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How is enrolment changing?

From the 2019 academic year, enrolment will be a two-step process:

  • Step 1: Course enrolment. You will enrol in the courses you intend to undertake for the following year*.
  • Step 2: Class Registration. You will choose the classes for your enrolled courses in the respective term. Class registrations open at least 8 weeks before each term start date.

*It is possible for you to change your course enrolment any time prior to the end of Week 1 of term subject to course capacity and availability. To ensure a place in all desired courses, you should enrol in a full year of courses as soon as possible.

When do I enrol?

Course enrolment will open from 2 October 2018. Instructions will be emailed to you. Please click on the following link for a step-by-step guide on Course Enrolment and Class Registration.

When do I register for classes?

Class registration will open from 26 November 2018. Instructions will be emailed to you.

Do I have to enrol for the whole year?

No, you can also enrol on a term-by-term basis. However, it is possible for you to change your course enrolment any time prior to end of Week 1 of term subject to course capacity and availability. To ensure a place in all desired courses, you should enrol in a full year of courses as soon as possible.


If you do not enrol for the full year, you may be eligible to meet the minimum full-time requirement in a term, which is two courses.

Enrolment appointments: How do I know when I can commence course enrolment and class registration?

Your Student Profile tab in myUNSW is automatically updated with your enrolment appointments based on the units of credit passed. This ensures that enrolments are spread evenly across the enrolment period.

What are the census dates in 2019?

2018/2019 Summer census date = 13 January 2019. 

For terms 1, 2 and 3, the census date will be the Sunday of Week 4.

  • Term 1, 2019 = 17 March
  • Term 2, 2019 = 30 June
  • Term 3, 2019 = 13 October

What is a ‘normal’ study load from 2019?

In 2019, a normal study load will remain eight courses (48 Units of Credit (UoC)) spread over terms 1, 2 and 3 with an option to complete nine courses i.e. three per term. As the summer term is optional, it is not included in the normal study load calculation.

What is considered a full-time study load for domestic students?

Six courses (36 UoC) spread over terms 1, 2 and 3 is considered full-time for the year.

Note: You must also ensure you have at least one course enrolment in each term.


For domestic students, full-time status is required to qualify for the Youth and Austudy allowances, and the Opal Concession card.


If you don't intend to enrol for the year, full-time status can be achieved by completing two courses (12 UoC). In this case, your status will only be evaluated on a term basis for the above purposes.

Can I do nine courses a year?

Yes, you can study three courses per term and complete nine across terms 1, 2 and 3. As the summer term is optional, it is not included in this calculation. Completing nine courses a year is not considered ‘overloading’ and therefore does not require program authority approval.

What is the minimum study load?

The minimum study load from 2019 is one course per term. Please note that the summer term is optional and not included in the minimum study load.

What is ‘overloading’?

From 2019, more than three courses (18UoC) in a term will require overloading approval from the program authority. Use this form to Apply to overload.

Can I still apply for program leave?

You can apply for program leave on a term by term basis. Program leave is available for a maximum of three terms (one academic year). If you require leave beyond this, you will need to apply to your program authority.

You must take program leave (subject to availability) for any term in which you do not intend to be enrolled.  Failure to do so may result in your enrolments in other terms being cancelled and/or being withdrawn from your program.

If I want to take program leave for a single term, am I still able to enrol in the other two terms?

Yes, absolutely. However, you need to be aware that your full-time status and degree progression may be impacted.

For International student visa holders, program leave must be discussed with Student Development International.

How many summer term courses can I complete?

If you want to study in the optional summer term, it is recommended that you study either one or two courses only (6 or 12 UoC).

When will the class timetable for summer be available?

The summer class timetable will be released on 5 October. The summer course offerings can be found here.

How do I enrol for the 2018/2019 summer term?

Course enrolment for the summer term opens on 2 October. Class registration opens on 22 October.

How should I enrol if I am interested in completing an internship as part of my degree?

It is strongly recommended that you have a plan B for your studies that you can pursue if you are unable to secure an internship/work experience. We recommend that you enrol in your plan B options in October of the year before and then apply for the relevant Work Integrated Learning course. When you have secured an opportunity, you can vary your enrolment.

Are class clashes still possible with the new enrolment system?

Yes, class clashes are still possible with the new enrolment system.

What is the process if class clashes happen?

If class clashes occur, the process that applies now will continue to apply. If a class clash occurs, you may have to pick another class. If you still can't get a clash free timetable or find a suitable class alternative, then you will need to alter your course enrolment. If no other courses are available, you should contact your faculty or school student centre.

Does the new system recognise course pre-requisite requirements?

Yes, you will have to enrol sequentially in your courses that include pre-requisites. So, for example, if ARTS1001 is a pre-requisite for ARTS2002, the system will not allow you to enrol into ARTS2002 before an enrolment request is confirmed in a prior term for ARTS1001.

Can I change my course enrolment before the teaching session start?

Yes, it is possible for you to change your course enrolment any time prior to the end of Week 1 of term subject to course capacity and availability.  To ensure a place in all desired courses, you should enrol in a full year of courses as soon as possible.

What's the last date I can change my class registration?

Class registration closes on the Sunday of week one for all terms.

There are a small number of courses worth less than 6 UoC - are these treated any differently when it comes to enrolment?

No, not from an enrolment perspective. However, you may need to talk to your student centre about how this could potentially impact your eligibility for full-time student status.