Reduced Study Load

With the current situation with COVID 19 and remote learning we understand that some international students may have concerns about studying full-time.

Our experience is that the majority of international students are able to successfully undertake full-time study online.

We recognise that some new students may find that studying full-time is not possible due to the impacts of the pandemic. For this reason, we have included COVID-19 as a potential reason for international students outside of Australia to apply for a reduced study load.

Consistent with Australian regulatory requirements, we require all applicants to enrol for full time study in the first instance. Applications for reduced study load can be made once an Offer of Enrolment has been accepted and tuition fees have been paid. Application forms are made available in conjunction with the Offer of Enrolment.

Applications for reduced study load are considered on a case-by-case basis. If approved, a reduced study load, prior to census date, will result in a fee credit being issued. The fee credit can then be used for study in subsequent semesters.

It is important to note that there can be implications for reducing your study load. In particular you should be aware that:

  • You may take longer to complete your degree. This may mean you will need to apply for a new student visa, and there may be costs involved. The University cannot guarantee a new visa will be granted.
  • You will be changing the sequence of units on your study plan. Depending on your degree and your major, this may have unanticipated consequences.