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Future Student FAQs

Is Deakin College still operating?

Yes, Deakin College and Deakin University continue to operate, however all our teaching and support services have temporarily moved online. We will keep our students, staff and community updated with new information as it comes to hand

Is Deakin College still processing new applications?

Yes. The Deakin College Admission Team is working as usual. Applications can be made online.

What's changed at Deakin College?

Deakin College has moved 100% online. Teaching is continuing as per the original timetable via Zoom. Classes continue for the normal duration of 2 hours (2 x 2 hour classes per week, per subject). Online classes are still maximum 25 students for Foundation and 30 students for Diploma. All of our academic and social support services are now online too.

What is online learning?

Online learning refers to learning delivered on a computer via the internet and therefore does
not require students to be physically present at a school, college or university in order to attain
an education. Classes, assessments, and exams are conducted online.

I am currently overseas and have accepted my offer with Deakin College. Am I expected to arrive in Australia to enrol and commence my course?

No, you are not expected to be in Australia. For all students commencing in Trimester 3, 2020
enrolment and classes will be fully online.

I have an offer to study at Deakin College in Trimester 3. Should I accept the offer now? What happens if I change my mind?

You can accept your offer now and if you change your mind closer to the start of trimester, you can withdraw and receive a refund. View our Refund Policy (PDF).

Why can't I come to Australia to study?

International travel to Australia is currently not allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How long will I be studying online?

Deakin College will continue to follow the advice of the Australian Government and will be
providing online classes until further notice. Our priority remains the health and safety of our
students and staff. The return to on campus teaching will be in line with Government regulations
and consistent with Deakin University’s practices.

Do I need a student visa to study online from my home country? How is my current visa or CoE affected by online learning?

No, you do not need a student visa while you are studying in your home country however you will need to apply for your visa before you start your online study.

If you are currently in Australia on a student visa, visit the Department of Home Affairs website for updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the pandemic.

Visit the Department’s Staying in Australia webpage for information about student visas.

Where and how can we receive more information about the uni and courses that I am interested in studying during the lockdown?

We have plenty of information on our website on how to contact us and we are still online 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. If you are an international student, you can also contact one of our overseas representatives.

Can I study part-time in Trimester 3? How many modules should I enrol in?

Yes, we understand that some students may prefer to study part-time.

A full-time study load at Deakin College is a minimum of 3 units or a maximum of 4 units each trimester.

Domestic students can enrol in between one and four modules each trimester.

We recommend that international students enrol in 3 or 4 units in order to meet progression requirements to Deakin University, as outlined in your offer letter.
If you cannot take a full-time study load, you must contact your Academic Coordinator prior to your scheduled enrolment date for a discussion. You will not be able to use our enrolment portal if you try to enrol in 1 or 2 units and will need to seek assistance from your Academic Coordinator.

Which modules do I choose?

Please refer to your Course Outline. Look for the Bachelor course that you intend to study and follow the recommended modules that are shown.

How do I transition to face-to-face teaching?

Once Deakin College commences teaching face-to-face again, we will provide you with information and support regarding the process.

Will Deakin College organise online orientation sessions for new students if classes are still taught online in Trimester 3?

Yes, you will be invited to Orientation via email, where you will be able to attend and participate in online information sessions and social events.

Online learning is all new to me and I am not sure if I can cope

The shift to online teaching and learning is a change for both staff and students. However, it is
important to know that Deakin College is offering more than lectures and tutorials – we provide
webinars, workshops and individual study support through learning mentors and learning
advisors. We also conduct social activities to support and maintain your wellbeing. The staff at
Deakin College encourage you to ask questions and are ready to provide support and guidance
as needed.

What happens if I don't like online classes after a few weeks. Can I withdraw?

Yes, you are able to withdraw without academic penalty before census date (end of Week 4 of the trimester). You will receive a refund in line with our Refund policy (PDF).

How do I enrol?

Once you have accepted your offer to study with us, we will send you instructions about how to enrol online in your course.

I am trying to enrol, but my enrolment is blocked

Your enrolment may be blocked for a number of reasons:

  • You may not have accepted your offer – complete section 2, 3 & 4 of your offer letter
  • You may not have paid your fees
  • You may not have submitted your release letter from your previous college or any other documents requested by Admissions
  • If you are a sponsored student, you may not have submitted your financial guarantee
  • Contact us by using the ‘help chat’ function in the Student Portal if you experience any issues enrolling during the enrolment period.
There is a clash in the classes that I want to enrol in. What do I do?

Choose another class that does not have any clashes. If the class that you have chosen is full,
there is no choice but to choose another class/time-slot.

I've booked on-campus student accommodation via the College. If I defer my offer, can defer my accommodation too?

Yes, however you would need to respond to the accommodation offer you received from Student Residences and request to defer your start date.

How can I confirm my online enrolment has been successfully completed?

Check the Student Portal to see if you have successfully enrolled or email the Academic Services team via email: with your full name and student ID.

Where do I find my student ID?

Please refer to your letter of offer. You will find your ID in the top right-hand corner: either 7
numbers starting with a 5(eg. 500—-) or an alphabetical and numerical combination (eg.

Will there be a fee reduction for online study?

No, at this stage, 2020 tuition fees will remain the same.

I was planning in sitting an IELTS test but the face-to-face exam has been cancelled. How can I meet the English language requirements?

Students can now sit the Deakin English placement test online. For details, please contact We can also accept IELTS Indicator, TOEFL iBT and Duolingo online tests. Details can be found here.

What are the key dates for Trimester 3?

Online enrolment for new students in Trimester 3, 2020 starts on 7, 8 or 9 October 2020, depending on your course. You are
encouraged to enrol early as classes fill up quickly.

  • Orientation starts on 19 October
  • Classes start on 26 October 2020
  • The last day to change units enrolled for Trimester 3 is 5.00 pm on 6 November (if
  • Census date for Trimester 3, 2020 is 20 November.
Who is my Academic Coordinator?

You can find your Academic Coordinator’s details under ‘Enrolment Help’ on our How to Enrol page.

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