International students in Australia on a student visa must normally complete their degree within the approved visa period. 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.
Withdrawing from topics
Please be aware that if you withdraw from a topic, you may not complete your degree in the expected timeframe. If you withdraw from all topics your student visa may be cancelled. Before you make any decision regarding withdrawal from any/all topics, please seek assistance from International Student Services (ISS).
Studying externally or online
International students can study up to one third of their course via distance or online topics 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.
Leave from study
You may apply to defer or suspend your studies but only in compassionate or compelling circumstances that are generally beyond your control and that have an impact on your studies. These could include:
- illness, where a medical certificate states that you were unable to attend classes;
- the death of a close family member such as a parent or grandparent (where possible a death certificate should be provided);
- major political upheaval or natural disaster in your home country requiring your emergency travel and where this has impacted on your studies; or
- the University being unable to offer a pre-requisite topic.
International students wishing to apply for a leave from study must apply in writing to the International Compliance team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 eCoE.
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).