.

       If you are applying as an Australian Citizen you are automatically eligible for a Commonwealth Supported place (which means the amount you pay is subsidised by the Government) and a HECS-HELP loan (which means you are not required to pay your fees upfront). The amount you pay is categorised into student contribution amounts known as ‘bands’. Please note these amounts are for 1 year of full-time equivalent study. If you want to calculate a general cost for your chosen degree simply multiply the amount given by the number of years of the course. Students are charged per semester based on the subjects they are enrolled in for that semester.

       If you are applying as an Australian Permanent Resident, you are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place but not a HECS-HELP loan. This means you are required to pay the amounts here as upfront payments.

       If you are an international student, your course fees are listed on your course page under the international tab which can be found by searching the course title or contact UniSA International.

  • Are there scholarships available? 

      UniSA offers a variety of scholarships that you may be eligible for. You can check your eligibility via our Scholarships website.

  • What support services are available for students?

      Take advantage of our range of personal, academic and social support services. We have offices and staff on every campus who are available to answer your questions and to help make your life at university easier. Visit our Student Services webpage to explore our support options, including counselling, mentoring, UniSA Community Clinics, disability and indigenous support services.

  • What childcare is available?

      There are childcare centres in the vicinity of each of the UniSA campuses however these facilities are not run by UniSA. More information can be found on the Childcare at UniSA website.

Entry pathways

  • What entry pathways to UniSA are available?

      A variety of entry pathways are available for UniSA programs. You may be able to use your previous year 12 results, or university study, TAFE/RTO qualifications, sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) or complete a Foundation Studies or a Diploma pathway program through UniSA College.

  • What is the Special Tertiary Admissions Test  (STAT)?

      The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is a two hour test used for entry into university. The test is made up of 70 multiple choice questions designed to assess your literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and thinking skills. Once you have completed this test you will be given a score which will be compared with other applicants who have also sat the STAT to determine whether you are eligible for a place.

      All UniSA undergraduate courses accept the STAT as an entry pathway. STAT tests are conducted by the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) in May-July and November-January of each year. Fees apply.

      Some programs which accept STAT for entry may also consider your application on the basis of employment experience or a personal competencies statement. Visit the SATAC website to check eligible programs.

  • Am I eligible to sit the STAT?

      To be eligible to compete in the special entry subquota for all programs:

      -   You must be 18 years of over before 1 February in the year you wish to study, and
      -   If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years you must not have accumulated more than the equivalent of a total of two full-time years of higher education study. 

  • How do I apply to sit the STAT?

      You can apply to sit the STAT as a part of your SATAC application. The STAT is usually held either at the Adelaide Showgrounds or the SATAC offices, within the Adelaide CBD. The STAT test can also be sat in a number of regional South Australian locations. Contact SATAC for exact locations.

  • What can I do to prepare for the STAT?

      UniSA runs Prepare for STAT Workshops in May/June (for midyear entry) and October to November annually. The full-day workshop gives you strategies to answer questions, advice on sitting the test and an opportunity to practise test questions. Fees apply. To enquire or to book your place, contact Future Student Enquiries.

Application

  • How do I apply?

      Applications for most UniSA programs are processed via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). Online applications for courses that start early in the new year open in early August and close in early December. However to avoid a late fee, make sure your application is submitted by the end of September. Specific dates are available on the SATAC website.

      Midyear entry is also available for some of our courses. Contact our Future Student Enquiries team to discuss which courses are available. Applications for most midyear programs open in August and close early June.

      Applications for some of UniSA’s postgraduate courses are processed via UniSA’s ApplyOnline system.

  • I have /will be completing a TAFE/RTO course by the end of the year. Can I use these qualifications to apply for uni?

      Yes. SATAC will request evidence of completion of your award directly from TAFE/RTO, so make sure you complete all the details according to the instructions on the SATAC website. Please note: If you haven’t already graduated, you must apply to TAFE to graduate and provide the necessary details to SATAC. Failure to do so may jeopardise your chances of selection.

  • As a year 12 student, how many bonus points am I eligible for?

      The three South Australian universities are replacing all existing equity and subject bonus schemes with two new bonus schemes. The new schemes will come in to operation for students studying year 12 in 2015 who apply for entry to studies commencing in the 2016 university academic year and onwards.

      The two new schemes are The Universities Equity Scheme and The Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme. The new schemes will be administered by SATAC based on rules provided by the universities.

      The Universities Equity Scheme
      The Universities Equity Scheme will provide bonuses in two ways; bonuses for all students in certain specified schools and bonuses for individuals in other schools. Eligible students will receive five bonus points in the calculation of their Selection Ranks. The Universities Equity Scheme will apply to all courses and programs offered by the universities.

      The Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme
      The Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme encourages students to strengthen their preparation for university studies by undertaking a language other than English, or specified English and Mathematics subjects. In this scheme, students will be awarded two points, up to a total maximum of four points, for successfully completing a subject in any of these four categories:

      1. 1. 20 credits of a LOTE in the Languages Learning area (not including the subject Language and Culture – two 10 credit Australian indigenous language subjects can be paired in lieu of a 20 credit LOTE)
      2. 2. 2END20 English Studies or 2ECS20 English Communications
      3. 3. 2MDS20 Mathematical Studies
      4. 4. 2MSC20 Specialist Mathematics

      Successful completion is defined as gaining an Overall Grade of C- or better.

      To find out further information about the new bonus point schemes, contact SATAC, alternatively contact the Future Student Enquiries team at UniSA for details.

  • How much will my application cost?

      If you are applying as a current high school student in 2016 for 2017 entry, you are required to pay a $30 SATAC application fee. Application fees for all other applicants is $68. Applicants wishing to sit the STAT are required to pay an additional $125. Please note that a late application fee of $119 will be charged for applications lodged after the early closing date, 30 September 2016. Applicants who apply and pay to sit the STAT by end of October, are required to pay a further late fee of $70 after this date. Contact SATAC for further enquiries regarding payment of fees.

  • How should I order preferences on my application?

      The SATAC system allows you to apply for six programs. When applying, you should list your preferences in the order in which you wish to study. Your first preference should be the program that you really want to do. Your second preference should be a course you are really interested in and happy to do should you not be offered your first preference. It’s a good idea to fill your preferences with degrees in a similar field and still within your interest area. Also consider pathway programs. SATAC will offer you the highest preference for which you are eligible, so the way you order your preferences is really important.

  • Can I change my preferences after I have submitted my application?

      Preferences can be changed up until the Change of Preference deadline Tuesday 3 January 2017. Preferences changed after this deadline may not be given equal consideration. Preferences can be changed on the SATAC website.

  • Should I change my preferences if I don’t think I’ll get my first preference? 

      The SATAC system will offer you the highest preference for which you are eligible. If you do not have the results for your first preference, the SATAC system will then look to offer you your second preference, then the third and so on. Cut offs can change each year so make sure you keep your preferences in order of what you wish to study.

  • When will I receive an offer?

      The main round of SATAC offers is released on January 17 2017. You can check the SATAC website, alternatively SATAC will send you an email detailing which program you have been offered.

  • What if I didn’t receive the offer I wanted?

      If you respond to your current offer by either accepting, deferring or rejecting but still wish to be considered for a higher preference, you may still be considered in future rounds if there are vacancies in your higher course choices. It’s important to put preferences in the order in which you wish to study. It is also a good idea to add in back-up options lower on your preference list. Back-up options could include programs in a similar field, but, based on last year’s results, have a lower ATAR. You may also wish to consider other pathway options such as those offered by UniSA College.

  • Can I defer my offer?

      Not all programs accept deferral. Check the SATAC website to see which programs can be deferred. Deferment is for one year only. If your program can be deferred, you must respond to your offer via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear program are unable to defer their offer.

  • Can I start midyear?

      There are a number of UniSA programs that are available for midyear entry. Check out the Midyear Entry website for the UniSA courses offering midyear entry. Please note that not all UniSA programs are able to offer midyear entry.

  • What do I do once I receive my offer?

      You will need to log in to the SATAC website and respond to your offer by the date stated in your offer email. If you receive an offer to your first preference you do not need to respond as SATAC will do this on your behalf. If you receive an offer that was not your first preference, you need to log on to the SATAC website by the lapse date shown on your offer email and select the appropriate response option. If you accept your offer, you will be sent enrolment information from UniSA. This will also detail your next steps including orientation. Visit the New Students website for further information.

  • What if I do not receive an offer?

      Preferences should be kept in the order in which you wish to study but it is a good idea to add in back-up options lower on your preferences list. Back-up options are less competitive programs that you are confident you would be able to achieve high grades in which may enable you to gain entry into your program of choice down the track. You may also wish to consider other pathway options such as those offered by the UniSA College.

  • If I don’t like my program can I do an internal transfer?

      If a current UniSA student wishes to change to another UniSA program they may be able to apply for an internal transfer between programs through Campus Central. Internal transfers are based on a student’s grade point average (GPA) which generally needs to be a 5 (credit average) or above. Applicants are required to apply via SATAC if an internal transfer is not allowed. 

  • When will I receive enrolment information?

      You should receive your UniSA welcome email from the Vice Chancellor within a few days of your SATAC offer email. This will be sent to your personal email account. The UniSA welcome email contains your username and password which you will need to access the University network including myEnrolment (online enrolment system), your student email account and myUniSA (student portal).

      Once you have received your UniSA username and password, you can login to your UniSA student email account where a 'Welcome to UniSA - Your next steps' email will be waiting for you. This email contains important information and details on how to enrol.

      We encourage you to check your UniSA email account regularly as it is our main method of communication and where you will receive important announcements and updates. If you do not receive your email, you can contact Campus Central for enrolment information.

  • If I need assistance enrolling, who do I contact?

      If you need assistance with enrolling please contact Campus Central 1300 301 703 or visit the campus during enrolment (before the start of Semester 1 and 2) and receive some help from one of our U-Buddies.

Guaranteed entry

  • What is Guaranteed Entry?

      With UniSA Preferred, many programs now offer you a guaranteed place if you have a certain year 12 score or a relevant TAFE/RTO diploma or higher. If your ATAR or TAFE/RTO award meets the UniSA Preferred qualification for that program, you have met any prerequisites, and you have listed the program as your first preference, you will be eligible for a guaranteed place in the program. See the UniSA Preferred website for more information.

  • Will I be guaranteed an offer if I have an ATAR that is above last year’s cut-off?

      Achieving an ATAR higher than last year’s cut off score does not guarantee you a place in your program (unless you have also surpassed the guaranteed entry score). You can use previous year’s cut-off scores as a guide only. Cut-off scores for entry can and do vary from year to year.

      Some programs have a guaranteed entry score. If you receive an ATAR that is equal to or higher than this score and you have applied before the deadline and it is your highest preference, you will be guaranteed a place into that program.

Credit for your study

  • Can I get credit for previous study?

      If you gain a place in a relevant UniSA program, you may also be eligible to receive credit for your previous study, normally reducing the time it takes to complete your degree.

       UniSA has an agreement with TAFE to provide minimum and maximum amounts of credit towards all UniSA programs. We also have many credit transfer arrangements with other tertiary education providers in Australia and overseas, listed on our online credit assessor. You may still be eligible for credit even if your previous institution or award details are not listed. Credit for unrelated qualifications can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

       A final decision on the amount of credit you receive will be made once you have formally applied for credit. After you receive your new student email and login details, head to the credit assessor, print the application form with your results, and submit them at your Campus Central office.

Areas of study and research

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