What is a Full-Time Study?
In a full-time study, students follow a normal full-time load of subjects or units that make up a course. This is the minimum amount of subjects a student must undertake to complete their course within the recommended minimum time frame. The number of units and hours per unit vary among institutions. To be considered a full-time student, one must undertake at least 75% of the normal load of subjects or units in any given calendar year. Full-time study is sometimes defined in terms of credit hours, with students having to enroll for 45 credit points or more.
What is a Part Time Study?
Part-time study is a flexible option offered by tertiary institutions, particularly designed for mature students who need to balance work and study or have other commitments. A course of study is considered part-time when a student undertakes less than 75% of the normal full-time load of subjects or units within the recommended minimum time frame. Part-time study is also defined as enrollment for fewer than 45 credit points. International students on a student visa are not eligible for part-time study programs.
- Full-time study requires students to follow a normal full-time load of subjects or units, while part-time study offers more flexibility for mature students.
- Part-time study takes longer to complete than full-time study and may have limited course options.
- International students on a student visa are not eligible for part-time study programs.