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Australia, Melbourne - Deakin University

Discover the relaxed lifestyle and many different terrains in the cultural center of Australia while studying a wide range of subjects.


Melbourne is located in the Victoria State of 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. 


A trimester in this coastal city offers students a chance to experience a new culture without a language barrier. Students are able to take classes in a wide range of topics such as architecture, nutrition, law, and even psychology. 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. Field trips to Meknes and Volubilis are a part of the orientation as well.

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. 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.

Student Life & Co-Curricular

Deakin offers students more than 120 clubs and societies across their campuses that range from sports to developmental clubs. Students are able to socialize with students from around the globe with similar interests or branch out from their normal activities and try something new. The campus has nearby walking and running paths and students will also have access to gyms and sports courts. Students can also partake in activities around the city such as museums, nightlife, trips to the beach, and shopping at the local stores.


Students can look at on-campus residences, enjoy a homestay experience or live in an off-campus accommodation. Campus housing is fully furnished and students will have access to kitchens that are fully functional. Campus housing includes gathering for recreational use.

Students should state their housing preference on the application to study abroad and Deakin will be in contact for further steps in setting up housing accommodations.

Program Cost

The program fee includes tuition (12-16 credits), accommodation, program orientation, scheduled academic excursions, and international health insurance. The program cost is based on full-time semester tuition and on-campus Marist housing. Students receive a detailed cost sheet once they have been admitted to the Marist Abroad Program.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum 2.6 cumulative GPA at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or higher at the time of study abroad
  • Academic Advisor approval of program and coursework

How to Apply

Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Click here for more Information on the Marist Abroad application process.

Additional Information

If you have any additional questions about the program contact the Program Coordinator at

Please click here for additional information on the program.