How to apply
We understand that the application process can be overwhelming, so we've developed a video guide featuring Deakin students Tatyana and Kaweesha, who provide a useful introduction to the process and talk through entry requirements, organising your documents and submitting your application.
Contact one of our overseas representatives
We have a network of Deakin representatives around the world. They can help you learn about Deakin, understand your visa requirements and even lodge your application.
Find a course
Use Deakin’s Find a course tool to browse our study areas or use the handy search filters to find a course that’s right for you.
Each course description will tell you its specific intake dates so you’ll know when to apply, how to apply as an international student and what the course entry requirements are.
Understand the entry requirements
Undergraduate course academic requirements
If you're not already in Australia (offshore international student), choose your previous country of study from the table below to see your specific entry requirements.
Please note, the entry requirements displayed are for courses at the Melbourne Burwood Campus and Cloud Campus.
Courses at other Deakin campuses may have lower admission requirements. Combined courses often have higher admission requirements than single courses so please see the International Undergraduate Course Guide (PDF, 5.8MB) for more information.
Previous country of study – academic requirements
|Faculty of Arts and Education||Faculty of Business and Law||Faculty of Health||Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||25||
|Australian Foundation Program||65%||
|Note: Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 certificate|
| Brunei |
|To calculate eligibility, total up results of best three A-level subjects: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1|
|Cambodia||Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners|
|Canada, Alberta High School Diploma||A minimum total of 100 credits on the Alberta High School transcript of achievement|
|Canada, British Columbia Certificate of Graduation||A minimum total of 80 credits on the British Columbia transcript of grades|
|Canada, Ontario (OSSD)||A minimum of six Grade 12 credits (assessed individually)|
|China||Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners|
|Denmark||Average of 7||
Business: average of 7|
Law: average of 10
|Average of 7||Average of 7|
|Note: 2 = meets minimum requirements, 4 = fair, 7 = good, 10 = very good, 12 = excellent|
|France (Baccalauréat)||Average of 11/20||
Business: average of 13/20|
Law: average of 15/20
|Average of 11/20||Average of 11/20|
|Germany||Abitur of 3.2||
Business: abitur of 3.0|
Law: abitur of 2.5
|Abitur of 3.2||Abitur of 3.2|
|Note: Abitur: 3.2 = 65%, 3.0 = 70%, 2.5 = 80%|
|Hong Kong (HKDSE)||18||
|Note: No less than 3 for each core subject. Under review and subject to change|
| India |
(standard class XII)
|Indonesia||Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners|
|Kuwait||Complete a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners|
| Malaysia |
Not more than 21 in your best five subjects where: A1=1, A2=2, B3=3, B4=4, C5=5, C6=6, D7=7, E8=8, F9=9. |
Some courses with higher entry requirements will be assessed on a case by case basis
| Malaysia |
|New Zealand||No less than 80 credits – including at least 60 credits at level three or higher and at least 8 credits at level two or higher in English (4 must be in writing and 4 be in reading)|
|Nigeria||Complete a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners|
|Note: Vitnemal fra den videregaende skolen: 3.5 = 65%, 3.7 = 70%, 4.2 = 80%|
|Philippines||Complete IB refer to International Baccalaureate Diploma (above) or foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners|
| Singapore |
|To calculate eligibility, total up results of best three A-level subjects: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1|
| Sri Lanka|
|To calculate eligibility, total up results of best three A-level subjects: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, S = 2|
|Thailand||Complete Certificate of Secondary Education (Matayom 6 or M6) or complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners|
|USA||Year 12 High school Diploma Certificate plus either SAT or AP exam results for further assessment.|
|United Kingdom (A-levels)||6||
|To calculate eligibility, total up results of best three A-level subjects: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1|
|Vietnam||Vietnamese students must graduate with a National High School Graduate Certificate and achieve an overall GPA of at least 8.0 for Year 11 and Year 12. In addition, applicants must achieve a minimum score of 8.0 for three major subjects in Year 12. Major subjects include maths, English, chemistry, literature, physics or biology. A minimum score of 8.5 in maths is required for engineering-related programs.|
| Zimbabwe |
If your place of study or academic achievements aren't mentioned here, don’t worry. Deakin can still assess your application. Our admissions team can take your academic record and other accomplishments, including work experience, into consideration.
Postgraduate course academic requirements
Specific entry requirements differ by subject and study area. Details can be viewed on each course’s page. General entry requirements, by qualification type, are outlined below. You can also read the Postgraduate International Course Guide (PDF, 4.2MB) for more information.
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diplomas
You must have either one of the following:
- an approved three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an approved university or other educational institution
- equivalent qualifications through examination or relevant professional or industrial experience.
Master's degree by coursework
You've completed at least a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, of an acceptable standard from an approved university or other educational institution.
Master’s degree by research
You have a bachelor's degree with honours (second class or above) from a recognised tertiary institution in an appropriate discipline for which Deakin can provide the required supervisory expertise.
Please contact Deakin University faculty staff to discuss your research areas of interest before submitting an application.
Doctoral programs/Higher degrees by research
You hold a bachelor's degree with honours (second class or above) or a master's degree by research from a recognised tertiary institution in an appropriate discipline for which Deakin can provide the required supervisory expertise.
Please contact Deakin faculty staff to discuss your research areas of interest before submitting an application.
You can find more information about Deakin courses in the undergraduate and postgraduate course guides.
Meet our English language requirements
All applicants need to meet Deakin’s English language requirements – to the level necessary for their course. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirements are displayed on each course’s page.
To find out more, download the English language requirements for Deakin coursework programs below.
Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI)
If you meet Deakin’s academic entrance criteria, but don’t have the required English language skills, you'll automatically be eligible for entry into DUELI.
DUELI prepares students for entry to degree-level study at Deakin and other Australian tertiary institutions.
It also offers English language programs to develop English skills for personal and professional development.
For the most up-to-date English language requirements, please visit the English Language Admission Criteria procedure.
When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise your application could be delayed or disallowed.
Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organised.
Examples of certified copies you’ll need include:
- award certificates
- academic transcripts
- formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).
Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.
CVs and personal statements
When required, adding a CV and/or a personal statement is your opportunity to provide the admission area with greater insight into who you are, your qualifications, background and why you want to attend Deakin.
For more information and tips on how to prepare your CV and personal statement see preparing your application.
Evidence of English proficiency
Please refer to the English language requirements for Deakin coursework program and attach documents supporting your level of English proficiency.
Please make sure you complete the following checklist.
- Include your scholarship applicant ID (if applicable), full name and contact
details on all your documents.
- Provide supporting documents before the closing date.
- Check your supporting documents and confirm the information you’ve
provided in your application.
- Ensure your supporting documents are as specific as possible, certified and
- Don't use presentation folders or binders to forward your documents.
Recognition of prior learning
If you've studied or been in the workforce, you could use your learning qualifications to reduce the number of subjects or units you need to study for your course at Deakin – this means you could finish your course earlier and pay less.
How to apply for recognition of prior learning
To apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL), complete the relevant section of your application form and include:
- certified copies of any relevant academic transcripts and certificates (please don't send in any original documents at this stage as they won’t be returned)
- information on the structure or curriculum (including the level e.g. diploma, bachelor’s, master’s) of the course that you’d like to use for the RPL
- details of the unit, subject outline for all the units and subjects studied in your course, including:
- breakdown of topics covered in each unit
- number of contact hours
- summary of assessment criteria (e.g. examinations, assignments)
- a list of recommended textbooks and other references used for the unit.
If your application is successful, your offer letter will include details about your RPL. When you then enrol, you’ll need to present all original documents to the student adviser to complete your application for your RPL.
Certifying your documents
We appreciate that the COVID-19 pandemic may affect your ability to have your documents certified. For applications made in 2020, Deakin will allow you to enrol online in Deakin's Cloud Campus without certifying your documents. However, you will need to submit your original or certified documents as soon as you can. You will not be able to enrol on campus unless original/certified documents have been received.
Certified copies of documents are photocopies that have been sighted along with the original document by an authorised person (see list below).
Deakin does not accept documents that have been electronically certified. Documents submitted by mail will not be returned. Do not send originals, as they will not be returned.
How do I certify my documents?
- Photocopy a copy of your original document.
- Photocopies must be legible; this applies to all aspects of the document, including the name and address of the awarding institution.
- If the document is in a language other than English, a certified copy of the original must be provided together with a certified translation.
- Take both the photocopy and original to one of the people listed below to have them certified.
- The authorised person must write and sign each page of the copied document.
- The authorised person should sign each statement and provide their designation, i.e. Pharmacist.
Many authorised persons have a stamp they use to mark the paper before they sign and date the declaration. If an authorised person does not have a stamp, they may use wording such as the example below:
Certified true copy. Original sighted by me on ......../......../20......
Signatory's authority: .............................................................
Signatory’s Professional Registration Number: ……………….
Who can certify or sight my documents?
In Australia, the following people are acceptable as signatories for certification of documents:
- a justice of the peace or bail justice
- a public notary
- an Australian lawyer (within the meaning of the Legal Profession Act 2004)
- a clerk to an Australian lawyer
- the prothonotary or deputy prothonotary of the Supreme Court, the registrar or the deputy registrar of the County Court, the principal registrar of the Magistrates' Court or the registrar or the deputy registrar of the Magistrates' Court
- the registrar of probates and the assistant registrar of probates
- the associate to a judge of the Supreme Court or of the County Court
- the associate of an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court or of an associate judge of the County Court
- a person registered as a patent attorney under Chapter 20 of the Patents Act 1990 of the Commonwealth
- a member of the police force
- the sheriff or deputy sheriff
- a member or a former member of either House of the Parliament of Victoria
- a member or a former member of either House of the Parliament of the Commonwealth
- a councillor of a municipality
- a senior officer of a council as defined in the Local Government Act 1989
- a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the medical profession (other than as a student)
- a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the dental profession as a dentist (other than as a student) and in the dentists division of that profession
- a veterinary practitioner
- a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the pharmacy profession (other than as a student)
- a principal in the teaching service
- the manager of an authorised deposit-taking institution
- a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia or the Australian Society of Accountants or the Institute of Public Accountants
- the secretary of a building society
- a minister of religion authorised to celebrate marriages (not a civil celebrant)
- a person employed under Part 3 of the Public Administration Act 2004 with a classification that is prescribed as a classification to which this section applies or who holds office in a statutory authority with such a classification
- a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (Victoria).
Outside Australia, the following people are authorised to certify documents:
- a justice of the peace
- notary public
- Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer (within the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955)
- employee of the Commonwealth or the Australian Trade Commission who works outside of Australia
- a recruitment agent for international students.
Outside Australia, the following people are authorised to sight documents:
- Deakin offshore office staff
- Deakin international onshore staff
- Deakin International Managers travelling overseas
- Selected Deakin International staff members travelling overseas
- Registrar or Dean of Administration or equivalent may sight transcripts, testamurs, and other documents created by their own institution for students or past students of the institution
- Registrar or Dean of Administration or equivalent of a Deakin partner university or Deakin partner institute may sight transcripts, testamurs and other documents for students intending to enrol in a partnership program
Who can't certify my documents?
- You cannot certify your own documents, even if you are listed as being able to do so for others on the list above.
- A family member cannot certify your documents, even if they are listed as being able to do so for other people on the list above.
Submit your application
You can submit your application directly to Deakin through our online international student application service, or through a Deakin authorised agent.
Applying online is simple, convenient and fast. You do not need to pay an application fee but you will need details of:
- previous studies (including course name and institution, duration and qualification obtained)
- current studies (including course name and institution, duration and expected date of completion)
- English language proficiency and/or results of recent English language testing
- (if applicable) employment history (including employer's name, dates and description of work carried out).
You can apply directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect, Deakin University's international student application service.
Please be advised that Higher Degree by Research students cannot apply through StudyLink. Learn more about applying for a Deakin research degree.
Apply through a Deakin authorised agent
You can apply to study at Deakin through one of our authorised international agents. These organisations are all accredited by Deakin and will assist you with advice, liaise with the University on your behalf, provide information about courses and help you through the entire application process.
Accept your offer and pay your fees
In order to accept your offer please refer to the details in your Letter of Offer. You will need to meet all of the conditions and requirements listed in your Letter of Offer before you can accept. You will also need to provide any requested evidence so that Deakin can issue you a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE).
You will also be required to pay your fees as soon as possible to confirm your place.
Learn more about how to accept your offer
Learn more about course fees and how to pay them
How to apply if you completed an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia.
International students who have completed an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply for undergraduate courses through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).
Undergraduate course entry requirements are detailed on both the VTAC website and Deakin international course pages.
Apply through VTAC
A number of courses at Deakin may require additional documentation or qualifications for admission. These may be for undergraduate, postgraduate, honours and research degrees and include courses in education, medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology and performing and creative arts.
Examples of additional requirements include the following:
- an interview
- a written test
- a current police check from your country/state of residence
- an immunisation history / evidence of vaccinations
- a portfolio of work
- referee reports
- a project proposal
- a preference form
- an audition.
When to supply additional requirements
Your individual course page will provide a list of requirements specific to your chosen field of study.
Some of these additional selection criteria may need to be submitted with your application, while others may only be required after you receive an offer of a place.
It’s your responsibility to check these requirements and ensure that all instructions are followed. If your application is successful, you’ll be sent a letter of offer.
Find out more about accepting your offer and paying fees
We offer a variety of scholarships to financially help international students through their Deakin experience. International students who study full time on campus are awarded scholarships based on academic merit.
Applicants must be eligible for their selected program and be citizens of a country other than Australia or New Zealand. Additional eligibility requirements may apply for selected scholarships.
Apply for a visa
If you’re an international applicant who’d like to come to Australia to study on campus, you must apply for a student visa or hold a valid visa to study in Australia.
How to apply for a visa
Once you’ve accepted an offer from Deakin and we’ve received your fees, we’ll send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE). You’ll need this COE to apply for your student visa as soon as you can. Remember, your COE will expire five days after your course starts.
To apply for a student visa, you need to:
- have a COE from Deakin
- meet the visa application criteria for your country
- undergo a medical examination with a medical practitioner approved by the Australian Diplomatic Mission.
What happens next?
What happens after I submit my application?
You will receive an acknowledgement email from Deakin International in a couple of days after your application has been received. There will be some great information in there for you to read. Your application will be allocated to a case officer who will then assess your documents and be in contact if they require anything further to make a full assessment.
When will I know if I’m accepted and how is the offer made?
Generally, you will get an outcome (offer or rejection) for your application within the following timeframe.
- 48 hours for English language study at the Deakin University English language Institute (DUELI);
- 3 weeks for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework studies;
- approximately 8 weeks for research degrees including PhD and Masters by research courses;
from the date of when we receive all required information to process the application. It is important to note that when lodging an application, all relevant fields in the application form should be completed and all relevant certified documents provided. If this is not done correctly, it can delay the assessment process. Once we have assessed the application, we will inform you of the assessment outcome as soon as possible.
What happens if I receive an offer of a place?
If you receive an offer of admission into a Deakin course, you can accept or defer the offer.
If your application has been successful, you will be issued an offer letter (a firm or a conditional offer). You can then accept, reject or defer. For conditional offers, you need to meet all the conditions before accepting the offer. For deferring or rejecting your offer, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
How long do I have to accept my offer?
Your offer letter will state the date by which you must accept or defer your offer.
You are encouraged to accept the offer and make payment as soon as possible. Please ensure you allow enough time for your visa processing. Please note that some courses are quota based for which we highly recommend early acceptance. If for any reasons you can’t accept the offer or would like to defer to another intake, contact Deakin International at email@example.com
How do I accept my offer?
In order to accept your offer please refer to details in the offer email. You must meet all conditions and requirements, and also provide requested evidence so that Deakin can issue you a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE).
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