Activities for Melbourne, Australia
USAC students are completely integrated, making it possible to participate in university- and community-organized activities in Geelong, Melbourne, or Warrnambool. At the university, activities include playing with the sports teams, participating in the performing arts, or joining one of the many student clubs. Local associations offer sports activities such as surfing, sailing, Australian Rules Football, snow skiing, golfing, or hiking in the bush. The DUSA (Deakin University Student Association) at all campuses offers subsidized day, weekend, and mid-semester trips to explore different regions of Australia. Past trips have included dolphin swims, horseback riding, and Great Ocean Road trips. Some of the activities and events that are held each year include band competitions, parties, balls, free food days, exam breakfasts, concerts, and lots lots more. For local activities, you will want to be sure to get on the “What’s on?” for Melbourne, Geelong, or “the Bool” to keep up with all the events.
Beach Welcome Program
The Beach Welcome Program allows you the chance to meet other study abroad and exchange students as well as Australian students who have studied abroad themselves. Experience Australia's natural beauty in the beautiful coastal town of Lorne. You'll have the opportunity to take surfing lessons, hike through the temperate rainforest, bike riding, do yoga, and play beach games.
This trip is Deakin's way of welcoming you to Australia and to Deakin. Included in the beach welcome cost is all transportation between locations, accomodation in Lorne, most meals for the duration of the trip, and assistance from the Deakin International Staff.
Study Abroad Club
A student-led club for incoming and outgoing exchange students who get together over the trimester for field trips, for example to the snow or beach, and for social nights out in the city. Membership is 10 AUD and lasts for the whole trimester or two. This is a great way for students to meet local students.
Volunteering for Credit
Students also have the option of volunteering in the community and gaining credit towards their degree in our new Volunteering for Credit unit.
January Session Optional Activities
During the January Session, the Buddy program offers you the opportunity to mix with Australian students learn more about what life is like in Australia. Fun activities include: tour to Great Ocean Road, Melbourne sight-seeing, Cricket at the MCG, Australian Open Tennis, Bellarine Peninsula Wine Tour, You Yangs Ranges Hike, Anglesea Golf Club kangaroo spotting, Australia Day Party, BBQ at Eastern Beach, trivia night, barefoot lawn bowls, and karaoke night.
You are also encouraged to participate in the opportunities listed below.