The ESOS Act requires that the University ensures onshore international students are enrolled in the correct load according to the requirements of their student visa.
When providing enrolment advice or authorising the enrolment of onshore international students, you need to be aware that international students are required to be studying full-time (ie 18 units per semester) unless authorised by Flinders International to enrol in less than a full-time load in order to maintain compliance with their student visa conditions.
Should students be enrolled in fewer than an 18 unit load in any given semester they will not be guaranteed a new COE (visa document) unless authorised by Flinders International.
The University may only extend a student’s duration of study in limited circumstances as specified in the National Code 2018. These include compassionate or compelling circumstances, the implementation of an intervention strategy (see below for details) or an approved interruption to study. Under these circumstances a student may study less than a full-time load, however this must be authorised by Flinders International and the reasons for their under-enrolment must be documented and retained on the student's file.
The University is required to monitor the study load of international students, in accordance with documented policy and procedure, to ensure that they can complete the course within the expected course duration, as registered on CRICOS and as identified by the length of their student visa. Monitoring of student load is managed by Flinders International.