There are 32,00 students at UniSA.

About 20% are international students who have chosen to study in Adelaide. And a good number of those are students from India.

UniSA executive director (international) Gabrielle Rolan said:

Gabrielle Rolan

Twenty-five per cent of our international students are from India. Three years ago, we decided to put a lot of resources into being proactive and have done academic roadshows in India.

Gabrielle Rolan UniSA

Ms Rolan said that UniSA has seen a big increase in international students choosing to study in Adelaide for undergraduate degrees, rather than postgraduate degrees, which was the case in the past.

Contributing to the increase in international students from India is education agent Rahul Gandhi. Rahul is a director of Take Off educational consultants in Ahmedabad, which is an authorised education agent for UniSA.

Rahul makes four trips to Australia each every year to support Indian and Sri Lankan students who are transitioning to Australia.

He says that UniSA acceptances from India have increased by 53 per cent over the past year with acceptances for Sri Lanka up 85 per cent.

It usually takes about 12 to 18 months to bring an international student into Australia. The biggest challenge is getting a visa.

Rahul thinks that study in Adelaide is a great option for international students, but he says that the city should not promote itself itself to the international study market as a "regional Australia".

Rahul Gandhi

It has negative vibes. When parents in India hear “regional”, they think it’s all farmland and isolated. Boston markets itself as a student city, that’s what Adelaide should do. Adelaide is a hidden gem.

Rahul Gandhi Take Off Educational Consultants

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