Deakin University




Deakin University is a diverse institution encompassing a network of four campuses that provide a variety of settings for productive learning and a valuable study abroad experience. Each Deakin campus has a distinct atmosphere and a strong sense of community. Despite the fact that Deakin is one of Australia’s largest universities, with over 30,000 students, the campuses are not huge or overwhelming. Two campuses are located in Geelong; one campus is located in a suburb of metropolitan Melbourne; and one campus is in Warrnambool. The educational facilities on campus include: up-to-date computing resources; laboratories; studios and workshops for hands-on practice; libraries on each campus; state-of-the-art lecture theatres; and recreational and sporting facilities including cafes, gyms, and sporting fields.



Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, is Australia’s second-largest city (population 3.8 million). It is renowned for its restaurants, sports, trams, and a thriving nightlife. The city ranks consistently as one of the world’s most livable on the basis of its culture, climate, cost of living, public transport, and social conditions such as health care and low crime rate. Beautiful parks and gardens are a city feature. On weekends and school breaks, students can learn to surf, visit wineries, see koalas and kangaroos, go hiking or “bushwalking”, or shop. In winter, snowboarding and skiing is also available. Checkout Visit Victoria for more information.


Please note that the large distances between Melbourne, Geelong, and Warrnambool make studying in more than one city impossible.

Melbourne Campus

Located in Burwood, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, alongside Gardiner’s Creek parklands and close to the natural bushland of Wattle Park, the Melbourne campus is a thriving hub of student activity for over 18,000 students. Walking and biking tracks connect the campus to Melbourne’s extensive system of bicycle trails. Other sporting and recreational activities include a theatre, cafeteria, shops, excellent student services, and a variety of sporting clubs including water-skiing, surfing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and caving. The tram ride from the city center to campus takes approximately 45 minutes. A full range of arts, sciences, health, education, and business courses are also available.

Geelong Campuses – Waurn Ponds and Waterfront Campus

Geelong is only one hour from Melbourne and 15 minutes from some of the best Australian beaches. Walking and cycling paths hug the curve of the bay and provide easy access to the many attractions along the shore. In addition to the vibrant city center, there are plenty of opportunities to experience outdoor activities such as sailing, surfing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, and kite surfing.

The Geelong campus at Waurn Ponds is located in a picturesque setting of landscaped gardens, extensive lawns, and natural bush attracting native Australian birds and animals. The campus facilities and housing are centrally located. Being a traditional, self-contained campus with almost 5,000 students, it is sort of like a small village with its own restaurant, bank, and bookstore. A daily bus service operates from the university to the Geelong city center and surrounding areas. Areas of study offered include arts, business, education, engineering, management, media and communication, medicine, health sciences, information technology, law, psychology, and science.

The Geelong Waterfront campus, located on Corio Bay in the city center, is within walking distance to the beach and the city’s cafés, restaurants, and walking paths. Areas of study include political science, public policy and governance, international relations, globalization, journalism and communications, architecture and construction management, nursing, occupational therapy, and social work.

Warrnambool Campus

Located on Victoria’s rugged Shipwreck Coast at the western end of the stunning Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool is a thriving and independent modern city. It is three hours from Melbourne by car or train. It is a great place for whale watching, visiting wildlife reserves, forests, farms, waterfalls, and one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the world. Warrnambool offers a truly unique opportunity for students wanting to experience the “real” Australia. The major advantage of the Warrnambool campus lies in its smaller size of around 1,100 students. Its modern campus is set on the banks of the Hopkins River, which makes it an ideal location to study marine science and any water-based study as it has some of the highest biological diversity in Australia. A full range of arts, sciences, education, and business courses are also available.

Areas of Study

Accounting, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Australian Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Economics, Education, Engineering (Civil and Mechanical), English Literature, Environmental Science, Finance, Food Science and Nutrition, History, International Affairs, Journalism, Kinesiology, Management, Marine Sciences, Marketing, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Studio Art, Theater.


Minimum overall GPA 3.0


Estimated budget per semester at Deakin University – Geelong Campus.

Estimated budget per semester at Deakin University – Melbourne Campus.

Estimated budget per semester at Deakin University – Warrnambool Campus.


Deakin has a trimester system but each trimester is worth 15 UMaine credits. The trimesters start in March, July or November (the November trimester is not available for UMaine students as it does not fit with our academic calendar). For full information visit the Deakin Calendar. The following dates are the Trimester dates including latest recommended arrival and last final exam day:

  • Trimester 2, 2020 – July 5 to October 23
  • Trimester 1, 2021 – March 1 to June 18
  • Trimester 2, 2021 – July 4 to October 22
  • Trimester 1, 2022 – February 27 to June 17

Deakin offers an orientation program called OWeek which is $100 (AUD) for exchange students. The Program includes accommodation, most meals, transport to/from the Great Ocean Road location and all activities (surfing lesson, mountain biking, hiking, yoga and beach games).


Please note that the large distances between Melbourne, Geelong, and Warrnambool make studying in more than one city impossible. You must select units (courses) to study at only the one campus if in Melbourne or Warrnambool; students in Geelong could potentially take courses at both the Waurn Ponds and Waterfront campuses, schedule permitting.

Exchange students are required to take a full-time load of 3-4 Deakin credits per trimester (12-16 UMaine credits). Most units have a weighting of 1 credit point. Students studying at Deakin usually receive a mix of lectures and tutorials. These may be supplemented by practical classes or fieldwork. Lectures are held in state-of-the-art lecture theatres with large groups of students. Lectures typically go for 1-3 hours and may involve note-taking, demonstrations, AV presentations, etc. Tutorials usually follow lectures and give students a chance to discuss topics in detail. Tutorial groups are usually much smaller, to allow one on one interaction between students and with lecturers. Students studying a full-time load can usually expect to have around 15-20 contact hours (times when you must attend the University) per week as well as study time.

Exams may take a variety of forms, including written work and tests undertaken in class, participation in class or laboratory sessions, and final examinations each trimester. Fieldwork or practical experience can also form a large part of the content and assessment of some units. Most, but not all, undergraduate units involve an examination usually held at the end of the unit. The weighting applied to each assessment procedure varies from unit to unit, however in many cases the final examination can be worth up to 70 percent of your final grade.

Deakin Terminology UMaine Terminology
Course Major
Unit/Subject Course/Class
Faculty Department/College
Credit points Credits
Cloud (online) unit Online Course/Class
Class Lecture – face to face learning in a large group.  May not need to include on weekly schedule.
Seminar Recitation – face to face learning in a small group.  Should be on your weekly schedule.

Full-time enrollment:

UMaine students must be registered for at least 3 credit points at Deakin each semester.

Transfer Credits:

1 credit point = 4 credits at UMaine

Grading scale:

Deakin Grade Percent Description UMaine Grade
HD 80 – 100% High Distinction A
D 70 – 79% Distinction A
C 60 – 69% Credit B
P 50 – 59% Pass C
UP 0-49% Pass Conceded D (doesn’t transfer)
N 0-49% Fail F


Internships are provided under supervision from Deakin University. Deakin works closely with students to make the internship experiences valuable and to make sure the programs are beneficial for all parties involved. Internships are structured placements which have academic credit attached to them; the internship unit would be one of the four courses you take in a given trimester.

As a study abroad student you are eligible to apply for an internship, provided you are of junior standing with a substantial portion of your major completed. Currently, internships are available in Business, Environmental Science, History, Journalism, Media Arts, Performing Arts (Dance/Drama), Policy, Sociology, and Visual Arts. Read more at Deakin Internships.

Letters in brackets after the unit indicate the campus of study:

G—Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds

S—Geelong Waterfront Campus

W—Warrnambool Campus

B—Melbourne Campus at Burwood

  • Business Internship (G, B, W)
  • Environmental Science Internship (G, B, W)
  • Professional and Creative Writing Internship (B)
  • History Internship (G, B)
  • Journalism Internship (G, B, W)
  • Media Arts and Communications Internship (G, B)
  • Performing Arts Internship—Dance (B)
  • Performing Arts Internship—Drama (B)
  • Policy Studies Internship (G, B, W)
  • Sociology Internship (G, B)
  • Visual Arts Internship (B)


Housing options vary on each campus. See Accommodations website for more information.

Work in Australia

Study abroad students in Australia are eligible to work up to 40 hours every two weeks based on their student visa status. During orientation on location, students can inquire about available job opportunities on campus or in the community.

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