Deakin University English Language Institute

Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) offers a variety of high-quality courses to help you improve your English language skills for personal or professional purposes – or as a pathway into Deakin’s sought-after degree and diploma courses.

One of the best places to learn English

Students from all over the world come to study English at our Melbourne Burwood and Geelong Waterfront campuses. Learning at DUELI can help you:

  • Gain advanced English skills quickly to meet the requirements for your future university award course
  • Meet new people from all over the world and make lifelong friendships
  • Join a wide range of university clubs and activities
  • Achieve success as you improve your English at Deakin.

DUELI courses

Our exceptional teaching staff and our small class sizes mean you receive personal attention to help you excel at your studies.

DUELI has a wide range of programs to help you to communicate better both personally and professionally.

The DUELI English for Academic Purposes (EAP) pathway has enabled over 15,000 international students meet the English requirements for their Award and diploma courses at Deakin University  and Deakin College.

Learn more about DUELI courses

How to apply for DUELI

Ready to join us at DUELI and improve your English language skills? Learn how to apply for a DUELI course today.


DUELI offers an outstanding university campus experience, where students can access all the university services and facilities at our Melbourne Burwood and Geelong Waterfront campuses. These include:

  • free airport pick-up on arrival
  • DUELI Student Advisers to help, advise and guide you in academic and personal matters
  • medical and health services
  • spiritual centres
  • library with a range of services
  • DUELI Independent Learning Centres (ILCs)
  • restaurants and cafes
  • assistance with finding accommodation in a homestay or on campus
  • complimentary 10-week introductory membership to Deakin's YMCA gym
  • free membership to Deakin University Student Association and the DUELI Club
  • opportunity to join the DUELI volunteer and/or DUELI internship program.

Online students also have access to the fantastic range of library services, such as 24/7 online assistance, film streaming, eBooks and databases.

Student stories

Visit our Navigator blog to hear from other international students and discover how their English language studies have helped them in their careers and personal lives.

Visit our Navigator blog

DUELI study tours

If you would like an English program specifically tailored to your needs, we can develop English language study tours for groups – perfect for universities, colleges and international organisations.

Find out more about our study tours

Student support

Our team members have lived and studied in other countries, experiencing first-hand the cultural and other adjustments required to move to another country. We are familiar with many of the challenges you face in making Australia your home.

We can provide you with general support during your studies as well as advice on a range of subjects. We hope you will make us your first point of contact at Deakin should you need support. We are also able to provide specific support to under 18 students.

Contact DUELI student support

+61 3 9244 5110
Email us

Explore the DUELI brochure

Learn all about the courses at DUELI, teaching at DUELI, and your direct entry pathway to further studies at Deakin University. Discover what our DUELI students say about their Deakin experience.

Explore the DUELI brochure

Life at DUELI

Our locations

DUELI operates on two Deakin University campuses – our Melbourne Burwood Campus in the green eastern suburbs of Melbourne and our Geelong Waterfront Campus in the heart of Geelong. We also offer all our courses online.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort.

Explore the Melbourne Burwood Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Located in the heart of Geelong, the Geelong Waterfront Campus has spectacular views of the bay. This campus has been renovated to create an impressive, modern space that offers an inspiring study environment.

Explore the Geelong Waterfront Campus


For students who wish to complete a DUELI pathway to study a Deakin degree online, Deakin offers a range of spaces and tools to enable interactive and engaging learning including:

  • A home page which leads students to their DUELI program
  • Access each week to course materials, readings, videos, discussions and quizzes
  • the ability to submit assignments online

Where to live

We can help you find a homestay near the university where you can practise your English by living with an Australian family. We can also help find you on-campus accommodation with other students.

Learn more about where to live

Getting to classes

Melbourne Burwood Campus

From the centre of Melbourne it takes about an hour to get to Deakin’s Burwood Campus using public transport. The most direct route is by tram: take the number 75 tram from Stop 4 on Flinders Street to Stop 63 (Deakin University/Burwood Highway).

The Melbourne Burwood Campus is a 25 minute drive from the Melbourne CBD, depending on traffic. It is also accessible by cycling, with plenty of bike trails around the campus. On campus you will find plenty of showers, change rooms, bike racks, lockers and a secure bicycle cage.

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Geelong train station is located just 400 metres from campus. V/Line trains operate throughout the day on the Geelong–Melbourne line and take just over an hour. There are also a range of public transport options for travelling around Geelong, including buses that link the Geelong Waterfront and Geelong Waurn Ponds campuses.

The Geelong Waterfront Campus is an hour-long drive from Melbourne CBD, depending on traffic.

Cycling all the way from Melbourne may be too adventurous for most (83kms along the Federation bicycle trail), there are plenty of scenic trails around the Geelong area. On campus you will find plenty of bike-friendly facilities including showers, change rooms, bike racks, lockers and a secure bicycle cage.

Plan your journey on the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website


Find out important information about your course, DUELI and the Australian way of life in your DUELI orientation. It is also a great way to make new friends with other DUELI students.

Find out more about DUELI orientation

Become a volunteer at DUELI

Have you studied with DUELI in the past? If so, you could take part in the DUELI Volunteer Program.

The DUELI Volunteer Program helps you build leadership, event management and marketing skills by helping new students and organising events for the DUELI community.

Volunteer at DUELI

Partner with DUELI

DUELI offers a wide range of face-to-face and online tailored English language programs for university partners. If you would like to discuss a partnership with Deakin's DUELI program, please get in touch.

General Manager, DUELI
Angela Moran

+61 3 9244 5098

Contact us

If you have questions about DUELI or would like to request more information, please call or visit either of our offices on campus. We would be happy to provide you with help about our courses, fees, accommodation, orientation days and language study tours. You can also fill in our international student enquiry form to ask us a question.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 9244 5110

Visit us
Building LA, Entrance 3
70 Elgar Road
Burwood, Victoria 3125

Geelong Waterfront Campus

+61 3 5227 1322

Visit us
1 Gheringhap Street
Geelong, Victoria 3220