If you’re an international student, you must obtain formal permission to reduce your study load.
To meet your student visa requirements, you need to be enrolled in a 100% study load for Autumn and Spring sessions.
A 100% study load is usually 24 credit points per session.
While My Student Admin won’t stop you from enrolling in less than a full load load, it’s your responsibility to make sure that you’re enrolled in a 100% capacity.
Keep in mind that if you reduce your study load without formal permission, you may not be able to extend your student visa to complete your course.
Reasons for applying
If you’re on early intervention, we may recommend that you reduce your study load for a session.
If you failed a subject in a session (and aren’t on early intervention), you can apply to reduce your study load for the following session.
Reducing your study load in the first session citing academic difficulties without attempting to complete one session won’t be approved.
You can apply if any of these reasons have affected your course progress:
- other circumstances beyond your control
When you apply, make sure you include any documentation that relates to how your circumstances have affected (or will affect) your course progress under a full time study load.
Financial and employment reasons won’t be considered.
Core subject availability
You can apply if you can’t take a core or major subject because:
- the subject is not available and there are no other appropriate subject options, or
- there is a timetable clash
When you apply, make sure you include:
- evidence that the subject is not available or you have a timetable clash
- a personal statement explaining the situation and the steps you’ve already taken to try to resolve the issue.
Less than 100% study load
If you’re in your final session and have less than a full study load left to complete your course, you don’t need to apply for reduced study load.
You will need to apply for reduced study load if you’re not in your final session and want to fewer subjects because:
- you’ve failed subjects and need to extend your course to complete. You’ll need to apply for reduced study load, or
- you’ve received recognition of prior learning (reduced study load will usually be granted in the final two sessions of your course).
How to apply
Apply for reduced study load by the census date of the session that you are applying for.
In your application, include:
- completed application to reduce study load form
- any supporting documentation.