Study in 2021

This page provides FAQs on teaching and learning in 2021, and key public health information.

We'll be following SA Health and government advice on public health guidelines, and working to accommodate our students who are interstate, overseas or otherwise unable to study on campus.

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    • What is the plan for teaching in 2021?

      Due to the ongoing social distancing requirements and consideration of students who are not able to join us on campus yet, we are continuing the modes of delivery defined in 2020. These are:

      Blended mode – a mix of face-to-face and online study
      For example: lectures online in MyUni but you need to attend tutorials or practicals in person on campus. Some blended courses can accommodate a deferred face-to-face component, making them available to offshore and interstate students.

      Remote mode – online study only
      The course will be fully online – no face-to-face teaching components.

      Dual mode – both blended and remote versions
      The same course can be taken in either blended or remote mode. For example: Student A takes all teaching activity fully online. Student B has lectures online and tutorials in person on campus.

    • The course I want to enrol in isn't available - what should I do?

      Please contact your Faculty and a Student Advisor can provide program and enrolment advice.

    • I'm not able to enrol in the courses I want in the modes I want - what should I do?

      Please contact your Faculty for program advice.

    • How do I know what will be face-to-face and what will be online?

      Once you have determined which courses you will enrol in, you will need to review the course delivery mode on the Course Availability and Mode List. Students need to ensure they are aware of the course delivery mode and to determine if there are any changes required to their enrolment.  If your course is not listed, please contact your Faculty.

      The teaching delivery modes available include:
      •    Blended – a mix of face-to-face and online study
      •    Remote – online study only
      •    Dual – both Blended and Remote options available 

      Note: Some blended courses can accommodate a deferred face-to-face component making them available to offshore and interstate students. Students will receive a Result Pending (RP) and complete these face-to-face components at a later date.

      Lectures will be offered online, with face-to-face exceptions in very few cases.

      The University’s 
      Critical dates which detail the last day to add/drop courses and census dates remain unchanged.

    • Will lectures be online or face-to-face?

      Lectures will be offered online only, with exceptions in very few cases.

    • I'm in Adelaide but I'd like to keep studying online. Can I?

      You may be able to do so if the course(s) you want to take are offered in Remote or Dual mode (i.e. with Blended and Remote options available). Places in Remote courses or the Remote versions of Dual courses are not guaranteed unless travel restrictions or extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending campus.

      The majority of courses only have limited remote teaching places, and students who are not able to come to campus will need to be given priority. If remote courses or remote versions of Dual mode courses become full, you may be moved or asked to move to Blended mode to allow other students to enrol.

      Please speak to your Faculty if you would like more information.

      If you are an international student in Adelaide, there may also be visa implications if you choose to study remotely. Please speak to International Student Support for more information

    • I'm in Australia but can't get to Adelaide because of border closures. What should I do?

      Please contact your Faculty Student Advisor for advice. Alternative arrangements may be possible for students in extenuating circumstances.

    • I'm in Adelaide but I can't attend campus. Can I enrol in remote courses?

      We are encouraging all students who are in Adelaide to attend campus; however, we understand there are circumstances where that may not be possible. If you have extenuating circumstances please contact your Faculty to explore whether alternative arrangements are required. 

      Note: The University’s 
      Critical dates which detail the last day to add/drop courses and census dates remain unchanged.

    • I'm an international student who isn't in Adelaide and I would like to study a blended mode course. Can I?

      To view a course delivery mode for the 2021 Academic year go to the Course Availability and Mode List. Students who are impacted by border restrictions and need to take a course to complete their degree are asked to contact their Faculty Student Advisor.

      Note: The University’s Critical dates which detail the last day to add/drop courses and census dates remain unchanged.

    • Can new students start at the University of Adelaide in 2021 if they are offshore?

      Yes, we have degrees available for study to students offshore although some programs require in-person attendance. For a full list of programs, please see the 'Are there are programs which require in-person attendance?' FAQ below.

      For more information about a specific program, see Degree Finder.

      Note: The University’s Critical dates which detail the last day to add/drop courses and census dates remain unchanged.

    • Will all courses be offered online?

      No. Many courses will have a face-to-face (in person) teaching activity. To view a course delivery mode for the 2021 Academic year go to the Course Availability and Mode List

      In some instances, courses in Blended mode (a mix of face-to-face and online study) will be able to accommodate delaying the face-to-face teaching component, which will make these courses available to students who offshore or interstate. Students will instead complete these face-to-face components at a later date.

      Note: The University’s 
      Critical dates which detail the last day to add/drop courses and census dates remain unchanged.

    • Are there any programs which require in-person attendance?

      Yes, some programs are only available in blended mode where some in-person attendance is necessary due to accreditation requirements.

      These programs are:

      Bachelor of Nursing
      Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
      Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science
      Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Specialisations)
      Master of Clinical Nursing (Graduate Entry)
      Master of Nursing Science
      Master of Nursing Science (Specialisations)

      Bachelor of Dental Surgery
      Bachelor of Oral Health
      Graduate Diploma of Forensic Odontology
      Doctor Clinical Dentistry (Masters Extended)

      Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
      Bachelor of Psychology (Advanced) (Honours)
      Master of Psychology (Clinical)
      Master of Psychology (Health)
      Master of Psychology (Organisational & Human Factors)

      Graduate Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy
      Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
      Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy

      Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
      Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
      Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

      Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery – Fourth year, Fifth Year and Sixth year courses only

      Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary)
      Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Arts – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Business Management – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Music – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Science – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Arts – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Economics – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Mathematical & Computer Sciences – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Music – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Economics – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Mathematical & Computer Sciences – fourth year courses only
      Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Science – fourth year courses only

      For further information on programs in Nursing, Oral Health, Dental, Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology and the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, please contact your program coordinator.

      Please speak to the Faculty of Arts if you would like more information on Teaching programs.

    • Will exams be held?

      The University will continue to offer examinations online in 2021. Most online examinations will be open-resource, time-limited exams, administered through MyUni. There will be a small number of exceptions for specialist courses that require face-to-face (in person) exams, and where these exams can be accommodated on campus under public health guidelines.

    • Will I be able to do placements, internships and field trips?

      We will deliver placements/internships either fully online or face-to-face, determined on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration public health guidelines, and accreditation and host organisation requirements.

      Field trips will run where public health guidelines can be met.

    Public health

    We will be relying on the common sense of students and staff as responsible adults to ensure their safety and others.

    All students and staff should:

    • not attend campus if you are unwell
    • follow the Public Health Guidelines and use best endeavours to continue social distancing
    • be sensible and respectful in interactions with staff and students
    • take responsibility for your own wellbeing – access the resources provided here

    The University has introduced a number of measures to ensure public health guidelines can be met on campus. These include:

    • scheduling on-campus teaching to allow for social distancing (e.g. scheduling classes into rooms that are large enough to provide appropriate space, offering repeat sessions where classes can’t be accommodated)
    • making hand sanitiser or handwashing facilities widely available
    • undertaking increased cleaning of shared and high-use areas, such as computer spaces
    • providing wipe-down facilities for use by students in shared facilities (e.g. computer laboratories)
    • posting signage about room capacity, spacing, use of shared spaces, personal hygiene and so on
    • supporting students and staff who are not able to be on campus, or who are staying away from campus due to illness

    The University encourages the use of the COVIDSafe app by all staff and students, remaining respectful of their right to choose.

    Roles and responsibilites

    Students are responsible for:

    • staying home if unwell
    • adhering to reasonable instructions from teaching staff regarding new processes and requirements
    • self-management for social distancing and good hygiene

    Teaching staff are responsible for:

    • staying home if unwell
    • adhering to new processes and requirements and following reasonable management instruction
    • duty of care for themselves and others (colleagues and students)
    • self-management for social distancing and good hygiene
    • advising students of new practices where they may have changed within a teaching setting