Study abroad and exchange

Coming to study at Deakin as an exchange or study abroad student gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the unique wonders of Australia. You'll explore a new culture, gain a new global perspective and make friends from all over the world.

Studying at Deakin

Deakin is a highly ranked, internationally recognised university that aims for excellence in all its activities.

In deciding to study at Deakin, you'll be provided with an outstanding academic program and an exceptional student experience.

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Program types


If you are from a partner university and want to apply as an exchange student, check if your university is one of Deakin's partner universities.

Study abroad

Study abroad programs are available if your institution does not have an exchange agreement with Deakin or an exchange place is not available. Study abroad students can study for a trimester or full academic year at Deakin, and are normally required to pay upfront tuition fees to Deakin.

Learn more about Deakin's partner universities

Trimester/Full Year Study Abroad

If you are not from a partner university, but wish to come to Deakin directly, please apply using the study abroad application.

First Semester/First Year Study Abroad Program

Get a taste for university life in Australia; immerse yourself in the subjects you love, and enhance your future study and career prospects.

  • Early entry to an international study experience at one of the world’s best universities, in the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne.
  • Study three exciting modules (units) within the Pre-approved Study Plan Options in creative arts, humanities, business, IT, health, and science.
  • Enhance your intercultural competencies, language and communication skills to boost your CV and further study opportunities.
  • Make friends and build networks for life though Deakin’s huge range of clubs and societies (link to DUSA).
  • Opportunity to work up to 20 hours per week alongside your studies.
  • Completion of upper-secondary studies (eg. sixth form college in the UK, Gymnasium 3G in Denmark, Gymnasium 3R in Sweden, Grade 12 in Canada or Senior Year in USA).
  • Must be 18 years or over.
  • English language ability of IELTS overall 6, no band less than 6 or overall grade of C1 according to Common European Framework of Languages System.
  • Refer to academic requirements page to understand what grade average you need to apply.
  • Completion of the online application form nominating the three units you wish to study (we recommend you select six units in case any units are unavailable).
Participation guidelines:
  • UK, European, Canadian, US students.
Accommodation options:
  • Dormitory, Apartment, Homestay, Shared House
  • 3 modules/one semester: A$7,365

If you are interested in the First Semester/First Year Study Abroad at Deakin Program please apply here

Australian Studies Summer School and Internships

For students looking for a short term study option at Deakin.
Here is what we offer:

Australian Studies Summer School - January

The Australian Studies Summer School is an academic program held over two weeks in January.

The program is designed to give international students an intellectual and cultural understanding of Melbourne and the broader Australian culture.

It encompasses crucial orientation events, as well as airport transfers, a welcome dinner, accommodation and much more.

Apply now for Summer School at Deakin


Internships at Deakin are only offered as part of an exchange or study abroad program, for students who come to study for two Trimesters.
The internship will take place in the 2nd trimester of the students study duration with us.

Learn more about internship options

PDF Study Abroad and Exchange Guide for Inbound Students4.3MB Download

Apply now to study at Deakin

Whether you're from one of our partner universities or not, you can apply to Deakin’s study abroad and exchange program.

Apply online

Academic information

In order to be eligible for the exchange or study abroad program, there are some minimum requirements you must meet. These include English language and academic requirements.

Find out more about academic information

Pre-approved study options 

Deakin offers a range of pre-approved units (subjects) that don’t require any assessment from faculty before you’re admitted to them. This can make your application significantly faster.

See pre-approved study options

Specialised study options

If you have specialised units to complete, you can refer to the handbook.


Speak with the Study Abroad office at your home university before applying to study abroad at Deakin, so that you have a good understanding of the requirements. 

As a study abroad student, you'll pay tuition to Deakin as well as additional costs that contribute to activities and services for international students.

Learn more about fees for study abroad and exchange

Important dates

Trimester 3, 2019

Application deadline 30 August 2019
Recommended arrival (arranging accommodation on arrival) 28 October 2019
Latest recommended arrival (pre-arranged accommodation) 3 November 2019
Orientation Week4 – 8 November 2019
Classes commence 11 November 2019
Intra-trimester break 23 December 2019 – 5 January 2020
Teaching period ends7 February 2020
Study period 10 – 12 February 2020         
Examinations 13 – 21 February 2020
Release of results5 March 2020; 6pm

Trimester 1, 2020

Application deadline30 October 2019
Recommended arrival (arranging accommodation on arrival)10 February 2020
Latest recommended arrival (pre-arranged accommodation)23 February 2020
Welcome Session (Compulsory)25 February 2020
Welcome Program Trip (Optional)25 – 27 February 2020
Orientation Week27 February – 6 March 2020
Classes commence9 March 2020
Intra-trimester break10 April – 19 April 2020
Teaching period ends29 May 2020
Study period1 – 5 June 2020
Examinations8 – 19 June 2020
Release of results9 July 2020; 6pm

Trimester 2, 2020

Application deadline 10 April 2020            
Recommended arrival (arranging accommodation on arrival) 29 June 2020             
Latest recommended arrival (pre-arranged accommodation) 5 July 2020
Welcome Session (Compulsory) 7 July 2020             
Welcome Program Trip (Optional) 7 – 9 July 2020
Orientation Week9 – 10 July 2020             
Classes commence 13 July 2020          
Intra-trimester break 17 – 23 August 2020
Teaching period ends 2 October 2020
Study period 5 – 9 October 2020
Examinations 12 – 23 October 2020
Release of results6 November 2020; 6pm

Trimester 3, 2020

Application deadline 30 August 2020            
Recommended arrival (arranging accommodation on arrival) 26 October 2020             
Latest recommended arrival (pre-arranged accommodation) 1 November 2020
Orientation Week2 – 6 November 2020             
Classes commence 9 November 2020          
Intra-trimester break 21 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
Teaching period ends 5 February 2021
Study period 8 – 10 February 2021
Examinations 11 – 19 February 2021
Release of results4 March 2021; 6pm

Live at Deakin

Study abroad and exchange students have a number of options when it comes to accommodation on or near Deakin campuses. As well as on-campus residences, you can enjoy a homestay or even rent your own room nearby.

Find out more about accommodation at Deakin
Learn about home stays in Australia

Living in Australia

Australia is a great place to live and study. Deakin’s campuses are located in Victoria – a vibrant and multicultural state. We’re famous for our high standard of living, career opportunities, wonderful food, culture and world-class sporting events. From Melbourne’s buzzing city life to the beautiful countryside, there’s nowhere else in the world like Victoria.

When moving overseas to study, there are a number of things to consider when deciding to study in another country, from the cost of living and insurance to opening your own bank account.

Learn about living in Australia
Apply now to study abroad at Deakin

Why come to Deakin?

Become a global citizen

Being globally minded is an increasingly important skill for your future career. Deakin’s free Global Citizenship Program allows you to identify the skills gained through your overseas study experience and how they can enhance your employability following graduation.

Read about our Global Citizenship Program

Get to know Australia – at the Welcome Program

Getting to know Australia begins with Deakin’s Welcome Program for our exchange and study abroad students. The program helps students relax and adjust, meet other students and learn a little about Australian culture.

Find out about our Welcome Program