Online study

International students are restricted in the amount of online (cloud based) study they can do. The following is very important information.

Can I study online (cloud) units as an international student?

Yes, according to Standard 8 of the National Code, international students may study online units as long as they comply with the one third (or equivalent) rule.

Standard 8 of the National Code of the National Code 2018 requires students to be enrolled in at least one face to face unit in each compulsory study period, unless the student is completing their final unit of study

What is the one third (or equivalent) rule?

A registered provider may not allow an onshore international student to do more than one third (or equivalent) of their total course by online and/or off campus  study.

How is the one third (or equivalent) rule calculated?

Course duration

Volume of allowable online or distance learning

4 credit points

1 credit point

8 credit points

2 credit points

12 credit points

4 credit points*

16 credit points

5 credit points

24 credit points

8 credit points*

32 credit points

10 credit points

40 credit points

13 credit points

In the 12 and 24 credit point courses, we round up the calculation to allow the students additional online units within the one third (or equivalent) rule. The course duration refers to the total number of units the student is studying at Deakin.

-          12 credit point course at 33% online allowable is 3.96 units. We have rounded to allow 4 units

-          24 credit point course at 33% online allowable is 7.92 units. We have rounded to allow 8 units

Example 1:

A student is studying a 24 credit point bachelor degree. Each unit is worth 1 credit point. The student has 8 CPL (credit for prior learning) and they have not studied any online or off campus units. How many online or off campus units can the student study?

In this example, the total number of units that the student will study at Deakin is 16 units. This is because they have already completed 8 units somewhere else and have received CPL for those units. Therefore, rule applies to the remaining 16 units the student has to study at Deakin. This means that they can study up to 5 units by online and/or off campus study (16*.33)

Please note: The rule applies to all completed units. It does not include failed units.

Example 3:

A student is studying a 24 credit point bachelor degree. Each unit is worth 1 credit point. The student has no CPL (credit for prior learning) and they have attempted 8 online units. The student has failed 4 of these and passed 4.

In this example, the student can do another 4 units online as the failed units are not considered in the calculation.

What happens if I exceed the one third (or equivalent) rule?

If an international student exceeds the rule, they will not be eligible for a new CoE. This will mean you will need to return to your home country and  complete your course as an off campus student. If you have a current CoE, the CoE may be cancelled, requiring you to return to their home country to complete your degree.

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