AUSTRALIA: Deakin University Program
The Deakin University Program offers both trimester and academic-year study abroad options. Program participants may earn a total of 15 credits per trimester, or 30 credits for an academic year. A minimum cumulative 2.60 GPA is required for admission to this program.
Deakin is located in Victoria State in southeast Australia. Victoria is a place of great contrasts - ocean beaches and mountain ranges, deserts and forests, volcanic plains and vast sheep and wheat farms. Victoria has long been regarded as the cultural center of Australia, with a historical architectural elegance that underpins the character and style of Melbourne and Geelong. Victoria combines strong cultural tradition with a contemporary and relaxed lifestyle, a distinctive sense of community and a passionate sporting tradition.
Deakin University is one of Australia's most progressive and visionary universities. With more than 70,000 students studying on its various campuses, in the workplace or at home, Deakin offers courses in a wide variety of subjects, as well as professional training and exciting industry-based programs. Marist International participants choose to live and study at one of two campuses: Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waurn Ponds.
Because Australia lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed and the academic year begins in February (end of summer "down under"). Deakin Trimester 1 begins in February and ends in June (Marist spring semester); Trimester 2 begins in July and ends in October (Marist fall semester). Please click here for the Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 academic calendars.
Accommodation and Campus Life
Deakin offers study abroad students various housing options. Program candidates indicate their accommodation preference after they have submitted their Deakin study abroad application. After an offer of admission is received, the accommodation application is submitted on-line through the Deakin University web site.
Methods at overseas universities differ from those in the USA. Australian students attend lectures, tutorials and seminars. Academic staff expect a high level of self-motivation and independence from their students. Students are expected to undertake independent research during free time. There is less "assessment" with a final exam or essay determining the final course grade, in most cases. Click here for more information about study areas, credits, grading/assessment.
Course Unit Selections
In Australia the word course refers to a degree program or major, while course units (or simply, units) are what we in the USA refer to as courses. Participants in the Deakin study abroad program must enroll in a minimum of three units. Four (4) units are considered a full load -- equivalent to 15 Marist credits. To access Deakin course units, descriptions, and availability please click here for lists of pre-approved course units, as well as wider lists of unit offerings.
Orientation at Deakin University
A three-day orientation will help students adjust to life in Australia. Day one focuses on Deakin academic requirements, and students will be able to mix with study advisers from all faculties. The following two days will feature a range of social activities such as surfing lessons and guided hikes plus workshop sessions on successful cultural integration. At the end of the three days, students are transferred to their campus of study and participate in a campus-specific orientation. Click here for orientation and class registration information.