Study abroad

Not studying at a partner university? Not a problem! Enrol in a Study abroad program with us and explore the exceptional student experience at one of Australia’s leading tertiary education providers. Choose your own adventure by studying units across different faculties and take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

What is 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. And if you are looking for a taster of the Australian University experience on completing an overseas Year 12, this is the perfect program for you. 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.

Study abroad types

Study abroad online

Study abroad online is a new program offering you the opportunity to study one, two, three or four credit points/units online from your home country. Experience online learning with one of the world's leading universities for online education and keep your education journey on track.

Learn more about study abroad online

Study abroad

Study at Deakin as a Study abroad student in Australia. You can enrol into either 3 or 4 credit points with us.

Key considerations

Entry requirements

  • must have completed a minimum of two trimesters study
  • must have a GPA 2.6 out of 4 (or equivalent)
  • must meet our English language requirements.

Learn more about Deakin University’s English language requirements


You can come to Deakin on a study abroad program from one trimester to a full year, as long as you have approval from your home university. You can begin your studies in either Trimester 1 (March–June), Trimester 2 (July–October) or Trimester 3 (November–February).

Credit conversion guide

One Deakin University credit point is equivalent to:

  • United States: 3–4 credits
  • United Kingdom: approximately 7.5 ECTS or 15 credits
  • Europe: approximately 7.5 ECTS.

For more information, check out our Academic information page.

Visa information

Student visas are required for students travelling to Australia.
For more information on what type of visa to apply for and how to apply, please refer to our visa information page.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

You will need overseas health cover as part of your visa requirement if you are planning to study onshore.

Learn more about Overseas Student Health Cover

The Deakin study abroad experience allowed me to study courses which I could not have taken back home. The experience also helped me to become the person I’ve always wanted to be. The people of Australia have stolen my heart. Thanks to Deakin, I now have life-long friends from all backgrounds of whom I share extraordinary memories.

Jessica Moore

McMaster University, Canada

Study Abroad Fees

If you are advised to apply directly to Deakin as a study abroad student, there are set fees you will be required to pay.

3 credit points study abroad

2024 Fees: A$8,250 per trimester

2025 Fees: A$8,415 per trimester

Please select 5–6 units when you apply*

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4 credit points study abroad

2024 Fees: A$11,000 per trimester

2025 Fees: A$11,220 per trimester

Please select 6–8 units when you apply*

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*Select a few extra units when you apply as this will ensure you have these other unit options (of your preference) to enrol into just in case you don’t get into your first preferences.

Unit selection

Study Abroad and Exchange students can select units from different areas of study within Deakin University.

We recommend that you refer to our Academic Information page as there are a few limitations to some areas of study.

Here are some helpful links to assist you with your unit selection:

Deakin Handbook

The Handbook contains course and unit information for all study periods.

You can use this resource to find out more details in relation to any unit that is offered at Deakin

Pre-approved study options

Deakin has a great range of pre-approved unit options available. These have no prerequisites, which means you are granted direct entry upon application. Any other units that you select that are not on this list will be sent to their respective faculty along with your academic transcript for approval.

Discover our pre-approved units here

Streamlined trimester packages

Fast-track your application process by studying streamlined pre-packaged offerings.

Design your own study plan or pick from our recommended offerings and explore your different options

Applying for study abroad or exchange (inbound students)

Download our Study Abroad and Exchange Application Guide for Inbound students (PDF, 348KB) for more information on how to apply.

Follow our students’ journey on Instagram

If you would like to see what our students get up to on study abroad and exchange programs, check out @destination_deakin on Instagram.