How to apply

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Thinking about studying a Deakin undergraduate, postgraduate, research degree or short course? Choose the type of course you're interested in and get the information you need to successfully apply.

What type of course do you want to apply for?

Open a couple of tabs – one to our application portal and one for your study type from the list below. When you have both open, you’ll have all the information you need to get started on your course application. Just finished Year 12? Visit out Year 12 applicants hub to find out everything you need to know about applying to uni.

Undergraduate

Want to apply for a bachelor, diploma or associate degree?

Postgraduate

Interested in studying a masters, graduate diploma or graduate certificate?

Research

Want to study a research PhD or Master by Research?

Short courses

Want to upskill quickly and gain credit toward a degree?

How to apply video guide

We understand the application process can be overwhelming. This video guide will take you step-by-step through the application portal, from organising your documents to submitting your application.

Are you an international student?

Excited about studying at Deakin in Australia? Choose from our Melbourne, Geelong or Warrnambool campuses. As an international student you can apply directly through Deakin or with the help of one of our overseas representatives.

How can we help you in your application?

You can also open more tabs with information on pathways, how to transfer, recognition of prior learning, key dates, fees and scholarships – the information here may also help you in your application to study at Deakin.

Key dates

Make sure you don't miss out on your preferred intake.

Pathways to university

Finding a route to university doesn't have to be difficult.

Recognition of prior learning

We value your experience and qualifications. We can turn your study and life experience into course credit.

Fees and scholarships

All you need to know about how our fees work and what financial assistance you could be eligible for.

Mid-year applications open in April

The Deakin Application Portal has made applying for your ultimate course easier than ever. Plus, you can chat with our application experts on 1800 693 888 if you need support at any step.

How to apply

How to transfer to Deakin

How to transfer to Deakin

Make the switch to Deakin in just a few easy steps and find out why we’re the #1 Victorian university for course satisfaction. You can even fast track your degree using the study credit you’ve already earned.

Got a question but can't find the answer?

Unsure where to start? Find out:

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions our future student advisers get about applying to Deakin:

Common questions

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I'm having trouble creating an account on the application portal. How do I register?

If you've previously registered your details through the application portal, you won't be able to register again with the same email. If you don't remember your login details simply contact Student Central on +61 3 9244 6333 or submit an enquiry online. You can also visit the application portal assistance hub for further support.

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What should I include in my personal statement?

Think of a personal statement like a job application cover letter. It should outline your motivation towards studying, your previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression.

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Can I get help to write my personal statement?

Yes! Please have a read of How to write a personal statement. You’re also welcome to chat to one of our friendly advisers on 1800 693 888 for advice on what to include in your personal statement.

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Do I have to provide a personal statement?

It depends on the course you're applying for and its specific entry requirements. Either way, it will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at Deakin in your desired course. Check the entry requirements on the relevant course page for more information.

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What is special consideration?

Special consideration acknowledges the hard work you've put in to get to uni, while recognising what you could have achieved if your circumstances were different. A successful application can adjust your rank. This means you can be offered a place in a course at Deakin, with a lower rank than would usually be required.

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How do I apply for special consideration?

Applying for special consideration is simple, and in some cases, you won't need to provide any details outside of your course application. The process is different for each VTAC category, or Deakin's programs, so please visit the relevant special consideration page for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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I have submitted an application through VTAC, can I also submit an application directly to Deakin?

It depends on the course/s you're applying for, but generally, no. Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 or via live chat to discuss your options.

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What is SEAS?

VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is for those who may not have been able to reach their full potential for study due to a range of challenging factors. SEAS enables institutions to consider the circumstances you've experienced and their impact on your studies when making selection decisions.

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What are SEAS aggregate points?

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) adds points to your aggregate to reflect the level you may have achieved if your circumstances had been different. This can increase your chance of receiving an offer but does not guarantee it. Deakin will give a maximum of 15 aggregate points per applicant.

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Can you tell me if I'm definitely eligible before I apply?

Unfortunately not. Multiple factors are taken into consideration when an application is being assessed. This includes individual course requirements, which are subject to change, and the quality and size of the cohort of the year or trimester you're applying in.

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When will I hear back about my application?

The general turnaround time for direct applications to Deakin is two to four weeks from submission. You can check the progress of your application by logging into the application portal. If you applied through VTAC, offers are released in rounds.

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How do I find out my application status?

Once you've submitted your application successfully, you can log back into the application portal to check the progress of your application.

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When can I expect my offer?

Direct offers from Deakin are generally sent out two to four weeks post application. You can check the status of your application at anytime by logging into the application portal.

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Will my first preference still be considered if I receive an offer for a lower preference?

Yes, whether you're applying through VTAC or directly to Deakin, you may still be considered for your first or higher-preferred courses regardless of whether you've accepted, declined or deferred an offer for a lower preferred course.

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What support is available to help me complete my application?

Get top tips and advice from our how to apply video guide. Our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre can also provide step-by-step guidance on the application process. Call 1800 693 888 to chat with one of our friendly advisers or contact an authorised agent in your country or region.

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Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

Yes! We regularly host events, including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with study options and career planning. You can also connect with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 from 9am-5pm weekdays, or chat with a team member live online from 8am-7pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-5pm Friday.

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Can I include references in my application?

Yes, you can! References are required for our MBA but are also welcome for other course applications. If you don't have an academic record, a written reference is considered to be a strong supporting document. Keep in mind, references may enhance your application but don't guarantee entry.

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Will references help my application?

A reference is considered to be a supporting document. If it provides more context about your work or life experience, it may enhance your application but will not guarantee you entry.

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Do I have to apply via VTAC if I'm not in Year 12?

If you're applying for more than one course in Trimester 1, you'll need to apply through VTAC. If you're applying for one course only, or multiple courses in Trimesters 2 and 3, you can apply direct to Deakin. Use our course finder to check entry requirements for your chosen course.

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I didn't complete high school. Can I still apply?

Yes. If you don’t currently meet the academic entry requirements, or need to bridge the gap between previous study and university, we offer several pathway options. We encourage you to apply so our admissions team can process your application and recommend the best pathway for you.

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How do I apply for a scholarship?

Each Deakin scholarship has a unique set of entry requirements – be sure to check the individual scholarship page for full details on how to apply, as well as our top tips for scholarship applications.

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Will I find out if I'm successful for a scholarship before getting an offer?

The application timeline for each Deakin scholarship is different – be sure to check the individual scholarship page for full details on dates and how to apply. You can also check out our top tips for scholarship applications.

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Do I need to provide certified transcripts with my application?

If you’re a domestic student there’s no need to provide certified documentation unless you’ve changed your name or status (i.e. residency). If you’re an international student you’ll need to provide certified documentation before you commence on campus. It’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation in English when you apply to avoid any delays.

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Footnotes

*Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2021 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

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Apply with confidence. We're committed to giving you the guidance you need throughout the application process.

Domestic students
1800 693 888
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International students
+61 3 9918 9188
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