Academic year dates in Australia

The academic year in Australia varies depending on the type of study you are undertaking.

Many institutions also offer a mid-year, or second semester start. Start dates and the number of semesters vary by course and institution, so please check directly on your institution’s website for details.

Below is a general guide on the academic year for the different levels of study in Australia:

Schools

  • Length - 13 years in total (Kindergarten/Preparatory to Year 12)
  • Semesters - 4 (usually called terms')
  • Starts - Late January/early February

English

  • Length - From 5 weeks to 1 year
  • Semesters - The year is split into weeks
  • Starts - Throughout the year

Foundation

  • Length - 1 year
  • Semesters - The semester breaks will depend on your course
  • Starts - February but can vary by course and institutions

Vocational Education and Training

  • Length - 1 to 4 years
  • Semesters - Two
  • Starts - February, but can vary by course and institutions

Undergraduate

  • Length - Typically 3 years (4 years for honours degree)
  • Semesters - Two, although some institutions offer three semesters (trimesters)
  • Starts - Typically March, but can vary by course and institution

Postgraduate

  • Length - 1 to 2 years
  • Semesters - Two, although some institutions offer three semesters (trimesters)
  • Starts - Typically March, but can vary by course and institution

Doctoral

  • Length - 3 years
  • Semesters - As most doctoral candidates do not attend class, there are usually no formal semester
  • Starts - Your start date will be negotiated with your supervisor

Last updated: Saturday, 1 June 2013 4:19:21 PM

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