Key dates

Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin's main study periods. You'll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.

Current students can find more detailed dates and deadlines in the 2020 University Handbook.

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Application dates

We have a number of different study periods. Most courses are offered through our trimester study system. With three trimesters, the next intake is never far away.

VTAC applications are currently closed. Mid-year course applications open in April. Applications for courses commencing in 2021 will open in August.

Applications are generally open during the following periods (including non-award and incoming cross institutional applications), but not all courses are open at each application intake. Please check the relevant course page for full details.

Study period Applications open Applications close
Trimester 2, 2020ClosedClosed
Trimester 3, 2020Now open Sunday 1 November, 2020#
Trimester 1, 2021Now open Sunday 21 February, 2021#

#Dates may be subject to change and some courses will close earlier. Please check specific course pages for details and earlier closing dates.

Study periods at Deakin

Most of our courses and units are studied in our trimester study schedule. To give you an idea of when you'd be studying, an outline of the upcoming trimester dates is below.

Current Deakin students should turn to the University Handbook for a full list of important dates.

Trimester 2, 2020

Date Event or deadline
Monday 13 July T2 teaching period begins
Friday 2 October T2 teaching period ends
Monday 12 October Exams begin
Friday 23 October Exams end
Friday 6 November, 6pm T2 results released

Applications now closed

Trimester 3, 2020

Date Event or deadline
Monday 9 November  T3 teaching period begins
Friday 5 February 2021 T3 teaching period ends
Thursday 11 February 2021 Exams begin
Friday 19 February 2021 Exams end
Thursday 4 March, 6pm 2021 T3 results released

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Trimester 1, 2021

Date Event or deadline
Monday 1 March-Friday 5 MarchOrientation week – all students
Monday 8 March           T1 teaching period begins
Friday 28 May T1 teaching period ends
Monday 7 June Exams begin
Friday 18 June Exams end

Some units and courses, outlined below, have different study period dates to the above:


The safety and wellbeing of the community is our number one priority, which means there will be a few changes to how we run our on-campus events. You can still browse all the upcoming talks, conferences, webinars and more through our events hub.

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Public holidays at Deakin

Public holidays and University closure dates

Holiday Date Deakin
Australia Day Holiday Monday 27 January 2020 (in lieu of 26 January) Closed
Labour Day Monday 9  March 2020 Open
Good Friday Friday 10 April 2020 Closed
Saturday of Easter weekendSaturday 11 April 2020Closed
Easter Sunday Sunday 12 April 2020 Closed
Easter Monday Monday 13 April 2020 Closed
Easter Tuesday Tuesday 14 April 2020 Closed
ANZAC Day Monday 27 April 2020 (in lieu of 25 April) Closed
Queen's Birthday Monday 8 June 2020 Open
AFL Grand Final Eve Friday 23 October Closed
Melbourne Cup Tuesday 3 November 2020Open
University holidayMonday 21 December - Friday 1 January 2021Closed
Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2020 Closed
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December 2020 Closed

The Deakin Library is sometimes open on public holidays. Check the Library website for opening hours.

Current students

If you're already studying with us, the dates you need are in the 2020 University Handbook.

You'll find further details in the handbook on:

  • weeks of study
  • the last day to enrol
  • census dates
  • exam dates
  • results dates.

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