Quick Info

  • Adelaide
  • Spring, Fall, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Biology, Business, Computing and Information Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Health and Rehab Sciences, Mathematics, Music, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Sociology
  • : 7/13/2019 - 11/24/2019
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare. See details in Inclusions & Exclusions.
  • : Fall: Friday, 03/22/2019; additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, In Good Academic Standing


Course Registration

Undergraduate students will take 3-4 undergraduate courses per semester to remain a full-time student.  Information on the Australian university course breakdown can be found here.

Keep in mind as an exchange student to Adelaide that there will be courses that will not be available to you.  "Unavaliable courses" are not offered to exchange students, whereas "restricted courses" are available based on course eligibility or require pre‐approval by the Faculty.  For a full list, please consult this list.  

Course Levels

There are three levels of courses:

  • 1xxx – 3xxx courses = Undergraduate (UG) courses: These are usually available to exchange students, except for those areas that are restricted. Some disciplines will need to be approved by the School or Faculty. Most UG degrees at the University of Adelaide are of 3 years duration. Most Engineering degrees are 4 years.
  • 4xxx courses = Honours (not available for exchange students): The exception is courses within the Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences
  • 5xxx – 7xxx courses = Postgraduate (PG) courses:  These are only available to exchange students who have completed an UG degree (or equivalent).

For example – course COMMGMT 1001 – Introduction to Management 1 is a first year course as the course code starts with 1xxx.

Full-time Status

To fulfil Australian Student Visa requirements, exchange students need to be enrolled in at least 3 courses (9 units) at the University of Adelaide.  To keep full-time status at Pitt while abroad, students should enroll in at least 4 courses (12 units).  Additional information on courses can be found here.

Student Life

UA has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere making it easy to socialize and fit in.  With the help of the Adelaide University Union, you can find the perfect club, sports team, or association to maximize your experience on campus.  With a large international student contingent, there are plenty of opportunities to interact and mix with students from around the world and make friendships that will span the globe.  


University of Adelaide housing ranges from University-run student townhouses, university-run flats, private rental properties, university-contracted commercial living facilities, and homestays are available.

The following options will accept single semester students – the Village is managed by the University of Adelaide and the others are University‐preferred providers:

  • The Village (25 reserved rooms/single semester)
  • Urbanest Student Accommodation (75 reserved rooms/single semester)
  • St Mark’s College (students will be interviewed via phone or skype)
  • Torrens Valley International Residence (TVIR)

For more information on available housing check out UA's accomodation page here

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Adelaide Depart Adelaide
Mid February Early July


Arrive in Adelaide Depart Adelaide
Mid July 2018 Late December 2018


Keep in mind that dates change.  You should not book airfare until given confirmation from your the exchange university.

Inclusions & Exclusions

You will pay for tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad. 

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees (Student Activity Fee; Wellness Fee; Computer and Network Services Fee; Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee; International Services Fee (if applicable)), keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Deposit ($350, to be credited to your PittPay account)
  • Airfare (roundtrip ~ $1,000-2,000)
  • Visa Fee
  • Room and Board 
  • Meals and personal expenses ($500-$1,000 per month, depending on lifestyle and housing)
  • Books ($100-$300 per semester)

University of Adelaide recommends the following budget for living expenses of $6,000-$8,000 AUD: 

  • Weekly Rent $120-385 
  • Weekly Food Allowance $90 - 130
  • Weekly Electricity & gas $35 - 55
  • Weekly Transport $15 - $20
  • Weekly Telephone and postage $15-40 
  • Textbooks & Supplies Per Semester $250 - 400
  • Overseas Student Health Cover $350 - 370

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

Acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university. 

Visas: Adelaide will issue a Confirmation of Enrolment, which is required to obtrain a student visa.  Afterwards, students will need to obtain an Australian Schools Sector Visa (subclass 571) which allows students to stay in Australia to study a full-time school course.  Visa applications are available online here.  Application charges can near $550 Australian Dollars (AUD).  More information can be found from the University of Adelaide here.  To fulfil Australian Student Visa requirements, exchange students need to be enrolled in at least 3 courses (9 units) at the University of Adelaide.

Insurance:  It is strongly advised that every Study Abroad & Exchange student have comprehensive travel insurance cover for the length of their stay in Australia. This will need to be arranged prior to departure from your home country.  Overseas Student Health Cover must be purchased in addition to international health insurance:  $350 - $370 AUD

Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency.  Please check with Adelaide regarding the requirements.  

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.