Reducing Your Study Load

Here you can find information about reducing your study load as a UNSW International Student.

Requirements

International Student visa holders must complete the course they are enrolled in within the duration specified in their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). National Code Part D: ESOS standard 9

Reducing your study load may impact on your ability to complete your course within the duration specified in your CoE.

Students reducing their study load will only be issued with a new CoE in the following circumstances:

1. Compassionate or compelling circumstances

For example illness where a medical certificate states that the student was unable to attend classes or where the registered provider was unable to offer a pre-requisite unit or failure of courses

  • a) Core Course(s) not available (e.g. Course not on offer, timetable clash etc) Courses you require for your Program or Major are not offered this semester or are otherwise not available and no other reasonable options to maintain a full enrolment exist. An application to reduce your study load on these grounds will need to be supported by evidence of the lack of availability of course(s), timetable clash notice etc and that no other suitable options are available.
  • b) Serious medical, personal or other circumstances beyond your control may have put your course progress at risk. An application to reduce your study load on these grounds will need to be supported by appropriate documentation either;  - a medical certificate identifying serious illness, disability or injury that demonstrates your inability to carry a full study load or a letter from a Counsellor demonstrating your inability to carry a full study load.

2. The registered provider implementing its intervention strategy...

The registered provider implementing its intervention strategy for students who were at risk of not meeting satisfactory program progress.

  • a) Academic Difficulties, if you have failed courses in previous semesters and are below Good Standing you may be advised by either your Academic Advisor or International Student Advisor (ISA) to reduce your study load as part of an academic intervention strategy. An application to reduce your study load on these grounds will need to be supported by evidence of academic advice to reduce your study load and an intervention strategy. A copy of the intervention strategy will need to be attached to your application and follow up appointments made with an ISA to monitor your progress.

3. If you are enrolled in less than a full load or 24 units of credit because...

If you are enrolled in less than a full load or 24 units of credit because: you were granted recognition of prior learning; or you previously studied extra subjects in non-standard sessions such as summer school or by overloading; or you have failed a number of subjects and need to extend your Program to complete. An application to reduce your study load on these grounds will need to be supported by evidence that you can complete your program by the end or your COE.

If you are enrolled in less than 24 units of credit and it is your final semester you do not need to complete the reduced study load form. You are still required to have a current CoE.

If you are unable to satisfy any of the above criteria you may not be issued with a new COE. This may impact on your ability to complete your course of study in Australia.

How to reduce study load

If you are considering reducing your study load please complete the following steps:

  • Step 1: Attend an Information Session to check if you are eligible to reduce your study load,
  • Step 2: Complete the Reduce Study Load Form (PDF, 189 KB, 4 pages),
  • Step 3: Provide your academic transcript and signed study plan and if required supporting documents, personal statements and any other evidence to support your application.
  • Step 4: Have the form and study plan completed and signed by your Program Authority,
  • Step 5: Register on the SDI consultation booking system
  • Step 6: Submit your signed application and supporting documents to SDI for approval;

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Each teaching period has specific deadlines for dropping courses in your program. Please refer to Late Enrolment for what those deadlines are, and the procedures for dropping after each deadline. Academic or financial penalties may apply after deadlines.

  • Step 7: If approval to reduce your study load is granted you will receive an email notification.
  • Step 8: On receiving this notification, update your enrolment details on myUNSW before the Census date. If you do not reduce your study load on myUNSW by the Census date you will be required to pay for these courses. 

Please note: It is important to submit your application early as it may be necessary to meet with an International Student Advisor prior to approval being given.