As an international student studying in Australia on a student visa you have responsibilities to comply with obligations and conditions set down by the Australian Government. These include:
- Satisfy your student visa conditions;
- Maintain your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the period of your stay;
- Notify the University through the Student Information System if you change your address; and
- Maintain satisfactory course progress.
The University is required to monitor these conditions and report to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. Please make sure you are familiar with, and comply with, the following obligations.
Full-time study/part-time study
You are expected to study at a normal full-time rate to ensure you can complete within the time specified on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).
To do this, you should enrol in 36 units per year, or 18 units per semester. Your course coordinator can assist you to plan your studies to meet these requirements. If you have obtained credit for previous study this may affect your approved duration of study and visa status. If you choose to study less than full-time you may not complete your course within the timeframe specified on your eCoE and/or student visa. You may be unable to extend your student visa to complete your studies.
The University can only issue a new eCoE for one of the following reasons:
- You have a compassionate or compelling circumstance (eg illness, where a medical certificate states that you were unable to attend classes, or where the University was unable to offer a pre-requisite topic); or
- You are not making satisfactory progress and are participating in a University intervention strategy; or
- You have been granted approved leave (Note: this may affect your student visa).
If you are not eligible for a new eCoE, you will not be permitted to extend your student visa and will be at risk of not completing your course in Australia.
Distance/online learning topics
Up to 1/3 of your course may be taken by distance/online learning:
- You may not enrol exclusively in distance/online learning topics in Semester 1 or Semester 2, you must take face-to-face topics as well.
- You may enrol exclusively in distance/online learning topics in Non-Semester 1 or Non-Semester 2.
- If you are in your last semester of study, with one topic remaining to complete your degree, you may take a Non-Semester distance/online learning topic.
If you are concerned that your student visa does not reflect the time you need to complete your course, please 'Request Support' via the Ask Flinders website.
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 a College academic counsellor or International Student Services (ISS).
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 disaser 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.
The University is required to notify Department of Home Affairs if you are granted leave. Even if your leave is approved your student visa status may be affected.
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 2007, on the Australian Government website.