Which courses should I enrol for?
Enrolling for lower level courses during the first year of your
studies will certainly help you to build your confidence and to
develop essential study skills in preparing to undertake the
basic and core major courses or middle level courses in the
future. If you are undertaking a programme, we strongly
recommend you to adopt the study pathway we have designed for
the whole duration of your studies. This will serve as the main
guideline for course re-enrolment and study progression in WOU.
The University will accommodate as many students as possible for
any course. Please adhere to the deadlines of the application
and course enrolment to facilitate the smooth arrangement of
tutorial services and distribution of course materials.
Prerequisites are courses that you need to
have before pursuing a particular course. A prerequisite
prevents you from taking courses in which you are unlikely
to succeed without the proper prior knowledge.
The maximum course load permitted by the
University is a maximum of 15 credit hours or 4 courses
whichever is lower in any particular semester. Please note
that for each credit hour, your study workload required per
week would be an average of 2 hours. Therefore if you were
to register for a 5-credit hour course, you would need to
allocate an average of 10 hours per week for study.
To add a course, you can apply using the Application for
Adding of Course(s) form. The last day to add course(s) is:
- one week before the commencement of the semester for new
- one week before the commencement of the semester for
Students can apply through the Application for Dropping of
Course(s) form. The last day to drop course(s) is by
the 9th week of the semester. After this duration, you
cannot drop a course, but you may be able to apply
for withdrawal from a course.
Course(s) officially dropped by the 9th week of the semester
will not be recorded on the student's permanent academic
record. However, a grade "W" (Withdrawn) will be recorded
for courses in which you have been granted approval for your
course withdrawal application.
You will need to fill up the Application for Course
Withdrawal form if you decide to withdraw from a
course. A withdrawal process is undertaken should you miss
the drop course deadline and are unable to proceed with the
final course exam. By applying for course withdrawal, the
course enrolled will still appear in your transcript but
with a ‘W” grade (withdrawal with permission).
Application for course withdrawal must be submitted no later
than 16th week of the semester. If you do not undertake the
final examination for courses you fail to withdraw, you will
receive a grade "F" (Fail) for that particular course.
DEFERMENT OF STUDIES
If you have completed certain semesters/courses and wish to
defer your studies, please apply for deferment using the
Application for Deferment of Studies form. This will ensure
the eligibility of enrolling for new courses in future
semesters. Your approved deferment period will lapse upon
the next offering of the same course(s).
If you have completed some assignments/requirements before
deferment of studies is granted, the School offering the
course has the discretion to decide whether you will be
required to complete these assignments/requirements again
upon resuming your studies later.
If you are applying for deferment of studies, you should
continue your studies until formal approval is obtained from
The University recognises the following grounds as a basis
for deferral of studies:
illness or medical emergency
family crisis or similar special circumstances
a need, owing to previous failure in University courses,
to re-sit two or more examinations in any one semester.
Documentary evidence must be provided with the completed
form for processing.
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY
Students who intend to discontinue their programme of study
at the University for physical, emotional, financial,
family, health or other non-academic reasons may apply
for withdrawal from the University using the Application for
Withdrawal from the University form. They are required to
settle all financial obligations with the University and
return all University property.
STUDENT IDENTITY CARD
Student identity card will be issued upon full acceptanc and also
settling all relevant fees. All students are strongly
advised to carry along their student card in order to access
the facilities available at the Regional Centres/Main
New students who do not receive their student identity card within
the first two weeks after the commencement of the semester,
must inform the staff at their Regional Centre immediately
for requisition of the card.
A student card will be issued only once at the point of
admission. If you have lost or damaged your student card,
you are to report to your Regional Centre immediately for a
replacement. Replacements can be done through filling in the
Application for Replacement of Student Identity Card form.
An administrative fee will be levied.
CHANGE OF PERSONAL PARTICULARS
Should there be any update to your personal particulars, you
may inform the University to make the amendment by
completing the Amendment of Personal Particulars form.
You can view your current particulars via your Student
CHANGE OF REGIONAL CENTRE
If you intend to change your Regional Centre , you will need
to fill up the Application for Change of Regional Centre form.
CHANGING YOUR PROGRAMME OF STUDIES
In WOU, you are permitted to change your intended programme
of study. To do so, you will need to complete the
Application for Change Programme of Studies form.
All forms can be obtained from the Regional Centres or Student
Portal. Completed forms must be submitted to the Registry
through your Regional Centres. Telephone, e-mail or fax requests
are not accepted.