Parents and families

Your child’s educational journey is an important part of their life. We recognise the crucial role you play in providing guidance and support at every step in this exciting process. We have compiled some information and resources to help you best support your child.


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Helping your child make the right choice

Your child moving overseas to attend university is a big decision. You want to know that your child will be safe in their new city. You want to know that the university has supports to help them succeed. You might also think about work opportunities for them during their studies and after graduation.

A Deakin University education can get your child on the path to a rewarding and fulfilling career. The knowledge, skills and contacts they acquire studying at one of the top 1% of universities worldwide* will prepare them for the future. It also offers the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime experience living and studying in Australia.

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Why Deakin?

Australia is a great place to live and study

Australia is a safe and welcoming multicultural nation. People from all ethnicities, nationalities and religions live, study and work together. Close to 30 percent of the population were born overseas and almost one half of the population have a parent who was born overseas.

Deakin’s campuses are in the state of Victoria in the southeast of Australia.

The largest campus is in Melbourne, one of the top 10 cities to live in anywhere.^ Melbourne ranks even higher for student life – it is #1 in Australia and 5th best in the world in this category.#

Our other campuses are in nearby cities of Geelong and Warrnambool. These offer the opportunity to study away from a major city and have a unique Australian experience.

Learn more about Deakin’s campuses

Our students love us!

For the 14th year in a row, Deakin is ranked #1 for course satisfaction in the Australian state of Victoria.** We are the highest ranked Victorian university for student support, teaching quality, facilities, resources and skills development. These are all critical for your child’s future.

These qualities are also one of the reasons that Deakin is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.*

Learn more about our reputation


Living on campus can provide a great Deakin experience. Living where they study is safe and affordable and convenient.

Social programs are offered to help your child meet other students and integrate into the university.

Learn more about accommodation options

Preparing your child for the future

Real-world learning to get your child on the right career path

Deakin offers programs in everything you would expect at world-class university. From arts to engineering to health to cyber security, we teach it. Whatever your child has been dreaming about until now, we can help them take that dream to the next level.

Learn more about what degrees we offer

We prioritise practical learning in our programs, taught by experts in their field. Every degree has the option for our students move beyond the classroom and get workplace experience while they study. This means you can be confident that your child will graduate with the skills and knowledge employers want now. And our industry-guided curriculum ensures our students are learning what employers need for the future.

Learn how your child can get a head start in their career with Deakin

Learn more about workplace learning at Deakin

Learn more about our partnerships

DeakinTALENT Career Service

DeakinTALENT is our industry-leading careers and employment service, connecting students and graduates directly with employers.

DISC, the DeakinTALENT International Career Service, is a dedicated to supporting international students.

The DISC team can help your child understand the Australian job market, provide feedback on their resume and help them with their interview skills. They also host sessions where students can meet with industry professionals to talk about their requirements.

With this support your child will be equipped with the marketability tools and skills to excel in the job market.

Learn more about DeakinTALENT

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Deakin's international tuition fees vary by degree. If you would like to know more about fees for a specific course, see the course page or use our fee estimator tool.

Living expenses will depend on where your child chooses to study. For example, Geelong and Warrnambool are less expensive than Melbourne. Living on campus means there are no hidden expenses such as travel and internet. The Study Australia website gives a good overview of living costs.

Overseas Student Health Cover is required as a condition of a student visa. Deakin manages this for your family through our partner provider.


Deakin has fantastic scholarships on offer, specifically designed for international students from all backgrounds. There are scholarships are based on study area or nationality that cover part of your child’s tuition. The prestigious Deakin's Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship, for example, recognises academic excellence, and can cover up to 100% your child's tuition costs.

Learn more about fees and scholarships for international students

Deakin strives to make international students feel comfortable and at home in Australia by providing a welcoming and supportive environment, offering orientation programs, support services and a friendly community.

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Support, health and safety

From the time you first think about Deakin to the day your child graduates, we provide support for a safe, healthy and successful Australian university experience.

Helping you make the right choice

Deakin staff are available to offer advice on everything from program details to entry requirements to how to make a good application. Once your child has applied and been made an offer, the International Student Support Officers can help with enrolment. They can also advise on the visa application process, accommodation options and getting settled in Australia.

Ensuring your child is safe

Deakin is a safe and friendly environment for international students.

To make sure your child arrives safely, we offer a free airport pickup service for their arrival at Melbourne International Airport or Avalon International Airport.

Even though Deakin campuses are safe, we have 24-hour on-site security. Deakin students can access security through the SafeZone app if they feel unsafe, such as wanting an escort back to their residence if they are studying late in the library. You can rest comfortably knowing there is always someone available to take care of your loved one.

Learn more about SafeZone

Health and wellbeing

Whether your child lives on campus or in the community, they have access to fitness centres, healthy food and all other supports. Deakin Medical Centre provides medical and nursing care and advice to students. We also have counsellors who provide mental health support. On-campus health services are billed directly through Overseas Student Health Cover.

Learn more about health, safety and wellbeing at Deakin

Spiritual support

As a multicultural institution, Deakin staff offer compassionate support to everyone, whether religious or not.  We have chaplains from many faiths available to support your child. They can also help them find a welcoming place of worship near where they live.

Students Helping Students

During their studies, Deakin’s Students Helping Students (SHS) program connects your child with other students. They can provide assistance with understanding unit content, using the library and improving study skills. In the later years of their program, your child may even wish to help other students and get valuable experience as an SHS volunteer.

Deakin University Student Association

Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) is an inclusive community that offers services and advocacy for all students.  DUSA has clubs that are based on study area, nationality, religion or general interests so your child will find a supportive network who want to help them succeed.

DUSA has a close relationship with community legal services that can provide help with visa and migration questions or any other problem that may arise.

Learn more about DUSA

We are here to help

Do you want to learn more about your child's journey to study at Deakin? We can help.

Help your child get into the university of their dreams

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Working in Australia

Students residing in Australia are allowed to work while they are studying. This gives your child an opportunity to earn money while studying and to get experience working in Australia. The work can be related to their degree or it can be in other industries such as retail or hospitality.

Learn more about working in Australia on a student visa

Following graduation, your child may be eligible for post-study work rights in Australia. The length of this visa will vary depending on what they studied, where they studied and where they want to work following graduation.


There is more than one way for your child to get into Deakin. We offer a range of different pathways for your child to commence their studies with us.

Deakin College is a direct pathway to Deakin University for students who might not meet the academic admission requirements for their desired degree. A Deakin College diploma can fast-track your child's journey into Deakin University, with academic and study skills support available along the way.

Learn more about Deakin College

Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) offers a range of programs to help your child meet the English language requirements for their Deakin University degree, as well as equip them with vital skills for the workplace.

Learn more about DUELI

Partnership pathways

Deakin has partnerships with universities around the world. Your child may have the opportunity to start their studies closer to home then move to Australia to finish their degree. Some of these partnerships also include scholarships.

Is your child under 18 years of age?

The Australian Government requires international students who are under the age of 18 to demonstrate that they have adequate welfare arrangements in place before they can be granted a student visa to study in Australia.

Learn more about these arrangements and how Deakin can support you


*ShanghaiRankings World University Rankings

^Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index 2022

#QSES Best Student Cities 2023

**Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2023, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) based on undergraduates

Contact us

Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you or your child one-on-one about their study options, support services for international students and how we can help them study at Deakin in Australia.

Phone: +61 3 9918 9188

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