Summer, winter and October teaching periods

Summer and winter semesters

Summer and winter semesters give you the opportunity to complete units outside the standard semesters.

The teaching period is usually much shorter and more intense than in a standard semester, but the overall class hours remain the same. For example, instead of attending three hours of class per week for 12 weeks, you might have all day classes for a week. This varies between units.

Another difference is that there are no common dates for summer or winter units. Each unit has its own set of dates so the enrolment, teaching, assessment and academic and financial penalty dates vary between units.

October 12-week teaching period

By choosing the October intake, you can fast-forward your degree and be a semester ahead when the 2022 academic year starts. This semester runs for 12 weeks from October 2021 to February 2022.

If you’re located in Melbourne, you’ll study in face-to-face mode on campus. For those of you studying outside Melbourne, you’ll study online.

Key dates for October (OCT12)

1 Aug Enrolment opens
25 Oct Teaching starts
5 Nov Last day to enrol
9 Dec Census date
20 Dec Last day to withdraw from units with Withdrawn showing on your academic record.
Units withdrawn after this date will show Withdrawn Fail.
20–24 Dec Teaching period break – no scheduled classes
23 Dec 2021 – 3 Jan 2022 University closedown
7–31 Dec Self-directed study week (week 9)
4 Jan 2022 University reopens
21 Jan 2022 Teaching ends
24–28 Jan 2022 Swot vac
31 Jan – 18 Feb 2022 Final assessment period
1 Mar 2022 Results release
8– 12 Aug 2022 Deferred and supplementary assessment period
24 Aug 2022 Deferred and supplementary assessment results release

Single units and cross-institutional study

Some faculties accept single unit and cross-institutional study applications for their summer, winter and October units.

Unit cancellations

We make every effort to ensure units run; however, if there aren't enough enrolments, we may need to cancel the unit. If this happens, we will notify you in writing before the teaching start date.

Unit, enrolment and fee information

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