Melbourne, Australia

Course Information

Melbourne, Australia | 2017-18 Trimesters 1, 2 & 3: Feb – Feb

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Areas of Study Available at DeakinUniversity

Through our agreement with Deakin University, an array of courses will be made available for you to take. Course offerings are too numerous to be listed here, but areas of study believed to be of most interest to USAC students are included below as a sample of what the University offers. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by Deakin University.

  • Courses, called “units” at Deakin, are taught by lecture and tutorials.
  • A normal full-time course load is 3 to 4 units per trimester. Most units have a weighting of 1 credit point which is the equivalent of 4 semester credits in the US. Students taking a full load can usually expect to have around 15-20 contact hours per week as well as study time.
  • Students who enroll in an internship as part of their academic program generally take three units plus the internship, while other students generally study four units during one trimester.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Architecture and the Built Environment

  • Architecture
  • Construction Management

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

  • Animation
  • Anthropology
  • Australian Studies
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Language and Culture Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Media and Communication
  • Middle East Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Politics and Policy Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Social and Political Thought
  • Sociology
  • Visual Arts


  • Accounting
  • Business Information Systems
  • Commercial Law
  • eBusiness
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Interactive Marketing
  • International Management
  • International Trade and Economic Policy
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Property and Real Estate
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Technology Management


  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics


  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Management and Sustainability
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Freshwater Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Wildlife and Conservation Biology


  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health Sciences
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Work

Information Technology

  • Computer Science
  • Game Development
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Software Development


  • Commercial Law
  • Law

Nursing and Midwifery

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery


  • Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychological Studies


  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Zoology


  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Sport Development
  • Sport Management


Internships are provided under supervision from Deakin University. Deakin works closely with students to make the internship experiences valuable and to make sure the programs are beneficial for all parties involved. Internships are structured placements which have academic credit attached to them; the internship unit would be one of the four courses you take in a given trimester.

As a study abroad student you are eligible to apply for an internship, provided you are of junior standing with a substantial portion of your major completed.

Currently, internships are available in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Creative/Performing Arts (Dance or Drama)
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Media and Communication
  • Professional and Creative Writing
  • Visual Arts
  • Social Work

Course Descriptions

To obtain course syllabi, click on the link(s) below and follow the prompts to specific course information. Please contact the USAC Student Information department if you have difficulty finding the information.