Many people think of summer school as a bad thing, when in actual fact – it’s not!
People do summer subjects for many reason.
Some may have failed a subject in the previous semester, so they need to make it up. Some find the summer break too long, so they knock out a subject or two during the break. And some do summer subjects so they can do less subjects during the semester.
So, this post is basically a run down about summer/intensive subjects – where you can find them in the handbook, common questions, basic info etc.
Here we go.
What are summer/intensive subjects?
Summer and intensive subjects are basically subjects that are run over a shorter time frame rather than being taught over the standard 12 week semester. It’s 12 weeks of classes/work condensed down into 1-2 weeks.
Most of the intensives are run over the summer semester (Jan-Feb), but they also run intensives during the mid-sem breaks, in the winter break etc.
If I do a summer/intensive subject, does that mean I can do one less subject during semester?
Answer is yes! How good is that!?
I wished someone had told me about summer and intensive subjects in first year. Doing 4 subjects in 2nd year and beyond is pretty full on.
Majority of summer/intensive subjects are worth 12.5 credit points, and that counts as 1 subject.
The credit points is the first thing in the subject page in the handbook.
Do have a careful read at the handbook entry and make sure you enrol on time – some subjects have quotas on them (meaning that there are only limited spots in the subject) and you need to enrol by a certain deadline.
Where can I find summer subjects in the handbook?
Here’s a ‘how-to’ guide:
1. You want to do an ‘advance search’ on the handbook.
2. Select ‘subjects’, and under you want to select ‘summer semester’ for the study period.
And if you want to narrow down your search, you can click on the study areas you’re interested in.
You want to look under the ‘undergrad subjects’ unless you’re a postgrad student. Here it tells you all the subjects on offer during the summer period, if it’s offered as a breadth etc.
Where can I find the EXACT dates of when the subject is running?
Most of the time the handbook won’t specify exactly when the subject is on (which is so incredibly annoying). Best advice is for you to email the subject coordinator or whoever the contact person is.
How do I enrol for summer subjects?
You enrol for summer subjects just like you would for any other standard subjects.
For the ‘official’ info about summer and intensive subjects, you can find them here:
- What are Intensive subjects?
- What is a Summer Semester Enrolment?
- Where do I find out which subjects are available in the Summer semester?
And of course – visit your student centre if you need advice about anything!