The University of South Australia has a wide variety of initiatives, programs and activities that students can take advantage of during their university journey. These play an important role in building your leadership and employability skills, while also allowing you to meet new people in a fun and social environment. Listed below are just some of the opportunities that you can get involved in.
- Global Experience
- Community Service Learning Project
- UniSA Student Exchange Program
- Business Mates
- Student Ambassador Program
- Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience Program
- Football United
- Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE)
- EASS e-pals
- Samstag Museum
- South Australian School of Art (SASA) Gallery
- Hawke Centre
- Adelaide Planetarium
USASA is the independent student association at UniSA and they aim to provide you with the best possible experience during your studies. USASA supports UniSA students by providing social and sporting activities and student advocacy, and help to improve the campus culture. It's a great place to meet new people by getting involved in sports, social & academic clubs. During the year you will see many USASA activities such as BBQs, concerts, events, sports competitions and much more!
Students can also get involved with USASA by volunteering to be on staff, providing you with work experience while you complete your degree.
For more information visit the USASA website
Global Experience is designed to give you the edge in today's competitive world through experience, global knowledge and increased skills. The program is available to all undergraduate, onshore domestic and international students currently enrolled in a UniSA degree.
Students will learn the importance for graduates to value cultural differences, communicate easily across cultures and possess the range of skills and knowledge required to live in an increasingly connected and diverse global community.
For more information visit the Global Experience website
'Where discipline knowledge meets community needs'
The Community Service Learning Project is a way for you to make a contribution to the community using the knowledge, communication and professional skills you have gained at university to serve a community based organisation. In other words, it is a point at university where discipline knowledge intersects with community-or civic-need. This need may come from Local Government, a school, an incorporated community or not-for-profit organisation. Your project might involve developing an environmental project, making a safer community, assisting people with disabilities, introducing others to your field of study or working with people who have other challenges.
Community Service Learning will give you an elective course; career-bankable skills; the opportunity to work in a cross disciplinary team and the opportunity to make a difference.
The UniSA Student Exchange program is the perfect opportunity for you to gain an international experience while doing your degree. UniSA has links with a wide range of universities around the world, creating connections and allowing you to gain an international perspective with your study. Experience new customs and cultures, build international networks and friends and improve language and intercultural communication skills. Going on exchange benefits both your personal and academic development and an international perspective is considered a key asset by many employers.
If you want take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, please visit the Student Exchange website
The Business Mates Program has been created to assist commencing students studying in the UniSA Business School with their transition to UniSA. The Business Mates Program provides you with an opportunity to meet other students, attend social activities and ask questions of your Business Mates. Business Mates are students who are currently studying at UniSA and know what it is like to be a new student at university.
Your Business Mates will regularly contact you throughout the study period to see how you are progressing with starting at university and if you have any questions. Throughout the study period, the Business Mates arrange social events and invite all new students to attend. By attending the events, you can ask any questions that you might have about being a student and university life.
The University has established a volunteer student ambassador program as part of its prospective student outreach program. This program provides you with the opportunity to represent the University in activities and events such as open Day, campus tours, career and program information sessions, and secondary school career events.
Student Ambassadors are undergraduate students who are usually in their second or third year of study. They are confident, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, are flexible, pro-active and able to present themselves well. They need to have a positive but realistic approach to University life and be willing to work as a member of a team.
Contact: Miss Olivia Brokate
The School of Communication, International Studies and Languages organises the international volunteering placement and internship program for students at UniSA. The program is named after and has the support of the Honourable Mr Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia. The program differs from traditional international exchange or study abroad Programs with students based within an international non-government organisation (NGO), usually in an overseas location and working as a volunteer, rather than undertaking formal study at an overseas university.
The Program will be available to students undertaking their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of the:
- Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
- Bachelor of Arts (Languages and Intercultural Communication)
- Double degrees Programs with International Studies
For more information visit: Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience Program
The Football United®-UniSA (FUn-UniSA), "football for social development" program is a great opportunity for community members, agencies and organisations to come together and celebrate sport and social inclusion.
Football United®-UniSA offers a fantastic opportunity to be involved with its football programs in metropolitan Adelaide and/or Mount Gambier. Becoming a volunteer, doing work experience or completing a study placement with FUn-UniSA will give you the chance to put into practice your existing abilities and to acquire new skills and qualifications while helping others to achieve their potential through sport.
If you want to know more about Football United®-UniSA or you wish to become involved with the program, please contact Dr. Edoardo Rosso
SIFE is the world's largest university-based, free-enterprise organisation -- a global, non-profit entity that is changing the world through dedicated students on more than 1600 university campuses in 40 countries.
SIFE brings together business leaders and students. Businesses provide both sponsorship and guidance to enable the student teams to learn, practise, and teach the principles of free enterprise to improve the standard of living for thousands of communities around the world.
Teams use educational outreach projects to teach important concepts including market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, and business ethics. As they do, they develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills to better themselves, their communities, and their countries.
The e-pal Program has been set up to help first time university students during their initial weeks of study. The e-pal Program recruits volunteers to assist new students as they embark on their journeys.
e-pals assist new students in a variety of ways, by introducing themselves using email contact and then by offering assistance and help from week to week until new students find their feet and feel more confident in their environment
The Samstag Museum of Art, located in the Hawke Building, features three elegant exhibition galleries over two levels and regularly hosts art exhibitions from around the world. It opened in 2007 and signals the University's determination to make a leading contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of South Australia and to the Australian tertiary education sector.
We recommend all students at UniSA experience the creativity, innovation and excitement of many great Australian and international artists through the Samstag Museum.
For more details visit the Samstag Museum page
The South Australian School of Art (SASA) Gallery is located within the School of Art, Architecture and Design at UniSA's City West campus in the Kaurna Building. This public gallery showcases South Australian artists, designers, writers and curators associated with the School of Art, Architecture and Design in a national and international context.
For more details visit SASA
The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre is a major link between UniSA and the community. Named after Bob Hawke, South Australia's first Prime Minister, the Hawke Centre connects local and international communities through public learning activities such as lectures and seminars, alliances, and research projects. The Centre attracts national and international speakers and offers informed viewpoints on key concerns for the 21st century, including sustainable societies, global citizenship, democracy, youth leadership, mediation, and responsible economic development.
For more information visit the Hawke Centre
The Hawke Centre is always looking for volunteers. For more information click here
The planetarium is the perfect place to learn about about the solar system, stars and constellations and other interesting objects found in the night sky. A planetarium is a room with a dome-shaped ceiling and at the centre of the room is a star projector which projects an artificial night sky onto the domed ceiling to represent the night sky and show the position of constellations, stars and planets. There are also a number of exciting and interesting courses run in the Planetarium which develop more in-depth knowledge for people interested in further study
The Adelaide Planetarium is housed at the University of South Australia's Mawson Lakes campus.
For more information: Adelaide Planetarium