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 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.
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 towns in Victoria. You'll have the opportunity to take surfing lessons, hike through the temperate rainforest, bike, do yoga, tour the magnificent surf coast, and play beach games.
This three-day 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, most meals, and assistance from the Deakin International Staff.
A student-led club for incoming and outgoing exchange students who get together over the trimester for events. Previous events included a scavenger hunt through the CBD, AFL match, potluck dinner, and end of semester boat cruise. All events are either free or subsidized to members. Membership is 10 AUD and lasts for the whole trimester or two. This is a great way for students to meet local students.
Students also have the option of volunteering in the community and gaining credit towards their degree in Deakin's new Volunteering for Credit unit.