Deakin University




University Location Geelong, Victoria
City Population 278,000
Student Population 60,000
Int'l Student Population 11,200
Main Campus Burwood
Program Campus Melbourne, Geelong, Warrnambool, Online
Program Duration 3 – 4 years
Semester Intake March & July
Application Deadline No set deadline*

Studying STEM at Deakin University

Deakin University has campuses in Melbourne, Geelong, and Warrnambool, and an innovative online learning platform. Deakin aims to be Australia’s most progressive university—relevant, innovative, and responsive in all its activities.

Deakin provides STEM programs in the Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Built Environment (SEBE) through the following schools:

  • School of Architecture and Built Environment
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Information Technology
  • School of Life and Environmental Science

The faculty works towards excellence in teaching, learning and research by harnessing emerging technologies and drawing from industry connections and research outcomes to ensure Deakin is at the cutting edge of teaching.

On this page you’ll find a list of available study areas for international students. Because we can’t list all available programs, we have chosen a few popular programs for Canadians. If what you’re looking for isn’t shown, please reach out to

STEM Study Areas

As a Deakin University STEM student, you’ll be offered a personalized education informed by emerging technologies, pushing the boundaries of research, and fostering relationships with professional associations, other education providers and leaders in industry and government both in Australia and internationally.

Many of Deakin’s programs provide industry-based internship opportunities, giving you firsthand work experience and preparing you for employment once you graduate. You may also choose to take part in the university’s peer support and mentor program, offering a friendly face from the moment you start at Deakin and helping you transition into university life.


Architecture and Built Environment
You will be given the opportunity to contribute to the design and creation of innovative, sustainable environments using principles from art, design, technology, and environmental science. Award winning staff will help you hone your skills and learn to create designs that will have a real-world impact.

Study areas include architecture, construction management.

Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
Duration: 3 years
Campus: Waterfront (Geelong)
Intakes: March & July

Discover architectural ideas through cutting-edge content, develop your creativity and gain a practical understanding of the built environment and its relationship with the community through meaningful and sustainable design, from houses to high-rise projects. You will gain practical skills studying real-world projects in a studio environment and develop your ability to generate, analyze and communicate your ideas. You will learn to combine creative thinking with technical necessities and develop skills that enable you to examine and shape the places we inhabit. Gain work-ready skills in computer-aided design, drawing, and digital fabrication.


As an engineering student, you will have access to some of the most future-focused and innovative technologies in Australia as you learn how to find creative solutions to real-world problems. Hands-on, industry-led courses pave the way for you to become job-ready for your future career.

Study areas include additive manufacturing, engineering (civil, electrician and electronics, environmental, mechanical, mechatronics, renewable energy), and engineering management.

Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours)
Duration: 4 years
Campus: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Intakes: March & July

Gain practical, industry relevant skills with a particular emphasis on power and energy supported by state-of-the-art electronics design and communication technologies you will gain hands-on skills and experience to tackle modern engineering challenges in a changing world. You will also access the latest electrical and electronics engineering tools and application software in world-class, multi-million-dollar facilities. From renewable energy, power systems and high-voltage (HV) labs, to Deakin’s 7.5MW microgrid facility with battery energy storage, visualization and control centre, you will learn everything you need to design, implement and test your big ideas.


Information Technology
Immersive learning facilities prepare you for an ever-evolving industry. You will have access to professional software, game engines, virtual reality, and content development packages.
Engage in a wide variety of fields from, cyber security to data analytics and put yourself at the forefront of a fully connected future.

Study areas include artificial intelligence, cloud computing and networking, computer science, creative technologies, cyber security, data science, games and application development, information technology, IT services and strategy, software engineering, and virtual reality.

Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence
Duration: 3 years
Campus: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Intakes: March & July

Deakin’s Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence equips you with the knowledge and skills to design, develop and evolve software solutions that harness the latest advances in artificial intelligence (AI). Get hands-on experience developing AI-driven software solutions with the support of academics who are leaders in this emerging field. You will have access to fully equipped computer labs with the latest software and technologies to ensure you graduate with the specialist skills to design and build the intelligent systems of the future. You will also have opportunities to obtain certificates from the training program for Microsoft Azure AI.


Life and Environmental Sciences
Discovery and sustainability are just two of the possibilities that await you in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. Covering a broad range of specializations, you could find yourself analyzing a state-of-the-art crime scene house or surrounded by wildlife as you tackle conservation and sustainability. Industry collaboration and hands-on, practical experiences prepare you for a career outside of the classroom.

Study areas include biological science, biomedical science, biotechnology and bioinformatics, chemistry and pharmaceutical science, environmental engineering, environmental management and sustainability, forensic science, mathematical modeling, marine, science, sustainable regional development, wildlife and conservation biology, zoology, and animal science.

Bachelor of Marine Science
Duration: 3 years
Campus: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Intakes: March & July

Study marine science at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, where you will have access to spectacular marine environments teeming with rich biodiversity on your doorstep. Become an expert in ocean systems by exploring a broad range of disciplines, including marine microbiology and genomics, oceanography, marine modelling, marine biology and ecology, fisheries and aquaculture. The Bachelor of Marine Science equips you with the skills needed to create a sustainable future for the world’s oceans. With hands-on practical activities located at the Queenscliff Marine Science Centre, you will get direct access to rocky shores, seagrass beds and mangroves as the surf beaches become your classroom.

Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology
Duration: 3 years
The Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology trains you to examine the many facets of crime. Understanding the nature of crime and the motivations behind criminal behaviour is a sought-after skill and is particularly powerful when combined with expertise in modern forensic science. By developing skills in these complementary disciplines, you will graduate with more career options and a broader perspective of crime and the justice system.

Connect with Us

If you’re interested in applying to an undergraduate STEM program at Deakin University, please reach out to the OzTREKK student advisor listed below. Together, we’ll find a program that fits!

Admission Timeline

*While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 6 months prior to the program start date.


Here are some of the most frequently asked STEM questions we receive. Of course, if you don’t see your question listed here, please feel free to email us!

Can my partner or family come to Australia with me if I get an offer? 

Many Canadians wish to fulfill their career goals after getting married, having kids, or both! We’ve had plenty of students who have taken their partner and/or children with them.

If you want to take your partner or family with you, you’ll need to add them as a secondary applicant or dependents to your student visa application. Even if you don’t plan on taking them with you, we suggest you add them to your application anyway because it can be complex, expensive, and time-consuming to add them afterwards. You’ll then need to provide additional documentation to support your claims of a relationship or your children’s dependency status.

In addition to looking after the visa, you’ll also need to ensure they’re included on your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), you have appropriate accommodation, and if you’re bringing children, you’ll need to enroll them in school.

Visit our Health Insurance page for more information.

When should I apply?

We recommend you begin your OzTREKK application about a year before your program would start. Most programs in Australia start between January and March, so that means you would start your OzTREKK application between January and March the year prior.

Here’s how the typical “cycle” works if your program starts January – March:

March – May: You gather all required documents like passport photo page, transcripts, résumé, personal statement, and send them to our office. Don’t worry, we’ll tell you exactly what we need!

June – August: Interviews (if your program requires one)

September – December: Offer time! If you get an offer, we’ll walk you through the acceptance (or decline) process and give you all the help you need to get ready to go.

January – March: Time to head Down Under!

Can I apply if I’m only 17?

Yes, but you’ll require parental or guardian consent (signature). OzTREKK will provide the necessary documentation for this signature.

If you won’t be 18 when your program starts, you’ll be required to show that you’ll be living with an approved guardian until you turn 18. If you don’t have an approved guardian in Australia, you may need a family member to apply for a guardian visa to accompany you. This guardian visa should be obtained as part of the student visa application


Can my entire application be submitted through OzTREKK?

Absolutely. We manage and submit your application(s) on your behalf and communicate any updates from the universities.

Applying to an  Australian or New Zealand university starts by filling out our OzTREKK application: You’ll tell us a bit about yourself, like your name, address, date of birth, education history, and what schools you want to apply to!

When you click “Submit,” the application with all your information only comes to us, so there’s no need to worry about making a mistake at this stage. We then create a file for you (based on your name, not a number!) and email you a list of documents required to complete your application—things like passport photo page, transcripts, résumé, personal statement—but it depends on the program, as some programs require more paperwork than others.

If you get an offer, we’ll help you with that part, too! Whether you want to accept or decline, we’ll help you figure out your next steps. If you accept your offer, we’ll even help you get ready to go. We’re here to be an advocate for you, and to walk you through the entire process from start to finish.

Should you have any questions along the way, just send us an email or book a chat. That’s why we’re here!

Are there any scholarships for international students?

Scholarship options in Australia are usually limited for international students as they tend to be reserved for those undertaking postgraduate research degrees; however, we can advise you where to look and whether specific programs have a history of offering scholarships.

Occasionally, scholarships are granted to high achievers—those with very high marks. In previous years, we have seen $5000- to $10,000-scholarships given to OzTREKK students.

Check out OzTREKK’s Financing page to learn more about scholarships and paying for your degree.

What does “rolling admissions” mean?

Rolling admissions means the university assesses applications as they are received, or on a “first come, first served” basis. As soon as they’ve met the quota and the program is filled, they close the applications. So, for a program that has rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the better!

How does OzTREKK know if my application will be competitive?

The majority of Canadians applying to full-degree programs in Australia (i.e., not study abroad courses, which usually only last a semester or two) apply through OzTREKK. They’re studying medicine, dentistry, law, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc.

Since they’re using OzTREKK’s services, this gives us a good idea of the starting point of a competitive application each year, allowing us to help you determine which universities/programs are most likely to present you with a letter of offer!

You can get started on determining your chances by reviewing the admissions requirements on each program page. Then, visit our GPA Conversions and Eligibility pages for details and suggestions to help you get into the program of your dreams. Of course, OzTREKK is always here to help if you have questions.

What is a 5.0 GPA in Australia?

Unlike in Canada, GPAs in Australia are simple. They are standardized, so they mean the same thing to everyone.

In Australia, a 5.0 / 7.0 would roughly translate to a 2.7 / 4.0 or approximately 70% – 72%, but keep in mind all universities assess slightly differently.

Learn more on our GPA Conversions page where we list the most common Canadian GPA scales to their corresponding Australian GPA grade.

Which prerequisites do I need?

Prerequisite courses vary by university and by program. We’ve listed university- and program-specific requirements on each program’s page under “Admissions Requirements.”

How do universities calculate GPA?

Calculations differ by university, but most use cumulative (all units within a program) or weighted GPA (typically last 2 or 3 years of study). See GPA Calculations for more information.

Can I do my courses online?

Some programs may offer online delivery, although it is important to note that international students in an online program are not eligible for an Australian student visa. If you choose to study online, you will have to study this program from your home country.

Can I transfer credits from my Canadian university?

Typically, international universities do not allow an automatic transfer of studies; however, you can apply for credit based on your previous studies, and if the university determines your previous courses are equivalent to those in their program, they will offer you credit for those subjects.

To apply for credit, you will need to provide a list of subjects from your undergraduate degree that you feel are relevant to this program or which might overlap with program content. You will then need to collect the detailed course outlines for each of these subjects, and we can submit these to the Australian university with your application.

What does an “Honours” program mean?

Honours studies in Australia differ from Honours studies at Canadian universities. In Australia, an Honours degree is typically awarded after an additional year of research has been completed following the standard 3-year undergraduate degree program. In Canada, an Honours degree is usually awarded after four years of undergraduate study and may or may not include an undergraduate thesis, depending on the school and program.

What are official transcripts, and how do I send them?

Currently, our Australian universities require original transcripts to assess your application—certified by OzTREKK, which means we have to put our stamp on paper. Literally.

Usually, students order transcripts from their high school, college and/or university and have them mailed to our office. Alternatively, you can pick up your transcripts and mail them to OzTREKK, as long as they remain in their original, sealed envelopes.

You will need to submit final transcripts (showing your degree/diploma is completed) from every institution you have attended. We only require one copy of each transcript, even if you apply to multiple universities or programs.

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Alternatively, your high school, college and/or university can email them to

P.S. Try sending your documents via FedEx and Purolator, especially when you need your documents to arrive at our office ASAP. If you use Canada Post’s courier Xpresspost, please don’t request a signature, as this can add unexpected delays!

As soon as your transcript arrives, we’ll let you know!

When should I apply?

Applications typically open a year in advance of the program start date. We recommend that you begin your application in January/February and aim to have your documents in by the spring/early summer.