Deakin University Admissions 2022: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,Burwood,Australia

  • Burwood,Australia

An internationally-recognised research university, Deakin has marked its niche in catering to global challenges and mankind. Supported by 14 of its international offices, 7 research institutes and 6 strategic research centres, the university is dedicated to developing sought-after innovations. As per the 2018 ERA ratings, 100% of the research conducted at Deakin is rated at par with the world standard or above.

Deakin University Highlights

Holding an experience of more than 40 years as one of the country’s leading tertiary education providers, Deakin University welcomes over 60,000 learners each year from more than 130 countries. With a total staff strength of 5,396 members, the university boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 5:1. The academic staff of 2,409 and professional staff of 2,987 members allow Deakin to impart quality education with top-notch facilities and international networks.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What all courses are available to international students?

The university offers approximately 107 undergraduate, 149 postgraduate, 40 research, and 6 non-award courses to its international students through four faculties:

Deakin Faculties


Besides, international students may choose from a broad area of specialisations that include:

Architecture and Construction Management

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Languages


Information Technology



Education and Teaching

Media, Communication, and Creative Arts



English Language Courses

Nursing and Midwifery



Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics


Health Sciences and Allied Health


Besides offering on-campus studies, the university also delivers these courses via digital platform/online education.


Scholars and faculty at Deakin are involved in research on four themes:

Deakin Research Themes

Research Institutes

The university allows its researchers to study in seven research institutes, viz.:

  1. Alfred Deakin Institute (ADI)
  2. Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²)
  3. Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)
  4. Institute for Health Transformation (IHT)
  5. Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)
  6. Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)
  7. Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT)

Apart from the research institutes, Deakin has six strategic research centres, where students and professors are engaged in numerous research areas. These include:

  • Cyber Security Research
  • Social and Early Emotional Development
  • Population Health Research
  • Sport Research

Deakin Research Budget

Ever since its inception in 2011, the Strategic Research Centre of Deakin has attracted more than AUD 20 million in competitive research funding. While the university’s operating income for 2018 was AUD 1.35 billion, its research income reached AUD 81.9 million.

Global Partnerships

With more than 500 active partnerships in 57 countries, the university supports wide areas of academics through research collaborations. Known for its global partnerships through offices in China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and Sri Lanka, Deakin has 10 vital partners in India:

  1. Bharat Forge
  2. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  3. GE India Technology Centre
  4. Indian Oil
  5. MAX Healthcare
  6. National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences
  7. NDTV
  8. Public Health Foundation of India
  9. Rajasthan Royals premier league cricket club
  10. Reliance BioSciences

Such partnerships allow researchers to collaborate with many organisations and share their works through various platforms.

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?

International applicants must ensure to meet the following criteria before applying to any full-time programme at Deakin University:

  • Basic education
  • Work experience
  • Standardised exams
  • English proficiency

1. Basic Education

UG Applicants: Grade 12 in relevant discipline from a recognised board of education with a minimum score of:

  • 80% aggregate for Law applicants
  • 70% aggregate for all Science, Commerce, Medical, and Law courses
  • 65% aggregate for all other courses/specialisations

PG Applicants: Bachelor degree in relevant discipline from a recognised university with a minimum score of 60% to 70% aggregate depending upon courses/specialisations.

2. Work Experience

  • MS: Minimum 2 years in some courses
  • MBA: At least 3 to 5 years

3. Standardised Exams

  • UG applicants: No requirement for SAT or ACT communicated by the university
  • PG applicants: No requirement for GMAT or GRE communicated by the university

4. English Proficiency

Deakin University has identified the following eight exams and four bands for all undergraduate and postgraduate applicants from non-English-speaking countries. These vary depending upon the course requirements:

Exams and Bands*

Band A

Band B

IELTS (Academic)

Overall 6 (no band lower than 6)

Overall 6.5 (no band lower than 6)


69 (Writing 21)

79 (Writing 21)


550 (Writing 4.5)

577 (Writing 4.5)

C1 Proficiency

169 (no band less than 169)

176 (no band less than 169)

C2 Proficiency

169 (no band less than 169)

176 (no band less than 169)

PTE Academic

50 (no less than 50 in each skill)

58 (no less than 50 in each skill)


Overall C

Overall C+

DUELI’s EAP Programme

EAP 3 (60%),
or English for
Commerce (60%) -
Commerce courses

EAP 4 (60%)

Exams and Bands*

Band C

Band D

IELTS (Academic)

Overall 7 (no band lower than 6.5)

Overall 7 (no band lower than 7)


94 (Writing 24

94 (Writing 27)


600 (Writing 5)

600 (Writing 5)

C1 Proficiency

185 (no band less than 176)

185 (no band less than 185)

C2 Proficiency

185 (no band less than 176)

185 (no band less than 185)

PTE Academic

65 (no less than 58 in each skill)

65 (no less than 65 in each skill)


Overall B
(equivalent to IELTS 7-7.5 range)

Overall B
(equivalent to IELTS 7-7.5 range)

DUELI’s EAP Programme

EAP 4 (70%)

EAP 4 (75%)

*Course-Specific Exam and Band Requirements:

OET Exam for:

  • UG: Health-related award courses only
  • PG: Health-related award courses only

Band A for:

  • UG: All degrees unless otherwise specified
  • PG: None

Band B for:

  • UG: Health degrees (unless otherwise specified), Bachelor of Marketing (Psychology) and Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology)
  • PG: All degrees unless otherwise specified

Band C for:

  • UG: Education degrees (except Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching and Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching) and undergraduate law degrees
  • PG: None

Band D for:

  • UG: Bachelor of Nursing (and related combined degrees), Bachelor of Medical Imaging, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry
  • PG:  Education degrees, Doctor of Medicine, Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Psychology (Organisational)

Note: To learn more about the specific entry requirements, it is recommended to visit the exact page of the intended course on the official website.

What documents are needed for the application?

To prove their eligibility to apply at Deakin University, international students need to provide the following set of certified* documents at the time of application:

*To certify each document, request an authorised person such as a notary to put a stamp on each document or use the following wordings:

Certified true copy. Original sighted by me on ......../......../20......

Signed ……………………………………………………………………………………….

Signatory's authority: ...................................................................

Signatory’s Professional Registration Number: ………………………….

Note: These are general requirements for applying to Deakin and may vary with different courses. It is recommended to check the exact requirements from the course page of the official website.

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fees?

A non-refundable application fee of AUD 55 is chargeable to international students while applying to any programme offered by Deakin University as of 2021. The fee may increase with progressive years, hence, it is recommended to check the school/department’s website for the latest fee.

What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?

The annual tuition fee chargeable to international students for the academic year 2021-2022 at Deakin is as follows:

Course Type

Tuition Fee* (in AUD)

Bachelor degrees


Master degrees


Source: Deakin University

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Apart from the annual tuition fee, the international students aspiring to study on-campus at Deakin University must buy an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Students may purchase either of the following packages from the university:

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Cost* (in AUD)

3-month plan


6-month plan


9-month plan


12-month plan


Source: Deakin University

*Cost/fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

The amount payable is included in the Offer Letter that successful applicants receive from Deakin. On the contrary, students may check with the university which other medical/health covers they accept from international applicants.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

The university offers various awards and scholarships to its national and international students. Deserving international students may be eligible for awards and recognitions funded by both the university and the Government of Australia.

Merit-Based Scholarships

All full-time students representing impressive previous academic profiles and other essential traits are eligible to receive these awards. The university offers bursaries to international students in the following forms:

  • 50% to 100% tuition fee reduction
  • 25% tuition fee reduction

Students demonstrating excellent academic performance consistently and contributing to the university and its community through their potential are eligible for these awards.

Need-Based Scholarships

These are offered by the Australian government to the international students at Deakin to support the following causes:

  • Encourage learning
  • Enhance stability in certain regions
  • Encourage regional growth in the country
  • Reduce poverty

Full-Time Study or Technical Education Awards

Students from the Asia-Pacific region are eligible to avail the country-based scholarships, which are also funded by the Australian government. Students pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate, or technical courses in the form of full-time degrees in either of college campuses may avail:

  • Academic and other compulsory fees
  • Basic health insurance
  • Establishment allowance
  • Living allowance
  • Return airfare to Australia

Cash Awards

The university also offers an annual award worth AUD 15,000 to outstanding performers at Deakin Warrnambool Campus.

Note: Students must express their desire to avail these scholarships at the time of university application.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

Deakin University follows a trimester-based calendar with rolling deadlines. It means that international students may apply in either of the three intakes:

Deakin Admission Cycle

The admission cycle for all programmes, undergraduate or postgraduates, is as follows:

Application Intake

Window Opens*

Window Closes**

Trimester 1 - March Intake

Early August

Early February

Trimester 2 - July Intake

Early April

Early July

Trimester 3 - November Intake

Early April

Early November

**Closing window extends for most of the courses while closes early in some courses. However, it is recommended not to rely on the same and apply early.

*Dates vary depending on the course and change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

What are the steps to the application process? Does this involve an interview round?

For all kinds of programmes offered at Deakin University, international students may either apply online directly through the university website or take help from the university’s international representatives. Those planning to apply themselves may refer to the following steps:

Step 1: Visit the university’s online application portal at and register as a new student.

Step 2: Fill the necessary details, choose the country of residence, and sign up.

Deakin Application Steps

Step 3: Choose the intended course by either keyword search of the level of education such as masters or bachelors.

Deakin Application Steps

Step 4: Read all the instructions before starting the application. The application goes through multiple stages. Without completing the information in the previous stage, applicants cannot move forward.


Deakin Application Steps

Step 5: Under the course selection tab, add multiple courses, if intended.

Deakin Application Steps

Step 6: After selecting the intended course, start filling the personal, contact, and identify details.

Deakin Application Steps

Step 7: After filling all the details, upload all the supporting documents and pay the application fee online.

Since the application is extensive, keep on clicking the ‘Save’ button to avoid any information loss. Click on ‘Save & Continue’ to proceed and ‘Save & Close’ to save the last made changes.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

Admissions at Deakin are granted admissions on a rolling basis. As soon as an application is completely submitted, it is immediately sent to the admission committee for review. However, there is no fixed timeline as such to define a decision time.

Since the window opens 4-8 months in advance, the university also recommends international aspirants to apply early. This allows the admission committee to send out international decisions early and grant them enough time to file a student visa and arrange funds.

Admissions are announced online via university website and email. It is recommended to register with an easily accessible email account and stay active on emails. Also, it is advisable to keep on checking the university’s official website for the latest information or important updates regarding international admissions.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

How difficult is it to get an admission? What is the acceptance rate of the university for international students?

The university enrols over 60,000 students for campus studies and online education each year, out of which more than 16,000 are international.

Deakin Student Enrolment Statistics February 2020

The total number of students studying on the campus and online can be understood by the statistics shown in the table below:



Student Enrolments by Course Type

Course enrolments






Higher degree by research


International students


Student Enrolments by Campus

Geelong Waterfront


Geelong Waurn Ponds


Melbourne Burwood




Cloud (online)


Source: Deakin University

As part of this data, Deakin reported having received applications from more than 135 countries out of which 133 nationalities are represented in the international student body. This shows good acceptance of international students.

How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?

As per February 2020 report shared by the university, Deakin hosts students from over 133 countries. While the total number of nternational students of 16,616 represent so many countries, the top five countries of origin include India, China, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Pakistan. Out of these, India stands as the leading country to have sent the highest number of students to Deakin.

Deakin International Students 2020

Source: Deakin University

As the chart suggests, a surprisingly high number of Indian students make 37% of the total international student body at Deakin.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

The university understands the desires of international students to explore all available opportunities and resources. It also supports their wish to work while studying on a student visa to reduce their financial burden. Hence, Deakin helps its students find suitable jobs for some extra income and internships for suitable industrial exposure.

Working Hours:

International students pursuing a full-time degree on a student visa may work up to 40 hours in a fortnight when the course is in session. During the session breaks and holidays, students may work as much as they want.

In most of the Deakin courses, Trimester 3 is not compulsory. Hence, those not enrolled may work for unlimited hours. For courses, where Trimester 3 is a mandate, students may continue working for a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight like Trimester 1 and 2.

How to Find Job?

The university has an online jobs database, called Jobs and Internships Board, which helps students find relevant jobs. Students may find internship opportunities to enhance their profiles and add on some experience suited to their profiles. Those looking to earn some extra bucks or pocket money to ease their living in a foreign country may look for average-paying part-time jobs.

Note: Restrictions related to working hours apply to both paid and voluntary works. Also, students must check the employment laws and regulations to be strictly followed while on a study visa. It is also advised that being non-natives, international students must also learn about the work rights under the law of Australia along with the minimum wage that they may be entitled to.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

Deakin University has overall five campuses, four situated in the state of Victoria and one online called Cloud Campus. The four Australian campuses are:

Deakin Campuses

These campuses together comprise 14 schools and over 150 student clubs and societies. Besides these, Deakin also imparts education in three learning centres within Victoria. These are located in Craigieburn, Dandenong, and Werribee.

Deakin Corporate Centres

The university is further known to have four corporate centres. These are:

  • Burwood Corporate Centre
  • Deakin Downtown
  • Geelong Corporate Centre
  • Waurn Ponds Estate

Campus Facilities

All four Victoria campuses are known to offer the following facilities:

Deakin Campus Facilities

The Geelong Waterfront campus is further known to provide extra Project Space to its students for better experiential learning.

Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?

The university offers on-campus housing facilities in all of its campuses at Victoria. Deakin students, whether national or international and undergraduate or postgraduate, may avail these facilities. The expected expenses, including all the amenities offered in on-campus accommodation at Deakin, range from AUD 285 to AUD 362 per week*.

Accommodation Cost 2021-2022

International graduates aspiring to live on-campus may refer to the indicative weekly rates of campus-wise housing facilities:

International Student Residences

Weekly Rates* (in AUD)

Melbourne Burwood campus


Geelong Waurn Ponds campus


Geelong Waterfront campus


Warrnambool campus


Source: Deakin University

Additional Costs for Graduates with Families 2021-2022

The university has also stated the minimum cost of living on-campus for single graduates or the ones who aspire to live with their families. These are as follows:


Annual Rates* (in AUD)



With partner or spouse


With child


Source: Deakin University

Off-Campus Accommodation 2021-2022

International students willing to stay off-campus may opt either of the following as per their respective budgets:

Accommodation Type

Cost* (in AUD)

Hostels and guest houses

90-150 per week

Shared rental

95-215 per week


235-325 per week


185-440 per week

Source: Deakin University

*Cost is subject to change with progressive years. We recommend students to check the latest cost on the university website.

Other Living Expenses 2021-2022

As stated by the university, international students may plan their budgets according to the expected expenses as stated below:


Charges* (in AUD)

Groceries and eating out

80-280 per week

Gas, electricity

35-140 per week

Phone and internet

20-55 per week

Public transport

15-55 per week

Car (after purchase)

150-260 per week

Gym membership

30-100 per month


10-20 per month


3-6 per cup


10-100 each visit

Source: Deakin University

Note: Students must ensure that they do security check for any off-campus accommodation they choose. Also, they must prepare for the additional charges and facilities offered in off-campus housing. Since accommodations are offered on a contractual basis, it is recommended to do a thorough check before investing a huge amount in an unknown place.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

The university has many international offices located in different regions of the world to serve its global aspirants. International students may either reach the university online or personally visit the regional offices.

  1. Online Address

To find information online, international students may reach the university at:


Telephone: +61 3 9034 6205


  1. Indian Regional Office

Indian students may visit the South Asia (India) Office of Deakin University at:

Address: Unit 202-203 Square One, 2nd Floor, Plot No. C2, Saket Place, Saket District Centre, New Delhi 110017, India

Telephone: +91 11 2654 4700, +91 11 2654 4701


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