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Carnegie Mellon University, Adelaide

South Australia, Australia

Est. 2006

About Carnegie Mellon University, Adelaide

Carnegie Mellon University was established in the year 2006 as the first American university to open a campus in Australia. It is situated in the city of Adelaide, South Australia. The university offers its students the opportunity to undertake Global Programs. With this, its students are able to undertake their studies at both the campus in Adelaide and Pittsburgh. It offers two master's degree programs: the Master of Science in Information Technology and Management and the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management. It is interesting to note that both programs are available as a 21-month or 12-month program, depending on the student's work experience. More so, all programs can be undertaken part-time or full-time.

The university has a well-established recognition, nationally and internationally. In 2018 QS World University Rankings, it was ranked 47th in the world and 3rd (in terms of computer science and Information Systems). In 2017, the US News and World Report ranked the university as the 24th best national universities. It was ranked 24th  in the World University Rankings, 12th in Engineering and Technology, and 6th in Computer Science, in accordance with the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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Carnegie Mellon University is located in the city of Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide is a large city. It is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital city. The city is home to lots of interesting facilities such as the Art Gallery of South Australia which is a well-established museum in the city. The city also features lots of exciting sites that make it one of the most visited tourist centers in the world. As a matter of fact, it is regarded as the fifth-most liveable city in the world. There are shopping malls, restaurants, clubs, and other recreational centers in the city. The city offers an amazing quality of life, with good economic opportunities and affordable housing. There is an annual festival in the city that serves as an avenue for international arts gathering with spin-offs including film and fringe events.


Infrastructural development at Carnegie Mellon University is world class, featuring lots of modern buildings with high-end facilities. Some of these buildings are dedicated for administrative purpose while others are for lecture rooms, laboratories as well as research centers. The university has a robust library situated in a serene environment on campus. The library holds a countless number of published books and other journals.

Residing Options

The university does not provide accommodation for students. However, there are several housing options available close to the campus. These range from student apartments, private apartments to family shared homes. Other housing options that are available to students include Hostels, Guesthouses, as well as Home-stay.


The weather in Adelaide is quite comfortable. Its summers are dry and warm, while the winters are usually cold and windy. Over the course of the year, the temperature usually varies from 45°F to 83°F. The warm season usually extends from December 6 to March 15, with an average daily rise in temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is around February 12, with an average low of 63°F and high of 83°F. The cool season extends from May 25 to September 7, with an average daily drop in temperature below 63°F. The coldest day of the year is around July 20, with an average high of 58°F and low of 45°F. The wetter season extends from May 4 to September 29, while the drier season extends from September 29 to May 4.

Faculty and pedagogy

The university has a balanced faculty to student ratio of 1:10, comprising of 1,391 academic staff and 13,869 students. Each faculty has a strong academic unit consisting of skilled professors, associate professors, senior lectures and other others. There is a cordial relationship between the academic staff and the students.

Financial aid

Carnegie Mellon University offers financial aids to students. These financial supports take the form of scholarships, grants and sometimes, student’s loans. Some of these scholarships are available to international students. Examples of these scholarships include CMU-A Academic Merit Scholarships and CMU-A Strategic Partner Scholarship Program.

Jobs and placements

The return of investment is pretty high for graduates of the university. They work in influential positions locally as well as around the world, including in major corporations and governments, foreign aid and development programs. Thus, the probability of getting a job after graduating from university is high.


  • Teck Jan Low - Senior Consultant – EY C3, Australia
  • Rachel Yan - Master of Information Systems Management
  • Dr. Pallave Dasari - Master of Science in Public Policy and Management


Carnegie Mellon University is really a nice place to study in. the university has a strong commitment to rendering quality teaching and excellent research programs. More so, the university is quite cost-effective and they offer scholarships to students who are unable to bear the financial burden associated with studying in the university. The school environment is quite conducive for learning and it provides great opportunities for students to sharpen their skills. However, the only challenge you may like encounter is the cost of living which is quite high.

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