Pre-arrival information

We are excited to welcome our international students back to campus.

Whether you are travelling to Australia or studying outside Australia, we are hoping to make your arrangements as easy as possible. We have provided a range of information below outlining the steps you need to take to return to your study in Australia. With ongoing changes to international travel make sure you revisit this page to get the latest information and check out our International student FAQs.

On this page

Enrolling for 2022 or 2023

You course information, course map and requirements can be found in the University Handbook. If you need some help or advice to select your units, book a course advice appointment with a Student Adviser.

Studying on campus

If you are enrolled as an on-campus student, you are required to enrol into a full-time study load and return to Australia. International students on a student visa, are advised to return to on-campus studies from Trimester/Semester 2 2022. The Department of Home Affairs requires students to submit a student visa application as soon as a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is granted. You must follow the regular enrolment requirements applicable to student visa holders.

You should make sure your enrolment is correct before the study period begins. You can enrol in the units through StudentConnect.

Studying offshore if you cannot return to Australia

If you are unable to return to Australia, you should notify us as you may need to provide supporting documents of compassionate or compelling circumstances, so we do not report the cancellation of your CoE to the Department of Home Affairs.

You can only continue your studies online while your student visa application is pending with the Department of Home Affairs or if there is a lockdown in your home country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note from 2023 all international students on a student visa will be required to return to Australia and study full-time.

Commencing students

If you're studying with us for the first time, you'll receive an email with all the information you need about activating your account and enrolling into your units. After you've enrolled, visit our Get Started site to find out what's next!

Travel requirements for Australia

Booking flights to Australia

You may find that flights may be difficult to secure due to high demand. Consider undertaking your search for flights well in advance of your intended departure date. Continue to check the website prior to purchasing any flights.

Planning your accommodation

When planning your accommodation in Australia, we recommend you initially book your short-term accommodation or stay with someone you already know in Australia. This gives you the opportunity to personally inspect and secure long-term accommodation and make sure you are signing a lease/accommodation agreement with a legitimate provider. It is also important to know the distance of the accommodation from campus and the services and public transport available.

Arriving in Australia

Airport pickup

We can help you make arrangements to be picked up from Tullamarine or Avalon airports. This is a free service and you can register for it by completing our  Airport pickup online form.


Following a further easing of restrictions, you are no longer required to be vaccinated to visit our campuses. While vaccination is no longer mandatory, it is strongly recommended.

Orientation and connecting at Deakin

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Once you've completed all your arrival requirements, look into all these ways to start connecting back into the community.

Where to get assistance

Student Central

  • Student Central is the starting point to assist you with the ability to prioritise the support you need.

Financial support

  • As per your student Visa financial requirement, all international students must have enough money to pay for your travel, study costs, living expenses and your stay in Australia.
  • Financial advice and support is available through Study Melbourne, visit the employment and finances webpage for further information.
  • In emergency situations only, there is a range of financial assistance options are available - see the Financial assistance webpage for more information. You can contact a Financial Assistance Officer through Student Central.

Health and wellbeing support

Deakin offers a range of services to support your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

  • Deakin Medical Centre – initial consultations are free with your Overseas Health Cover (OSHC).
  • Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS) – free and confidential support from qualified counsellors and social workers.
  • Disability support – if you have a disability, health or mental health condition that affects your study or participation in uni life, the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) can help with information and services.
  • Multifaith chaplains – offering compassionate support to everyone, whether you’re religious or not. We also have prayer rooms located on campus for your convenience.

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