Learning at Deakin through COVID-19

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Deakin is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the ongoing safety of the University community. We've paused all on-campus teaching, including classes (lectures), seminars and pracs, with study continuing undisrupted thanks to our premium online learning platform.

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Applications are open for all Trimester 3, 2020 and Trimester 1, 2021 courses. Deakin has over 200 fully online courses, and right now, due to COVID-19, most of our campus-based courses are being delivered online. This means you can commence a campus-based course online and transition to on-campus study when feasible.

We've curated some questions our future student advisers are asked most frequently to help you navigate learning at Deakin through COVID-19.

Can I apply to study?

Yes. All courses starting in our next intake in November – Trimester 3, 2020 – are open for application. Rather start your journey next year? Applications for Trimester 1, 2021 – starting in March – are also now open.

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I want to study on campus, can I apply?

Yes. All campus-based and online courses available in Trimester 3 are continuing undisrupted. Campus-based courses will commence online and, as social distancing measures are relaxed, we'll support you to transition back to campus-based learning.

Are all courses available online?

Currently, most courses are available online. Though, as per Federal Government exemptions, all nursing and medicine courses are continuing on campus with face-to-face teaching and practical requirements.

Deakin is following the latest advice from the Department of Health (Federal), Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Once appropriate, we'll reopen our campuses and return to campus-based teaching, while supporting our students through this transition.

Can I apply for online and campus-based courses?

Yes. Applications for all courses in Trimester 3, 2020 and Trimester 1, 2021 are now open, regardless of whether they're online or on campus. It's important that you apply for your preferred course at your preferred campus. For example, if you're interested in studying the Bachelor of Science, not usually available online, select your preferred campus in your application. While your studies will commence online, as soon as social distancing measures are relaxed, we'll support you to transition back to campus-based learning.

I want to apply for a campus-based course, which campus do I select in the Application Portal?

It's important that you apply for your preferred campus. This is the campus you'll be enrolled in and return to once social distancing measures are relaxed and we can recommence face-to-face teaching.

Can I continue online after campus-based teaching resumes?

If the course you applied for is not usually available online, you'll be supported in your transition back to campus-based learning at your preferred campus. We'll make our best efforts to limit disruption and keep you informed on all changes to delivery. If you applied to study on campus, but find you enjoy studying online and wish to continue learning in this way, you'll need to transfer to our Cloud Campus.

If you're enrolled in an online course, learning will continue online. Remember, all Deakin courses incorporate some element of online learning.

How will practical learning work online?

Many of our courses incorporate extensive hands-on, practical learning experiences. Some of these experiences will be delayed until we're back on campus teaching in our laboratories, studios, or out in the field and in the workplace. This delay will not impact your overall learning outcomes or course progression.

Am I able to start an online course at any time?

The next intake for all our courses is Trimester 3, which commences early November. We offer some short courses, with varying intakes, visit Short courses for full details.

Are online courses the same as their on-campus equivalent?

Absolutely. Classes, exams, course material, teachers and placement opportunities are exactly the same for all students regardless of whether you're studying online or on campus. This applies to your degree when you graduate too – it holds the same merit, irrespective of how, where and when you earned it.