Keep your career goals on track

The Australian border is open. We look forward to welcoming student visa holders to our Australian campuses this year. We recommend you apply for your visa as soon as you accept your Deakin offer and we issue your confirmation of enrolment.

Please note that there may be a delay in obtaining a student visa. If your visa is not issued in time for your arrival to start classes, we offer you the option to start your studies online.

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.

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 once you have a student visa.* 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.

Pathway options

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:

The diagram shows the recommended option: study 1 or 2 units online. When you can travel to Australia, study on campus.

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**

The diagram shows the Fast-track option 1: study 3 units online. When you can travel to Australia, study on campus.

The diagram shows the Fast-track option 2: study 4 units online (which is a full-time study load). When you can travel to Australia, study on campus.

^ 4 units = full-time study load

COVID bursary

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.

Learn more about the COVID bursary, including eligibility criteria

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. Studying online gives you access to lectures, seminars and class discussions via livestream, and you can chat with teaching staff and other students in real-time.

Learn more about the online study experience at Deakin

Discover everything you need to know about studying online with Deakin 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.

Learn more about student support at Deakin

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.

Scholarship finder

Graduate employment

Our unique DeakinTALENT program assists students to enhance their career planning, marketability and employment outcomes in Australia and beyond. You can access everything online.

Learn more about DeakinTALENT

Deakin English

The Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) is now offering our full suite of English language courses online.

Learn more about DUELI’s English language courses

Since I had to start my course online, I had no clue how I would be able to manage my studies from home, being new to the whole virtual environment. But Deakin University ensured that the online study went smoothly for the students.

Tushita, India

Master of Business Analytics

Refund policy

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. A full refund will be provided if you withdraw before the census date for Trimester 1, 2 and 3 2021. This means you will have time to get used to studying online and make sure it is the right option for you.

Learn more about our refund policy

How to apply

Ready to apply to study with Deakin? Our step-by-step guide will help you get started.

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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.