As a university with a strong commitment to equity and access, we believe that people should have equal opportunities for further education. Whether you have no previous qualifications or you’ve already studied at a tertiary level, UniSA offers a range of entry pathways to university study.

Have you studied before?

Your previous studies may contribute towards credit, exemption or advanced standing in the program you intend to study. UniSA has credit transfer agreements with institutions in many countries. Find out more about these on our Credit Assessor. If you have studied at an institution which is not listed in the database you may still be eligible for credit. Please contact UniSA International for details.

Credit assessor

English language

Applicants who do not meet UniSA's English language entry requirements and need to improve their English proficiency can study at the following institutions:

Centre for English Language at University of South Australia

The Academic English program (AE) of the Centre for English Language in the University of South Australia (CELUSA) is designed for students who need to meet the English language admission requirements of the University of South Australia, SAIBT or Le Cordon Bleu.

If they successfully complete the AE program at an appropriate level, students applying to these institutions will not need to take IELTS or any other English language test. Depending on their English level upon commencement of the AE program, and their required IELTS score for further studies, students will study for between 10 and 40 weeks.

AE develops the skills necessary for academic study, such as listening to lectures and note-taking, planning, report and essay writing and participating in group discussions and oral presentations.

Technical and Further Education SA (TAFE SA)

Students can commence their English language preparation at TAFE SA before transferring into a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the University of South Australia.

Students can opt to complete English for Academic Purposes 20 (064266M) or English for Academic Purposes Advanced (086001K) depending on their selected program’s English language entry requirements.

For information on ways you can meet the University of South Australia’s English language entry requirements, please visit our English language entry requirements page.


For students who do not meet program entry requirements, it is possible to gain entry into a UniSA degree through a pathway program delivered by partner institutions in Adelaide, South Australia.

South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT)

The South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT) provides pathways to University of South Australia bachelor degrees. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for a specific degree program can be given the option of applying for a SAIBT Early Transition Program (ETP) or diploma in a related area. Subject to successful completion of an ETP or diploma approved pathway and achieving the required Grade Point Average (GPA) (for select degrees) as well as any other conditions, students will then be able to transfer, with credit, to any of the UniSA programs to which the SAIBT programs are linked.

Programs may be structured to incorporate English language for international students who need to improve their academic English proficiency. The amount of credit granted will vary from degree to degree. In many cases, a full year's credit will apply, in others it will be less. In some cases successful applicants will achieve considerable time savings on their UniSA program, in others there will be no time saved, but applicants will have a lesser load than other UniSA students.


Eynesbury offers international students an alternative pathway to university through their Diploma and Foundation Studies Program.
Foundation students will have the opportunity to study at UniSA when achieving appropriate score.

The Diploma programs offered by Eynesbury comprise eight courses which constitute the first year of a UniSA bachelor degree. Students who have completed the diploma can gain entry to the second year of a relevant bachelor's program at UniSA on meeting the academic entry.

Technical And Further Education (TAFE)

UniSA has more credit transfer and pathways arrangements with Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes than any other South Australian university.

This includes a formal partnership with TAFE SA where students can apply for a range of packaged programs in which they can gain course credit towards studies in commerce, education and information technology. Students can apply for particular TAFE and University programs at the same time and receive a packaged offer.

UniSA also recognises some offshore foundation programs delivered by other Australian or overseas institutions. Students who have completed these foundation programs may be eligible for entry into UniSA Bachelor's programs providing they meet academic and English language requirements. Please contact UniSA International for more information.

Maple Leaf School - University of South Australia

Based at our Mawson Lakes campus, the Maple Leaf School - University of South Australia (MLS-UniSA) is Australia's first Maple Leaf School.

Students at MLS-UniSA complete the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) in a supportive environment and with a bilingual English-Mandarin curriculum. The program caters for senior high school students from grades ten to twelve and prepares them for tertiary study.

Following completion, students can choose to apply for select degrees at the University of South Australia via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For more information please visit the Maple Leaf School - University of South Australia.