Annual Enrolment FAQs

From the 2019 academic year, enrolment will be a two-step process:

  • Step 1: Course Enrolment, where you will enrol in the courses you intend to undertake for the following year*.
  • Step 2: Class Registration, where you will choose the classes for your enrolled courses in the respective Term. Class Registrations open at least 8 weeks before each term start date.

*It is possible for you to change your course enrolment any time prior to the end of Week 1 of Term, subject to course capacity availability. Therefore, you should enrol in a full year of courses as soon as possible to ensure a place in all desired courses.

Answers to frequently asked questions

How do I course enrol?

Course Enrolment will open from 2 October, 2018. Instructions will be emailed to you.

How do I class register?

Class Registration will open from 26 November, 2018. Instructions will be emailed to you.

Do I have to enrol for the whole year?

It is strongly advised that you enrol in all of your courses for the year ahead. Term-by-term enrolment will also exist. However, it is possible for you to change your course enrolment any time prior to end of Week 1 of Term, subject to course capacity availability. Therefore, you should enrol in a full year of courses as soon as possible to ensure a place in all desired courses.

If you do not enrol for the full year, you may be eligible to meet the minimum full-time requirement in a term, which is 12 UoC (two courses).

Enrolment Appointments: How do I know when I can commence course enrolment or class registration?

Both Course Enrolment and Class Registration processes will commence via Enrolment Appointments for ‘standard’ UNSW Terms (Term 1, 2 and 3), consistent with the current enrolment process. Once released, you can find your Enrolment Appointments on your Student Profile on myUNSW.

What are the Census Dates in 2019?

  • 2018/2019 Summer census date = 13 January 2019.

For Term 1, 2 and 3, the census date for each term will be the Sunday of Week 4.

  • Term 1, 2019 = 17 March
  • Term 2, 2019 = 30 June
  • Term 3, 2019 = 13 October

What is the ‘normal’ study load from 2019?

In 2019, the normal study load will remain eight courses (48 UoC) spread over the three standard terms (Term 1, 2 and 3), with an option to complete nine courses (three per term). The Summer Term is optional and not included in the normal study load calculation.

What is considered a full-time study load for Domestic students?

Six courses (36 UoC) spread over the three standard terms (Term 1, 2 and 3) is considered full-time for the year. In meeting that requirement you must also ensure you have at least one course enrolment in each term.

For domestic students, full-time status is considered for Youth Support and Austudy allowance, and Opal Concession.

If you don't intend to enrol for the year, full-time status can be achieved in individual terms by completing two courses (12 UoC).  In this case your status will only be evaluated on a Term basis for the above purposes.

Can I do nine courses a year?

Yes. You can study three courses per term and complete nine across the three standard terms (Term 1, 2 or 3). Please note that the Summer Term is optional and therefore not included in this calculation.  This is not considered ‘overloading’ and therefore does not require Program Authority approval.

What is the minimum study load?

The minimum study load from 2019 is one course per term. Please note that the Summer Term is optional and not included in the minimum study load.

What is ‘overloading’?

From 2019, more than three courses (18 UoC) in a term will require overloading approval from the Program Authority.

Can I still apply for program leave?

You can apply for program leave on a term by term basis. Program leave is available for a maximum of three terms (one academic year). If you require leave beyond this you will need to apply to your Program Authority.

You must take Program Leave (subject to availability) for any ‘standard’ Term you do not intend to be enrolled.  Failing to do so may result in your enrolments in other Terms being cancelled, and/or being withdrawn from your Program.

If I want to take program leave for a single term, am I still able to enrol in the other two terms?

Yes, absolutely. However, you need to be aware that your full-time status and degree progression may be impacted.

For International student visa holders, program leave must be discussed with Student Development International.

How many Summer Term courses can I complete?

If you want to study in the optional intensive Summer Term, it is recommended that you study one (6 UoC) or two (12 UoC) courses.

When will the class timetable for Summer be available?

The Summer class timetable will be released on 5 October.

How do I enrol for the 2018/2019 Summer Term?

Course Enrolment for the Summer Term opens on 2 October. Class Registration opens on the 22 October.

How should I enrol if I am interested in completing an internship as part of my degree?

It is strongly recommended that you have a plan B for your studies that you can pursue if you are unable to secure an internship/work experience. We recommend that you enrol in your plan B options in October of the year before and then apply for the WIL course/vary your enrolment when you have secured an opportunity.

Are class clashes still possible with the new enrolment system?

Yes. There will be no assurance at the class enrolment stage that you will end up with a clash free class timetable. If it occurs, you may have to pick another class. If you still can't get a clash free timetable or find a suitable class alternative, then you will need to alter your course enrolment. If no other courses are available, you should contact your faculty or school student centre.

What is the process if class clashes happen?

Same process as now. You will have to pick another class. If you still can't get a clash free timetable or find a suitable class alternative, then you will need to go back in and alter your course enrolment. If no other courses are available, you should contact your faculty or school student centre.

Does the new system recognise course pre-requisite requirements?

Yes. You will have to enrol sequentially in your courses that include pre-requisites. So, for example, if ARTS1001 is a pre-requisite for ARTS2002, the system will not allow you to enrol into ARTS2002 before an enrolment request is confirmed in a prior Term for ARTS1001.

Can I change my course enrolment before the teaching session start?

Yes. It is possible for you to change your course enrolment any time prior to the end of Week 1 of Term, subject to course capacity availability.  Therefore, you should enrol in a full year of courses as soon as possible to ensure a place in all desired courses.

What's the last date I can change my class registration?

Class registration closes on the Sunday of week one for all Terms.

There are a small number of courses worth less than 6 UoC - are these treated any differently when it comes to enrolment?

No, not from an enrolment perspective. However, you may need to talk to your student centre about how this could potentially impact your eligibility for full-time student status.