Deakin University is an Australian public university with approximately 53,000 higher education students in 2016. Established in 1974, the University was named after the leader of the Australian federation movement and the nation's second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. It has campuses in Geelong, Warrnambool and Burwood, Melbourne and learning centres in Dandenong, Craigieburn and Werribee, all in the state of Victoria.
Study abroad and exchange students are enrolled as regular Deakin students and take classes with Australian students. You may choose from a wide range of courses from many different academic disciplines. Students in the past have recommended taking courses at the 100 or 200 level. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in Australia offer upper-level courses at the 100 to 200 level. Courses at the 300 level tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and may not be suitable for you, especially if you have never had a course in the particular department. However, you may request a 300-level course if you really feel it necessary and appropriate. You should plan to take three to four classes which are each worth 4 UMass University credits. Thus, taking four classes will give you 16 UMass credits per term. You may not take fewer than three classes or more than four classes at the university per term.
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.
Course Database - This link will take you into the course database at Deakin University. You can start here to search for classes you want to take while abroad. Keep in mind that you should search only for classes offered during the semester you will be abroad. Note that UMass Spring = Deakin Semester 1 and UMass Fall = Deakin Semester 2
Deakin is located in the State of Victoria, on the southeastern coast of Australia. Victoria boasts a diverse landscape from mountain ranges to deserts to huge farms, so there is something for everyone here. Deakin is an excellent university, with quality teaching and an innovative approach to learning.
It has five campuses that cater to over 70,000 students. Two campuses are in Melbourne, two in the port city of Geelong (well known for its surfing spots), and one on the southwest coast of Victoria in Warrnambool. The campus you attend will depend upon your taste and which courses you decide to take.
The Melbourne Campus at Burwood is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus, attracting more than 13,000 undergraduate and postgraduate on-campus students. The Campus is located alongside Gardiner's Creek parklands in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, about 45 minutes by tram from the city centre. The Melbourne Campus at Burwood is noted for its modern architecture and facilities and the campus also features a large landscaped central courtyard as well as Science and Technology, and Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioral Sciences buildings.
Deakin's Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds is located on the western edge of the historic port city of Geelong, 72 kilometers south west of Melbourne. Geelong is Victoria's largest regional center with a population of more than 200,000 people. The Campus features expansive landscaped grounds and extensive sporting facilities. It is the second-largest Campus of the University, with more than 4,000 on-campus students. Services and facilities include lecture theatres, library, computer laboratories, health care services, a dining room, gymnasium, sports hall, shops and a bank.
Deakin's Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches and popular tourist attractions, with all the facilities of a regional center. Located in a vibrant, regional city with an on-campus population of around 1,200, the Warrnambool Campus offers a friendly, close-knit community, with an informal relationship between students and staff. On-campus facilities include a comprehensive library, excellent teaching and learning spaces, health care services, café, gymnasium, bookshop, social areas, basketball, netball and tennis courts, and a golf course. 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, Law, Nursing, Psychology, Teaching, Tourism Management and Hospitality. The campus is well serviced by daily rail and bus services from Melbourne and Geelong, as well as a shuttle bus which runs between the Warrnambool city centre and the campus.
On-Campus Options - There are two types of on-campus accommodations: Residential Colleges and Student Apartments. These dwellings range from art deco-style houses to modern apartments and may include single rooms, shared rooms, laundry facilities, shared kitchens, lounge areas, bed linen and towels, and more. You may choose to apply for either type of accommodation, but you should understand what they both are and the major differences between them before you select one. Check out Deakin's accommodations page at: http://www.deakin.edu.au/studentlife/residences/
It is also important for you to know that meeting local students is something that takes effort, and your type of accommodation plays a very small role. Australian students, for the most part, do not live in Residential Colleges or Student Apartments. They tend to commute, as it is more economical; thus, the best way to meet local students is by going to events on campus, by joining a club or interest group, by playing a sport, and by frequenting common areas on campus like the student union and cafes. Therefore, do not select your housing by focusing on where you think you will meet the most Australian students; instead, focus on what best suits your personal preferences. Demand for places in these dwellings is high and allocation is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You should submit your application early if you would like Deakin to organize pre-arranged accommodation for you.
Deakin Brochure - Still want to learn more about Deakin, Melbourne, and what to expect when you study abroad in Australia? Check out Deakin's guide for study abroad students.