Altering your study load as an Arts student

Can I increase or reduce my study load if I am an Arts Student?

In Arts courses a standard full-time enrolment is 24 credit points (4 units) per semester, or 48 credit points (8 units) per academic year.

International students typically need to maintain a standard full-time study load per semester to satisfy student visa requirements. If you are an international student and need to take leave or reduce your study load, see the International Student Adviser in Student Central for advice.

Australian and other domestic students can choose to enrol part-time or full-time. In studentConnect, student status is determined by the number of credit points enrolled in over an academic year.

For Australian domestic students:

  • 24 points / 4 units per semester  =   standard full-time (100% study load)
  • 18 points / 3 units per semester  =   full-time (75% study load)
  • 12 points / 2 units per semester  =   part-time (50% study load)
  •   6 points / 1 unit per semester   =   part-time (25% study load)

A reduced study load could mean that a course will take longer to complete. Courses need to be completed within course time limits. For example, a Bachelor of Arts (BP001) which is typically completed in 3 years via standard full-time enrolment, has a course time limit of 10 years.

A reduced study load may affect Student Income Support entitlements such as Youth Allowance, Austudy, and Abstudy.

At certain times during the semester withdrawing from units will incur an academic penalty and/or financial liability. Consult UWA important dates, or contact your allocated Faculty Office for information.

Overloading is only permitted in Arts in very limited circumstances. Students can apply to overload by submitting a Special Approval form to their allocated Faculty Office, via "Email Us" or in person.
 

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