I am an international student. Can I study less than 40 credit points (CP) this trimester?

Updated 26/07/2022 02.49 PM

If you are an international student studying on a Student Visa, you must ensure that you enrol in a way that will allow you to complete your program within the proposed course end date, as stated on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

You are required to be studying the minimum study load of 40 credit points in each mandatory trimester, that is, trimester 1 and trimester 2. Trimester 3 is optional if you did not commence in Trimester 3.
You must speak to an International Student Advisor and gain approval before enrolling in less than 40CP.

Exceptions to studying the minimum study load may be allowed if you:

  • need fewer than 40 CP to complete your program in your final trimester
  • have been granted credit and your study plan requires a lower load
  • are unable to meet the minimum requirements due to course availability limitations or specific program requirements
  • are considered to be academically at risk of failing and have an approved reduced load as part of an intervention strategy with an International Student Advisor
  • are ahead of your program requirements.

Griffith University will monitor your workload and notify you if it looks like you are enrolled in too few courses to complete your program by the end date of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) or if you have enrolled in online study that exceeds the allowable portion of online or distance learning.

It is important to enrol correctly, in order to continue to satisfy the conditions of your visa.

You will only be able to extend your CoE in exceptional circumstances. To ensure you are able to complete your studies in the required time and that you remain eligible for a CoE, please speak to an International Student Advisor.

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