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Enrolling and the Southern Cross Model

The Southern Cross Model is what sets Southern Cross University apart from the rest.

This new academic model allows students to focus on just one or two subjects at once, over a six-week teaching term, before moving on. This enables deeper learning as well as more control over when you study allowing you to create the ideal life balance.

It’s the future of study, with flexibility built-in.

Find out how the Southern Cross Model can work for you.

Enrolling as a full-time student

I’m an international onshore student, what are the requirements for me?

If you are an international student visa holder you must satisfy certain visa conditions such as completing studies within the time set out in your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
You must enrol in eight units (96 credit points) over the six Study Periods. This means that in some Study Periods, you can complete a lighter study load of one unit.

  • Exemptions to studying in a Study Period can be given on the basis that:
    • The student has already completed eight units in the year; or
    • Leave of Absence is granted.
  • It may be possible for students to complete up to 12 units (144 credit points) in a year (depending on unit availability) and accelerate completion.
  • The maximum number of units per Study Period is two (24 credit points). The minimum enrolment per study period is one unit (12 credit points). Unless students have already completed eight units in the year, they will need to apply for leave of absence if they don't intend to enrol in a Study Period.
  • Commencing students must enrol in a minimum of three units (36 credit points) over their first two periods of study.

I am a domestic student, how does this work if I am applying for government support for full-time study?

Students seeking Youth Support or Austudy Allowance

  • To retain full-time status under the Southern Cross Model, students will need to undertake a full-time load which is defined as 75% of a normal study load for Services Australia payments.
  • For courses that are a year or more in duration, to retain full-time status under the Southern Cross model, students will need to undertake six units over the course of the year, with at least three units of enrolment across the first half of the year (Study Period 1–3) and at least three units of enrolment across the second half of the year (Study Period 4–6).
  • For courses that are six months in duration, to retain full-time status, students will need to enrol in at least three units in either the first or second half of the year.
  • Students enrolled in a course that is a year or more in duration, and undertaking at least six units across the year, can take a maximum break of two Study Periods and remain eligible for Services Australia payments.
  • Austudy and Youth Allowance payments are also contingent on other eligibility criteria.

Full-time enrolment examples for international students studying in Australia

International students studying in Australia are required to study ful-time. The following examples all meet the full-time requirements.

Example 1
 Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Summer Term
Unit 1 Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled  
Unit 2 Enrolled   Enrolled   Enrolled  
Example 2
 Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Summer Term
Unit 1 Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled  
Unit 2   Enrolled Enrolled   Enrolled  
Example 3
 Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Summer Term
Unit 1 Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled
Unit 2 Enrolled Enrolled        
Example 4
 Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Summer Term
Unit 1 Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled  
Unit 2 Enrolled     Enrolled Enrolled  

Full-time enrolment examples for domestic students

Below are some examples of study progressions for students to remain eligible to retain full-time status with six units only:

Example 1

Jerome enrols in a Bachelor of Business and Enterprise at Southern Cross and applies for Youth Allowance. Jerome wants to complete units in the following structure, and before study commences on 1 March 2021 Jerome enrols in 4 consecutive study periods.

Example 1: Full-time study over four consecutive Study Periods in 2021.
 Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Summer Term
Unit 1   Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled  
Unit 2     Enrolled   Enrolled  

As SCU has allowed Jerome to enrol in this period at the same time, and considers this period to be a single period of enrolment, the combined Equivalent Full-Time Study Load (EFTSL) can be aggregated. The total credit point weighting for this period is 72 (at least 75% of the full time study load of 96 for the academic year).
Jerome meets all the other criteria for Youth Allowance, and Jerome’s payment will start on the first day of Study period 2. Assuming Jerome remains enrolled, Jerome will be paid until at least the end of Study Period 5. Jerome’s ongoing entitlement to payment will be determined when Jerome advises enrolment intentions for the next academic year.

Example 2

Jerome will continue his study in 2022, and enrols again in study periods 2, 3, 4 and 5 (Terms 1, 2, 3, 4). However, Jerome does not want to complete as many units in study period 3 (term 4), and will pick up an extra unit in study period 4 (Term 5). SCU allows Jerome to enrol in all intended 2022 study at the same time. Jerome’s enrolment for 2022 is as follows:

Example 2: Full-time study over four Terms in 2022.
 Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Summer Term
Unit 1 Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled Enrolled    
Unit 2     Enrolled Enrolled    

Jerome is advised his Youth Allowance can be paid to uninterrupted from the end of 2021 study until the end of his 2022 study because Jerome is enrolled: 

  • across the academic year in 2022 and
  • in at least 75% of the EFTSL for the academic year, and
  • there is less than 21 weeks between the last day of study in 2021, and the first day of study in 2022.

Example 3

Charlotte enrols in a Bachelor of Business and Enterprise at SCU and applies for Youth Allowance. Charlotte wants to complete units in the following structure, and before her study commences on 1 March 2021 Charlotte enrols in 2 of the 6 study periods.

Example 3(a): Four units in non-consecutive Study Periods.
 Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Summer Term
Unit 1   Enrolled   Enrolled    
Unit 2   Enrolled   Enrolled    

Charlotte’s claim for Youth Allowance is rejected because Charlotte is only enrolled in 50% EFTSL.

Before study period 2 starts, SCU allows Charlotte to add units in Study Period 6 as follows:

Example 3(b): Six units over non-consecutive Study Periods.
 Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Summer Term
Unit 1   Enrolled   Enrolled   Enrolled
Unit 2   Enrolled   Enrolled   Enrolled

Charlotte’s claim is reassessed and granted because Charlotte is now enrolled:

  • in at least 75% EFTSL for the academic year
  • in study periods separated by gaps shorter than 21 weeks.