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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts lets you dive into higher learning with flexibility and freedom. We support your interests in the broad and vital study of history, society, culture, and creativity. 

The University of Adelaide is the highest ranked for Arts in South Australia. From Classics to Criminology, Gender Studies to Geography—you can choose from the greatest number of study areas in the state. 

What will you do?

Based on North Terrace, you’ll study in the centre of Adelaide’s cultural hub, surrounded by iconic establishments and festivals. You will: 

  • experience a modern learning program taught with a global perspective
  • learn from deeply passionate and knowledgeable academics
  • build a suite of skills in critical thinking, communication, and research
  • form strong networks with your peers and teachers
  • develop positive connections in government, business and the community sector through internships
  • gain international experience through optional exchanges or study tours.

You’ll focus your interests in any of the following areas:  

Anthropology (SATAC code 334241)
Art History and Visual Culture (SATAC code 334251)
Australian Studies (SATAC code 334271)
Chinese Studies (SATAC code 334281)
Classics (SATAC code 334291)
Creative Writing (SATAC code 334301)
Criminology (SATAC code 334311)
Cultural Studies (SATAC code 334321)
Digital Humanities (SATAC code 334331)
Economics (SATAC code 334341)
Education (SATAC code 334351)
English (SATAC code 334361)
Film Studies (SATAC code 334901)
French Studies (SATAC code 334371)
Gender Studies (SATAC code 334381)
Geography, Environment and Population (SATAC code 334391)
German Studies (SATAC code 334401)
History (SATAC code 334411)
History and Philosophy of Sciences (minor only) (SATAC code 314071)
Indigenous Knowledges and Society (SATAC code 334421)
Indonesian Studies (SATAC code 334431)
International Business* (SATAC code 314071)
International Development (SATAC code 334441)
Italian Studies (SATAC code 334451)
Japanese Studies (SATAC code 334461)
Linguistics (SATAC code 334471)
Management* (SATAC code 314071)
Marketing* (SATAC code 314071)
Mathematical Sciences (SATAC code 334481)
Media (SATAC code 334491)
Modern Greek Studies (SATAC code 334501)
Music (SATAC code 334511)
Music Education (minor only) (SATAC code 314071)
Philosophy (SATAC code 334521)
Politics and International Relations (SATAC code 334531)
Psychology^ (SATAC code 334541)
Sociology (SATAC code 334551)
Spanish Studies (SATAC code 334561)

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Our graduates have great versatility in shaping their careers and follow highly successful paths in different areas: advertising, administration, business, community engagement, corporate communication, defence, diplomatic service, environmental management and planning, foreign affairs, humanitarian work, human resources, industry liaison, management, marketing, media, policy development, project management, psychology, public relations, publishing, research, social planning, youth work, academia and teaching.

In addition to renowned excellence in teaching and research, the Faculty of Arts provides mentoring support and careers advice with employment forums and talks by key industry partners and organisations each year.

Industry Placement
If you maintain a high GPA, you will have the opportunity take part in an internship in your third year with an organisation from within the arts, media, parliament or environment. These include State Parliament and a range of public and business sector agencies, where you can use the knowledge from your university study in a practical work environment, building valuable networks and gaining experience that counts towards your degree program and prepares you for your future career. 

Potential careers
Diplomat, Linguist, Manager / Business Management, Conservation Scientist, Publishing, Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Adviser, Social Inclusion Officer, Historian, UN Human Rights Officer, Youth Worker, Teacher, Non Government Organisation Worker, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Editor, Administrative Assistant, Anthropologist, Market Researcher, Arts Administrator, Author, Banker, Novelist

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

ISC & CBSE [India] 60%

ISBE [India] 70%

All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination and Telangana State Board Examination.

Best three subjects, excluding language and non-academic subjects.

You must have completed at least one year at your home institution, however you are able to apply following one semester
You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 on the US scale or equivalent
You must meet the English Language requirements

IELTS - Overall band score of at least 6.5 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 6.0

TOEFL (paper based) - Total score of 577, Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5

TOEFL (internet based) - Total score of 79 Writing 21 Speaking 18 Reading and Listening 13

Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58, Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 50

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) - Overall score of 176 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 169