Most courses have a limit of 24 credit points per semester. Exceeding this limit is generally not recommended, however in some situations you can take up to 30 credit points.
For example, you may be able to increase your study load if it means you will be able to complete your course requirements that semester or if the additional unit of study is a prerequisite you need to have completed for the following semester.
Faculties and schools can have different eligibility criteria and processes for overloading. If you’re an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science, for example, you can automatically enrol in 30 credit points. In other faculties, such as the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, you will need to request permission.
Check the limits and rules around overloading in the course and faculty or school resolutions in your handbook.
If you’re an international student on a student visa, due to your visa requirements overloading is only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Overloading will affect the duration of your studies and may cause a reduced enrolment load later in your course.
If you’re an international student, you can also speak with a compliance officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may be eligible to exceed the junior, semester or course credit point limits in the following circumstances.
Applications to exceed credit point limits will not be approved when the units of study can be taken by varying your enrolment.
If you’re undertaking the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor, you can exceed the semester credit point limit only in your final year. You may be eligible to enrol in up to 30 credit points in a semester if you have made satisfactory academic progress and overloading will allow you to meet your course requirements.
Before you apply to increase your study load, you should seek academic advice to make sure you’ll be able to stay on top of your studies and get the most out of your course.
If you decide to apply to overload, you need to use the Special permission process.
We’ll email you the outcome of your application within 10 working days.