As an international student on a student visa, there are limited circumstances where you can reduce your study load:
International students may have difficulty adjusting to Australian university study. It may be possible for some students to reduce their load temporarily until they improve their academic performance.
After results are released at the end of each session, some international students are identified by the University as being at risk of failing to make satisfactory academic progress. Faculty advisers may recommend that these students reduce their load the following session. This process is called early intervention. You will receive a letter from UTS if you are identified as being at risk.
If you have not been identified as being at risk, but you think that you are in danger of failing because 100% load is too much for you, then you can apply to your faculty for permission to reduce your study load. You must apply for permission prior to census date each session.
If you are given formal permission to reduce your study load for academic reasons then you will have to take measures to improve your academic performance. Your faculty adviser will inform you of the measures you will need to take.
More information on early intervention and academic progress requirements is available.
Compassionate or compelling grounds
Medical, personal, or other circumstances beyond your control may have put your course progress at risk. If so, then you can apply to your faculty for permission to reduce your study load.
Your application will need to be supported by documentation appropriate to your circumstances. For more information, see the Important Information on the reverse side of the Application to Reduce Study Load Form (PDF, 290kB).
Core subject availability
If the subjects you require for your course or major are not offered this session or are otherwise not available and no other reasonable options to maintain full enrolment exist, you may apply to reduce your study load. You will need to provide evidence of non-availability of subject, timetable clash notice etc.
Less than 100 per cent load required to complete
You may study less than 100 per cent load if you require less than 100 per cent load to complete. This situation may arise because:
- You were granted subject exemptions or credit recognition;
- You have failed a number of subjects and need to extend your course to complete.
Normally you would study the reduced load in your final session. If it is your final session you do not need to obtain permission to reduce your load, as long as you will still be able to complete your course this session.
If you are not in your final session, but because of study plan or other academic considerations you wish to reduce your load, you must apply to your faculty.
Applying for permission to reduce your study load
You must have formal permission from your faculty to reduce your study load in any session.
It is your responsibility to ensure you enrol in 100 per cent load or else obtain permission to reduce your load. My Student Admin will not prevent you from reducing your load online. However, if you reduce your load and you cannot demonstrate any of the circumstances above, you may not be able to extend your student visa to complete your course.
Note: it may be several sessions until you need to apply for a new visa to extend your course; however, you must obtain permission to reduce your load for the session in which you reduce it.
To apply for formal permission to reduce your enrolment, you must submit the form, Application to Reduce Study Load form (PDF, 290Kb) by the due dates indicated on the form to your faculty Student Centre.