SAO Semester Dates

Semester dates for 2016:

  • Semester 1, 2016, will run from 29 February to 21 May
  • Semester 2, 2016, will run from 29 August to 19 November

S1-2016: Week 0 commences 22 February.
S2-2016: Week 0 commences 22 August.

Semester dates for 2017:

  • Semester 1, 2017, will run from 27 February to 20 May
  • Semester 2, 2017, will run from 28 August to 18 November

S1-2017: Week 0 commences 20 February.
S2-2017: Week 0 commences 21 August.

SAO runs 12 week semesters without a mid-semester break. SAO also has an introductory "Week 0" for students to explore their online classrooms and meet fellow classmates and instructors.

For the current Swinburne University academic calendar, follow this link. Please note that technically SAO follows the Open Universities Australia study periods (denoted Study Period 1 - SP1 and Study Period 3 - SP3 for Semester 1 and Semester 2 respectively) and does not have a mid-semester break.

The census date is the date on which your enrolment requirements must be finalised. Swinburne University is required to report student liability information to the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) by the specific census date. The census date is the last day with withdraw from a unit or course without financial penalty.

The semester 1, 2016, census date is 21 March 2016.
The semester 2, 2016, census date is 19 September 2016.

The semester 1, 2017, census date is 20 March 2017.
The semester 2, 2017, census date is 18 September 2017.

(Note that these are the Open Universities Australia census dates and apply to all SAO students, including those who are not enrolled via OUA.)
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