How to apply

Deakin takes the guesswork out of applying for university. We provide step-by-step guidance to help you navigate through the application process. Whether it’s through our direct online applicant portal, via VTAC or by application form, applying to Deakin is only a few steps away.

Apply as an international student

The information on this page is for domestic students only. If you're an international student, you have a slightly different application process. Applying for a course as an international student is simple, follow this link to find out more.

How to apply as an International Student

What are you applying for?

To help you find the right application instructions and make the process easier, select the correct type of application from the list below.

Course applications

Unit applications

Applications to one of Deakin's institutes

Entry pathway applications

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Application for re-admission

What type of applicant are you?

If you aren’t sure about what type of course you are applying for, it may help to discover first what type of applicant you are and which courses are available to you.

Learn more about who can apply

Learn about alternative pathways to Deakin

What are entry requirements?

Every domestic and international course has general and specific entry requirements. Requirements can include prerequisites (i.e. completion of certain units in Year 12), filling out a form, providing additional documentation, passing a written test, showing proof of past work experience or attending an interview or audition. Read the description for your desired course to understand these requirements.

Find the entry requirements for the course you're interested in

English language requirements

There is a minimum level of English proficiency required to study all of our courses. Generally, you can meet this requirement by demonstrating you've completed Year 12, or studied at a TAFE or university in English and in an English speaking country.

Check our English language requirements to see if you've met these standards (PDF, 184KB)

Computing, connectivity and capability requirements

At Deakin, we make extensive use of technology in our teaching. To study at Deakin, you're required to have:

  • access to a device such as a desktop computer or laptop
  • connectivity to the internet
  • the capability to use Deakin's online learning environments. 

Learn more about Deakin's computing requirements

When do applications and courses open?

We have a number of different study periods. Most courses are offered through our trimester study system. With three trimesters, the next intake is never far away.

Applications open

Not all courses are open at each application intake, but generally applications are open during these periods.

TrimesterApplications open
Trimester 1August
Trimester 2April
Trimester 3April

There are some courses that have different application periods.

Check the course entries for these exceptions through our course finder

Study periods

Here you can find when the teaching starts and finishes for each study period.

Trimester  Study period dates
Trimester 1 March–June
Trimester 2 July–October
Trimester 3 November–February

Learn more about key dates and study periods at Deakin

Ready to apply?

Applications for Trimesters 2 and 3 open in April. In the meantime, you can still register your details with our Applicant Portal. 

Apply through the Applicant Portal

Contact us

We can offer support and assistance throughout the application and enrolment process.


Melbourne Burwood Campus
+61 3 9244 6333

Geelong Campuses
+61 3 5227 2333

Warrnambool Campus
+61 3 5563 3333

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