Uni life can be complicated at first, so this site will help make it a little easier to navigate your first semester at Monash. The weeks listed here represent the twelve teaching weeks of semester. Just start scrolling to browse topics to see important deadlines to help you manage your studies each week. 


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Are you managing OK so far?

By week four you'll have a good understanding of your study load and the academic expectations of your faculty.

This is also the time that your unit selection is finalised. You may be unsure about a few things, but now is the time to decide and act to ensure your workload is manageable and you're in the right course.

Here's a few things to think about

Not sure about your course or unit choices?

If you're concerned about the course or units you've chosen, you should request course advice.

It's too late to add a new unit now, but if you're considering dropping a unit, you need to do this by 11.59pm on the census date (Melbourne time) to avoid paying fees for that unit.

Considering dropping a unit or dropping out? - Domestic

Dropping a unit, studying part-time

If you're thinking of dropping a unit:

  • talk to your faculty's course adviser first. Make sure you don't drop units that are prerequisites for others you plan take later
  • log into WES to withdraw from the unit
  • do this by 11.59pm on the census date to avoid paying fees for the unit.

Deferring, taking study leave, dropping out

If you're thinking of dropping out of your course, your options are:

  • defer your course until next semester or next year, if your faculty allows this
  • take study leave (intermission), if your faculty does not allow you to defer now that you've started your course
  • withdraw entirely from your course.

But before you make such a big decision, request course advice. You can also seek some free advice from a counsellor in the Health Service.

If after getting advice, you still want to drop out, and you want to:

Need help with study skills?

If you're struggling with your studies, you can get help from one of our expert librarians or learning advisers.

Librarians can help you with researching a topic, finding and evaluating the information, accessing and using the library collections, databases and the internet, as well as citing and referencing. They offer free 15-minute, one-on-one consultations without an appointment. For details, see our meet with a librarian page.

Learning advisers from our Student Academic Success team can help with your approach to assignments and general study. They can also improve your academic English and writing skills. You can book an individual consultation with a learning adviser on Learn HQ.

Managing your reading

If you're feeling snowed under with the amount of reading you have to do, check out these tips on managing your reading.

Want to get more involved and socialise?

University is a great place to make friends and extend your network of contacts. See the many ways you can get involved and start connecting with others on our stay connected site.