Educational institutions

South Australia is committed to nurturing the minds of future leaders and building a prosperous community. Adelaide’s rich multiculturalism is evident in the diverse student bodies and is actively supported with globally-focused curriculums.


The University of Adelaide is consistently ranked in the top one per cent of the world’s universities. Founded in 1874, the prestigious University fuses its heritage with a future-focused educational ethos. As a member of the exclusive Group of Eight Australia, which recognises universities that lead in research excellence, the University attracts students from across the globe. The University’s reputation for academic excellence is paired with an equally robust program of support services that are focused on the quality of life and career progression.

University of Adelaide
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The University of South Australia is committed to innovation and addressing both present and future needs of the community. There are two sweeping campuses in the city, with City East delivering Health Science disciplines and City West delivering business, arts and social science degrees. The University recently established a joint College with a Chinese university partner, the first of its kind in Australia. Expansive globally-connected academic, research and industry networks are active across university partnerships in eleven countries. Of nearly 32,000 students, 5,406 are international students.

Students crossing North Terrace to UNISA


Within the city and North Adelaide bounds, there is an exceptional range of private and government schools on offer. North Adelaide Primary School, established in 1877, was ranked the fourth top primary school in South Australia in 2018. Gilles Street Primary School’s Intensive English Language Program is designed to build confidence and support students who have recently moved to Australia from non-English speaking countries.

In 2018 St Dominic’s Priory College and Pultney Grammar were ranked among the best private primary schools in South Australia. At Pultney, enrolments are open from early childhood, beginning from 3 years of age to Year 12. The co-education school champions critical, creative and ethical intelligence.

The $100 million Adelaide Botanic High School is the newest addition to the city’s portfolio of prestigious schools. Situated on the tree-lined Frome Road alongside established universities and leading innovation hubs, this public high school is grounded in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). A focus on strategic partnerships and research ensures students are immersed in the future-focused curriculum.

Adelaide Botanic High School
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