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 full-time study load of 80 credit points per academic year. This is usually done over two compulsory study periods, Semester 1 and Semester 2.
If you’re not able to study the full-time load requirements, you’ll need to make an application for a Reduced Study Load and provide appropriate documentation.
Semester 1 2020 applications assessment period will open from 3 February 2019 and will close on 31 March 2020.
Applications for Reduced Study Load are assessed as per the National Code requirements and can be approved only in certain circumstances. These include:
- Academic difficulties, e.g. you’re being identified as Under Review (UR) or Unsatisfactory Progress (UP).
- Compassionate and/or compelling circumstances, i.e. circumstances beyond the control of the student (for example illness, disability, bereavement, a traumatic experience) for which you must provide appropriate documentation. Documentation must directly address how your circumstances have affected (or will affect) your course progress if you undertake a full-time study load.
- Unexpected changes to the course structure and unit availability.
- Unable to meet prerequisite requirements or program rules.
- Granted advanced standing (credit transfer) AND able to complete by CoE end date.
- Studied extra units during non-compulsory study period AND able to complete by CoE end date.
If you are studying in your last semester, you do not need to obtain permission to reduce your study load. Additionally, you do not need permission to reduce study load while studying Summer Semester.
Each application for a Reduced Study Load is assessed on a case by case basis by the international support team and the outcome will be available to you within ten (10) working days.
FAQ about Reduced Study Load
Apply online: Reduced Study Load