Deferring course commencement
All students must obtain approval from their Student Centre to arrive in Melbourne and commence their course after the start date of their course. Late arrival is not always approved.
Students who are not permitted to commence their course late should not travel to Australia. Instead, they may request for deferral of course commencement to the next available study period.
If the University allows you to defer commencement of your course, you will receive a new Confirmation of Enrolment (COE). You should forward the COE to the DIAC office that is processing your visa. If your visa has been granted, you should not travel to Australia earlier than three months prior to the new course start date on your COE.
The University is required to notify DIISRTE and DIAC of students who do not commence their course by the expected start date of their course and cancel their Confirmation of Enrolment (COE). This may result in cancellation of their visa.
If you have received a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for a course at the University of Melbourne, but you do not wish to undertake the course, you should notify International Admissions immediately.