Adult Entry / Non-school Leaver

A University for all.

At the University of Adelaide, we believe education should be accessible and achievable for everyone. 

Whether beginning your education journey or returning to study at the University of Adelaide, we can help you plan your studies. In many cases, you can choose to study part-time or online to suit your lifestyle.

Part-time study

Many of our degrees have the option for part-time study.

Access to facilities

Get the most out of our facilities with 24 hour access to Hub Central and various computer labs.

Student support

Students will have a range of support options during their higher education journey. 

Frequently asked questions

You may be surprised to hear that 26% of all of our commencing students are over the age of 25, and 8% are over the age of 35. You may find that your experience and life skills make you more adept to learning – with a higher level of motivation for study, a stronger level of commitment and better time management.

You tell us! Depending on your choice of full-time or part-time study, this can influence the time you are required to spend on campus for lectures and tutorials (contact hours) and the time you spend  on assessment tasks, reading, researching, note-taking, revision, writing, consultation with staff, and informal discussions with other students.

Full-time study can be the same commitment as a full time job: up to 40 hours per week, or 10 hours per course, inclusive of contact and non-contact hours.

Prior learning and work experience may count as credit towards your studies at the University of Adelaide. The faculty responsible for your course gives advice about what documentation to provide and makes the final decision on the credit.

If you have previously studied and completed a TAFE of VET qualification these may assist with entry into some of our degrees.

How much credit can I get?

The cost of each degree may vary. It is best to find the particular degree you are interested in on Degree Finder and then refer to the Fees and Scholarships tab for information on the costs associated.

If you are a domestic student many of our undergraduate degrees are referred to as Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP). This means the Australian Government subsidies your fees. To find out more see student contribution amounts. Some programs may be listed as an Australian Full-Fee Place (FFP). This means the government does not subsidise your fees but you may still have access to a study loan.

For details on what loan support you may be eligible for please visit the Australian Government Study Assist website.


There are a range of scholarships available to explore.

Online study

We offer a growing range of online qualifications, many short courses to fit into busy schedules.

Find your degree

Search Degree Finder for undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and postgraduate research degrees, subjects and careers.