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Study Abroad Office

Deakin University

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Website: Deakin University Exchange Program

Please note: The in-person Spring 2021 Deakin program has been canceled and will be offered virtually instead. Please only apply if you would like to participate in a virtual study abroad program.

UofSC's exchange program in Australia offers students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Aussie culture by living among Australia's people. This program is located in the southeastern state of Victoria, a land of rich scenic contrast, home to beautiful beaches, mountains, deserts, forests, fields and volcanic plains. Students will attend Deakin University, one of the largest universities in Australia, which prides itself on its reputation as a progressive university with strong ties to professional and business communities. UofSC students can attend any of Deakin's four campuses, which are located in three different cities: one in Melbourne-Burwood, two in Geelong, and one in Warrnambool.

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: minimum 3.0 GPA

Students pay in-state tuition and fees directly to USC. The cost of living is higher in Australia, but will vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose, your lifestyle, and the location you study. As a general guide, students should have a minimum of AUD$7,000 available for living expenses per semester. 

Students must enroll in four courses . Students can browse the course offerings on Deakin's website paying special attention to any pre-requisite requirements. Semester 1 at Deakin is the equivalent of UofSC's Spring semester, while Semester 2 at Deakin is the equivalent of Fall semester.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Throughout the year, the Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) offers ski, day, weekend and extended trips for students at heavily discounted rates.

All students must purchase the Overseas Student Health Cover through Deakin University in order to meet the requirements for the Australian student visa. The cost of this insurance is approximately AUD$303 per semester.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Study Abroad Office for more details.

Students may choose to live in an on-campus residential college or share a flat off-campus. Students are guaranteed on-campus or pre-arranged off-campus accommodation provided their application is received before Deakin's housing application deadline. Housing costs are paid in Australia and vary based on the type of accommodation chosen. 

The Australian academic calendar begins in February, with the first semester running from February to June. The second semester commences in July and runs through November. USC students can attend Deakin during the fall semester, spring semester or academic year.

Students may attend a three-day, two-night Beach Orientation. Past orientations have included guided hikes through the rainforest, sightseeing along one the most scenic stretches of Australia's coast and optional surfing, yoga, and cooking lessons.  This orientation costs around AUD$100.

All students studying in Australia are required to have a valid "Non-Award" Australian Student Visa. The current cost of this visa is approximately $540. Students are automatically granted permission to work up to 20-hours a week in Australia with this visa.

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