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.


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 

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

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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 1, 2017

Application deadline 30 October 2016
Recommended arrival (arranging accommodation on arrival) 6 February 2017
Recommended arrival (pre-arranged accommodation) 19 February 2017
Welcome Session (Compulsory) 20 February 2017
Beach Welcome Trip (Optional) 21 – 22 February 2017
Orientation 23 February - 3 March 2017
Classes commence 6 March 2017
Vacation Period 10 – 18 April 2017
First Trimester lectures end 26 May 2017
Study Period 29 May - 2 June 2017
First Trimester examinations 5-16 June 2016

Trimester 2, 2017

Application deadline 10 April 2017     
Recommended arrival (arranging accommodation on arrival) 26 June 2017     
Recommended arrival (pre-arranged accommodation) 2 July 2017
Welcome Session (Compulsory) 3 July 2017     
Beach Welcome Trip (Optional) 4-5 July 2017
Orientation 6-7 July 2017     
Classes commence 10 July 2017  
Vacation Period 14-20 August 2017
Second Trimester lectures end 29 September 2017
Study Period 2-6 October 2017
Second Trimester examinations 9-20 October 2017

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

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 – three 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

Experience Deakin's Summer School

The Australian Studies Summer School is an academic unit 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