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I am an international student. Can I study less than 40 credit points per trimester?

Updated 27/07/2022 08.45 AM

Follow these tips based on the Trimester you commence to help ensure you meet your student visa requirements:

If you commence in Trimester 1
Trimesters 1 and 2 will be compulsory and you must undertake a full-time study load of 40 credit points in each trimester. Studying in Trimester 3 will be optional.
Note: Some programs have compulsory Trimester 3 subjects. Refer to the Degree and Career Finder for details of your program enrolment requirements.


If you commence in Trimester 2
You must undertake a full time study load of 40 credit points in both Trimester 2 and Trimester 1 the following year. Studying in Trimester 3 will be optional.

Note: Some programs have compulsory Trimester 3 subjects. Refer to the Degree and Career Finder for details of your program enrolment requirements.

If you commence study in Trimester 3
You must undertake a full time study load of 40 credit points in Trimester 3 and the following Trimester 1 and 2. Subsequent Trimester 3 study will then be optional.

Note: Some programs have a lower minimum study load requirement for the commencing trimester. Refer to the Degree and Career Finder for details of your program enrolment requirements.

If you wish to change your study load and enrol in fewer courses, you must first make an appointment to see an International Student Advisor.

Study Abroad or Exchange students
You need to complete a minimum of 30 credit points per trimester.
You can commence in any trimester including Trimester 3, (subject to the availability of suitable courses)
 for up to 3 trimesters for Study Abroad, and 2 trimesters for Exchange programs. 

If you are unsure of the conditions of your student visa, you should contact the Department of Home Affairs.

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