Add or drop courses

Most variations to your enrolment can be made using the ANU Interactive Student Information Service (ISIS).

Please see the ISIS Guide (PDF, 1.3MB) for details on using ISIS to add and drop courses.

Adding courses

Important information to consider before adding a course

  • Research students should discuss their coursework requirements before varying their course enrolment.
  • If you are unable to use ISIS to add a course (eg if special permission is required to enrol in the course) then you will need to complete an Enrolment Variation Form (PDF, 311KB) instead.
  • The addition of courses will normally only be permitted up to the end of the second week of each semester. Deadlines vary for non-standard sessions (summer, autumn, winter and spring). Additions after the deadline may be permitted with permission from the Course Authority and ANU College Delegated Authority, and the payment of a non-refundable charge of $50. Late applications must be submitted using an Enrolment Variation Form (PDF, 311KB).
  • You are normally only permitted to enrol in a maximum of 24 units per semester or session. If you are already enrolled in 24 units, and you want to add another course, you will need to drop a course first or use the 'swap' option in ISIS. If you want to take more than 24 units you will need to seek permission from the ANU College that delivers your program by completing the Application for Overload of Enrolment (PDF, 279KB).
  • Check your account details on ISIS for the amount due for courses added late, and pay the due amount immediately.
  • No courses will be added after the relevant semester or course census date.

Dropping courses

Important information to consider before dropping a course

  • Research students should discuss their coursework requirements before varying their course enrolment.
  • If you are unable to use ISIS to drop a course, you will need to complete an Enrolment Variation Form (PDF, 275KB) instead.
  • International Students are required to complete an Application form for Reduced Study Load form (PDF, 219KB) if you are dropping below 24 units of study.
  • Dropping a course on or before the course census date will remove it entirely from your record and you will not be liable for any associated course fees.
  • Dropping a course after the relevant census date will result in the course being recorded as a withdrawal (WD) on your academic transcript and you will remain liable for any relevant course fees.
  • Dropping a course after the Friday of week 10 of semester (for semester-based courses) will result in the course being recorded as a Withdrawal with Failure (WN) on your academic transcript and you will remain liable for the relevant course fees. Students who wish to withdraw after this date dues to extenuating circumstances may be eligible for a late withdrawal without failure.
  • Courses cannot be dropped after the commencement of the relevant examination period.
  • If you are dropping all of your courses for a semester or academic year prior to the relevant census dates, you are required to apply for leave from your program.
  • No courses can be dropped after the commencement of the relevant semester’s examination period.

Late withdrawal from a course

If you need to drop a course after the census date, and you have encountered extenuating circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for a late withdrawal.

Late withdrawals may be granted to students who encounter unavoidable and unexpected circumstances that impede their successful completion of a course. A late withdrawal is a withdrawal without failure and a WD grade will appear on the academic transcript. Recipients of a late withdrawal may be entitled to a fee refund or remission of Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt.

Circumstances that may be considered for a late withdrawal include:

  • Significant illness
  • Death of a family member
  • Professional redeployment
  • Unavoidable travel

Refer to Application for Late Withdrawal for information on how to submit an application for late withdrawal.

Allow plenty of time

Don't leave it until the last minute to make enrolment changes. Make any enrolment changes well before the deadline in case you encounter difficulties when changing your enrolment.

Deadline for adding courses

Courses can usually only be added up until the end of the second week of semester. After that date adding a course may be allowed, but will require permission from the Course Authority and payment of a $50 late fee.

Updated:  29 October 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Registrar/ Page Contact:  DRSS Communications