Changes to your enrolment

As indicated in CDU Orientation Week, international students are responsible for managing their studies and completing their courses within the length of time specified in the Confirmation of Enrolment. To prevent changes to your enrolment that may negatively affect your timely course completion, we recommend that you contact relevant support staff before changing your enrolment.

Subject selection
Trouble enrolling
Completing your course on time
Reducing your enrolment
Online and distance learning
Intermission
Extending your studies (CoE Extension)
Changing course

Subject selection

For each course of study, CDU has already prepared Recommended Study Plans. To find your recommended study plan, simply visit the CDU Course Catalogue and click on the Study Plan tab.

Should you wish or be advised to digress from the Recommended Study Plan, we recommend that you contact the International Administration Officer at the Academic Liaison Unit and obtain advice on subject selection.

For more information regarding the services offered by the Academic Liaison Unit please visit their website.

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Trouble enrolling?

If you are having difficulties enrolling into subjects, please email enrolmenthelp@cdu.edu.au or visit Student Central if you are in Darwin, or the campus reception desk if you are in Sydney or Melbourne.

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Completing your course on time

International students must strive, at all times, to complete their studies by the completion date specified on their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) document. This means that under normal circumstances you must complete at least 80 credit points per academic year, or as listed in the Recommended Study Plan.

The academic year at CDU consists of 2 compulsory study periods, Semester 1 and Semester 2, and 1 non-compulsory study period, Summer Semester.

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Reducing your enrolment

As an international student, it is expected that you will complete your program of study within the period outlined on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). This means that all international students are required to undertake a load of 80 credit points per academic year. This is generally done over 2 compulsory study periods, Semester 1 and Semester 2.

While the Variation of Study Load enables you to complete your studies within the required timeframe through the addition of Summer Semester, a Reduced Study Load may negatively impact your ability to complete the course of study in given timeframe. Applications are assessed as per the National Code requirements, and can be approved only in certain circumstances. These include:

  1. The University’s intervention strategy for students with difficulties in making satisfactory course progress. In this instance CDU would provide the student with a Learning Management Plan.

  2. Compassionate and/or compelling circumstances, i.e. circumstances beyond control (for example illness, disability bereavement, traumatic experience), for which students must provide appropriate evidence.

  3. Unexpected changes to the course structure and units availability.

Each application for a reduced study load is assessed on a case by case basis by the international support team. If you wish to apply for a reduced study load, you can do so by completing the Application for Reduced Study Load form.

APPLY ONLINE: Reduced Study Load

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Online and distance learning

Students can study up to 25 per cent of their total courses through online or distance learning. However, there are rules about how much you can study online/distance at specific times of year.

No student can study entirely online or by distance in any compulsory study period (i.e. Semesters 1 and 2). This means that in every compulsory study period, you must be enrolled in at least one face to face unit.

This rule does not apply in non-compulsory study periods (i.e. Summer Semester) in which students may study entirely online/distance subjects if they want to.

If a student is in the last study period of a course, with only one subject to complete the course, the student must not study this unit online or by distance education in Australia unless the period in which the student will complete the course is a non-compulsory study period.

If a student has only one unit to complete in a compulsory study period, and the unit is available by distance or online, the student may ask the provider to cancel the CoE (thus no longer requiring a student visa) and return to their home country to complete the final unit of the course by distance or online.

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Intermission

International students who wish to take a break from study are required to apply for either an intermission or a short-term leave of absence.

A student may request a temporary deferment or suspension to their enrolment on the grounds of compassionate or compelling circumstances (for example, illness where a medical certificate states that the student is unable to attend classes, the serious illness or death of a family member, or some other compassionate or compelling circumstance that is beyond the control of the student and for which they can provide evidence).

Intermission is only available to students who have completed at least one unit. If you do not re-enrol or apply for an intermission by the relevant Census date, the University then considers you lapsed from your course. You will then need to reapply to continue your studies.

International students who defer their studies under the above listed circumstances are obliged to leave Australia unless circumstances apply such as extreme illness, hospitalisation, or airline regulations regarding travel during pregnancy.

The standard period of intermission is one semester and this can be approved up to two consecutive semesters. Maximum length of intermission is 12 months.

To apply, please visit http://www.cdu.edu.au/current-students/adminforms. You’ll need to attach appropriate evidence to support your application. These can be a:

  • Medical document
  • Counsellor’s letter
  • Any other supporting document provided by a recognised authority

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Extending your studies (CoE Extension)

A Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is a legal document produced by a Registered Education Provider (University) which indicates the full-time duration of a program.

International students on student visas are expected to complete their program by the course end date specified in their Confirmation of Enrolment.

In order to complete the program of study by the designated course end date, a higher education student needs to enrol and successfully complete 80 credit points per academic year. VET students must complete the required number of hours and successfully complete all units of study.

The expected duration of study specified in the student’s CoE must not be exceeded, except in these circumstances:

  1. Compassionate or compelling circumstances (for example, illness where a medical certificate states that the student was unable to attend classes or where the registered provider was unable to offer a pre-requisite unit)
  2. Where the registered provider has implemented an intervention strategy for students who were at risk of not meeting satisfactory course progress, or
  3. Where an approved deferment or suspension of study has been granted

In order to apply for a CoE extension, students can complete an online CoE extension application form together with appropriate evidence supporting their inability to complete their course of study within the given timeframe.

If you have any questions in relation to this process, please email the International Support Team at international@cdu.edu.au.

APPLY ONLINE: CoE Extension

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Changing course

Making the decision to change your program is an important one and should be thoroughly researched and carefully considered. When making the decision to change programs it is beneficial to meet with the Course Coordinator of the program that you wish to transfer to. This meeting is important as you will be able to discuss topics like credit transfer, duration of program and entry requirements.

Higher Education:

To apply to change your course, current international students will need to submit an application for the new course online at https://student-cdu.studylink.com.
Please include the following:

We will assess your application after grade release date.

Note: To be eligible to change your program, you must meet all the admission requirements (i.e. academic, English and GTE criteria) of the course that you are applying for.

Unless approved into a new course, you are required to continue your original course of study and comply with all international student rules and regulations as per normal.

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