Enrolment related questions

Q: How many courses should I enrol in each semester?

A: Full time students should enrol in 4 courses (24 UOC) each semester. Enrolling in less than 4 courses a semester will affect your completion date.

Part time students enrol in 1 or 2 courses per semester.

International students must enrol in 4 courses (24 UOC) per semester

Q: Can I enrol into a course that is currently full?

A: Generally, you cannot enrol into a course that is full. Class limits are set for a variety of reasons, including OHS regulations, allocated resources/equipment and better individual attention. However, if you believe that you have exceptional circumstances, the course is a core course for your degree, or you are in your final semester and the course is a capstone course, you can contact the relevant School office.

Q: Can I enrol into clashing courses?

A: You cannot enrol into clashing tutorials. In some circumstances, you may be able to enrol into clashing lectures. The requirements for a permissible clash are listed on the Arts & Social Sciences Permissible Timetable Clash online application form, which is available on the Forms page.

Once you have completed the application it will automatically be submitted to the Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre for processing. You will receive an email to your UNSW email account once your application has been assessed.

Q: Can I enrol into courses when I do not meet the prerequisite/s?

A: Generally, you cannot enrol into a course if you do not meet the prerequisite/s. However, in some circumstances you may be able to enrol if you obtain written permission from the course lecturer.

There are currently two methods in place for obtaining written permission:

  • Course Enrolment Variation Form, available on the UNSW Student Administration Forms website. If the course lecturer signs the form, you must then submit the form to the Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre to be manually enrolled.
  • Email the course lecturer. If the course lecturer grants you permission via email correspondence, you need to forward the email to the Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre (arts@unsw.edu.au) to be manually enrolled.

If you do not know who the course lecturer is, you will need to consult the class timetable. The coordinator will be noted under ‘Staff Contact’. You can then search for their contact details on the UNSW Directory.

Please note: While course lecturers have the authority to override course requirements, they do not have the authority to override program rules and requirements.

Q: How do I find out who the lecturer in charge of a course is and how to contact them?

A: If you look at that course's page in the current handbook there is a link to the class timetable in the blue box near the top of the page. Click on the link, and the page it takes you to will list the lecturer running the course. You can then use their name to search for their contact details at the staff search page.

Occasionally there won't be a lecturer listed for the course; in that case you will need to contact the School Office for that course instead.

Q: Can I overload?

A: The Faculty does not encourage students to overload, as overloading may have a negative impact on your academic performance.

To be eligible to overload, you must meet the requirements outlined on the online Application to Overload form, which is available on the Forms page.

Applications will be assessed after the official result release of the current semester. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email.

Q: The class timetable shows there are still places available in a course, yet I cannot enrol. Why?

A: The class timetable is refreshed every 24 hours. ‘Real time’ information about class numbers and vacancies is available via the Enrolment section of your myUNSW account. You should keep checking your myUNSW account for current enrolment availabilities.

Q: What courses can I take as my ‘Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Elective’?

A: For a degree offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Elective can be any course offered by a school within the Faculty (except those that limit enrolment to students in specific degrees).

Q: What courses can count as a ‘Free Elective’?

A: Free electives can be courses at any level, in any subject area, from any faculty. Because they can be almost any course there is no list of all the possible free electives. If there is a specific subject area that interests you could try searching for courses in that subject area in the handbook.

Please note: You will only be able to enrol in courses that you meet the pre-requisites for, and/or are not restricted only to students in particular degrees. You are also unable to enrol in General Education courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for your free electives.

Q: What courses can I take for General Education? Is there a list of them?

A: General education courses must be courses offered by a Faculty that is NOT the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. You can see a list of courses that have been specifically set up as General Education courses in the Online Handbook – but you won’t be able to choose courses listed under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences heading.

Q: Can I study a course at another University and credit it to my UNSW program?

To apply to study a course at another institution, you will need to submit the Application for Cross-Institutional Study to the Arts and Social Sciences Student Centre.

Before submitting the application, please check that you meet the Faculty Rules for cross-institutional study.

Q: This is my last semester of study and I need to complete the capstone course for my major but that course isn't offered. Will I have to re-enrol next semester instead of finishing this semester?

A: If you are in your final semester and the capstone course for your major is not offered, you can contact the Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre to request enrolment in the substitute capstone course, ARTS3991 FASS Stream Capstone, instead of extending your studies by a semester.

Q. My Inbound Exchange/Study Abroad course approvals have been approved in the Endeavour system but how do I enrol into the courses?

A: Enrolments for Inbound Exchange/Study Abroad students are handled by the UNSW Global Education Office.

Q: I wish to go on Outbound Exchange. What do I do?

A: You should attend an exchange information session; and speak with the Global Education Office. You should also request a progression check at the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Student Centre to see if you have enough units of credit left to go on exchange.

Q: What are the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences rules for Outbound Exchange?

A: You can find the Arts & Social Sciences exchange rules here in the Handbook.