Academic information

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Academic entry requirements

To be eligible for entry into a trimester long study abroad program, students must have completed a minimum of two trimesters of full-time study outside Australia with a GPA of 2.6 out of 4 (or equivalent).
Individuals who apply to undertake Study Abroad immediately following completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) in their home country must meet the minimum requirements for entry to an award course of the University.

Major areas of study

Study Abroad students can choose from a wide range of subjects from different study areas while completing their degree at Deakin. For more information visit the Discipline and unit information page.

 

Academic structure

Study Abroad students are required to take a full-time load of 3-4 Deakin credits per trimester. Most units have a weighting of 1 credit point. Students need special permission if they wish to undertake more than the full-time study load.

Units are generally intended to be offered in specific years of a degree. Unit codes are designed to reflect this differentiation in year, and consequently the level of difficulty. Units therefore that begin with the number one (e.g. AIA103) are first year units and so on. It is important to remember that most units above first year introductory units have prerequisites which must be satisfied before admission will be approved. If you wish to apply for admission to a second or third level unit, departments will look at your academic record from your home institution to determine whether you have passed courses comparable in content to those Deakin units which are specified as a prerequisite.

Students studying at Deakin usually receive a mix of lectures and tutorials. These may be supplemented by practical classes or fieldwork. Lectures are held in state-of-the-art lecture theatres with large groups of students. Lectures typically go for 1-3 hours and may involve note-taking, demonstrations, AV presentations, etc.

Tutorials usually follow lectures and give students a chance to discuss topics in detail. Tutorial groups are usually much smaller, to allow one on one interaction between students and with lecturers. Students studying a full-time load can usually expect to have around 15-20 contact hours (times when you must attend the University) per week as well as study time.

Assessment may take a variety of forms, including written work and tests undertaken in class, participation in class or laboratory sessions, and final examinations each trimester. Fieldwork or practical experience can also form a large part of the content and assessment of some units. Most, but not all, undergraduate units involve an examination usually held at the end of the unit. The weighting applied to each assessment procedure varies from unit to unit, however in many cases the final examination can be worth up to 70 percent of your final grade.

Credit transfer

An official Deakin academic transcript will be issued upon the completion of your Study Abroad experience. This transcript will usually be sent to your home institution's Study Abroad office. For ease of credit transfer, you should arrange approval of Deakin units prior to arrival in Australia.

 

English language requirements 

Undergraduate requirements

Applicants for undergraduate Deakin courses must meet the English language requirements, to the level/band required for the course, as specified below in Table UG-A.

Applicants must demonstrate they meet the English language requirements, to the level required for the course, in at least one of the following ways:

  1. Satisfactory completion of Year 12 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English, or equivalent previous studies where English is the Language of instruction and Assessment of the Institution, in accordance with the specifications below in Table UG-B, OR
  2. Satisfactory completion of previous studies where English generally is not the language of instruction and assessment of the Institution, in accordance with the specifications below in Table UG-C, OR
  3. Satisfactory completion of an English language test, in accordance with the specifications below in Table UG-D, OR
  4. Achievement of English language proficiency as deemed acceptable by the Academic Board, on a case-by-case basis.

Table UG-A: English language requirements for Deakin undergraduate courses

Table UG-A: English language requirements for Deakin undergraduate courses

English language requirements for Deakin courses are benchmarked against the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) standards, and are as follows:

Band/Level IELTS Scores Required Requirement
A 6/6 Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0
B 6.5/6 Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0
C 7/6.5 Overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5
D 7/7 Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0
E 7/7/7.5 Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0, speaking and listening 7.5

All undergraduate courses at Deakin are in Band A, other than those listed below:

Faculty/Course Band
Faculty of Arts and Education
Arts (Professional and Creative Writing)
Arts (Public Relations)
Education and Teaching (E359, E377, D347, D351, E330, E430)

Band B
Band B
Band C
Faculty of Business and Law
Laws and related combined degrees

Band C
Faculty of Health
Social Work
Medicine Surgery
Nursing and related combined degrees

Band D
Band D
Band D
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
Bachelor of Biological Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Band B
Band B
Band B
Band B
Band B
Band B

Table UG-B: Previous studies in English required for entry into undergraduate courses: where English is the language of instruction and assessment of the institution

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed at least one of the following, no more than two years prior to enrolment at Deakin, unless otherwise specified, at the level required for the course, as specified in Table UG-A.

Previous studies Band A: 6/6 Band B: 6.5/6 Band C: 7/6.5 Band D: 7/7

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4, or equivalent

25 in English (English as a second language - ESL) or 20 in any other English 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English 35 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English 35 in English (ESL) or 30 in any other English
Study in a university degree program where English is the language of instruction and assessment for the entire institution, completed no more than 5 years prior to enrolment at Deakin 1 academic year of full-time study 2 academic years of full- time study 2 academic years of full- time study with a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65 2 academic years of full-time study with a WAM of 65
International Baccalaureate Diploma 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard level, or 5 in English B (Higher level) 5 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard level, or 6 in English B (Higher level) 6 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard level, or 7 in English B (Higher level) 6 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard level, or 7 in English B (Higher level)
Australian University Foundation Program 60% in English 70% in English 73% in English 75% in English
Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology (MIBT) or MIBT (Indonesia) and other approved institutions Diploma course N/A N/A N/A
Study at an institution within Australia or a specified English speaking country* 1 academic year of full-time post-secondary study at Certificate/Diploma level N/A N/A N/A
Study at an approved exchange, study abroad or offshore teaching partner institution of Deakin 1 academic year of full-time study N/A N/A N/A
Study within Australia or a specified English-speaking country, completed more than 2 years prior to enrolment at Deakin, and residency in a specified English-speaking country* since graduation Entire secondary and post-secondary studies Entire secondary and post-secondary studies Entire secondary and post-secondary studies Entire secondary and post-secondary studies

* Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia.

Table UG-C.1: Previous studies in English required for entry into undergraduate courses: where English generally is NOT the language of instruction and assessment of the institution

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed at least one of the following at the level required for the course, as specified in Table UG-A.

Satisfactory completion of one of the following, no more than 4 years prior to enrolment at Deakin, unless otherwise specified:

Previous studies Band A Band B
Denmark: Studentereksamen

Grade 7 — post 2006/7; or Grade 8 at Level A or Grade 9 at Level B - prior to 2007

Grade 10 or Very Good — post 2006/7; or Grade 9 at Level A or Grade 10 at Level B — prior to 2007

Finland: Finnish Upper Secondary School Diploma (Lukionpaastotodistus)

Grade 8 in English A or English (Advanced) Matriculation Examination (Ylioppilastutkinto)

Pass in English (Advanced) study abroad and exchange students only: Grade 7 in English A or English (Advanced)

Study abroad and exchange students only: Grade 8 in English A or English (Advanced)
Germany: Abitur Grade 3 (7–9 points) and/or a B in all sections of the DAAD language test Grade 3 (7–9 points) and/or a B in all sections of the DAAD language test
The Netherlands: Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) Grade 7 Grade 8

Norway: Vitnemalden Videregaende Skole (no limit on number of years since completion of qualification)

Grade 4  Grade 4

Sweden: Avgangsbetyg/ Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskolan

 Grade 4 or VG

 Grade 5

Table UG-C.2: Previous studies in English required for entry into undergraduate courses: where English is NOT the language of instruction and assessment of the institution

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed at least one of the following at the level required for the course, as specified in Table UG-A.

Satisfactory completion of one of the following, no more than 2 years prior to enrolment at Deakin:

Previous studies Band A Band B
Hong Kong: (For band levels C and D: Hong Kong Advanced Level Use of English Examination: B)

Hong Kong Advanced Level Use of English Examination: C
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE): Level 3

Hong Kong Advanced Level Use of English Examination: C

India

All India Senior School Certificate — Central Board of Secondary Education: 60%

Indian School Certificate — India Council for School Examinations: 60% Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) — State Secondary School Boards: 65%

Pre-University Examination Certificate awarded by a university after one year of study beyond Secondary School Certificate (SSC—Class X) in an affiliated College: 65%

Tamil Nadu Higher School Certificate: 120/200
 
Malaysia

Minimum C (formerly 6C) in English in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or O-level equivalent; and completion of 2 semesters of university-equivalent study at a post-secondary institution in Malaysia where English is the language of instruction and assessment with an overall average of 60%

or

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM): C in the STPM 914 English Language or 920 English Literature examinations.

C grade in the General Paper or

C grade in a Humanities subject at Higher 1 (H1) or Higher 2 (H2) level

Singapore: Singapore - Cambridge GCE A Levels (for Band levels C and D: B grade in the General Paper, or B grade in a Humanities subject at Higher 1 (H1) or Higher 2 (H2) level

C grade in the General Paper

or

C grade in a Humanities subject at Higher 1 (H1) or Higher 2 (H2) level

C grade in the General Paper

or

C grade in a Humanities subject at Higher 1 (H1) or Higher 2 (H2) level

United Kingdom:  United Kingdom GCE A Levels (for Band levels C and D: B grade in the General Paper, or B grade in a Humanities subject at AS)

C grade in the General Paper

or

C grade in a Humanities subject at AS (Advanced Subsidiary) or A2 level

C grade in the General Paper

or

C grade in a Humanities subject at AS (Advanced Subsidiary) or A2 level

Table UG-D: English Language Test Requirements

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed at least one of the following tests, no more than two years prior to enrolment at Deakin. This requirement, unless otherwise specified, should be to the level required for the course as specified in Table UG-A.

Test Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E
IELTS

6/6
Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0

6.5/6
Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0

7/6.5
Overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5

7/7
Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0
7/7/7.5
Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0, speaking and listening 7.5
TOEFL (IBT)  60
Writing 21
 79
Writing 21
94
Writing 24
94
Writing 27
94
Reading and listening: no less than 28
TOEFL (PBT) 550
Writing 4.5
 577
Writing 4.5
600
Writing 5
 600
Writing 5
 N/A
CPE  45
No less than 'weak' in each skill
45
No less than 'weak' in each skill
 51
No less than 'weak' in each skill
 51
No less than 'weak' in each skill
51
No less than 'borderline' in each skill
CAE  52
No less than 'borderline' in each skill
58
No less than 'borderline' in each skill
67
No less than 'good' in each skill
 67
No less than 'good' in each skill
 67
No less than 'good' in each skill and no less than 'exceptional' for speaking and listening
PTE  52-57
No less than 50 in each skill
58
No less than 50 in each skill
 65
No less than 58 in each skill
 65
No less than 65 in each skill
 73
No less than 65 in each skill and no less than 73 for speaking and listening
OET  Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading  Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading  Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading  Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading
DUELI EAP Program (completed one year prior to enrolment at Deakin) EAP 3 60% EAP 4 60% EAP 4 65% EAP 4 70% English for Nursing: 60% EAP 4 75% Oral presentation/speaking no less than 10/15, listening/notetaking no less than 15/20
DUELI Test (completed within six months prior to enrollment) DUELI Test score of 6.0 DUELI Test score of 6.5 DUELI Test score of 7.0 DUELI Test score of 7.0 DUELI Test score of 7 with interview/speaking score of 7.5

Common European Framework Language System (applicable to study abroad and exchange students only)

Certificate of English language proficency from home institution with an overall grade of C1 Certificate of English language proficency from home institution with an overall grade of C1 N/A N/A N/A

IELTS: International English Language Testing System
TOEFL: Test Of English as a Foreign Language (IBT: Internet-Based Test) (PBT: Paper-Based Test) CPE: Cambridge English Proficiency (formerly the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
CAE: Cambridge English Advanced
PTE: Pearson's Test of English (Academic)
OET: Occupational English Test
DUELI: Deakin University English Language Institute (EAP: English for Academic Purposes program)


Postgraduate English requirements

Applicants must demonstrate they meet the English language requirements, to the level required for the course, in at least one of the following ways:

  1. Satisfactory completion of previous studies, in accordance with the specifications below in Table PG-A (for bands A and B), OR
  2. Satisfactory completion of an English language test, in accordance with the specifications below in Table PG-B (for all bands), OR
  3. Achievement of English language proficiency as deemed acceptable by the Academic Board, on a case-by-case basis.

Table PG-0: English language requirements for Deakin postgraduate courses

English language requirements for Deakin courses are benchmarked against the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) standards, and are as follows:

Band/Level IELTS Scores Required Requirement
A 6/6 Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0
B 6.5/6 Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0
C 7/6.5 Overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5
D 7/7 Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0
E 7/7/7.5 Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0, speaking and listening 7.5

All postgraduate courses at Deakin are in band B, other than those listed below:

Faculty/Course Band
Faculty of Arts and Education

Postgraduate Education and Teaching and combined courses (E700, E746, E792, E780, E570)
Professional Registration for Specialist courses (E552, E752, E754, E744SP)
Initial Teacher Education courses (E665, E690, E760)


Band C

Band E

Band E
Faculty of Business and Law
Graduate Certificate Commercial Law (Financial Crime Control)

Band C
Faculty of Health
Master of Dietetics
Master of Social Work
Master of Psychology (Clinical) and (Industrial and Organisational) (H750)

Band D
Band D
Band D
For all Higher Degrees by Research Courses, please refer to this page.

Table PG-A: Previous studies in English required for entry into postgraduate courses

Table PG-A: Previous studies in English required for entry into postgraduate courses

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed at least one of the following:

Study at an institution within Australia, or specified English speaking country*, completed no more than two years prior to enrolment at Deakin One academic year of full-time study at tertiary level
Study at an institution within Australia, or specified English speaking country*, completed more than two years prior to enrolment at Deakin

Entire secondary and post-secondary studies, and
residency in Australia, or other specified English-speaking country, since graduation

Study at an institution where English is the language of instruction and assessment and English is a major second language of the institution, completed no more than five years prior to enrolment at Deakin Two academic years of full-time study in a university degree program
Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology (MIBT) Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP)

Upper high school English in Norway no limit on number of years completed prior to enrolment at Deakin (applicable for courses at band B level only)

 Grade 4

English Medium program from an approved Thai University (Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University, Chiang Mai University, Thammasat University, King Mongkot Institute of Technology,  Kasetsart University)

 Four academic years of full-time study with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or greater (credit average)

Upper high school English in Norway no limit on number of years completed prior to enrolment at Deakin (applicable for courses at band B level only)

 Grade 4

English language test

 Completion of a test, in accordance with the specifications in TABLE PG-B below

* Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia.

Table PG-B: English Language Test Requirements

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed at least one of the following tests, no more than two years prior to enrolment at Deakin. This requirement, unless otherwise specified, should be to the level required for the course as specified in Table PG-0.

Test Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E
IELTS

6/6
Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0

6.5/6
Overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0

7/6.5
Overall 7.0, no band less than 6.5

7/7
Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0
7/7/7.5
Overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0, speaking and listening 7.5
TOEFL (IBT)  60
Writing 21
 79
Writing 21
94
Writing 24
94
Writing 27
94
Reading and listening: no less than 28
TOEFL (PBT) 550
Writing 4.5
 577
Writing 4.5
600
Writing 5
 600
Writing 5
 N/A
CPE  45
No less than 'weak' in each skill
45
No less than 'weak' in each skill
 51
No less than 'weak' in each skill
 51
No less than 'weak' in each skill
51
No less than 'borderline' in each skill
CAE  52
No less than 'borderline' in each skill
58
No less than 'borderline' in each skill
67
No less than 'good' in each skill
 67
No less than 'good' in each skill
 67
No less than 'good' in each skill and no less than 'exceptional' for speaking and listening
PTE  52-57
No less than 50 in each skill
58
No less than 50 in each skill
 65
No less than 58 in each skill
 65
No less than 65 in each skill
 73
No less than 65 in each skill and no less than 73 for speaking and listening
OET  Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading  Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading  Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading  Overall B, with A or B in listening, speaking, writing and reading
DUELI EAP Program (completed one year prior to enrolment at Deakin) EAP 3 60% EAP 4 60% EAP 4 65% EAP 4 70% English for Nursing: 60% EAP 4 75% Oral presentation/speaking no less than 10/15, listening/notetaking no less than 15/20
DUELI Test (completed within six months prior to enrollment) DUELI Test score of 6.0 DUELI Test score of 6.5 DUELI Test score of 7.0 DUELI Test score of 7.0 DUELI Test score of 7 with interview/speaking score of 7.5

Common European Framework Language System (applicable to study abroad and exchange students only)

Certificate of English language proficency from home institution with an overall grade of C1 Certificate of English language proficency from home institution with an overall grade of C1 N/A N/A N/A

IELTS: International English Language Testing System
TOEFL: Test Of English as a Foreign Language (IBT: Internet-Based Test) (PBT: Paper-Based Test)
CPE: Cambridge English Proficiency (formerly the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
CAE: Cambridge English Advanced
PTE: Pearson's Test of English (Academic)
OET: Occupational English Test
DUELI: Deakin University English Language Institute (EAP: English for Academic Purposes program)

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