Keep your career goals on track
With ongoing border and travel restrictions around the world, it is uncertain when we will be able to welcome international students back on campus in Australia. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep your study plans on hold.
Deakin University is offering you the opportunity to start your degree online at home through Deakin’s innovative Cloud Campus. You will then be able to continue and complete your studies in Australia.*
This pathway means you can keep your study goals on track and take the next steps towards your dream career.
Video explainer: Deakin's online to on-campus pathway
Don’t put your career on hold, start your university studies online now then complete them on campus, in Australia when it's possible to travel again.
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Pathway from online to on campus: how it works
Start your studies online, then when you have the opportunity to come to Australia, we will be with you every step of the way to make sure that the transition to on-campus study is as smooth as possible.*
The Australian Government is currently granting visas for students who lodge a Student visa application outside Australia where all the requirements are met. This means you will be able to come and finish your studies in Australia as soon as the option is available.* The campus you continue your studies at will depend on your chosen degree.
What can I study?
There are more than 200* courses available online. You can use our find a course tool to search Deakin programs. Be sure to select 'international student' before searching.
There are select courses that are not available as part of the online to on-campus pathway, due to compulsory on-campus components. If you have any questions, contact your agent or email the University directly. We will help in determining the best study option for you.
You may be concerned that starting your degree online will be challenging, or that it will take longer to complete your qualification. We want to ensure that you are well supported to succeed in your studies.
As part of the online to on-campus pathway, you can study either one, two, three or four** units online each trimester before continuing and completing your studies in Australia. This will depend on your situation, as well as the number of units available online per trimester for your chosen course.
Once you enrol in your course, you will be provided with the range of units you can choose from.
And Deakin's unique trimester system means you can still complete your degree on time. We offer intakes in March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2) and November (Trimester 3), which means for many of our degrees, you have the option to study three terms per year.
The University recommends either the one or two-unit approach if you have not studied at an Australian institution before:
If you have previously studied at an Australian institution, are transferring from one of our partner institutions or are from an English speaking country, you may be eligible to fast track your studies by completing up to four units of study during the trimesters that you study online**
^ 4 units = full-time study load
Deakin is providing a 25% tuition bursary to support our international students who start their studies in 2021 through our online to on-campus pathway. This bursary is available to eligible students on tuition fees of all units of study* completed prior to being able to travel and study on campus.
Post-study work rights
We recommend you apply for your visa as soon as we issue your confirmation of enrolment. While you hold a valid student visa, the Australian government will recognise any study undertaken online towards eligibility for post-study work rights (PSWR).
PSWR means that you may qualify to live and work in Australia for at least two years after the completion of your degree.
If you study at one of Deakin's Geelong campuses, you may be eligible for three years of post-study work rights, and up to four years if you study at Deakin's Warrnambool Campus.
For more details about post-study work rights, visit the Australian Government's Post-Study Work Stream website.
Deakin's online learning platform
Students who study online experience the same quality education as on-campus students. Deakin's Cloud Campus offers lectures, seminars and class discussions via livestream, and you can chat with teaching staff and other students in real-time.
Discover everything you need to know about studying in Deakin's Cloud Campus in this free online course.
Programs built for online education
Deakin has been a leader in online education for more than 40 years, and provides an innovative learning environment.
A thriving online community
Join Deakin's immersive online learning community of more than 60,000 students.
Learn from our experts
Deakin's online classes are led by the same teachers as on-campus classes.
Online study support services
We make it our priority to ensure that all new international students make a smooth transition to university studies. While studying online, you will have access to the same support services as those available to you when you come to Australia.
You will participate in orientation sessions, and have access to tailored support services and innovative, easy-to-use digital tools and resources to keep you on track.
Deakin provide access to:
- a range of student-to-student mentoring programs supporting your transition to university and throughout your studies
- orientation and study preparation sessions and resources
- easy-to-use online learning tools, including downloadable recordings of classes for you to watch and listen at your convenience
- library resources, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- assignment planners and referencing guides
- online language and learning consultations
- writing feedback service and online tutoring in selected subjects.
What’s more, students who begin their studies online will still have access to Deakin programs and opportunities such as:
Scholarships and bursaries
Deakin's full range of scholarships are available as part of this pathway opportunity. You can use our ‘Find a scholarship’ tool to explore what opportunities you might be eligible for.
Our unique DeakinTALENT program assists students to enhance their career planning, marketability and employment outcomes in Australia and beyond. You can access everything online.
The Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) is now offering our full suite of English language courses online.
The transition from on-campus to online learning was much easier than anticipated...I get to plan out when to watch a lecture according to my preference. It also helps to save travel time, which makes you feel like you have more hours in the day to get other things done.
Kaweesha, Sri Lanka
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
We understand that COVID-19 restrictions have meant that your study plans may be looking different than you thought they would. Deakin is providing flexibility around its refund policy for commencing students who take part in this pathway, commencing in Trimester 2, 2021 (July). A full refund will be provided if you withdraw before the census date (Sunday 15 August, 2021). This means you will have time to get used to studying online and make sure it is the right option for you.
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* Studying online does not guarantee students a place in on-campus study. Transition to on-campus study is still subject to Australian Government visa and genuine temporary entrant regulations. Courses that are available to complete on campus are limited. Please contact us to find out if your course is included.
** Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine how many units you are eligible to study online. Students coming to Deakin from a partner institution will likely have the opportunity to study more units online.