Re-enrol in your course for 2018 - Section contents

If you are enrolled in a course in 2017, and plan to continue the same course in 2018, you will need to re-enrol.

You must re-enrol during the re-enrolment period each year of your course, to let the University know you wish to retain your place for the following year. A re-enrolment notification will be sent to your University email on Wednesday 25 October 2017 when the re-enrolment period opens for 2018.

It’s important you re-enrol before Friday 8 December 2017 to avoid a late re-enrolment fee.

Re-enrolment involves:


Key dates

Event Confirmed date
2018 timely re-enrolment period Wednesday 25 October* – Friday 8 December 2017
2018 University Handbook published Wednesday 25 October 2017*
Semester 2, 2017 exam period Monday 30 October – Friday 17 November
Semester 2, 2017 official results release date Friday 1 December
2018 late re-enrolment period (late enrolment fee applies) Saturday 9 December 2017 – Friday 5 January 2018

* The previously-published date was Monday 16 October 2017


Prepare now before re-enrolment opens

It is your responsibility to make sure you are doing the appropriate subjects for your degree and future plans. Before re-enrolment opens on Wednesday 25 October, there are a number of questions you should ask yourself now to prepare for next year.

  • Are you currently disengaged with the subjects you are doing?
  • Are you considering changing direction within your degree?
  • Was there a breadth subject that really sparked your interest which you want to explore further?
  • Have you considered changing courses?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, there are things you can do now to make sure you are on the right track.

Check the Handbook to make sure you know your course structure and requirements

Course requirements can vary from year to year, so it is important that you follow the Handbook requirements of the year that you entered the course. This means you might need to look at an archived Handbook. Look at the course requirements, check off what you have done and you will be left with the subjects you must complete to finish your degree.


Confirm your subjects are in the right section of your study plan

Sometimes a subject can sit in a few different areas of your my.unimelb study plan, which might limit your flexibility to self-manage your enrolment in subjects.

If you think a subject is in the wrong spot, or your study plan is more restrictive than it should be (ie you know you can complete another Level 1 subject, but it is not an option anywhere on your study plan):

  1. Check your course requirements in the Handbook.
  2. Submit an Enrolment Variation form indicating:
    1. what section you want an existing subject to be moved to, and
    2. what subject/category you want the option to enrol in.

Add to your study plan the subjects you know you will enrol in for 2018 as 'Planned'

This is a great opportunity to try and plan everything before enrolment opens, so you can easily see what you can fit into your degree. We encourage you to do this for the whole of next year.


Chat to family, friends, academics and classmates about your options

Getting lots of different perspectives can help you put together a list of available options. Check out forums and do your research online, as there are heaps of websites out there with useful information and reviews of subjects, courses, careers and options.


Make an appointment to discuss your goals and choices for 2018 with Student Connect

Explore your choices, discuss your re-enrolment and get assistance with decision making, setting goals, pathways planning and back-up planning.


Decide if you want to take quota subjects

There are some subjects that only have a certain number of spaces available, and have different application processes. Some quota subjects are offered on a first-in first-served basis, so can fill up quickly after re-enrolment opens. Use the 2017 Handbook as a guide to get an idea of the subjects that might be quota, and you will be able to confirm when the 2018 Handbook is released. It is good to have a backup plan in case you do not get into a quota subject.


Keep complementary extra study options in mind

We strongly encourage you to make the most of your time here, and take as many opportunities as you can. These options may include overseas study, concurrent diplomas, graduate study, internships, honours and research. All of these extras add to both your personal and professional development. Extra requirements do, however, require a bit of extra planning.

Have a go at putting together a plan of everything you want to achieve in your degree, to see what you can fit in the course structure and what it might mean for how long your degree will take.


After this preparation, contact Stop 1 for any additional course planning support you need:

Make sure you confirm everything when the 2018 Handbook is released.


Advice on re-enrolling

If you are currently enrolled in a course in 2017 and plan to continue the same course in 2018, you must re-enrol. There are some situations where you may need to take additional steps when re-enrolling. See below for more information specific to you.

Subject enrolment

You will need to enrol in a full-time study load of 50 credit points in each half year period in 2018. This usually requires you to enrol in 4 subjects per half year.

If you are eligible to reduce your study load, you are expected to remain enrolled full-time until you have received an outcome on your request to reduce study load.

If you are in your final semester of study and have less than 50 credit points remaining, you do not need to apply.

Leave of Absence

Leave of absence requests have visa implications and must be accompanied by:

  1. a leave of absence declaration form
  2. supporting evidence (for compassionate or compelling circumstances)
  3. documentation (passport identification page and visa entitlements).

Learn more on how to apply for a leave of absence as a student visa holder.

Visit the Study Abroad and Exchange re-enrolment webpage for instructions.

I’m having difficulties using my study plan to enrol in subjects

Re-enrol before Friday 8 December by:

  1. accepting your Enrolment Declaration online
  2. visiting the subject enrolment troubleshooting page for advice.

The system won’t let me re-enrol because I have sanctions for unpaid fees

  1. pay your debt as soon as possible. You will be unable to enrol while you have outstanding fees owing to the University.
  2. once the sanctions have cleared, ensure you re-enrol before Friday 8 December.

Take a break for the whole of 2018 and resume my course in 2019

Apply for a Leave of Absence* for all of 2018 (Semesters 1 and 2).

Take a break for one semester in 2018

Re-enrol before Friday 8 December by:

  1. accepting your Enrolment Declaration
  2. enrolling in subjects for the semester you intend to study
  3. applying for a Leave of Absence* for the semester you will not be studying.


* International student visa holders must take extra steps when requesting a Leave of Absence, as there are visa implications. Requests must be accompanied by:

  1. a leave of absence declaration form
  2. supporting evidence (for compassionate or compelling circumstances)
  3. documentation (passport identification page and visa entitlements).

Learn more on how to apply for a leave of absence as a student visa holder.

If you will be continuing in both courses in 2018, you need to re-enrol separately for both courses.

Re-enrol before Friday 8 December by:

  1. accepting your Enrolment Declaration
  2. enrolling in all the subjects you plan to study in the first half of 2018 (eg Semester 1).

I am completing my bachelor degree this year and starting my honours in 2018

You do not need to re-enrol. If you are accepted into honours, you will receive an offer and need to enrol in that honours course.

I have applied to transfer to another course

  1. Re-enrol in your current course before Friday 8 December to ensure you retain your place and avoid the late re-enrolment fee.
  2. If your application to transfer is approved, you should then withdraw from your current course before the earliest subject census date.
  3. Complete a new enrolment for your new course.

You do not need to re-enrol. Submit a course withdrawal request before Friday 8 December.

Check the Handbook

The University Handbook is an essential guide for managing your enrolment. It details course requirements, subject options, requisite and assessment requirements, and subject key dates that all students need to know. The 2018 Handbook will be published by Wednesday 25 October, but you can use the 2017 Handbook as a guide before then.

Don’t miss important enrolment updates

Remember to check your student email regularly (at least twice a week) even during University breaks or leave periods.