For coursework students, the number of credit points you are enrolled in determines your study load. If your circumstances change, you may be able to change your study load – depending on your course.
You will generally be considered full time if you are undertaking 18 credit points or more each semester as a domestic student. Most full-time students will complete 24 credit points each semester, which forms the standard course duration outlined in your faculty or school handbook.
If you are studying part time, you will have a reduced study load of less than 18 credit points. Generally there is no minimum number of credit points you can study as long as you meet the requirements of your course.
All courses will let you enrol in up to 32 credit points during each Teaching period (Teaching period 1: 1 January to 30 June and Teaching period 2: 1 July to 31 December). This allows for situations where you may need to select an OLE unit or an intensive unit that falls outside of the semester. We recommend you don't complete more than 24 credit points during the standard semester.
If you’re a student visa holder, it’s a requirement of your visa that you are enrolled in a full-time study load in the following credit points:
Changing your mode of attendance means changing from a full to part time load or vice versa. You should first check Find a course or the course rules in your handbook to see if your degree offers part-time study. It is important for you to make any necessary changes to your study as early as possible. If you’re receiving government payments you also need to tell the Australian Government about any changes to your study.
If you're a research student wanting to change, you should read our Change your mode of attendance page.
If you’re an international student on a student visa, you’ll only be able to reduce down from a full time study load in certain circumstances. You’ll need to find out if you’re eligible and apply to reduce your load.
If you’re an international student, you can also speak with an international compliance officer.
If you’re thinking of reducing down to part time you should be aware of the following:
Exceeding 32 credit points is not recommended. Depending on the structure and rules of your course it may be possible with approval from the Associate Dean. Find out more about eligibility to overload and submitting an enrolment exception request.
If you’re undertaking the Bachelor of Laws, you need to be enrolled full time. In special circumstances the Associate Dean (Professional Law Programs) may approve a temporary reduced load for one semester.
Changes to study load can only be approved for continuing students who have completed full-time study of the degree for one year or part-time study for two years.
Students seeking to take more or less than a standard load or to vary their progression requirements must have the approval of the Associate Dean.
All full-time JD students are expected to enrol in a standard full-time load of 24 credit points per semester.
If you’re in your first year, you need to enrol in 24 credit points per semester in order to meet the requirements for progression to Year 2.
If there is a temporary change to your circumstances, you can apply to reduce your study load for one semester. If there is a permanent change, you can apply for a route change from full-time to part-time study.
All part-time JD students are required to enrol in a standard part-time load of 12 credit points per semester.
Students who experience a change in their personal circumstances over a short-term period may be permitted to undertake a reduced load in one semester only.
A route change from part-time to full-time study will not normally be granted until Year 3.
In most cases you can change between full time and part time simply by adding or dropping units of study in Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Units of study’, then ‘Change your units of study’).
Be aware of deadlines for adding and discontinuing units of study to avoid academic and/or financial penalties.