Context of Higher Education

  • Typical Academic Year: In Australia, the academic year follows the calendar year, rather than being split as are academic years in the Northern Hemisphere. That noted, Australian Universities have adopted differing academic calendars (e.g., semesters, trimesters). The most typical study periods are semester-based and run from February/March to June (Sem. 1) and from July/August to November (Sem. 2). Summer semesters variously run from late November through to February. Universities with extensive international operations commonly have other study periods.

 

The UNSW academic calendar below is provided as an example of a relatively common format:

UNSW Academic Calendar

This calendar is for all students except AGSM MBAFaculty of Medicine and UNSW Canberra.

Academic Year

2014

2015**

2016**

2017**

Summer Term

2 Dec 2013-
7 Feb 2014

1 Dec 2014-
6 Feb 2015

30 Nov 2015-
5 Feb 2016

28 Nov 2016-
10 Feb 2017

Teaching period U1

2 Dec - 7 Feb

1 Dec - 6 Feb

30 Nov - 5 Feb

28 Nov - 10 Feb

Teaching period U1C

9 Dec - 31 Jan

8 Dec - 30 Jan

7 Dec - 29 Jan

4 Dec - 27 Jan

Christmas / New Year recess

20 Dec - 5 Jan

20 Dec - 4 Jan

19 Dec - 3 Jan

24 Dec - 8 Jan

Teaching period U1B

6-31 Jan

5-30 Jan

4-29 Jan

9 Jan - 3 Feb

Study period U1B, U1C

1-6 Feb

TBA

TBA

4 - 9 Feb

Study period U1

8-13 Feb

TBA

TBA

11 - 16 Feb

Exams U1B, U1C

7-11 Feb

TBA

TBA

10 - 14 Feb

Exams U1

14-17 Feb

TBA

TBA

17 - 21 Feb

Semester 1

3 Mar-
30 Jun 2014

2 Mar-
29 Jun 2015

29 Feb-
27 Jun 2016

6 Mar-
3 Jul 2017

O-Week

24-28 Feb

23-27 Feb

22-26 Feb

27 Feb - 3 Mar

Teaching period T1

3 Mar - 6 Jun

2 Mar - 5 Jun

29 Feb - 3 Jun

6 Mar - 9 Jun

Teaching period T1A

10 Mar - 17 Apr

9 Mar - 24 Apr

7 Mar - 22 Apr

13 Mar - 28 Apr

Mid - semester break

18-27 Apr

3-12 Apr

25 Mar - 3 Apr

14-23 Apr

Teaching period T1B

28 Apr - 6 Jun

27 Apr - 5 Jun

26 Apr - 3 Jun

1 May - 9 Jun

Study period T1

7-12 Jun

6-11 Jun

4-9 Jun

10-15 Jun

Exams* T1

13-30 Jun

12-29 Jun

10-27 Jun

16 Jun - 3 Jul

Mid-year recess

1-27 Jul

30 Jun - 26 Jul

28 Jun - 24 Jul

4-30 Jul

Semester 2

28 Jul-
25 Nov 2014

27 Jul-
24 Nov 2015

25 Jul-
22 Nov 2016

31 Jul-
25 Nov 2017

O-Week

23-25 Jul

22-24 Jul

20-22 Jul

24-28 Jul

Teaching period T2

28 Jul - 31 Oct

27 Jul - 30 Oct

25 Jul - 28 Oct

31 Jul - 3 Nov

Teaching period T2A

4 Aug - 12 Sep

3 Aug - 11 Sep

1 Aug - 9 Sep

7 Aug - 15 Sep

Mid - semester break

27 Sep - 6 Oct

26 Sep - 5 Oct

24 Sep - 2 Oct

23 Sep - 1 Oct

Teaching period T2B

15 Sep - 31 Oct

14 Sep - 30 Oct

12 Sep - 28 Oct

18 Sep - 3 Nov

Teaching period T2C

3-28 Nov

2-27 Nov

31 Oct - 25 Nov

6 Nov - 1 Dec

Study period T2

1-6 Nov

31 Oct - 5 Nov

29 Oct - 3 Nov

4-9 Nov

Exams* T2

7-22 Nov

6-24 Nov

4-22 Nov

10-25 Nov

* Examination dates are provisional and subject to change
** Subject to final approval


  • Typical student demographics and/or trends: Data pertains to all students enrolled in the broad fields of Management and Commerce in Australia’s 39 Universities.

 

2011 (headcount)

2012 (headcount)

M&C as % of totals enrolled in Australian Universities

% change from 2011

Total M&C students

336,991

334,778

26.6

-0.7

Domestic M&C students

166,544

170,302

18.2

2.3

International M&C students

170,447

164,486

50.8

-3.5

 

Management and Commerce students by course level (2012):

 

Doctorate by research

4,079

Doctorate by coursework

100

Masters by research

386

Masters by coursework

73,159

Bachelor degrees

221, 339

Source: http://www.innovation.gov.au/highereducation/HigherEducationStatistics/StatisticsPublications/Pages/Students12FullYear.aspx


  • Common language(s) of instruction: English