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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

ISEP at Deakin University

Deakin, named after Australia’s second Prime Minister, is a young contemporary university with a reputation for being innovative, nimble and friendly. Deakin’s collaborative and supportive research culture and the associated global rankings affirm Deakin’s growing international research reputation. Deakin is ranked in the top two percent of the world’s universities in each of the major rankings, and ranked 214 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about the Deakin University here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Direct only


Melbourne, Australia

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Semester 2 (Fall 2018): June to October

Semester 1 (Spring 2019): February to June

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. Lake Forest Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1. Lake Forest Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75  


Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.


 ISEP Direct chance of placement for US students is Excellent.


Deakin University offers students to take flexible courses on four different campuses:


Warrnambool Campus

Deakin’s Warrnambool Campus offers a friendly, close-knit community, with a personal and informal relationship between students and staff. The Warrnambool campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches and popular tourist attractions, and has approximately 1,135 on-campus students.

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Deakin’s Geelong Waterfront Campus is right ont he seafront in the heart of Geelong, about an hour away from Melbourne. It was originally build as wool stores in the nineteenth century and has now been extensively renovated, creating a modern, impressive campus. 

One of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road is just half an hour away complete with famous surf beaches and occasional whale sighting.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Students get the best of both worlds at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. Students have access to world-class education programs and superb facilities while relaxing in a pretty, rural environment, close to some of Australia’s best surf beaches. 

Geelong sits at the start of one of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road. The campus also has incredible sports facilities - from a stadium, sports hall and courts to a deluxe health club, complete with gym, work-out studios and group fitness classes. 

Burwood Campus

Deakin’s busiest campus, Burwood campus could not be in a better location. It is just 30 minutes from the mountains of the Dandenong Ranges, the beaches of St. Kilda and Melbourne’s bustling central district. Burwood is nestled in a leafy suburb with many open spaces and parks. The campus boasts architecturally impressive buildings and top-ntoch facilities for every faculty. 


Deakin is a highly ranked, multi-campus, university that values industry-based learning, innovative teaching and excellent graduate outcomes. The best part? You’ll be living in beautiful Australia - famous for its beaches, nature and exciting cities.

Program Website 

Course Description

Deakin has three trimesters each year. Trimester 1 and 2 have approximately the same duration as other universities working on a semester system. Take courses in the faculty of arts and education, business and law, health, science, engineering and built environment.

Website for Course Availability

Fields of Study

  • Biology

  • Business

  • Education

  • Engineering

  • Health Sciences

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Mathematics

  • Physical Sciences

  • Visual and Performing Arts


Classes involve a combination of fairly formal lectures (often with large numbers of students in attendance) and discussion-oriented “tutorials” (with around 10-15 students). Professors present core material during lectures but students should not expect to ask questions during that time; the tutorials are the time to work through the material in small groups and student participation is encouraged. Laboratory sessions for students in the sciences and practical studio time for design students are also incorporated into the curriculum.

You will typically find yourself in lectures and tutorials for 15 hours a week. The rest of the time you are meant to study and research on your own. The Australian education system generally emphasizes independent study over class time, attendance, and participation. There are usually fewer assignments counting towards the final grade, so a final exam or paper carries much more weight. For all these reasons, independence and self-discipline are very important in keeping up academically.

Lectures at Canberra are held in purpose-designed, modern lecture theaters fully equipped with multi-media facilities. For each lecture, students attend a tutorial (small, interactive study group supervised by a tutor) where they discuss the lecture and receive personal assistance from teaching staff. 

The student-teacher relationship in Australia tends to be very informal, with students addressing lecturers and tutors on a first name basis. Most lecturers will keep office hours during which you can schedule an appointment.

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system.


REMEMBER that this site operates on the Southern Hemisphere calendar! Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Southern hemisphere SM1 (NH SM2) is February – July; Southern hemisphere SM2 (NH SM1) is July – November. 

From the Course & Unit Search page, you may: 
Search by key word/unit/course name
Use the search engine on the left side of the page to search by Course (= degree program) or Unit (= individual course) 

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.



In Australia, students will generally not encounter continuous assessment, in which assignments are given frequently throughout the semester and students can track their academic progress. Rather, the final grade will be based on two or three major assignments or essays plus a final exam or essay. Essays must be well-written and academic; professors will not be looking for “reflection papers” among these relatively few assignments. Students are responsible for keeping up with the outside work throughout the semester, even though professors will not necessarily be checking up on them regularly.

Student Life

To learn more about life at Deakin University please follow this link!

Housing and Meals

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee.  

The Direct fee includes the orientation, on-site director, university fees, and housing, but Direct fees are set by the host university and may be different than that of Exchange, which tend to be less expensive to promote more exchange opportunities for all schools.  Meals are not included in the Direct rate.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019:

Budget Item



Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost


College Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application


College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)


ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP.

(included in program fee)

Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2017.  We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.