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Since its inception in 1966, Flinders University has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is expected of it as an institution. Providing innovative degree programmes for students to help them graduate feeling work-ready, conducting world-leading research and positively engaging with the local community is at the core of the Flinders philosophy.

Based in the Australian city of Adelaide, which is ranked as one of the top ten most liveable cities in the world, the institution takes great pride in providing a highly diverse student population, with over 4,800 international students from more than 90 different countries featured across the campuses. In addition, the institution awarded more than AUD 4.2 million in scholarships to students in 2016. 

90% of research conducted at Flinders has been rated as world-class or above, and it proudly boasts being a part of the prestigious Innovative Research Universities Australia group.

With a wide range of courses available, in fields such as creative arts and media, engineering, medicine, and computing, students will have no shortage of degree options to choose from.

Cutting-edge facilities at Flinders include a state-of-the-art Sport and Fitness Centre at the Bedford Park campus, a super-sized TV screen in the plaza for screening events and a variety of creative learning spaces across the campuses.

Professional placements and a practical, hands-on way of learning give students the perfect base on which to build their career after finishing at Flinders. Work-integrated learning services provide students with professional opportunities that they can take part in throughout their degree, giving them plenty of opportunities to bolster their CV before graduating.

The International Student Services at Flinders are ranked among the best in Australia, featuring a welcome arrival at the airport, and a brilliant orientation programme which gives students the chance to explore their new surroundings.

CRICOS: 00114A

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Flinders University has soared into the 250-300 ranking band in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, developing its research and consistently working on educational excellence along the way.

Degrees at Flinders are driven by links with key industry partners, taught by expert professors and informed by world-leading research to enrich the students learning experience and set them along the way to a successful career. Students can access a vast range of different opportunities that will leave them ready for the world of work no matter what degree they study.

Whether studying Allied Health, Business, Education, Engineering, Information Technology or any other degree, there is no limit to what a student can achieve at Flinders University. Students can feel passionate about their subject and really feel that they can make a mark on the world upon graduation. In fact, Flinders plays host to the 2018 International Student of the Year, Himal Kandel, and five other students who won their categories or were presented with high commendations at the award ceremony.

Gold standard for Flinders MBA

Flinders University is the first South Australian university, and only the third in Australia, to receive accreditation from the prestigious Association of MBAs (AMBA).

“This reflects the University’s reinvigorated Master of Business Administration (MBA) offering, placing the programme in the upper echelon of business courses internationally,” says Professor Phyllis Tharenou, Vice-President and Executive Dean of Flinders University’s College of Business Government and Law.

“The AMBA represents the gold standard in global recognition of business programmes,” she says.

2019 has brought a lot of exciting developments for Flinders University. This includes a range of new and innovative courses:

  • Bachelor of Tourism and Events, which can be combined with a Business, Arts or Languages degree
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Enterprise)
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design)
  • Bachelor of Media and Communication
  • Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity
  • Bachelor of Science (Palaeontology)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Simulation and Serious Games), which can be combined with a different bachelor degree from the College of Science and Engineering
Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Flinders is rated 5 stars for teaching quality in its Business and Management, Medicine, Mathematics degrees, with Psychology rating 5 stars for learning resources (The Good Universities Guide, 2019). Also highly rated in teaching quality for Communications, Science and Mathematics degrees (QILT Student Experience Survey 2018).

  • Flinders has forged strong relationships with numerous industry partners locally and internationally. This means that what students learn is relevant to the real world and makes them job-ready.
  • Its degrees are connected to industry, with many professionally accredited by independent industry bodies.
  • Students will gain specialised skills and knowledge in their chosen area while developing portable qualities like independent thinking, communication, collaboration, ethics and creativityqualities shared by innovators, entrepreneurs, pioneers, creators and trailblazers.
Department structure

Department structure

Flinders offer study options across…

College of Business, Government and Law

The College enjoys the reputation for academic excellence and innovative thinking. It encourages collaboration and the development of ideas in business, commerce, politics and public policy, law, criminology and international relations.

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

Through its world-class research and teaching, the College seeks to advance the quality of life for people across their life-span.

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

The College is a collection of expressive wisdoms, and a spirit to view the world in broad creative ways. History, women’s studies, philosophy, writing, archaeology, languages, drama, fashion, tourism, screen and media all make this college a centre for curiosity and independent thinking.

College of Medicine and Public Health

At the College, students deliver clinical, population and lab-based research, integrated teaching programmes and high quality clinical services. The college’s work is about improving the health and wellbeing for everyone in society.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The College is at the heart of advanced learning in applied gerontology, audiology, disability and community inclusion, health and exercise sciences, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, midwifery, occupational therapy, optometry, palliative and support services, physiotherapy, rehabilitation aged and extended care, and speech pathology.

College of Science and Engineering

The College solves real world issues through applied solutions in areas of biology, chemistry, environment, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To gain direct admission to Flinders University, students must meet required academic and English proficiency requirements.

Academic entry requirements

To gain direct general admission to an undergraduate course at Flinders, students must have successfully completed a recognised secondary education qualification overseas or in Australia.

To enrol as a student at Flinders University in a postgraduate course, students must meet the specified academic entry requirements. 

English language entry requirements

International students whose first language is not English will need to meet the English language entry requirements in addition to the course prerequisites.

Students who don’t meet the English language or academic entry requirements can still gain entry to Flinders University through one of the approved pathway providers.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Flinders University recognises international students with high academic performance and the potential to make a leading contribution to Flinders University and its growing community of international students worldwide.

Its competitive scholarships programme offers a range of academic merit scholarships available for select undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees.

Flinders Business Postgraduate Scholarships

Flinders Business is offering eligible international students a 15% partial fee scholarship for the duration of their course at Flinders University.

This partial fee scholarship of 15% of tuition costs (valued at more than AUD 9,000) is available to international applicants with GPA of 80% or higher for the following courses:

  • Master of Business (with specialisations in Finance, Health, Human Resource Management, International Business and Marketing)
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Accounting and Finance
  • Master of Accounting and Marketing



There are a variety of accommodation options available at Flinders Living to suit student needs. Accommodation is available in self-contained units in Deirdre Jordan Village or in University Hall, Flinders’ catered hall of residence.

Sports facilities

Flinders is home to one of the best University fitness centres in South Australia and has a bright; a sun filled group fitness room for its classes - a fully equipped cardio room with a peleton spin room, a well-equipped free weight and pin-loaded general gym. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, allowing students to work out when it suits their lifestyle.

Digital screens

There are a number of digital screens throughout the University’s Hub to keep students and staff up-to-date with campus news.

Health service

Flinders has a fully equipped and accredited Medical Centre offering health services. It provides students emergency and routine medical care, as well as other services.

Food & drink

At Bedford Park, students can find a wide variety and diversity of food and beverage outlets on-campus, offering good quality fresh options and a range of cuisines.

Flinders Café Alere offers spectacular 180-degree views from the top floor of the Hub at Flinders, creating a unique setting for students. Offering an all-day breakfast and lunch menu, this revamped café delivers a chic experience without the price tag.

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A once in a lifetime opportunity

Grace, Singapore

I am enjoying the overseas experience so far, with the new friends and nice weather. These years away from home have thought me to be independent and stronger as a person. The most important thing of studying overseas is to have an open mind and a positive attitude as it can be lonely sometimes. 

The best learning experience compared to staying in home country's comfort zone

Melissa Ho, Singapore

It’s great to do it in Adelaide. Quiet and good for studying. 
Staying in Flinders Housing is awesome because we just pop over to each other’s homes to eat together or catch up. 
Good to learn independence/budgeting/housework/cooking/taking care of yourself

Most impt advice: Study hard, play hard and be open to meet
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Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019
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