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Academic information

Academic year

The academic year at UTS is divided into two main Sessions:

  • Autum session from February/March to July
  • Spring session from July to November

Note: Graduate School of Health and Teacher Education courses operate on an different calendar, Calendar B. Students in these study areas will need to select all Calendar B subjects. Students cannot select subjects across both Calendar A and Calendar B.

Full details of all UTS teaching sessions are available in the Principal Dates section of the UTS: Handbook.

Orientation and Preparation Weeks

Study Abroad and Exchange students must arrive in time to attend the compulsory Orientation and Preparation Weeks. 

The Orientation and Preparation Week(s) is designed to give all UTS students the essential tools needed to be ready and prepared for day one of formal classes. The Orientation and Preparation week(s) runs over two weeks in Autumn and one week in Spring, with the exception of the Orientation and Preparation week for Calendar B students in Autumn, which lasts for one week.

During the Orientation and Preparation Week(s), all students are required to complete activities required in each subject, including:

  • downloading and reading your subject outlines;
  • watching required videos and materials posted by your lecturers;
  • completing any pre-readings or activities before start of class, including:
    • pre-work such as videos and pre-readings
    • transition to study and subject introductory activities 
    • academic skills workshops
    • diagnostic quizzes to help you to identify the skills you’ll need, and give you online activities to develop your skills.


Key Dates for Study Abroad and Exchange Students

Spring 2016 Calendar

Download the 2016 Key Academic Dates (PDF, 223kB) for Study Abroad and Exchange students. 

Download the 2017 Key Academic Dates (PDF, 143kB) for Study Abroad and Exchange students. 

Credit Points

Study Abroad and Exchange students must enrol in a full-time load at UTS. The full-time study load is 18-24 credit points per session. Credit points apply to all subjects (except higher degree research programs) and represent a measure of the student workload by subject. Most subjects at UTS are 6 credit points each except for those offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, which are 8 credit points, and some Law subjects, which may also be 8 credit points.

Refer to the descriptions in the UTS Handbook for information about subjects offered at UTS.

Generally, Study Abroad and Exchange students enrol in three or four subjects per session at UTS.

As a guide for European students:

  • 1 UTS credit point = 1.25 ECTS credits
  • 6 UTS credit points = 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 8 UTS credit points = 10 ECTS credits
  • 24 UTS credit points = 30 ECTS credits

As a guide for US students:

  • 6 UTS credit point = approx. 4 US Credit Hours
  • 8 UTS credit points = approx. 5 US Credit Hours
  • 24 UTS credit points = approx. 15 or 16 US Credit Hours

Visiting Research students enrol in one 24-credit point Dissertation Subject each session.

Teaching and learning

Most UTS subjects are taught through a mix of lectures and tutorials. Some subjects incorporate seminars, presentations, laboratory work and/or individual study. Lectures, tutorials, seminars or laboratory sessions normally total between 12 and 24 hours per week.

Assessment, examination and grading

Information on coursework assessment for each subject is provided at the beginning of each session. Written assignments, tutorial participation, practical work, group work, projects, short tests or seminar presentations may all form part of the assessment. In some subjects, the final examination may be worth 20 to 60 per cent of the final subject grade. Some subjects have no final examinations.


Mark range


H - High Distinction


Work of outstanding quality on all objectives of the subject.

D – Distinction


Work of superior quality on all objectives of the subject.

C – Credit


Work of good quality showing more than satisfactory achievement on all objectives of the subject.

P – Pass


Work showing a satisfactory achievement on all objectives of the subject.

Z – Fail


Work showing an unsatisfactory achievement on one or more objectives of the subject.



Result withheld

Important note: Some subjects award only a Pass or Fail and a grade or mark will not be provided.

Academic transcripts

UTS International automatically issue transcripts at the end of each session. The transcript is a record of subjects studied, final grades and marks awarded.

  • As a Exchange student, you will receive your UTS academic transcripts through your home institution. At the end of each session, UTS International sends two academic transcripts to the international office at your home university.
  • As a Study Abroad student, one original transcript is sent to your home address. Upon request, an official copy of the transcript can also be sent to your home institution for credit transfer processing. Your home institution will determine how credit will be transferred. Students who successfully complete the UTS Study Abroad program are also issued with a Certificate of Completion. This is issued with your academic transcripts from UTS.