Summer Session FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Student FAQs are below

What is 'Summer Session'?

Summer Session is designed to offer greater choice and flexibility for students over study, work and lifestyle commitments. This means you may:
  • be able to fast track your degree so you complete it sooner
  • opt for a lighter study load by spreading the units of study out over the entire year
  • make up missed or failed units

Where can I find out what units are being offered in Summer Session?

The full list of units on offer is available now on the Handbook. There is over 151 units on offer this year.

When can I enrol in Summer Session?

Summer Session enrolment for 2018/2019 is available from 5 September 2018.

When does Summer Session start and end?

Summer Session 2018/2019 has two teaching sessions:
  • Summer A - starts on 26 November 2018 and ends on 17 February 2019 (12 weeks duration including the two-week Christmas/New Year break, stuvac and exams)
  • Summer B - starts on 7 January 2019 and ends on 17 February 2019 (6 weeks duration including stuvac and exams)
More detailed dates are available on the Important dates webpage.

Which Summer units do I enrol in for Summer 2018/2019?

To enrol in units for Summer 2018/2019 in MySR, you need to click into your course code for the 2019 Academic Period ('2019 – ENR/STRTYR'). While some of the units for Summer Session start in 2018, the enrolment system classifies all Summer units as 2019 units because the census dates for both Summer A and Summer B fall in the 2019 calendar year.

When will Tutorial Registration open?

Tutorial registration for Summer Session will open before classes start. Details on opening times will be available later in the year. Summer Timetable

Will classes be running between Christmas and New Year?

No. There will be a two week teaching break over the Christmas/New Year period but you may have assessment tasks that you need to complete if you are studying a unit in Summer A. This information will be in the relevant Learning Guide.

When are the census dates for Summer 2018/2019?

The Summer A and B census date is 16 January 2019.

Do I have to study in Summer Session?

No, the idea is to offer you the opportunity to do your degree your way. Summer Session is designed to offer students greater flexibility and choice. It is not compulsory but is an option.

How many units can I study in Summer Session?

Due to the intensive teaching mode, you are only allowed to study a total of two units in Summer Session. You can study two units in Summer A or two units in Summer B or one unit in each Summer Session. If you wish to study more than a total of two units you will need to seek advice from your Director of Academic Program or Academic Course Advisor and submit a rule waiver request.

How much work is required for each unit during Summer?

As Summer units deliver the same content and classes over a shorter period of time, the units are run in a more intensive mode. Regardless of the delivery mode, the study hours for each unit in Summer A will be around 22 hours; in Summer B, around 30 hours.

You may feel like there is more work needed to attain a satisfactory result in your units during Summer because of the shorter timeframe, so make sure you account for this when planning your time.

On which campuses is Summer Session operating?

Summer units are being offered on the following campuses:
  • Bankstown
  • Campbelltown
  • Hawkesbury
  • Parramatta (South and City)
  • Penrith (Kingswood)

Do the usual parking restrictions apply on campuses during Summer Session?

Between Monday 26 November 2018 and Sunday 17 February 2019 (inclusive), students and staff with a valid Yellow parking sticker will be permitted to park in Blue parking bays without penalty. Please note that all other parking restrictions apply.

Please refer to the Parking page for further information.

Do I need a rule waiver to study a unit not on my home campus?

No. You can enrol in any campus for Summer Session, regardless of your home campus. No rule waiver is needed.

Do I need a rule waiver if I haven't completed the co- or pre-requisite unit?

Just like any other session you will need to submit a rule waiver if you have not completed co- or pre-requisite requirements.

Do I have to pay tuition fees for Summer units?

The tuition fees for Summer units will be charged at the Commonwealth Supported rate. If you are currently eligible for HECS or FEE-HELP you can defer your tuition fees for your Summer units. Permanent residents and International students will need to pay their tuition fees, as normal, by the relevant census date. You can find out how much your unit/s will cost on the Fees webpage.

Will Centrelink payments be affected if I study in Summer Session?

If you currently receive Centrelink benefits (or are eligible to receive them), your payments will not be affected as long as your enrolment is 0.75 EFTSL (or higher) for the whole year. To help you calculate your EFTSL, a 10 credit point unit is worth 0.125 EFTSL. Please contact Centrelink(opens in a new window) for information about your payments.

Where will Summer Session exams be held?

Where formal exams are required for Summer units, they will be held on the following campuses:
  • Bankstown (students who study at Campbelltown during Summer Session will have exams here)
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith (students who study at Hawkesbury during Summer Session will have exams here)

The full exam timetable, including exact locations, will be provided closer to the Summer Session exam period in February 2018.

Can I graduate in April 2019 if I study my final unit/s in Summer?

To be eligible to graduate in April 2019, you will need to submit an application to graduate by the advertised closing date (23 January 2019). You need to complete the following things by the deadlines listed below:

  • 21 February 2019
    • All course requirements on your student record must be complete

If all of these items aren't completed, you will not be able to graduate in April 2019 and will have to wait until the September 2018 graduation round. Please ensure you check the graduation deadlines carefully to make sure you finalise all details by the advertised deadlines.

I'm not a student of this University yet but would like to start a degree during Summer Session, can I do that?

Yes. There are a number of courses available for new students to commence in Summer 2018/2019. Only non-current school leavers (anyone not completing year 12 this year) can commence in Summer A because current school leavers won't know their ATAR when classes commence.

I'm studying at another university, can I study in Summer Session?

Yes. Students from other universities can apply to study cross institutionally in Summer Session. You will need to make sure the unit/s you want to study is accredited by your home university before you apply. Without this approval, you might have to enrol as a Non Award student, which is a full fee paying student-type.

More details about how to apply to study cross institutionally in Summer Session are available on the Cross institutional studies webpage.

The full list of units on offer during Summer Session is available now on the Handbook.

How can I find out more about Summer Session?

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