Cross Institutional Study

Cross Institutional Study is where a student undertakes a course (or courses) at one institute (the host provider) while formally enrolled for an award at another institution as part of a program of that institution (the home provider) with an arrangement for recognition of study by both institutions.

Am I eligible to undertake Cross Institutional Study?

Students may only be given approval to undertake cross-institutional studies where they meet the following strict requirements:

  • you have not already been awarded external status for 50% or more of their degree; and
  • you are proposing to take the course outside ANU as a university elective; and/or
  • you are proposing to undertake the external course in order to make up for a failed/incomplete course and that course (or an approved ANU substitute) is not available at ANU in the current/upcoming semester and not doing the cross institutional course would lead to an extension of their time in Australia to complete the degree requirements; and
  • the institution they wish to study at is comparable in standard to ANU, as determined by the College and appropriate ranking lists; and
  • the learning outcomes, assessment and volume of learning (i.e. approximately 120 hours/ 6 units, including self-study) is equivalent to the unit value for the course at ANU for which they want credit; and
  • in the case where a students is seeking specific course credit against a CECS compulsory or major/minor/specialisation course, the learning outcomes and content are determined by the relevant program convenor and Assocaite Director (Education) to be equivalent to the CECS course before the course is undertaken at the external organisation.

How do I apply for Cross Institutional Study in CECS?

BEFORE enrolling in a course outside of ANU, you must apply to undertake cross institutional study by submitting the following documents to CECS Student Services:

  1. Application for Cross Institutional Study
  1. A written statement addressing all of the above criteria, clearly articulating why the external course needs to be completed and providing detailed information about the content, learning outcomes, and hours of work involved with the external course (by providing links to course documentation on the external institution’s website and/or published soft copy course documentation)

Once your application has been assessed, you will receive an outcome via your ANU email account. 

**Important Note: Is it very unlikely that compulsory core, Major/Minor/Specilaisation courses will be approved to be completed cross-institutionally. Students seeking approval to complete these types of courses cross-institutionally will need to provide a very strong and compelling rationale for this, supported by documentation (e.g. medical certificates). 

Please note that the approval process can take up to 4 weeks, you will need to factor this into your planning. Incomplete applications will be automatically rejected. 

The decision by the Associate Director is final; there is no appeal process.

Updated:  1 June 2019/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing