LPDP Sponsored Students

UniSA International studentsWelcome

The University of South Australia welcomes students sponsored by the Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP), Indonesia.  

Why Choose UniSA for your PhD?

  • In 2016/17, the QS ‘Top 50 under 50’ ranked the University of South Australia at number 24 in the world for universities less than 50 years old.
  • 97% of our research is at or above World Class, Excellence in Research Australia, 2015
  • We are one of Australia’s leading universities in terms of ‘international outlook’ and in the top 10% worldwide in the Times Higher Education rankings for the top 200 most international universities.
  • We have strong relationships with a number of Indonesian institutions including Universitas Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology and Gadjah Mada University. For more information, please visit our Global Engagement page.
  • We recently launched a new Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) which will be one of the largest research concentrations on Islamic Studies. 

We offer Research programs  related to many of the LPDP priority areas including: 

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Health
  • Accounting
  • Education
  • Information Technology
  • Linguistics


We currently host a number of Indonesian students who are engaged in great research projects. Find out more below from some of our current students and you can also hear more from other international students.


Hilda Cahyani - DIKTI 2012 – 2015

PhD Scholar, School of Education

Thesis Title: Code switching in bilingual classrooms in Indonesia

I love the working environment and hospitality. I have nice colleagues and supportive supervisors who always help and guide me to do my best. Adelaide is peaceful and not crowded; the people are friendly, good transportation, close to Indonesia (one direct flight to Bali) and an English speaking country. It was easy to settle in because many people helped me by giving information.


I Gusti Ary Suryawathy - LPDP Scholarship - 2016

PhD Scholar, School of Business

Research title: Accounting Education in Indonesia

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is one of South Australia’s leading universities for research, teaching and learning. Its programs and support services are well designed to meet the global job market. Studying at UniSA is really challenging and enjoyable at the same time. UniSA provides a wide range of resources. For instance, the library has a very extensive research collection. In addition, the professional, supportive and friendly lecturers and staff support students to complete their study on time.


Satriyo Krido Wahono- RISET PRO Scholarship 2015 – 2019

PhD scholar, School of Engineering - Future Industry Institute

Thesis title: Enhancement of Adsorption Capability of Natural-Zeolite for Electricity-Grade Biogas Production

I have three wonderful supervisors, great research facilities, hospitable research group mates and nice supporting staff. The university offers so many awards and grants for international students and I have received one of them from my institute as the best first year 3MT (Three Minutes Thesis) presentation. I also joined the Indonesian Student Community of UniSA (PPIA-UniSA) to enhance my network and teamwork.

How to apply

Follow our six step guide on How to Apply for Research at UniSA. For a full list of our Research programs by research area please visit What you can studyFor eligibility and other details please visit the LPDP website.

As an international applicant it is your responsibility to be aware of any visa and other immigration requirements.

Life in Adelaide

Adelaide is South Australia’s vibrant capital city and one of the most affordable Australian cities. Visit the Study Adelaide website to hear more about why so many students choose to live here.

Adelaide is a multicultural city with a vast choice of foods to cook at home as well as restaurants to enjoy. Adelaide’s urban and cultural landscape has changed over recent years. Our laneways are enjoying a makeover and a new ‘pop-up culture’ is giving birth to creative and hip bars, clubs and restaurants. 

Our Indonesian student community

We have a diverse student body with over 6,000 international students from many countries. During your studies we encourage you to meet and mix with students from different backgrounds. However, we also understand that it is nice to have friendships with people from your own culture. Our Indonesian Student Society holds events and builds relationshipa among Indonesian students at the University. We also have the Islamic Society UniSA which is a student run club dedicated to looking after the needs of Muslim students within the University. 

Before you leave home

We provide pre –departure resources online to help you prepare for your journey to Australia and we can also meet with you in country when our staff are in Indonesia.

We’ll support you

Our dedicated International Sponsors team will provide special assistance and advice to our recognised sponsored students and sponsoring authorities. For more information on these services please visit Information for Sponsors or Sponsored Students .  We also have a team of International Student Advisors on each campus who can assist you with academic or personal issues as well as providing Research Student resources including a dedicated Orientation program, workshops and online help.


Some useful Research related resources:

Contact us

Email: international.sponsors@unisa.edu.au
Phone: 08 8302 0114

Stay connected after you graduate

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Student Accommodation

Student Accommodation

See the range of accommodation options available to international students as well as information about cost, transport and location.

Student Support

Student Support

Moving to a new country is a big decision that will no double change your life. But it need not be overwhelming we are here to help you every step of the way.

Student Support

Discover our Research

The University of South Australia is a research leader with a reputation for excellence across a range of discipline areas. 

Areas of study and research

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