Deakin University is ranked among the top research universities in Australia with campuses in Melbourne, Geelong, and Warrnambool. WMU students are particularly encouraged to apply for the Geelong campus, which offers many courses in general education, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, liberal arts, social work, general science, education, and business. Many Deakin courses also have a built-in internship component for academic credit in a diverse range of areas, such as Business, Journalism, Public Relations, Media and Sociology. WMU students interested in this program may be able to contact students from the host institution who are currently studying at WMU. Please contact WMU Study Abroad for more information.
Learn more about Deakin:
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Location & Related Considerations
With a population of 4.87 million people representing nationalities from all over the globe, Victoria features a multicultural workforce offering visitors exposure to a variety of cultural experiences. It is also one of the most linguistically diverse locations in the Asia Pacific region with 151 languages spoken. Geelong has a population of just over 200,000 and is Victoria's second largest city. It offers a high-quality lifestyle with all the amenities of a major city center combined with a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Walking and cycling paths hug the bay and provide easy access to many shoreside attractions, including a plethora of cafes and restaurants. From Geelong, a one-hour train ride or drive will get you to Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, which features some of Australia's finest beaches, including Bells Beach and Torquay.
Accommodation for Disabilities/Special Needs:
Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services for Students at (269) 387-2116 ahead of their term abroad. A disability determination must be made by this office before any accommodations are provided by the study abroad course's instructor. For more information, visit WMU Disability Services for Students
Safety and Security:
Students are expected to research their country of destination to learn more about issues related to safety, security, and physical and mental health. For general information about Australia, consult The CIA's World Factbook
and the U.S. State Department
. If the state department has designated any travel destination as level 3 or higher, or if the travel destination(s) contain regions designated level 3 or higher, participants must sign a WMU travel waiver and complete an individual safety plan prior to travel.
For specific information related to safety and security, consult OSAC
(United States Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security). For advice concerning health issues and related concerns, consult Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
. Finally, once students receive a message that they have been enrolled, they can also use resources provided by WMU's international Health and Emergency Insurance provider, GeoBlue
Infrastructure measures, construction safety standards, licensing, and regulatory procedures vary by country. Try to avoid travel in unsafe vehicles on unsafe roads, and exercise caution when using stairways, ramps, and handrails. Take extra precaution when hiking in areas with poor trail geography and infrastructure, especially if guardrails and other safety features are missing or dilapidated. Bring and use bug spray to help protect against insect-borne illnesses, especially from mosquitos and ticks. Protests occur frequently on university campuses and in public spaces; avoid these protests and refrain from engaging with (including photographing) the demonstrations. In addition to consulting the above-mentioned governmental agencies, review the WMU website, especially the section entitled “Health and Safety Abroad
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Good Academic Standing; At least Sophomore level; GPA of 3.0
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of the major), and WMU Study Abroad. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Approval Form available from the Study Abroad office. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and study abroad staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.
Learn more about the courses of study offered at Deakin University
For psychology students, the courses listed below have been approved as equivalencies:
Deakin Course WMU Substitution
HBS 110 Health Behavior Health Psychology (PSY 4630)
HPS 203 Cognitive Psychology Psychology Elective (3 credits)
HPS 204 Social Psychology Psychology Elective (3 Credits)
HPS 205 Behavioral Neuroscience Physiological Psychology (PSY 3720)
HPS 206 Psych in the Criminal Justice System Psychology Elective (3 Credits)
HPS 302 Developmental Psychology Psychology of Aging (PSY 4280)
HPS 307 Personality Psychology Elective (3 Credits)
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Cost & Financial Aid
To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here for spring
or here for fall
. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.
WMU students applying for this program should consult external resources to identify any study abroad scholarships they may qualify for.
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.
: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead! Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.
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Deakin arranges accommodation for WMU study abroad students on either the Geelong campus, situated approximately eight kilometers west of the city centre, or off campus in the Geelong city centre, which is close to the waterfront. The Student Residences are part of the campus and are set in a picturesque landscape close to all of the University's main facilities. Each resident is housed in a single room, but the buildings are mostly apartment style accommodation and shared between 10-12 students. Bedrooms are furnished, heated, carpeted and have phone and computer access. There are shared bathrooms, dining rooms, laundry and recreational areas available to all residents. As students are responsible for preparing meals, each unit also contains a fully equipped kitchen. The Geelong Student Residences are extremely accessible, and a daily bus service operates between the surrounding area and Deakin's campus.
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Host Institution Information (external links)
Study Abroad Information
Country Information (external links)
Australia - Lonely Planet
Department of State Information
Country Specific Information - Australia
Culturegram - Australia
WMU Study Abroad Contact:
Study Abroad Specialist
Phone: (269) 387-5890
Location: 3306 Faunce
CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B (VIC), 02414F (NSW)
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