The University of South Australia (UniSA) is home to over 31,000 students. It is home to six campuses - City East, City West, Magill, Mawson Lakes, Mount Gambier, and Whyalla. Most students will find their classes in the center of Adelaide, the capital city of the South Australia territory. Adelaide is the perfect base to explore the best of what Australia has to offer including spectacular coastlines, desert-scapes, islands teeming with wildlife, and some of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth. It is considered Australia's education city - beautiful, well-ordered, and surrounded by parklands. You'll find it makes an ideal home away from home with a sense of community usually reserved for small towns, combined with the vibrant activity of a capital city. Named the world's fifth most livable city by the 2017 Economist Intelligence Units Liveability Index, Adelaide is home to 1.3 million people. It's easy to get around the city with free trams and buses running through the Central Business District. Adelaide has a Mediterranean-like climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. It has one of the highest standards of living of any city in the world, yet is one of the least expensive cities to live in, in Australia.
Students may apply to the University of South Australia as either a Bilateral Exchange or Direct Enrollment Program. This is the program brochure page for the Direct Enrollment option. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay a program fee to Mason, and pay room and board abroad.
Click here to see the brochure page for the University of South Australia Bilateral Exchange program.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
Click through the brochure tabs to learn more about this program.
In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
Courses are available by searching 'Courses' at the following website:
When searching for courses, students should pay mind to the course code. Course codes between 1000-4999 are undergraduate.
UniSA is divided into the following Faculties and Schools:
- UniSA Business School
- School of Marketing
- School of Management
- School of Commerce
- School of Law
- Division of Education, Arts, and Social Sciences
- School of Art, Architecture, and Design
- School of Creative Industries
- School of Education
- School of Psychology, Social Work, and Social Policy
- Division of IT, Engineering, and the Environment
- School of Engineering
- School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences
- School of Natural and Built Environments
- Division of Health Sciences
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Nursing and Midwifery
- School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at UniSA is fairly different to Mason's. In addition, Australia is in the southern hemisphere where the seasons are reversed to ours. The autumn session (our spring), called Study Period 2 within Semester 1, runs from late February to early July. The spring session (our fall), called Study Period 5 within Semester 2, runs from late July to late November.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at UniSA. A full-time course load is 18 units. A typical course is worth 4.5 units.
- 4.5 UniSA Units = 4 credits at Mason
Students generally take 4 courses per term. The minimum number you can take is 3 courses. This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at UniSA.
| UniSA Grade
|High Distinction (HD)
|Conceded Pass (PC)
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
UniSA partners with Urbanest to provide accommodation to students. Options vary and students can choose between single and shared bedrooms. All rooms include unlimited internet, a kitchen pack, and a linen pack.
For additional accommodation opens, visit this page. Listings on the long-term accommodation page (homestay, residential colleges, student apartments, and student hostels) have all been inspected by UniSA staff and are considered suitable for students. As vacancies on the Rental Database have not been inspected, UniSA strongly recommends students organize share-house and private rental accommodation only after arriving in Adelaide.
The university runs a special program for study abroad students that pairs you with a local buddy, even before you arrive in Adelaide. UniSA buddies run activities for you during Orientation week and throughout the semester.
Program Cost (2019-2020)
- Application Fee
- Tuition and registration fees (Mason and UniSA) for 18 UniSA credits
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Australian Overseas Student Health Coverage (OSHC)
- Round-trip airfare
- Personal spending
Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 18 (for Fall programs) or November 26 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2 (for Fall programs) or December 17 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid March*
Spring/Calendar Year: Late October-Early November*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Australia's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.