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Deakin University is located on the southeastern tip of Australia and has campuses in three different locations. Each campus offers a unique study and lifestyle opportunity.

Deakin University | Australia

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IE3 Global facilitates an academic study abroad program wherein students from IE3 Global’s partner institutions in Oregon can visit Deakin University, and vice versa. This program allows for students to direct enroll in undergraduate courses in several subject fields and is suitable for students from most majors.

Deakin University is located on the southeastern tip of Australia and has campuses in three different locations. Each campus offers a unique study and lifestyle opportunity.

The Burwood campus is located in a suburb of Melbourne, and offers students the opportunity to experience life in a multicultural urban environment with a population close to that of Los Angeles. Some consider Melbourne to be the country’s cultural and sports capital. Another campus is located in the bayside city of Geelong. Geelong has a population of 180,000 and is located about an hour train ride from Melbourne and about 15 minutes from the beach. The Warrnambool campus is located at the western end of the Great Ocean Road and is three hours from Melbourne by train. Warrnambool has a population of approximately 33,000 and offers a smaller town experience. An OSU student in Natural Resource Management recently attended Deakin’s Warrnambool campus. Click here to hear about his experience at this small, but friendly university campus, and see the natural beauty which surrounds it.

Quick Facts:

  • Deakin was awarded the QS Top Universities 5 Star Rating for Excellence in 2013 and was ranked among the world’s top 200 universities.
  • With three different campuses, the Deakin program offers a wide variety of disciplines and courses.
  • Deakin takes pride in the fact that their courses have been developed to be relevant, practical and are often the result of their research on current and emerging world issues. Courses are offered in unique areas such as biotechnology, architecture, business, chronic illness, natural resource management, fisheries and wildlife, exercise science and nutrition, and forensic science.

Deakin University is on a semester system, which they also refer to as Trimesters or Study Periods. Students are eligible to study for a semester or an academic year on this program. It is important to remember that because Australia is below the equator the seasons in Australia are reversed from the seasons in the Unites States. Australian students also start their academic year in the fall, but fall for Australia begins in February.

Program Duration:

  • Summer/Fall: early July – late October
  • Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring: early July – mid June
  • Winter/Spring: late February – mid June
  • Winter/Spring/Fall: late February – late October

Each semester is comprised of 12 weeks of teaching, with a one-week break in the middle of the semester and a one-week study period before exams.

Summer/Fall: February 15
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring: February 15
Winter/Spring: October 15
Winter/Spring/Fall: October 15

- Sophomore or higher
- English proficiency
- GPA of 2.75 or higher

The Deakin program is ideal for students in diverse majors as students may enroll in a wide variety of regular university classes such as liberal arts, architecture, business, education, fisheries & wildlife, environmental science, marine science, nutrition, exercise & sport science, mechanical engineering, construction engineering, film and media, and the social sciences.


To prepare adequately for the study program in Australia, students are required to participate in an all-day pre-departure orientation in Oregon (in November or in May). Upon arrival in Australia, Deakin University will provide a week long orientation, which is designed to make the transition into Australian culture and university life as smooth as possible. Preceding the orientation is a Beach Welcome trip that is free for visiting students – we highly recommend that students take advantage of this!

Courses in Australia

Participants are enrolled as regular Deakin students, taking classes with Australian students. There is a range of teaching methods at Deakin, often depending upon the discipline of study. Arts and business students, for example, will generally have a combination of lecture and tutorial classes. Lectures can vary in size from 20 to 200 and the associated tutorial classes are much smaller and allow for open discussion of material. Science and Engineering students usually receive a combination of lecture and laboratory classes. Fieldwork may form a large part of some classes. The formal contact hours vary. In Australia more emphasis is placed on independent study outside of class contact hours compared to what students may experience in Oregon.

Courses or classes are called units at Deakin and are generally intended to be undertaken in specific years of a degree. In a Deakin undergraduate degree of three years, units are taken at three levels: first year (100 level), second year (200 level) and third year (300). These are generally equivalent to second, third, and fourth year of a U.S. degree.

Most units have a weighting of 1 credit point at Deakin. Students are required to take a full-time load while at Deakin which is 4 units per semester. The number of credits earned in Oregon for these units will be determined by the student’s home campus.

Melbourne Campus at Burwood

Melbourne has all the attractions of a large city and a population of about 4 million people. The Melbourne campus is located in the eastern suburbs of Burwood, about 14 kilometre/8 miles from the Melbourne city center (a 45 minute tram ride). The campus has an urban feel and is known for its modern architectural style. The central portion of campus has been renovated to include a landscaped courtyard and several new buildings. The Burwood campus has about 23,000 students.

Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds

The bayside city of Geelong has 179,000 residents and is a one-hour train ride from Melbourne. The area is known for its combination of city amenities with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. The Waurn Ponds campus is 10 kilometer/6 miles from the Geelong city center and is set on 300 hectares of landscaped grounds and sporting facilities. The campus has about 4000 on-campus students. The campus is home to the Geelong Technology Precinct, which provides research and development capabilities and opportunities for university-industry partnerships and new enterprises in the region

Geelong Waterfront Campus

The Geelong Waterfront campus, located on Corio Bay in the city center, was originally built as a wool warehouse and shipping plant in 1893. The building was extensively renovated in the early 1990s and has received architectural acclaim. About 1200 students are based at the Waterfront campus and study Architecture and Construction Management, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Social Work.

Warrnambool Campus

Warrnambool is a town of almost 34,000 and is located at the western end of the Great Ocean Road. It is about three hours from the Melbourne city center by train. The campus is 10 kilometers/6 miles from the Warrnambool city center and has more than 1,150 on-campus students. Warrnambool is an ideal base for whale watching, visiting wildlife reserves and spending time on a spectacular coastline. Its proximity to a range of marine and freshwater aquatic environments provides an ideal location for specialist studies in aquaculture and marine biology. Other areas of study include Arts, Business and Management, Communication and Media, Environment, Health and Community Services, Psychology, Teaching, Tourism Management and Hospitality.

Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout the application process and during their study abroad program, and otherwise comply with policies and procedures of the host university, IE3 Global, and their home university International Programs Office.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements, please consult with your home campus contact person before applying.

The minimum requirements for this program are as follows:

  • Sophomore or higher
  • English proficiency
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher

Deakin University offers both on campus and off campus housing options. Students can apply for pre-arranged accommodation for both on campus and off campus options as part of the study abroad application process. Deakin will help students find and secure off campus housing if preferred.

Accommodation is available in student residential villages at: Geelong campus at Waurn Ponds, Melbourne campus at Burwood, and on the Warrnambool campus. Typically, each resident is housed in single rooms and has phone and computer access. There are shared bathrooms, kitchens, laundry and recreational areas. In some locations, students are responsible for preparing some or all of their own meals.

A popular option for the Melbourne at Burwood campus is the International House.

Demand for places on campus is high and allocation is on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to submit your IE3 Global application on time or early if you would like pre-arranged accommodation.

The Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) will assist students who choose to find off-campus housing through Deakin.

Deakin University offers a range of services and student support programs from airport pickup, accommodation and orientation services, to advising and social activities. Deakin International has International Student Advisers (ISA) located on every campus. They are there to help and support on campus international students.

Students arriving at the Melbourne airport can be met free of charge and taken to permanent or temporary accommodation. Students accepted to the IE3 Global program will have an opportunity to sign up for this service while completing the IE3 Global application.

IE3 Global seeks to make its exchange programs affordable and accessible. For detailed information regarding the program budget (both the program fee and an estimate of personal expenses), please click on the following:

The program fee includes academic and administrative fees, orientation expenses, and health and accident insurance. Non-exchange students pay a higher program fee than exchange students because Deakin University tuition is included. The program fee does not include airfare, room and board, visa fees, campus-based fees and personal expenses such as local transportation, textbooks, laundry, recreation (including travel), personal supplies and incidental expenses.

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Student Testimonials:

“Studying abroad was by far the best experience of my four years in college. Melbourne is an active, lively city with friendly people and tons to do. I lived on campus at Deakin and loved getting to know both Aussies and other international students; I would definitely suggest on-campus housing. I had the time of my life traveling through Australia and New Zealand and learned so much about other cultures as well as my own. If you're thinking about going, question no more… just GO!”

–Erika Cooley, 2013, OSU


Winter/Spring | Winter/Spring/Fall | Summer/Fall | Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring

Application Deadline

Summer/Fall: February 15
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring: February 15
Winter/Spring: October 15
Winter/Spring/Fall: October 15

Basic Requirements

- Sophomore or higher
- English proficiency
- GPA of 2.75 or higher