Changing your study load - Section contents

From time to time, you may feel the need to either increase or reduce your study load, depending on your capacity.

If you’d like to increase subjects during a semester so that you don’t need to take as many subjects next semester, you might like to consider overloading. Alternatively, there are options to reduce your study load, however if you’re an international student, you’ll be required to receive approval before you can make that decision.

See below for a brief outline of your options. Remember to check your eligibility before you change your study load, as it may have implications for your graduation.


Overloading is enrolment in more subjects during a given study period than your course usually permits. For most courses, this means taking more than 50 points in a standard semester.

Overloading is normally limited to bachelors and masters coursework students who are in their final semester or who have obtained consistently good results.

Find out more about overloading


Over-enrolling is when you take extra subjects that will take you beyond the maximum points for your course.

The University permits students to complete additional study beyond the usual number of credit points required for a course only where the student cannot meet the requirements of their course without completing additional study.

Find out more about over-enrolment

Reduced Study Load (international students)

As a student visa holder, you are required to complete your course by the end date on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). This requires you maintain a standard study load of 50 points in each half-year period.

However, in certain circumstances you may be able to apply for a Reduced Study Load.

Find out more about Reduced Study Load

Part-time study (domestic students)

Domestic students must be enrolled in at least 37.5 points (3 standard subjects) to be considered full-time. If you are enrolled in less than 37.5 points (usually two standard subjects) in either (or both) first or second half-year period, it is automatically defined as part-time.

If you withdraw from a subject, make sure it is not required as a prerequisite for subjects you intend to study in the future or that it is not required as a co-requisite for subjects you are currently studying.

Find out more about full-time/part-time study