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Are there any changes in study load rules due to COVID-19?


Studying in 2022 and onwards, on-shore international students are required to study eight credit points per academic year, which can be spread out over three trimesters, to ensure they meet the course completion time requirements on their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

An on-shore international student must always include at least one on-campus unit during the compulsory study periods of Trimesters 1 and 2. International students cannot study only one cloud unit in a compulsory study period unless it is the student’s final unit to complete.

If an on-shore student requires a reduced study load due to compassionate and compelling circumstances, they can request this via Student Central.  

Deakin recognises not all students will be able to return to Australia for Trimester 1 2022, due to factors including flight availability, volatility in pricing and potential for return based off country of location. As such, 2022 is viewed as a transitional year where TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) flexibility is phased down based on a student’s location.

You should visit the COVID-19 (coronavirus) FAQs – International students blog for the latest information under ‘Temporary changes to student visas’ as well as other things you should know as an international student.

Please visit the Compliance and Visas webpage for details and expectations of your student visa.