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About Deakin College

Who is Deakin College?

Deakin College (formerly MIBT) has been in partnership with Deakin University since 1996. Deakin College is a popular choice for both Australian and International students and provides quality pathway programs to over 70 undergraduate and postgraduate Deakin University courses.

What courses does Deakin College offer?

Deakin College offers:

  • Diploma programs in Commerce, Computing, Engineering, Health Sciences, Management, Media and Communication, and Science which lead into second year Bachelor degrees at Deakin University.
  • Postgraduate Qualifying Program (Business and Law) leads into 1st year of selected Master degrees at Deakin University. This course is only available to International students.

Where is Deakin College located?

Deakin College courses are conducted on three Deakin University campuses in Victoria, Australia: Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Waterfront Campuses. Being located on campus enable students to access and enjoy all facilities and services, creating a smoother transition to their degree at Deakin.
Deakin College also has an offshore campus in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Since Deakin College is at two locations in Victoria, can I choose which campus I can study on?

It depends which course you want to do. The Diploma in Commerce is offered at both Melbourne and Geelong, so you can choose the campus you would like to study on. Deakin College's other courses are designated to a specific campus. Computing, Health Science, Management and Media and Communication and the Postgraduate Qualifying Program Business and Law) are at the Melbourne Burwood Campus. Engineering and Science are located at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

As Deakin College is located on Deakin University campuses, can Deakin College students use the campus facilities and services?

Absolutely. As a Deakin College student, you are able to use all services and facilities at Deakin University including the library and sports facilities. You are also able to join Deakin's clubs and societies.

Are the Diploma courses equivalent to first year university?

Yes. The Diploma courses are the same level as those for the relevant first year undergraduate programs offered by Deakin University.

What is the advantage of going to Deakin College rather than doing first year University?

The advantages for students are many. Classes are much smaller than the usual university lecture size. Deakin College students have more class time per unit than university which allows more time to understand the course. You also have the choice of studying over two or three trimesters in one calendar year.

Do I have to complete the Diploma program in two trimesters (eight months)?

No. While it is possible to complete either program in two trimesters (eight months), some students opt to study over three trimesters, to allow more time to concentrate on each individual unit.

Are Deakin College courses Centrelink approved?

Yes. Students undertaking a Deakin College Diploma course may apply for Youth Allowance, Austudy Payment, ABSTUDY and the Pensioner Education Supplement.

Are Deakin College programs recognised by other Australian universities?

Yes. Many Australian universities recognise the Deakin College Diploma programs. Advanced standing is given on an individual case basis.

Can I get into other institutions with a Deakin College diploma?

Students can use a Deakin College Diploma to apply for other institutions, however, it is not a guaranteed entry like it is to the relevant Deakin University course.

What is the composition of the student population at Deakin College?

Students at Deakin College are from many countries around the world. Most come from Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand and China. The ratio is 60% International students and 40% Australian/Permanent Residents.

Can I study part-time?

Australian/Permanent residents can study part-time. International students must study full-time to meet visa conditions.

What if I need help with my studies whilst I am at Deakin College?

There are many avenues of help and support throughout your trimesters with Deakin College. If you find yourself having difficulty in a unit, you should contact your lecturer and organise a time to meet for consultation. A Student Adviser is also available to help with many areas of your studies and your life at Deakin College.

About the classes

How are classes taught?

All classes are four hours duration. The first two hours consists of a lecture. The final two hours are allocated to tutorials, workshops or computer laboratory sessions. There is some variation in this structure according to the nature of the individual units and specific requirements.

What time are classes scheduled at Deakin College?

Classes run from 8.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5.30pm. Limited units may be offered week nights from 5.30pm-9.30pm and Saturday from 9.30am-1.30pm.

What is the maximum number of units that I can study each trimester?

Four units is the maximum for any student in any one trimester.

What is the minimum number of units that I can study each trimester?

Due to visa conditions international students must study a minimum of 3 units each trimester unless it is the students last trimester. There is no minimum for Australian students.

What if I fail some units - do I have to repeat the whole trimester?

No. Because of the flexible nature of the program it is possible to progress to new units whilst retaking those which have been failed. As three trimesters of study can be completed in one calendar year, students who fail one or more units can get back 'on track' without loss of time.

Are there units or courses that can be taken online?

Not at this stage. Students are required to attend classes on-campus.

How many intake dates are there each year?

There are three intakes per year - March, June and October.

Applying to Deakin College

How do I apply?

It is easy, click here and follow the instructions.

How long will it take to receive an offer from Deakin College?

It usually only takes 24 - 48 hours to receive an offer from Deakin College, but it can take longer depending on how complete the application is (all documents received, etc).

I am not an International student. Can I still study at Deakin College?

Yes. Deakin College accepts both Australian/Permanent residents and International students.

Exemptions/Recognition for Prior Learning

Can I apply for exemptions?

Yes, you can apply for exemptions for prior learning, which includes formal study undertaken in recognised tertiary institutions in Australia, including universities, colleges, TAFE and other post-secondary education institutions.

How do I apply for exemptions?

It is easy, click on the following link and follow the instructions.

How many exemptions can I receive?

A maximum of four exemptions may be granted. Students must enrol and successfully complete all remaining Deakin College units awarded for the Diploma.

Deakin College Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Deakin College?

Entry requirements are course specific and country specific. Click on the following link to find out more.

Does Deakin College accept mature age applicants?

Yes. Deakin College accepts students who are aged 21 or over and have relevant experience or other appropriate qualifications.

Fee Payment

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees by Telegraphic Transfer/Direct Deposit, Bank Draft/Bank Cheque, Credit Card or FEE-HELP (FEE-HELP not available to international students). Click on the following link for detailed information.

Does Deakin College offer CSP and/or HECS places?

No. As a pathway provider, Deakin College only participates in the FEE-HELP loan scheme. Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) and Higher Education Commonwealth Support (HECS) will apply to students when they get into Deakin.

Can I apply for FEE-HELP?

Deakin College has been granted the status as a recognised Higher Education Provider (HEP), allowing eligible students the opportunity to access the FEE-HELP loan scheme. This scheme is not available to International students.

Are scholarships available at Deakin College?

Yes, check out the following link for more information

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Do I have to have OSHC?

All international students must have OSHC. From 1 July 2010, The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) changed the student visa requirements. Under condition 8501, international students will have to obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the proposed duration of their student visa. For students who will be undertaking a packaged course, there cannot be a gap in the OSHC coverage.

What does OSHC Cover?

OSHC helps pay for medical and hospital care should you become ill during your stay in Australia. OSHC will also pay for most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport. OSHC will not cover any illness or disability that you had prior to arriving in Australia. It will also not cover ancillary services (for example, dental or optical services). If you require ancillary services you can take out extra OSHC, provided by an approved OSHC provider. Make sure you bring any optical or medical prescriptions with you to Australia.

How much do I pay?

This will depend on the duration of your visa. Deakin College will notify you of the costs in your offer letter.

What if I already have OSHC?

If you already have OSHC please provide proof of coverage to Deakin College before you accept your offer.

Orientation

What happens at Orientation and do I need to attend?

Yes, you definitely need to attend Orientation as this is the day you will enrol in your units. You will also meet key staff at Deakin College and be informed about the many services available to you as an Deakin College student. It is also a great opportunity to meet future friends in your mentor guided groups.

What do I need to bring to Orientation?

Bring your Deakin College offer letter, pen, and passport (international students only).

What happens if I am late?

Please notify Deakin College immediately if you cannot attend and you will be instructed about a late enrolment session.

Course Changes/Withdrawals

Can I change my units after I have enrolled?

Students may make changes to their original enrolment/unit selection online if vacancies are available in classes. After the on-line enrolment period is closed, students who want to make a change should go to Deakin College Reception. No changes to unit selection can be made two weeks after the commencement of a trimester, except to drop a unit. A unit can be dropped until the end of the fourth week and fees paid for the dropped unit will be credited to the next trimester. After the fourth week, a unit can be dropped. However no fees will be transferred to the next trimester. Students who drop a unit after the fourth week will have 'W' (Withdrawn) recorded as their result in the unit. Any unit dropped after Week 8 will be recorded as 'WN' (Withdrawn - Fail). Units cannot be dropped after the end of Week 10. Note: International students must maintain a full time enrolment.

How do I change my course?

Students who wish to change their course must complete the Change of Course Application form and submit to Deakin College Reception.

How do I withdraw from my course?

Students who wish to withdraw from a course must go to Deakin College Reception for an appointment with Student Services to complete the Withdrawal form. Withdrawals will not be processed unless a form has been completed. Students are bound by the Deakin College Refund Policy, applicable from the date of their original application to withdraw. International students who withdraw from a course will be reported to DIAC within one week of the withdrawal being approved and will be required to return home within 28 days.

Graduation

Does Deakin College hold a graduation ceremony?

Yes. Deakin College organises a graduation ceremony for students who have successfully completed their study. Family and friends are encouraged to attend. An invitation to the Graduation Ceremony will be sent to graduands via mail approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the ceremony.

Will a Deakin College Diploma be enough to apply for a job?

The diploma is equivalent to the first year of a bachelor degree at Deakin University, and the aim is to provide students with a pathway entry into second year. Using the diploma to apply for a job will depend on the requirement set out by the employer.

Deakin College enrolled Students

I am an enrolled student where do I get help and find out more about my course?

Deakin College students have access to the Deakin College student portal - you should access this portal regularly as it contains important information about your study at Deakin College. If you have specific questions, the friendly Deakin College reception staff are always there to help.

Will I be eligible for concession on public transport?

Local students who meet the requirements are eligible for concession. International students are not eligible for concession at this stage.

Transferring to Deakin University

How do I transfer to Deakin University?

There are specific academic guidelines that students must meet to in order transfer to Deakin University. Click on the following link to find out more. Information sessions on transferring to Deakin University are held at Deakin College each trimester. Dates, times and venues are posted to the Student Portal.

How can I obtain more information about Deakin University courses?

Simply go to the Deakin website: www.deakin.edu.au

Postgraduate Qualifying Programs

I will be studying a Postgraduate Qualifying Program, is this a Deakin College or Deakin University program?

The Postgraduate Qualifying Program is a non award Deakin University program, taught at Deakin College. So you will be a Deakin University student.

How long is the Postgraduate Qualifying Programs?

The Postgraduate Qualifying Programs run for one trimester (4 months). These courses are only available to International students.