If you are studying on Student visa, you are expected to enrol in a study load that will enable you to complete your course in the registered duration as specified on your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE). This generally means that you would need to enrol in 60 Credit Points per semester or a 100% load. In addition, if you decide to take off-campus units, you must not exceed one third (33%) achievable credit of your course in off-campus units and you must always be in at least one on-campus unit each semester.
You MUST seek approval for a reduced study load where you are likely to exceed your course duration. This practice will ensure your eligibility for an extension COE.
Please note that some courses may have summer school units which may provide additional study options.
Here is an example to help explain:
ECU issues you a COE for 3 years to undertake a Bachelor of Business. This COE enables the Department of Home Affairs to issue you a 3-year student visa and enables you to come to Australia to study. If you do not enrol in a 100%-load (60 Credit Points per semester), you are unlikely to complete your course in 3 years. Should this be necessary, you will require an extension COE to obtain a new Visa from the Department. Education providers, like ECU, are restricted from issuing a new COE, except in limited circumstances. Thus, it is imperative that you enrol in a 100%-load each semester.
ECU can grant you an approval for a reduced study load if you are at risk of not meeting satisfactory course progress requirements or if you have compassionate or compelling circumstances.
If you wish to apply for a reduced load, you must seek approval from a Student Success Officer at the Student Hub.
You can view the Enrolment loads for international students policy on our website.
A summary of the main rules follows:
There are only limited circumstances in which ECU can issue you a new COE so you can extend you student visas. These circumstances are:
If you are not enrolled as per the enrolment load for International students policy, you must take the following action:
Note: If you have left Australia and are now studying offshore, you must advise us immediately so that we can update your records accordingly.
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