If you wish to defer your study to a later intake and the University has already issued you a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) you must seek approval from Flinders International. Please submit an Ask Flinders request and provide evidence of compassionate or compelling circumstances.
If you do not yet have a COE, you may request a later intake by sending an email to INTLAdmissions@flinders.edu.au. Please include your Flinders ID in all correspondence.
International students in Australia on a student visa must normally complete their degree within the approved visa duration of their COE. This usually requires enrolment in 18 units per semester. If you find that your enrolment does not meet this unit requirement, please contact International Student Services (ISS) for assistance.
It is important to follow your course rule to ensure you are choosing the correct topics. If you are not sure, check the choosing your topics page.
Please be aware that if you withdraw from a topic, you may not complete your degree in the expected timeframe. Flinders can only extend your COE in a limited range of compassionate or compelling circumstances. If you withdraw from all topics, we will cancel your COE, which may result in the cancellation of your student visa. Before you make any decision regarding withdrawal from any/all topics, please seek assistance from International Student Services (ISS).
International students who wish to transfer to another education provider before they have completed six months enrolment must contact International Student Services (ISS) and submit a Request to Transfer. Requests will be granted in limited circumstances. Personal preference or change of mind is not grounds for granting a Release to Transfer to another provider. See the International Student Transfer Procedures in the Policy Library for more detail.
If you wish to change to a course at a lower AQF level (eg Masters to Bachelor) you will need to apply for a new student visa.
If you change to a new course at a different provider, it is a condition of your student visa that you provide Flinders with a copy of your new COE.
International students can study up to one third of their course in online study mode, but must be enrolled in at least one internal topic every semester.
If you are unsure how many topics you may study externally, or you are concerned that your student visa does not reflect the time you need to complete your course, please submit an Ask Flinders support request.
You may apply to suspend your studies (take leave of absence) but only in compassionate or compelling circumstances.
You must apply for a leave from study in writing to the International Compliance team by emailing email@example.com.
Your COE is a document issued by Flinders to verify your enrolment in a specified course. Each COE and changes to COEs acts as a notification to relevant Australian Government departments about your enrolment. Your COE includes your course start and end dates, as well as any fees paid and the total fees payable for the course.
A COE is required to apply for a student visa, and you need a valid COE at all times while you hold a student visa.
There are certain circumstances when the University may cancel your COE, including but not limited to
*Indicates that you will receive a notice of cancellation and the opportunity to access the Complaints and Appeals process.
The University is required to notify Department of Home Affairs if you complete your course more than one month earlier that the expected course end date on your CoE.
If you change your address or other contact details, it is a condition of your student visa that you inform the University within seven days. Please update your contact information in the 'My Details’ tab in the Student System.
For further immigration advice please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website. You can also access information about the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act and Regulations, and the National Code of Practice 2018 on the Department of Education website.
For further information, please see International Student Services (ISS).
Compassionate or compelling circumstances are generally beyond your control and have an impact on your studies. These could include:
Contact Flinders Connect with all your enquiries. We are located on Level 0, Central Library, Bedford Park campus.
*Studying outside Australia? See information about calling from overseas
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