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Academic progress


Note: This page provides advice for coursework students. Students enrolled in a Higher Degrees by Research should refer to HDR Candidature.

As a USC student, the University monitors your academic performance to ensure you are moving toward successful completion of your program requirements.

We recognise that there are many factors that can affect your academic progress, especially if you are a first-year student making the transition to tertiary study.

Help with academic progress

If you are experiencing difficulties with your studies, you are expected to proactively seek assistance and to access support services where needed. This might include meeting with an academic skills adviser or attending faculty drop-in sessions.

USC’s Student Success team is available to connect you with relevant support, and to help you develop a plan to improve your results.

The University has a range of services to help you get back on track. These include:

If you are experiencing personal or financial difficulties that are impacting your studies, you should seek assistance through Student Central as soon as possible.

Monitoring Academic Progress and Exclusion

Academic progress and unsatisfactory performance is managed under the University’s Monitoring Academic Progress and Exclusion - Academic Policy and Procedures. These procedures are divided into three stages: early intervention; monitored enrolment; and consideration for exclusion.

  • 1. What is early intervention (MAP Stage 1)?
  • 2. What is monitored enrolment (MAP Stage 2)?
  • 3. What is Consideration for exclusion (MAP Stage 3)?
  • 4. What is 'show cause'?

Information for international students

If you are a Student visa holder, you must complete your program by the end date listed on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). If you fail a course, you are at risk of not being able to complete your program by your CoE end date. It is important that you discuss your study plan with Student Central and the implications for your Student visa with USC International.

If you are excluded from your studies, your eligibility for your current and any future Student visas may be affected. In the case of exclusion, the University will cancel your enrolment and notify the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

International students should seek clarification on how the monitored enrolment may affect their visa, by contacting USC International and DIBP.

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