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Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI)

The Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) was established in 1998 and is one of Australia’s best university English language centres. At DUELI, we have a strong reputation for preparing students for entry to Award and Study Abroad courses at Deakin University and for Diploma and Foundation studies programs at Deakin College. In the last 10 years more than 12,000 students have entered a Deakin University award course after completing a DUELI pathway program.

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Deakin University English Language Institute

Building D,
Deakin Waterfront Campus
1 Gheringhap Street,
Geelong Vic 3220
CRICOS: 00113B

DUELI offers its direct entry pathway on the beautiful Geelong Waterfront Campus. DUELI students are part of the Deakin University community and have access to the university’s wide range of facilities and support services. DUELI programs in Geelong include English for Academic Purposes from intermediate to advanced level and English for Nursing. Teachers at DUELI are highly qualified and experienced professionals who help prepare students to fully participate in academic life. DUELI courses are offered in blocks of five weeks, and commence every five to six weeks throughout the year. The courses include 20 hours face to face tuition per week plus 5 hours per week of supervised learning in our Independent Learning Centre (ILC). Class sizes are small, with an average of 15 students per class. Generally, the number of students in DUELI classes ranges from 6 to a maximum of 18 students.

Studying English at DUELI ensures that students develop the skills required for academic success in their future studies. It also provides new international students with the opportunity to meet new people and make life-long friendships. DUELI programs enable students to share knowledge, ideas and experiences. DUELI is also located on Deakin’s Melbourne Campus.

Student Stories

  • Apinya

    Deakin English Language Institute (DUELI)

    Hear from former DUELI student Apinya how studying English in Geelong helped her realise undertaking her PhD.


    Hear from former DUELI student Apinya how studying English in Geelong helped her realise undertaking her PhD.

  • Samual Pardi


    Samuel designs cars, prints in 3D and learns to surf

    Hi, my name is Samuel Pardi and I am from Venezuela. I came to Australia wanting to achieve a higher level of education and to have international experience in the design industry.

    On my trip to these goals I started with 10 weeks of English for Academic Purposes at the Waterfront Campus in Geelong. I was eager to experience new situations and cultures, and I feel I was blessed for choosing an English course in Geelong. DUELI in Geelong offers small classes that allow for more interaction between students and the lecturer. I met very fun and easy-going people from different cultures that I still am in contact with.

    I have to say that I felt sad to leave the English course behind because I was so comfortable there, and the staff were so friendly and awesome. However, starting a master’s was an important experience for me to start developing new skills that made me feel more self-aware of my abilities in the engineering field. For instance, I had to design the suspension of a university race car within a team, and coming up with a working solution and seeing the real-life application was a boost to our confidence. Now I am keener to have an opportunity in the design industry in Australia.

    I cannot say my master’s has been an easy course but I like it so far. I have improved in areas that I thought were not possible to improve, such as my communication skills and my leadership skills. Of course, I have chosen subjects that I feel will have more impact in my career, such as Engineering Leadership. Right now, I am doing my engineering project on 3D printing of titanium, which is highly related to the aerospace and biomedical industries. I am also preparing to apply for an internship for Trimester 1 of 2016. I hope to get the opportunity to start experiencing industry-related projects and to start showing my abilities as an engineer, especially the skills that I have developed at Deakin.

    With my previous experience in Venezuela and an internship in Australia, more and better opportunities are around the corner for new and challenging positions within competitive industries. Nevertheless, participating in research and development teams, and being able to influence others with my personality and experience are one of my short-term objectives. As a long term-objective, I would like to create my own company with some ideas that I have developed during my master’s, and also influence society with products that are sustainable and sensible to community needs.

    Although studying is important, having fun and enjoying life is what motivate us. So I also decided to try to surf and experience that environment. Of course, some of my friends were having a laugh at me because I was falling all the time. It is not as easy as it seems. But I definitely enjoy surfing, and I am going to keep trying this summer.

    I want to conclude this post by telling you that anything is possible. I come from a developing country with a poor economy. I did not have many resources but I have kept fighting for my goals. I have been working part-time, studying, practicing English every day, and I still have time to enjoy my weekends and get good grades.

    For further information about studying at Deakin and to view the many degrees on offer, visit our international student page. Or ask us a question by visiting our international student enquiry page – we’re happy to help you get to know Deakin better.

    Samual Pardi

    Samuel designs cars, prints in 3D and learns to surf

    Hi, my name is Samuel Pardi and I am from Venezuela. I came to Australia wanting to achieve a higher level of education and...