How to apply

Applications for Trimester 2, 2021 are now open. Apply now, start in July.

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What are you applying for?

Choose your study type to find out how to apply for your course. If you're unsure which study type is right for you, we can help you find out:

Undergraduate

Explore your interests, passions and ambitions by joining Deakin’s lively undergraduate community.

Undergraduate degree applications

Postgraduate

Gain qualifications, advance your career or learn more about what you love with a postgraduate degree from Deakin.

Postgraduate degree applications

Research

Join the world's best and brightest and showcase your expertise on a global scale with a higher degree by research (HDR).

Research applications

Transferring to Deakin from another education provider

Has your study experience fallen short of where you thought it would be? Transfer to Deakin to discover why our students are the most satisfied university students in Victoria^^. Plus, we can recognise the units you've already completed.

Learn more about transferring to Deakin

Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)

If you’ve had to overcome challenging circumstances on your way to university, you owe it to yourself to apply for special consideration. It acknowledges the hard work you’ve put in, while recognising what you could have achieved if your circumstances were different. A successful SEAS application can play a vital role in improving your selection rank for a course.

Learn more about SEAS

Applying for a short course

Keen to build valuable life and career skills with one of our industry-led short courses? Invest in your skills now with a short course, to be ready for what comes next.

Discover our full range of short courses

NIKERI Institute

Choosing to undertake tertiary study is a big decision, so we’ve taken the guesswork out of applying. By following the steps below you'll be well on your way to experiencing the unique advantages of flexible and culturally inclusive studies.

Learn more about applying to NIKERI Institute

Application information

Key dates

Make sure you don't miss out on your preferred intake by browsing all start and finish dates for Deakin's main study periods.

Browse dates

Preparing your application

Get expert advice on the best way to prepare your application, from the documents you'll need to support your application to writing a compelling personal statement.

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How to apply to Deakin

Want a guide on how to apply to Deakin? Learn from our experts all you'll need to submit your application, from gathering supporting documents to writing a compelling personal statement.

Got a question but can't find the answer?

We've curated some of the most commonly asked questions our future student advisers get about applying to Deakin.

Common questions

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When do applications for Trimester 2, 2021 open?

Applications for Trimester 2, 2021 are now open. Apply directly to Deakin through our application portal. Be sure to check individual course pages as application dates may vary for some courses.

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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 applicant portal, you won't be able to register again with the same email. If you don't remember your login details, don't worry – just contact Student Central on 03 9244 6333 or submit an enquiry online.

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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! Book a complimentary Application Assist appointment with one of our friendly advisers. They'll provide step-by-step guidance via screen share over a Skype call.

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Do I have to provide a personal statement?

It'll depend 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 category, 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 applicant portal. If you applied through VTAC your offers will be released in rounds.

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How do I find out my application status?

Once you've submitted your application successfully, you'll receive an application number. You can use this to check the progress of your application anytime by logging into the application portal.

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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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What support is available to help me complete my application?

Get the best tips, advice and knowledge from our how to apply webinar series. Or book a complimentary Application Assist appointment with one of our friendly advisers. They'll provide step-by-step guidance via screen share over a Skype call.

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

Regardless of whether you're in Year 12, a mature-age student, or anyone in-between, if you're applying for more than one undergraduate course in Trimester 1 (of any year) you must apply through VTAC.

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I didn't complete Year 12. Can I still apply?

Yes, if you've completed either Year 12 equivalent studies, such as a TAFE, VET or a private provider program, or have relevant work experience you can still apply to study at Deakin. Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 to discuss your options.

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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 prior to 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 applying as a domestic student, you won't need to provide certified documentation. However, if you've had a name change or change of status (i.e. residency) certified documents for these will be required.

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Contact us

We're committed to giving you all the support and assistance you need throughout the application and enrolment process.

Domestic students
1800 693 888
myfuture@deakin.edu.au
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International students
+61 3 9034 6205
study@deakin.edu.au
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Footnotes

^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)