International student applications

As an international student, you can apply directly through Deakin or with the help of one of our overseas representatives. Many courses accept applications throughout the year with intakes in all three trimesters, so use our step-by-step guide to apply now.

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 representative near you

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.

Find a course

What academic entry requirements will I need?

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, 5MB) 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 Business: 27
Law: 33
Sport: 27
25 25
Australian Foundation Program 65% Business: 70%
Law: 80%
Sport: 70%
65% 65%
Note: Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 certificate
Brunei
(A-levels)
6 Business: 8
Law: 10
Sport: 8
6 6
Note: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1. At least three A-level subjects completed
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 Business: 18
Law: 22
Sport: 18
18 18
Note: No less than 3 for each core subject. Under review and subject to change
India
(standard class XII)
65% Business: 65%
Law: 80%
Sport: 65% 
65% 65%
Indonesia Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners
Japan Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners
Kenya 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
(UEC)
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
(STPM) GPA
2.7 Business: 3
Law: 3.17
Sport: 3
2.7 2.7
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
Norway 3.5 Business: 3.5
Law: 4.2
3.5 3.5
Note: Vitnemal fra den videregaende skolen: 3.5 = 65%, 3.7 = 70%, 4.2 = 80%
Oman Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners
Qatar Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners
Saudi Arabia Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners
Singapore
(A-levels)
6 Business: 8
Law: 10
Sport: 8
6 6
Note: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1. At least three A-level subjects completed
South Korea Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners
Sri Lanka
(A-levels)
9 Business: 10
Law: 12
Sport: 10
9 9
Note: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1. At least three A-level subjects completed
Taiwan Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners
Thailand Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners
UAE Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners
United Kingdom (A-levels) 6 Business: 8
Law: 10
Sport: 8
6 6
Note: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1. At least three A-level subjects completed
Vietnam Complete foundation studies and/or a diploma program at Deakin College or at one of Deakin's TAFE partners
Zimbabwe
(A-levels)
6 Business: 8
Law: 10
Sport: 8
6 6
Note: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1. At least three A-level subjects completed

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, 5.1MB) 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.

Find out how to apply to become a research degree student

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.

Find out more about DUELI

Supporting documents

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.

Certifying and supplying documents

Certified copies are photocopies of original documents that have been seen and signed by an authorised person. 

Details about certifying documents and a full list of who can certify your documents in Australia or overseas are available at preparing your 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 attach the original copy of your IELTS or TOEFL with your application.

Application checklist

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
    current.
  • Don't use presentation folders or binders to forward your documents.

Credit for 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 Credit for Prior Learning

To apply for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), 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 CPL
  • 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 CPL. When you then enrol, you’ll need to present all original documents to the enrolment officer to complete your application for your CPL.

Find out more about Credit for Prior Learning

Submit your application

You can submit your application to study at Deakin using a variety of methods – online, by mail, email, in person or through a representative.

Apply online via Deakin's applicant portal (all students)

Applying online is simple, convenient and fast. You don’t need to pay an application fee but you'll 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).

Apply from your chosen course page

Go to the Deakin applicant portal

Apply by mail or email (for undergraduate students only)

Step 1
Go to the course page for the course of your choice and check the entry requirements and documentation you will need.

Step 2
Go to the How to Apply section.

Step 3
Download the relevant application form for the course you wish to apply for.

Step 4
Ensure that you have to certified/notarised copies of your academic qualifications and English language proficiency.

Step 5
Depending on the course, a non-refundable application fee of AUD$55 might be charged. You can either get a bank draft made payable to Deakin University or complete the 'Payment of application fee by credit card' section of your application form.

Step 6
Email your completed forms and documents to Deakin International.

Postgraduate students

If you're applying as a postgraduate student, you can't submit your application by email or mail. Please submit using the online applicant portal, in person or via a representative.

Apply in person (all students)

Step 1
Go to the course page for the course of your choice and check the entry requirements and documentation you will need.

Step 2
Go to the How to Apply section.

Step 3
Download the relevant application form for the course you wish to apply for.

Step 4
Ensure that you have to certified/notarised copies of your academic qualifications and English language proficiency.

Step 5
Depending on the course, a non-refundable application fee of AUD$55 might be charged. Get a bank draft for $AUD55 made payable to Deakin University.

Step 6
Visit any of Deakin International’s offices in Australia, India, China or Indonesia to lodge your application. Make sure you bring your certified documents and bank draft with you.

For addresses of Deakin International offices, please visit the Deakin International page.

Apply through a representative (all students)

You can apply to study at Deakin through one of our international representatives. 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.

Search for an overseas representative in your region

How to apply if you completed Year 12 in Australia

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 their Year 12 here (onshore internationals) should apply for undergraduate courses through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). 

All course requirements will be detailed in the VTAC course search and on your Deakin course page. Your chosen Deakin course page’s ‘Apply Now’ button will take you directly to the VTAC website.

Special requirements

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

Scholarships

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.

Find a Deakin scholarship that's right for you

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.

How to apply for a visa

Once you’ve accepted an offer from Deakin and we’ve received your fees, we’ll send you an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). You’ll need this eCOE to apply for your student visa as soon as you can. Remember, your eCOE will expire five days after your course starts.

To apply for a student visa, you need to:

  • have an eCOE from Deakin 
  • meet the visa application criteria for your country
  • undergo a medical examination with a medical practitioner approved by the Australian Diplomatic Mission.

Find out more about the student visa application process

Contact us

Deakin International
+61 3 9627 4877
Email Deakin International