Study abroad and exchange

Coming to study at Deakin as an exchange or study abroad student gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the unique wonders of Australia. You'll explore a new culture, gain a new global perspective and make friends from all over the world.

Studying at Deakin

Deakin is a highly ranked, internationally recognised university that aims for excellence in all its activities.

In deciding to study at Deakin, you'll be provided with an outstanding academic program and an exceptional student experience.

Program types


If you are from a partner university and want to apply as an exchange student, check if your university is one of Deakin's partner universities.

See our list of partner universities

Study abroad

Study abroad programs are available if your institution does not have an exchange agreement with Deakin or an exchange place is not available. Study abroad students can study for a trimester or full academic year at Deakin, and are normally required to pay upfront tuition fees to Deakin.

Trimester/Full Year Study Abroad

If you are not from a partner university, but wish to come to Deakin directly, please apply using the study abroad application.

First Semester/First Year Study Abroad Program

Get a taste for university life in Australia; immerse yourself in the subjects you love, and enhance your future study and career prospects.

  • Early entry to an international study experience at one of the world’s best universities, in the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne.
  • Study three exciting modules (units) within the Pre-approved Study Plan Options in creative arts, humanities, business, IT, health, and science.
  • Enhance your intercultural competencies, language and communication skills to boost your CV and further study opportunities.
  • Make friends and build networks for life though Deakin’s huge range of clubs and societies (link to DUSA).
  • Opportunity to work up to 20 hours per week alongside your studies.
  • Completion of upper-secondary studies (eg. sixth form college in the UK, Gymnasium 3G in Denmark, Gymnasium 3R in Sweden, Grade 12 in Canada or Senior Year in USA).
  • Must be 18 years or over.
  • English language ability of IELTS overall 6, no band less than 6 or overall grade of C1 according to Common European Framework of Languages System.
  • Refer to academic requirements page to understand what grade average you need to apply.
  • Completion of the online application form nominating the three units you wish to study (we recommend you select six units in case any units are unavailable).
Participation guidelines:
  • UK, European, Canadian, US students.
Accommodation options:
  • Dormitory, Apartment, Homestay, Shared House
  • 3 modules/one semester: A$7,365

If you are interested in the First Semester/First Year Study Abroad at Deakin Program please apply here

PDF Study Abroad Guide for Inbound Students -1.6MB Download

Deakin short programs

For students looking for a short term study option at Deakin.
Here is what we offer:

January Australian Studies Program

The Australian Studies Summer School is an academic program held over two weeks in January.

The program is designed to give international students an intellectual and cultural understanding of Melbourne and the broader Australian culture.

It encompasses crucial orientation events, as well as airport transfers, a welcome dinner, accommodation and much more.

Apply now for Summer School at Deakin

July and August Australian Studies Programs

The Australian Studies Winter School is an academic program held over three weeks in July and August.

The program is designed to provide an insight into historical and contemporary elements of Australian society. Students will delve into the country's history, politics, culture, landscape, settlement and indigenous cultures.

Students will study at the Warrnambool campus, surrounded by beaches and the Great Ocean Road. The program includes airport transfer, welcome dinner, accommodation and more.

Apply now for the July intake - Session 1

Apply now for the August intake - Session 2


Internships at Deakin are only offered as part of an exchange or study abroad program, for students who come to study for two Trimesters.
The internship will take place in the 2nd trimester of the students study duration with us.

Learn more about internship options

Apply now to study at Deakin

Whether you're from one of our partner universities or not, you can apply to Deakin’s study abroad and exchange program.

Apply online

Academic information

In order to be eligible for the exchange or study abroad program, there are some minimum requirements you must meet. These include English language and academic requirements.

Find out more about academic information

Pre-approved study options 

Deakin offers a range of pre-approved units (subjects) that don’t require any assessment from faculty before you’re admitted to them. This can make your application significantly faster.

See pre-approved study options

Specialised study options

If you have specialised units to complete, you can refer to the handbook.


Speak with the Study Abroad office at your home university before applying to study abroad at Deakin, so that you have a good understanding of the requirements. 

As a study abroad student, you'll pay tuition to Deakin as well as additional costs that contribute to activities and services for international students.

Learn more about fees for study abroad and exchange

Important dates

Trimester 3, 2017

Application deadline 30 August 2017
Recommended arrival (arranging accommodation on arrival) 23 October 2017
Recommended arrival (pre-arranged accommodation) 29 October 2017
Orientation 30 October- 3 November 2017
Classes commence 6 November 2017
Vacation Period 25 December 2017 - 7 January 2018
Third Trimester lectures end 2 February 2018
Study Period 5-7 February 2018 
Third Trimester examinations 8-16 February 2018

Trimester 1, 2018

Application deadline 30 October 2017
Recommended arrival (arranging accommodation on arrival) 5 February 2018
Recommended arrival (pre-arranged accommodation) 18 February 2018
Welcome Session (Compulsory) 19 February 2018
Beach Welcome Trip (Optional) 20 – 221February 2018
Orientation 21 February - 2 March 2018
Classes commence 5 March 2018
Vacation Period 30 March – 8 April 2018
First Trimester lectures end 25 May 2018
Study Period 28 May - 1 June 2018
First Trimester examinations 4-15 June 2018

Trimester 2, 2018

Application deadline 10 April 2018            
Recommended arrival (arranging accommodation on arrival) 25 June 2018             
Recommended arrival (pre-arranged accommodation) 1 July 2018
Welcome Session (Compulsory) 2 July 2018             
Beach Welcome Trip (Optional) 3-4 July 2018
Orientation 5-6 July 2018             
Classes commence 9 July 2018          
Vacation Period 13-19 August 2018
Second Trimester lectures end 28 September 2018
Study Period 1-5 October 2018
Second Trimester examinations 8-19 October 2018

Live at Deakin

Study abroad and exchange students have a number of options when it comes to accommodation on or near Deakin campuses. As well as on-campus residences, you can enjoy a homestay or even rent your own room nearby.

Find out more about accommodation at Deakin
Learn about home stays in Australia

Living in Australia

Australia is a great place to live and study. Deakin’s campuses are located in Victoria – a vibrant and multicultural state. We’re famous for our high standard of living, career opportunities, wonderful food, culture and world-class sporting events. From Melbourne’s buzzing city life to the beautiful countryside, there’s nowhere else in the world like Victoria.

When moving overseas to study, there are a number of things to consider when deciding to study in another country, from the cost of living and insurance to opening your own bank account.

Learn about living in Australia
Apply now to study abroad at Deakin

Why come to Deakin?

Become a global citizen

Being globally minded is an increasingly important skill for your future career. Deakin’s free Global Citizenship Program allows you to identify the skills gained through your overseas study experience and how they can enhance your employability following graduation.

Read about our Global Citizenship Program

Get to know Australia – at the beach

Getting to know Australia begins with Deakin’s Beach Welcome Program for our exchange and study abroad students – two days taking in the sun, sand and surf at the beach! The program helps students relax and adjust, meet other students and learn a little about Australian culture.

Find out about our beach welcome