Where to begin
It is important you manage your enrolment to ensure your program (degree) is completed in the minimum period of time and you graduate when you expect to.
If this is your first semester of study:
- Refer to the Steps to activate your offer and enrol for details of how to effectively plan your study.
If you are currently enrolled and planning ahead for your next semester of study:
- Refer to Planning your study
Once you have started studying you may discover new career paths or courses on offer that interest you. USC offers a range of study support options and services to ensure you are on the right path. Below is a list of options you can use to manage your enrolment to optimise your time at USC.
Steps to making changes can be found by watching the relevant video below or downloading the corresponding PDF guide.
- Swap a course — when you want to change from one course to another, or to swap classes (eg tutorials, labs) within the same course. You can swap courses until the end of Week 2 of a semester, or the end of Week 1 of a session. Swapping a course before class selection opens (PDF 421KB); Swapping a course or class after class selection opens (PDF 311KB)
- Drop a course — If you drop a course after census date you will incur financial penalty and may incur academic penalty. The time of semester that you drop your course will determine what academic penalty you will receive, if any. For more details refer to the Academic Calendar. Dropping a course before class selection opens (PDF 182KB); Dropping a course after class selection opens (PDF 185KB)
How to swap or drop courses before class selection opens
How to swap or drop after selecting classes
You can add courses to your enrolment until the end of Week 2 of a semester, or the end of Week 1 of a session. After this time, Course Co-ordinator approval is required. However, no enrolments will be accepted after the end of Week 3 of a semester or week 2 of a session.
If you do not re-enrol you are considered to have taken a leave of absence from your studies and you should complete the Application for a leave of absence form. This will notify USC and relieve you of receiving unnecessary correspondence.
If you have had an enrolment in at least one study period, you can take up to 2 years off from studying, applying for 12 months at a time, by:
selecting the 'Take a break' option in USC Central and dropping any enrolments you may have - refer to the Drop a course video in the USC Central Guide for a demonstration; and
- completing the Application for a leave of absence form
Approval to do this is not required, however, you need to be aware of any impact this might have on your enrolment for future study and you should look closely at the course prerequisites and requirements before making this decision.
Important: Once census date has passed you will remain financially liable for the courses you are enrolled in. Depending on when you choose to take a leave of absence, you may also receive academic penalties. Refer to the academic calendar for key dates.
If you have no enrolment in a fifth consecutive study period then you will have your enrolment as a student discontinued. If at a later stage you decide to study at the USC again, you will need to reapply for entry via QTAC for an undergraduate program or directly to the University for a postgraduate program. Admission is automatic as long as the conditions in the Enrolments - Academic Policy are met.
International students must discuss taking a break from study with USC International as to the impact this may have on their Student visa.
If you feel that you are interested in a different degree or career, it is possible to change your study area. If you are considering changing your degree visit How to change your program for information. Discuss a change of program with your Student Advisor to ensure that you are eligible.
Most undergraduate programs at USC allow you to choose a major and /or minor that you would like to study. If your program allows you to undertake a major / minor, the details will be outlined on your Study Plan page.
A major in a bachelor degree is 96 units that develop a coherent academic theme. A minor in a bachelor degree is 48 units that develop a coherent academic theme. You apply for your major / minor by completing the Majors/Minors application form. The form is available from Student forms and document requests page. If you wish to remove a major/minor already recorded please note this in the comments box on the registration form.
Before taking this step please talk to us to make sure you have considered all of your options and understand any implications of withdrawing from your program. The University provides support services for students that you may like to access.
Would a break from study, rather than a complete program withdrawal, be a possibility? Is there any special consideration the University could make to assist your successful completion of your program, or to help you through a difficult time?
If you do wish to withdraw from your program of study, please contact Student Central about this process.
You may need your Official Statement of Academic Record if applying for credit transfer to another university, or for scholarship purposes and job applications.
If you have any questions about your study plan or course choices, contact Student Central to speak to a Program Advisor.
For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.