Why study through the institute?

We understand that university study is a big decision that requires commitment and often sacrifice. We acknowledge that you bring life experience and knowledge that we value as part of your journey with us. We want you to have choice in what you study, flexibility with the time you study and to expect high standards of teaching and support. We also understand and respect your cultural and family obligations. You have a desire to make a difference, and so do we.

Your success is our core business

Everything at the institute is geared towards you. We offer extensive and diverse undergraduate and postgraduate courses across professional streams in the arts, education, health, business and law. You might consider the honours and research by higher degree pathways that we also deliver.

Our teaching and learning approach acknowledges and validates an Indigenous cultural framework. Our support staff will ensure you have access to university systems and information, as well as financial, spiritual and cultural support.

This is our Community-Based Delivery approach (CBD), where you'll be supported through a number of responsive teaching and learning strategies. This includes up to six study block intensives in the academic year, family and community support, community-based tutoring and regular engagement with your academic course teams.

Our community-based approach features:

  • strong community ownership of the learning space and program of study
  • shared cultural values and belief systems that are respected by everyone
  • a curriculum inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, systems and perspectives
  • students and staff who create a space of equity and equality 
  • smaller groups to foster interactive learning
  • a non-competitive teaching and learning environment 
  • peer support and encouragement.

A comfortable learning and social environment

Our Kitjarra residences provide a warm and safe environment for you to stay, study and connect. Our teaching spaces at the institute offer comfortable and rich academic areas for students to use. You can also socialise in common areas and enjoy some down time.

Find out more about Kitjarra student residences

A bigger community

All Deakin courses are developed with industry and professional input from specialised advisory boards. These links ensure our courses are relevant and practical.

Our students develop skills that are in demand so that they're prepared for the workplace and can hit the ground running. The University also offers scholarships to help with the costs of tuition.

Learn more about courses through the institute

Learn more about scholarships through the institute

A fluid and supportive learning environment

Deakin operates a trimester system, meaning there are three study periods during the teaching year.

Courses at the institute are delivered through intensive study blocks during these trimesters. With local community tutors and online learning resources, students are well-equipped and supported throughout their studies.

High-quality education with flexibility

Study how and when you want. At Deakin, it’s about choice.

Our strong industry partnerships, state-of-the-art facilities and vibrant campuses produce a meaningful learning experience.

We offer multiple course entry and exit points, deferment and full-time and part-time study options. This flexibility allows students to structure their studies around their lifestyles, work and personal commitments. We also use innovative technology to enhance the delivery of our courses and online resources.

We prepare students for the workplace by providing opportunities to gain valuable experience and develop relevant skills. Our courses also cater for industry placements, internships and overseas study opportunities.

Our campus is easily accessible

On the western edge of Geelong, Waurn Ponds is Deakin’s second-largest campus with more than 5500 students. The institute is located in the heart of this campus and students have ready access to many University resources while on intensive.

Despite all the activity, the peaceful surrounds means it’s easy to find a place to relax, catch up with classmates or work on an assignment. There are many cafes, a fitness club and extensive sporting facilities including tennis courts, walking and running tracks and a sports oval.

While on campus, students also have access to the University library. It’s not only an ideal place to study, but also a great place to meet classmates.