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Study period dates

Most unis offer undergraduate subjects in study periods, except for ANU, Macquarie, UNE and UTAS—check their study terms below.
Note that UniSA and Murdoch subjects are offered in study periods, and may also be offered in other study terms—check the study terms below.

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Study Period 1 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 22 Mar 2021

11 Apr 2021

RMIT - 12 Apr 2021
Swinburne - 16 Apr 2021
Griffith - 25 Apr 2021
30 May 2021
Study Period 2 23 May 2021 31 May 2021 21 Jun 2021

11 Jul 2021

RMIT - 12 Jul 2021
Swinburne - 16 Jul 2021
Griffith - 25 Jul 2021
29 Aug 2021
Study Period 3 22 Aug 2021 30 Aug 2021 20 Sept 2021

10 Oct 2021

RMIT - 15 Oct 2021
Swinburne - 15 Oct 2021
Griffith - 24 Oct 2021
La Trobe - 29 Oct 2021
28 Nov 2021
Study Period 4 21 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021 20 Dec 2021

9 Jan 2022

RMIT - 10 Jan 2022
Swinburne - 14 Jan 2022
Griffith - 23 Jan 2022
La Trobe - 29 Jan 2022
27 Feb 2022

 

ANU semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess  Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Semester 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021
31 Mar 2021 5–18 Apr 2021 7 May 2021 28 May 2021
Semester 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 31 Aug 2021 6–19 Sep 2021 8 Oct 2021 29 Oct 2021

 

Macquarie session (previously semester) dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Session 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 18 Mar 2021 5–18 Apr 2021 28 Apr 2021 4 Jun 2021
Session 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 19 Aug 2021 13–26 Sep 2021 28 Sep 2021 5 Nov 2021
Session 3^ 21 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021 13 Dec 2021 20 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022 20 Dec 2021 14 Jan 2022

 

Murdoch study term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Autumn (AU4) 7 Feb 2021 15 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 5 Apr 2021 23 Apr 2021
Winter-Spring (WSP1) 4 Jul 2021 12 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 30 Aug 2021 17 Sep 2021
Spring-Summer (SS5) 12 Sep 2021 20 Sep 2021 4 Oct 2021 8 Nov 2021 26 Nov 2021

 

UNE trimester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Trimester 1 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 22 Mar 2021 3 May 2021 28 May 2021
Trimester 2 20 Jun 2021 28 Jun 2021 19 Jul 2021 24 Sep 2021 24 Sep 2021
Trimester 3 17 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021 18 Nov 2021 3 Dec 2021 4 Feb 2022

 

UniSA single subject term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Term 1 3 Jan 2021 11 Jan 2021 29 Jan 2021 12 Feb 2021 19 Mar 2021
Term 2 28 Mar 2021 5 Apr 2021 23 Apr 2021 7 May 2021 11 Jun 2021
Term 3 20 Jun 2021 28 Jun 2021 16 Jul 2021 30 Jul 2021 3 Sept 2021
Term 4 12 Sept 2021 20 Sept 2021 8 Oct 2021 22 Oct 2021 26 Nov 2021

 

UTAS study term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Semester 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 23 Mar 2021 1–7 Apr 2021 12 Apr 2021 30 May 2021
Semester 2 4 Jul 2021 12 Jul 2021 10 Aug 2021 30 Aug – 5 Sep 2021 30 Aug 2021 17 Oct 2021
Term 1 24 Jan 2021 1 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 No recess
10 Mar 2021 11 Apr 2021
Term 2 18 Apr 2021 26 Apr 2021 17 May 2021 No recess
1 Jun 2021 4 Jul 2021
Term 3 11 Jul 2021 19 Jul 2021 9 Aug 2021 No recess
24 Aug 2021 26 Sep 2021
Term 4 3 Oct 2021 11 Oct 2021 1 Nov 2021 No recess
16 Nov 2021 19 Dec 2021
Accelerated Study Period 1
24 Jan 2021 1 Feb 2021 24 Feb 2021 No recess
18 Mar 2021 2 May 2021
Accelerated Study Period 2
16 May 2021 24 May 2021 16 Jun 2021 No recess
8 Jul 2021 22 Aug 2021
Accelerated Study Period 3
5 Sep 2021 13 Sep 2021 6 Oct 2021 No recess
28 Oct 2021 12 Dec 2021
Summer School 24 Dec 2020 1 Jan 2021 12 Jan 2021 No recess
29 Jan 2021 25 Feb 2021
Winter School 23 May 2021 31 May 2021 9 Jun 2021 No recess
21 Jun 2021 11 Jul 2021
Spring School (Extended) 17 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021 17 Nov 2021 No recess
20 Dec 2021 13 Feb 2022
5 Week Session Nov 24 Oct 2021 1 Nov 2021 8 Nov 2021 No recess
19 Nov 2021 5 Dec 2021
Spring School 10 Oct 2021  18 Oct 2021 10 Nov 2021  No recess  1 Dec 2021 9 Jan 2022 
Spring School (November)  7 Nov 2021 15 Nov 2021 3 Dec 2021 No recess 30 Dec 2021 13 Feb 2022 
Winter School (Late) 13 Jun 2021 21 Jun 2021  9 Jul 2021  No recess  2 Aug 2021 12 Sep 2021 
11 Week Session Feb  24 Jan 2021  1 Feb 2021  15 Feb 2021  No recess  8 Mar 2021 11 Apr 2021 
11 Week Session Apr  28 Mar 2021  5 Apr 2021  23 Apr 2021  No recess  17 May 2021 27 Jun 2021
11 Week Session Oct  19 Sept 2021  27 Sep 2021  14 Oct 2021  No recess  4 Nov 2021 12 Dec 2021 
12 Week Session Dec 21 Nov 2021  29 Nov 2021  16 Dec 2021  No recess  10 Jan 2022 20 Feb 2022 

 

Notes

* After the census date you can no longer withdraw from your subject and receive a refund or re-credit of your fees.
‡ Macquarie has a recess mid-way through each session. Tutors may not be available during these times.
^ Macquarie's Session 3 is an intensive study term. We suggest you enrol in only one or two subjects in Session 3, because you'll have less time to get through your studies.
# UTAS offers recess in Semesters only. There’s no recess for Terms, Spring, Winter or Sessions.

Curtin, Murdoch, Swinburne and UNE study period dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Study Period 1^ 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 22 Mar 2021 11 Apr 2021
Swinburne - 16 Apr 2021
30 May 2021
Study Period 2^ 23 May 2021 31 May 2021 21 Jun 2021 11 Jul 2021
Swinburne - 16 Jul 2021
29 Aug 2021
Study Period 3^ 22 Aug 2021 30 Aug 2021 20 Sept 2021 10 Oct 2021
Swinburne - 15 Oct 2021
28 Nov 2021
Study Period 4 21 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021 20 Dec 2021 9 Jan 2022
Swinburne - 14 Jan 2022
27 Feb 2022

 

Curtin, RMIT and UniSA session dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Last day to withdraw without academic penalty  Classes end
Session 1 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 25 Mar 2021 11 Apr 2021
RMIT - 25 Mar 2021
6 Jun 2021
Session 2 11 Jul 2021 19 Jul 2021 12 Aug 2021 29 Aug 2021
RMIT - 12 Aug 2021
24 Oct 2021
Session 3 7 Nov 2021 15 Nov 2021 9 Dec 2021 26 Dec 2021
RMIT - 9 Dec 2021
20 Feb 2022

 

ACU semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Semester 1 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 30 May 2021
Semester 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 31 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 24 Oct 2021
Semester 3 14 Nov 2021 22 Nov 2021 3 Jan 2022 3 Jan 2022 20 Feb 2022

 

ANU semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Semester 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021
31 Mar 2021 5–18 Apr 2021 7 May 2021 28 May 2021
Semester 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 31 Aug 2021 6–19 Sep 2021 8 Oct 2021 29 Oct 2021

 

Griffith session dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Last day to withdraw without academic penalty
Classes end
Session 1 28 Feb 2021 8 Mar 2021 4 Apr 2021 9 May 2021 4 Jun 2021
Session 2 11 Jul 2021 19 Jul 2021 22 Aug 2021 19 Sep 2021 15 Oct 2021
Session 3 31 Oct 2021 8 Nov 2021 5 Dec 2021 16 Jan 2022 11 Feb 2022

 

Macquarie session (previously semester) and term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Last day to withdraw without academic penalty
Classes end
Session 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 18 Mar 2021 5–18 Apr 2021 28 Apr 2021 4 Jun 2021
Session 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 19 Aug 2021 13-26 Sep 2021 28 Sep 2021 5 Nov 2021
Session 3** 21 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021

13 Dec 2021

20 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022 20 Dec 2021 14 Jan 2022
Term 1 3 Jan 2021 11 Jan 2021 27 Jan 2021 no recess 5 Mar 2021 21 Mar 2021
Term 2 28 Mar 2021 6 Apr 2021 21 Apr 2021 no recess 28 May 2021 13 Jun 2021
Term 3 20 Jun 2021 28 Jun 2021 13 Jul 2021 no recess 20 Aug 2021 5 Sep 2021
Term 4 12 Sep 2021 20 Sep 2021 5 Oct 2021 no recess 12 Nov 2021 28 Nov 2021

 

Murdoch semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Semester 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 22 Mar 2021 16 May 2021 28 May 2021
Semester 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 23 Aug 2021  17 Oct 2021 29 Oct 2021

 

Notre Dame semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Last day to withdraw without academic penalty
Classes end
Semester 2 25 Jul 2021 2 Aug 2021 27 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 5 Nov 2021

 

UNE trimester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Last day to withdraw without academic penalty
Classes end
Trimester 1 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 22 Mar 2021 3 May 2021 28 May 2021
Trimester 2 20 Jun 2021 28 Jun 2021 19 Jul 2021 30 Aug 2021 24 Sep 2021
Trimester 3 17 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021 18 Nov 2021 3 Dec 2021 4 Feb 2022

 

UTAS study term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Last day to withdraw without academic penalty Classes end
Semester 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 23 Mar 2021 1–7 Apr 2021 12 Apr 2021 30 May 2021
Semester 2 4 Jul 2021 12 Jul 2021 10 Aug 2021 30 Aug – 5 Sep 2021 30 Aug 2021 17 Oct 2021
Term 1 24 Jan 2021 1 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 No recess 10 Mar 2021 11 Apr 2021
Term 2 18 Apr 2021 26 Apr 2021 17 May 2021 No recess
1 Jun 2021 4 Jul 2021
Term 3 11 Jul 2021 19 Jul 2021 9 Aug 2021 No recess
24 Aug 2021 26 Sep 2021
Term 4 3 Oct 2021 11 Oct 2021 1 Nov 2021 No recess
16 Nov 2021 19 Dec 2021
Accelerated Study Period 1
24 Jan 2021 1 Feb 2021 24 Feb 2021 No recess
18 Mar 2021 2 May 2021
Accelerated Study Period 2
16 May 2021 24 May 2021 16 Jun 2021 No recess
8 Jul 2021 22 Aug 2021
Accelerated Study Period 3
5 Sep 2021 13 Sep 2021 6 Oct 2021 No recess
28 Oct 2021 12 Dec 2021
Summer School 24 Dec 2020 1 Jan 2021 12 Jan 2021 No recess
29 Jan 2021 25 Feb 2021
Winter School 23 May 2021 31 May 2021 9 Jun 2021 No recess
21 Jun 2021 11 Jul 2021
Spring School (Extended) 17 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021 17 Nov 2021 No recess
20 Dec 2021 13 Feb 2021
5 Week Session Aug 25 July 2021 2 Aug 2021 9 Aug 2021 No recess 20 Aug 2021 5 Sep 2021
5 Week Session Sep 22 Aug 2021 30 Aug 2021  6 Sep 2021 No recess  16 Sep 2021  3 Oct 2021 
Spring School (November)  7 Nov 2021 15 Nov 2021  3 Dec 2021  No recess  30 Dec 2021 13 Feb 2022 
5 Week Session Nov 24 Oct 2021 1 Nov 2021 8 Nov 2021 No recess
19 Nov 2021 5 Dec 2021
Spring School 10 Oct 2021 18 Oct 2021 10 Nov 2021 No recess 1 Dec 2021 9 Jan 2022
Spring School (Late) 31 Oct 2021 8 Nov 2021 18 Nov 2021 No recess 2 Dec 2021 26 Dec 2021
Winter School (Late) 13 Jun 2021 21 Jun 2021 9 Jul 2021 No recess 2 Aug 2021 12 Sep 2021
11 Week Session Feb 24 Jan 2021 1 Feb 2021 15 Feb 2021 No recess 8 Mar 2021 11 Apr 2021
11 Week Session Apr 28 Mar 2021 5 Apr 2021 23 Apr 2021 No recess 17 May 2021 27 Jun 2021
11 Week Session Oct 19 Sep 2021 27 Sep 2021 14 Oct 2021 No recess 4 Nov 2021 12 Dec 2021
12 Week Session Dec 21 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021 16 Dec 2021 No recess 10 Jan 2022 20 Feb 2022

 

Notes

* After the census date you can no longer withdraw from your subject and receive a refund or re-credit of your fees.
^ Some subjects offered in these study periods are also offered in sessions. See your subject page for details.
‡ UNE subject DYPP500A Developing Your Professional Practice is run in study periods, but all other UNE subjects are offered in UNE trimesters.
† Macquarie has a recess mid-way through each session. Tutors may not be available during these times.
** Macquarie's Session 3 is an intensive study term. We suggest you enrol in only one or two subjects in Session 3, because you'll have less time to get through your studies.

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