Reduced Semester Load for International Students

Introduction
Steps to follow
Submitting your application
See also

Introduction

Due to regulations and visa requirements, international students must be enrolled in a full-time load of 24 credit points per semester.

In exceptional circumstances international students may enrol in less than 24 credit points, but they will need to apply to take a reduced load and will need to supply supporting documentation.

Some examples of where an international student may take a reduced load are that;

  • the student has suffered serious illness or injury
  • compelling circumstances have meant that a student misses two weeks of study or more
  • the student has been identified as not meeting academic progression requirements, or an academic adviser has advised that the student should take a reduced load
  • the student has completed a unit in Summer/Winter school and is in their final semester of study
  • the structure of the degree prevents the student from enrolling in 24 credit points

Steps to take

  • If you are considering taking a reduced load you will need to submit an application to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (details below).
  • You will need to make this application before the Census Date, otherwise financial and academic penalties will apply.
  • The Faculty will contact you with the outcome of yourapplication to reduce your load. If your load is reduced the Faculty will also notify the International Office who may, in turn, notify the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

Applications that can be submitted directly to Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Student Services team with appropriate supporting documentation:

If you have suffered serious illness or injury

If you have compelling circumstances that have resulted in you missing two weeks of study or more

  • Supporting documentation must include any relevant doctor’s certificates, statutory declarations, police reports etc.

If you have previously been identified as not meeting academic progression requirements

  • Supporting documentation not necessary
  • Where you have not yet failed any units of study but performance in assessments in unit to date indicate likelihood of failure, you will need to provide an assessment piece as evidence of performance in the relevant unit of study

If the student is unable to enrol in a fulltime load due to availability of units of study

  • Supporting documentation not necessary

If you have previously completed and unit of study in Summer or Winter School and you are in your final year of study

  • Supporting documentation not necessary

Applications that require consultation with an academic adviser (Arts on Track):

  • Where you have not yet failed any units of study and you cannot provide an assessment that indicates your performance is not of a passing standard you must contact Arts on Track for a consultation
  • After consultation, submit your application to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Student Services team for consideration

See also