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Exchange/Partnership Australia: Marine Biology at Deakin University
Warrnambool, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year(SP+FA)
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Calendar Year(SP+FA) 2018 10/15/2017 10/15/2017 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Exchange (Bilateral), Partnership
Language of Instruction:
Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorm/On-Campus
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Areas of Study:
Program Description:

Deakin University

UW-W Partnership Program

Location Warrnambool, Australia
Academic Focus Marine Biology
Eligibility 2.6 GPA, Marine Biology majors
Terms Academic Year (UW-W's Fall + Spring semesters; Deakin's Trimester 2 (July-October) + Trimester 1 of the following year (February-June))

Calendar Year (UWW's Spring + Fall Semesters; Deakin's Trimester 1 (February-June) + Trimester 2 (July-October))
Language of Instruction English
Partner Website Click Here


Studying at Deakin University offers students a wonderful opportunity to explore the beautiful country of Australia while taking high quality academic courses in Marine Biology.

Deakin has three campuses in and around the multicultural and growing city of Melbourne.  Students participate in Deakin’s “Beach Welcome” program, which includes surfing, bush walks, and the chance to form connections with other students from around the world, and/or a Marine Biology pre-term field trip. 


Deakin is a well respected  university with global recognition for  innovation and excellence.  With facility and students hailing from all corners of the globe, Deakin offers a truly international experience with a classroom environment that lends itself to gaining a  global experience . 

Marine Biology students at UW-W spend a year at Deakin University's Warrnambool campus as part of their degree requirements. (Students of other majors are eligible to study abroad at Deakin for a semester or year through the full curriculum Partnership Program).  Complete course information can be found in their online course catalog.



Study abroad/exchange students at Deakin can choose to live on or off campus.  The majority of UW-Whitewater students choose to live on campus in apartment-style residences.  For further details, see:  

Student Life and Surroundings

Deakin has three campuses in and around Melbourne, Australia.  Deakin has a student population of over 40,000 and is very welcoming to students from all over the world.  Deakin has a number of cafes, restaurants, and even a university bar and grill.  

Deakin prides itself on providing  a variety of activities for its students.  Their clubs include politics, sports, anime, environmental, and many more. 

Melbourne is Australia’s second biggest city with a population of 4 million and growing.  With one of the worlds finest public transportation systems, getting around Melbourne is easy and affordable.  Melbourne is home to the Australian Open (Tennis), the Australian Rules Football Grand Final, and the Australian Grand Prix (Formula One).  Along with numerous professional sports, Melbourne has many opportunities to become involved in recreational sports.

Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

As a partnership program, students  are subject to Deakin University tuition, which will be billed to students’ UW-W accounts. As with all approved study abroad programs, UW-W financial aid can be used on this program.  Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Grant for Study Abroad, and UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.

Deakin tuition, as well as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account.  Other expenses are paid individually (e.g. living expenses) or to the host university (e.g. accommodation).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Billable Expenses Academic Year
CGE Administration Fee 225
CGE Contingency Fee 50
UW System CISI International Insurance 408
Australian OSHC Insurance (442 AUD) 425
Deakin Tuition
Deakin tuition is 8,010 AUD per semester (10% off the regular Deakin tuition rate). UW-W Marine Biology students receive a 2,500 scholarship from Deakin  each semester, resulting in a tuition rate of 5,510 AUD per semester.  US Dollar amounts reflect the exchange rate on 4/17/2015. Please note that the US Dollar amount will vary based on the exchange rate.
9,000 (w/ Deakin scholarship)
                     Total Billable Costs $10,108

Other costs:
  • Passport and Passport Photos ($150 USD)
  • Australian Student Visa (535 AUD - approx $450 USD)
  • Airfare (approx. $2,000 USD round-trip)*
  • Accommodation (Approx. 7000 AUD (approx. $5600 USD) for a 36-week contract (covers orientation and term time))
  • Meals (Approx. $4,000 USD)
  • Personal Expenses (Approx. 3,000 USD)
  • Books (Approx. $600 USD)
* "Academic Year" (July-June) participants will need to budget either for two round-trip plane tickets or budget for additional living expenses during the 4-month break in November-February between the two terms of study. "Calendar Year" (February-October) students study two consecutive terms at Deakin without a break in the middle.

Students and families may find it useful to compare the cost of attending this program to the UW-Whitewater Cost of Attendance (

Passport and Visa Requirements

Students will need a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of their program.  Students must also apply for an Australian student visa, a process which can be completed online after acceptance by Deakin University.

Key Dates

Term Application Deadline Term Dates
Academic Year March 15th Early July to Late June
Calendar Year October 1st Late February to Late October

See also:

The Calendar Year (Spring + Fall) option is recommended over the Academic Year (Fall + Spring) option for students who rely on financial aid to cover most of their educational expenses.  UW-W financial aid is disbursed in early September for fall semester and late January for spring semester, so students starting at Deakin in fall semester will have to pay for living/personal expenses (plane ticket, accommodation, meals) on their own in July and August before receiving their financial aid in September.  Meanwhile, students starting in spring semester will receive their financial aid in late January, approximately one month before departing for Australia.  However, the tuition payment schedule does conform with the normal UW-Whitewater calendar (fall tuition due in September, spring tuition due in January).


Study Abroad Coordinator (for application and logistical questions):
Milliam Lor
Center for Global Education
Office: Hyland 1227
Tel:  262-472-5379 (direct)
        262-472-5759 (appointments)

Faculty Advisor (for academic questions):
Bruce Eshelman
Department: Biological Sciences
Office: Upham 235
Tel: (262) 472-5136