Reduced study load
Study load and course extensions
International students on a student visa are required to complete their course by the end date of their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Usually this requires you to enrol in a standard study load of 50 points per half year period (e.g. January to June). You can only extend the duration of your course if you need to reduce your load due to compassionate or compelling circumstances or as directed by the University.
When can I reduce my study load?
You can only apply to reduce your study load, if:
- you are ahead of your course (e.g. due to credit) and able to complete your course by the course end date on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE);
- you are unable to enrol in a standard load due to:
- compassionate or compelling circumstance (e.g. illness, disability, bereavement or involvement in a traumatic experience) as evidenced by appropriate supporting documents; or
- course structure or limited subject availability as confirmed by a Student Adviser;
- you are identified as a student at risk of not achieving satisfactory course progress and the University recommends a restricted study load.
How do I obtain approval to reduce my study load?
If you are unable to maintain a standard study load due to any of the reasons listed above, you must submit a Reduced Study Load Application form together with supporting documents (if applicable).
In addition, if you need to reduce your load due to subject availability/course structure reasons or unsatisfactory progress, you are strongly encouraged to contact staff at Stop 1 to discuss your study plan and circumstances.
Minimum enrolment load
If you have permission to reduce your study load, you must enrol in at least one subject that is not delivered online or via distance education. Otherwise you will need to apply for leave of absence from your course.
Can I extend the duration of my course?
You can only extend the duration of your course as a result of:
- an approved reduced study load (see above)
- an approved leave of absence or suspension
- an occasionally failed subject
What are the implications for my student visa?
If you need to extend the duration of your course for approved reasons, you should obtain a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and renew your student visa a few weeks before it expires.
The University can only extend a student’s course duration and issue a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for approved reasons. If you reduce your study load without approval or supporting documents and you require an extension to your course, the University is not permitted to issue a new CoE. You may not be able to complete your course at the University.