Study Abroad and Exchange
Study Abroad and Exchange Programs allow you to study overseas at one of the many partner universities Deakin has an agreement with for one or two trimesters. With more than 200 partner universities all over the world, Deakin offers you a great range choose from.
All of Deakin's Partner Universities offer subjects in English, and as exchange is considered part of your Deakin degree, units taken at the Host University are credited back to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree.
What’s the difference between Study Abroad Program and Exchange Programs?
|Study Abroad Program||Exchange Program|
|Study overseas at a (non-partner) university of your choice||Study overseas at one of Deakin’s many partner universities |
|You apply to the host university directly and will pay up-front tuition fees to that institution ||You apply to the host university with the assistance of the Global Student Mobility Office and will continue to pay your tuition fees to Deakin|
|You will not be enrolled as an Australian student during your time abroad and (if you are a recipient) will therefore not receive Centrelink benefits while on your Study Abroad Program||You will remain enrolled as a student at Deakin during your time abroad and (if you are a recipient) will continue to receive Centrelink benefits while on your Exchange Program|
|Please research if the (non-partner) university of your choice offers subjects in English||All of Deakin’s partner universities offer subjects in English|
|Units taken at the host university may be credited back toward your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, however, only with prior approval from your faculty||Units taken at the host university are credited back toward your undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Deakin |
|You will not receive a Travel Grant from the Global Student Mobility Office, however, you may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan||You may receive a Travel Grant of up to $1000 from the Global Student Mobility Office if your application is successful, plus may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan still |
The information on this page pertains primarily to Exchange Programs, however, Study Abroad Program applicants are most welcome to contact the Global Student Mobility Office if further assistance is required.
Why undertake an Exchange Program?
An Exchange Program is a rewarding and enriching experience which allows you to immerse yourself in a different culture, pick up a new language and see the world from a different perspective. It also becomes the foundation for creating an international network of lifelong friends and potential future professional contacts. You will make friends for life and open the door to global networking opportunities. The benefits of undertaking an Exchange Program are limitless, really!
Getting ready to apply for an Exchange
- Attend a compulsory Information Session – please present your Student ID upon arrival so we can register your attendance
- Review the Guide to Studying Overseas – Check you meet all the eligibility criteria?
- Start thinking about exchange destinations by using both our Faculty Destination Guides and list of Host Universities – please note that the Faculty Destination Guides are not comprehensive; they merely serve as a starting point. Do your research!
- Please make sure you understand the way our Category-system works and check if you need to submit an exchange application for a second preference – if you choose a Category A University as your first preference, you must also select a Category B University or a Category C University as a second preference
- Research your Host University/ies by visiting their website(s) – have a look at the location of the campus, accommodation options, services offered to exchange students, activities on campus, and most importantly: available courses and subjects
- Collect as much information as possible on the courses and subjects you are interested in taking while on exchange in preparation for your faculty meeting – the Global Student Mobility Office can help you request syllabi or subject descriptions if needed
- Meet with your faculty by the Faculty Appointment Deadline to discuss your degree requirements and subject choices – your Faculty Course Adviser will eventually need to sign off on your outgoing study plan
- Pay the $110 exchange application Fee and hold on to the receipt – payments can be made through the Cashier's Desk, quoting item number '439'
- Submit your exchange application on the Deakin Abroad application site. Create a profile and search for the relevant Host University/ies in the 'Programs' tab – Ensure that the exchange application steps outlined above are completed by the relevant deadlines – your exchange application can only be submitted between the Faculty Appointment Deadline and the Exchange Application Deadline
Trimester 2, 2015
If you wish to go on exchange during Trimester 2, 2015, please make sure you meet the following deadlines:
- 20 October 2014: Faculty Appointment Deadline
Meet with your faculty by the Faculty Appointment Deadline to discuss your degree requirements and subject choices – your Faculty Course Adviser will eventually need to sign off on your outgoing study plan
- 8 December 2014: Exchange Application Deadline
Ensure that the exchange application steps are completed by this deadline – your exchange application can only be submitted between the Faculty Appointment Deadline and the Exchange Application Deadline
Please do not contact Deakin’s partner universities directly. Global Student Mobility staff know the partner universities well and will contact them on your behalf, plus provide you with advice throughout the application process.
Once you have been accepted into the Exchange Program by Deakin you will be asked to complete the host university’s application as the next step. Your Study Abroad and Exchange Coordinator and Faculty Course Adviser at Deakin as well as the International Coordinator at your host university will assist you with this.