Support Services

The University of Adelaide provides a comprehensive level of support to our students and is one of the most student centric/resourced higher education institutions in Australia

The Adelaide Graduate Centre

Under the leadership of the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Adelaide Graduate Centre has responsibility for administering all higher degrees by research from admission to examination for local students, from enrolment to examination for international students, and for monitoring the academic progress of all higher degree by research students.

The Adelaide Graduate Centre administers research scholarships at the University, runs induction programs for commencing research students and coordinates a host of professional development courses to assist students in undertaking their research studies, completing their thesis and adjusting to life in Adelaide. The Adelaide Graduate Centre is a one stop shop for all information relating to research enrolment.

Postgraduate research students who are already enrolled can find information and support about enrolment, candidature, Annual Review, scholarships, supervisor issues and thesis submission.

Research Education and Development Committee (REDC)

The Research Education and Development Committee at the University of Adelaide has responsibility for overseeing all research higher degree policy development, including the legal responsibility for the award of the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Masters by Research.

The Dean of Graduate Studies, through the work of the Graduate Centre, monitors the implementation of policies to ensure that all students are provided with a consistent and quality education experience.

Postgraduate Coordinators

Each discipline has its own postgraduate coordinator. The coordinators oversee postgraduate activities and provide assistance, advice and support, where appropriate, in matters such as resolution of grievances, and provision of resources.

Integrated Bridging Program Research (IBP-R) for International Research Students

The IBP-R is a 12-week program aimed at helping international research students develop an understanding of the academic, linguistic and cultural conventions of postgraduate study in their disciplines.

Compulsory for all commencing international students, the program is also available by negotiation for local research students who have English as an Additional Language and for international visiting scholars.

The IBP-R introduces students to the full culture of postgraduate study in their own disciplines by working with them to fulfil the central requirements of the Core Component of the Structured Program (CCSP), notably writing a Research Proposal and presenting a disciplinary seminar. In order to achieve this aim, IBP-R lecturers work closely with postgraduate research students' supervisors in all Faculties.

International Student Support

International Student Support is responsible for the orientation and ongoing support of international students. It works closely with student groups, faculties and University administration to ensure the experience of all international students is a positive and successful one.

Initial support services include a Meet and Greet Service (free airport pick-up and transfer to accommodation), temporary accommodation, and an orientation program. Ongoing services include International Student Advisors, academic support, health cover advice, help with student visa matters, peer mentoring, an online newsletter for international students, and social activities.

Careers Service

The Careers Service provides a range of services and events to help students make the most of their qualifications and develop effective career plans. It also markets the University's graduates to employers.

Services include careers fairs, employer presentations, employment skills workshops, a resumé checking service, and online and on-campus resource centres. Graduate and vacation job opportunities are advertised on the website.

Careers & Research Skills Training

The Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) unit works with the research community at all levels, from commencing PhD students to research leaders, value adding to the research experience, and delivering skills and knowledge essential to research success.

The CaRST unit provides a range of face-to-face workshop programs, online modules and resource materials.

Student Learning

Information and resources for students to support their learning experience at the University of Adelaide.


Government accredited, community operated childcare centres are located at the North Terrace, Waite and Roseworthy campuses. Full-time, part-time, and occasional care is provided, and the centres are open Monday to Friday. Fees apply.

Please be aware that there is currently a waiting list for childcare places at the North Terrace and Waite Campuses.


The Counselling Service provides personal counselling for students in relation to issues that are affecting their study. Counselling is confidential and available to students free of charge. The Service also offers self-help resources and runs workshops on a range of issues including stress management, exam anxiety and meditation.

Disability Support

The University of Adelaide provides a range of services to students with temporary or ongoing disabilities or medical conditions. Disability Liaison Officers are available at Disability Services to advise on how to access special provisions such as note takers, specialised software, enlarged print, brailling, scribes, examination arrangements, and help adjusting to teaching and assessment procedures.

Student Health

Doctors are available at University Health on the North Terrace Campus. Services include health checks, immunisations and vaccinations, drug and alcohol counselling, women's health, sports medicine, skin care, travel medicine and psychotherapy. Both female and male doctors are available and consultations are usually covered by Medicare or Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Student Care

Student Care on the North Terrace campus is staffed by professionally qualified and experienced Education and Welfare Officers (EWOs). The EWOs provide wide-ranging and confidential welfare and support services to students.