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 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)

Mon 25 Oct Teaching starts
Thu 9 Dec Census date
Tue 21 Dec Last day to withdraw from units with Withdrawn showing academic record.
Units withdrawn after this date will show Withdrawn Fail
Thu 23 Dec University closed (reopens 4 Jan 2022)
Mon 27 Dec Week 9 self-directed study
Fri 21 Jan
Teaching ends

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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