Learn about your study options
Depending on your course, you can choose to study full-time and part-time, giving you the flexbility to organise your study around other commitments such as work or family.
Full-time study at Curtin usually involves enrolling in units totalling 100 credit points or above, which means around 30 hours overall work time per week. Full-time study has a similar workload to full-time employment. For most students, the workload is divided between lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratories, fieldwork, work placements and individual study, depending on your course. Your timetable and the required study hours may vary from day to day.
If your lifestyle doesn’t allow for that much study, you can choose to study part-time, undertaking as few as 25 or 50 credit points (one or two standard units) per semester. This reduces your weekly workload considerably but extends the duration of your course. You can also change your load each semester, studying part-time in one semester, then full-time in the second. To assist your busy lifestyle many postgraduate units are often held in the evenings.
Curtin gives you the flexibility to study a range of courses fully online. These include undergraduate and postgraduate courses, MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) and MicroMasters programs. You can also study some Curtin courses online through Open Universities Australia.
Travel the world while you study
Overseas study programs are available to all students and give you the chance to travel while you study and add a unique experience to your educational, social, personal and career development. International students can attend Curtin through the Study Abroad or Student Exchange programs.
The Study Abroad program allows you to attend universities Curtin doesn’t have formal exchange agreements with by negotiating directly with your destination university and paying your fees to that institution. International students can also attend Curtin through the Study Abroad program.
Curtin students have the opportunity to study overseas for one or two semesters. If you choose a formal exchange program, your overseas studies are credited towards your degree. We have partnerships with universities across Europe, Asia and North and South America. You can attend an information session to assist you to plan and prepare for your international experience. You can find out more about Student Exchange including how to apply and closing dates for applications, or explore more global opportunities available to our students.
Deferring your studies
A gap year is a year off that you can take between finishing high school and starting uni. Otherwise known as deferring your studies, it can be a good alternative to starting uni if you’re feeling exhausted after completing high school, or if you’re just not sure what you want to do.
There’s a lot to weigh up when deciding whether to take a gap year, so you may find it helpful to talk to your school career advisor.
You might find that the course you chose to study isn’t exactly what you had in mind and you may want to switch to a different course. If you’re not happy with your course, you can meet with your tutors and other students, or visit Curtin Connect and speak to an advisor about your options.