Critical Dates 2020

The critical dates page provides a snapshot of the teaching period start and end date, census date, key enrolment dates, payment of fees, exam dates etc. The University of Adelaide offers a number of teaching periods which are outlined below.

Important information

Note: Some dates in 2020 have been adjusted in response to COVID19. To ensure students are not disadvantaged in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has made changes to its grading system, for more information go to assessment-and-grades. For some teaching periods, this has seen the removal of the Withdraw Fail (WF) date. Access Adelaide will be updated shortly.

Note: When you view Course Planner as part of your enrolment preparation, critical dates specific to the course you are searching i.e. census, class schedule, are outlined.

Academic year dates 2020

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  • Semester

    Semester 1 [4010]
    Monday 2 March
    Semester 1 regular session begins
    Monday 16 March
    Last day to add courses online
    Thursday 12 March
    Payment of fees due
    Thursday 26 March
    Census Date: Last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 12 June [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 3 July
    Teaching session ends
    Saturday 20 June to Saturday 4 July
    Exam period
    Monday 20 July to Saturday 25 July
    Replacement / additional assessment exams
    Semester 2 [4020]
    Monday 27 July
    Semester 2 regular session begins
    Monday 10 August
    Last day to add courses online
    Wednesday 5 August
    Payment of fees due
    Wednesday 19 August
    Census Date: Last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 30 October [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 20 November
    Teaching session ends
    Saturday 7 to Saturday 21 November
    Exam period
    Wednesday 9 to Tuesday 15 December
    Replacement / additional assessment exams
    Full Year
    Monday 2 March
    Full year part 1 begins [4010]
    Monday 16 March
    Last day to add courses online
    Tuesday 12 March
    Payment of fees due
    Thursday 26 March
    Census Date: Last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 19 August [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 3 July
    Teaching session ends
    Saturday 20 June to Saturday 4 July
    Exam period
    Monday 20 to Saturday 25 July
    Replacement / additional assessment exams
    Monday 27 July
    Full year part 2 begins [4020]
    Monday 10 August
    Last day to add courses online
    Wednesday 5 August
    Payment of fees due
    Wednesday 19 August
    Last day to delete courses from a student’s record
    Wednesday 19 August
    Census Date: Last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 30 October [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 20 November
    Teaching session ends
    Saturday 7 to Saturday 21 November
    Exam period
    Wednesday 9 to Tuesday 15 December
    Replacement / additional assessment exams
  • Term

    Term 1 [4042]
    Tuesday 28 January 2020
    Regular first term begins
    Thursday 30 January 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 10 February 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Thursday 13 February 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 15 April 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 17 April 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Term 2 [4044]
    Monday 20 April 2020
    Regular second term begins
    Tuesday 21 April 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 4 May 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 4 May 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 1 July 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 3 July 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Term 3 [4046]
    Monday 13 July 2020
    Regular third term begins
    Thursday 16 July 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 27 July 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 27 July 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 23 September 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 25 September 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Term 4 [4048]
    Tuesday 6 October 2020
    Regular fourth term begins
    Friday 9 October 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 19 October 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 19 October 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 16 December 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 18 December 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Remedial Term 4 [4048]
    Monday 7 December 2020
    Remedial term begins
    Monday 7 December 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 14 December 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 14 December 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 13 January 2021 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 15 January 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Early add Term 4 [4048]
    Monday 23 November 2020
    Early add begins
    Monday 23 November 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 23 November 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 30 November 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 16 December 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 18 December 2020
    Teaching session ends
  • Trimester

    Trimester 1 [4033]
    Monday 3 February 2020
    First trimester begins
    Thursday 6 February 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 17 February 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Thursday 20 February 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 29 April 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 1 May 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 May 2020
    Trimester 1 exams
    Saturday 23 May 2020
    Trimester 1 replacement / additional assessment exams
    Trimester 2 [4036]
    Monday 25 May 2020
    Second trimester begins
    Thursday 28 May
    Payment of fees due
    Tuesday 9 June 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Thursday 11 June 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 19 August 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 21 August 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 August 2020
    Trimester 2 exams
    Saturday 12 September 2020
    Trimester 2 replacement / additional assessment exams
    Trimester 3 [4039]
    Monday 7 September 2020
    Third trimester begins
    Wednesday 9 September 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 21 September 2020
    Last day to add courses online

    ^Wednesday 30 September 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    ^Census date changed from 23 September to 30 September. Authorised by the Executive Director, Student Operations.

    Wednesday 25 November 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 27 November 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 December 2020
    Trimester 3 exams
    Saturday 19 December 2020
    Trimester 3 replacement / additional assessment exams
  • Summer

    Summer semester - regular session [4005]
    Monday 6 January 2020
    Summer regular teaching sessions begins
    Monday 6 January 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Tuesday 14 January 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Thursday 16 January 2020
    Census date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 10 February 2020
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 26 February 2020
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 28 February 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Summer session 1
    Tuesday 28 January 2020
    Summer teaching session 1 begins
    Tuesday 28 January 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Tuesday 28 January 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Friday 31 January 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 7 February 2020
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 12 February 2020
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 14 February 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Summer session 2
    Monday 3 February 2020
    Summer teaching session 2 begins
    Monday 3 February 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 3 February 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 10 February 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Thursday 20 February 2020
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 26 February 2020
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 28 February 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Summer session 3 begins
    Monday 10 February 2020
    Summer teaching session 3 begins
    Monday 10 February 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 17 February 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Wednesday 19 February 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Thursday 12 March 2020
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 25 March 2020
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 27 March 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Summer session 4 begins
    Monday 6 January 2020
    Summer teaching session 3 begins
    Monday 6 January 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 6 January 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 13 January 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Thursday 23 January 2020
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 29 January 2020
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 31 January 2020
    Teaching session ends

    Summer exam periods

  • Winter

    Winter [4015]
    Monday 29 June 2020
    Winter teaching session begins
    Monday 29 June 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 29 June 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Friday 3 July 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 22 July 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 24 July 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Winter session 1
    Monday 6 July 2020
    Winter session 1 begins
    Wednesday 8 July 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 13 July 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Wednesday 15 July 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 19 August 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 21 August 2020
    Teaching session ends

    Winter exam periods

  • Quadmester

    Quadmester 1 begins [4042]
    Monday 13 January 2020
    First Quadmester term (4042) begins
    Tuesday 28 January 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Tuesday 21 January 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Tuesday 28 January 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 18 March 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 20 March 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Quadmester 2 begins [4044]
    Tuesday 14 April 2020
    Second quadmester term (4044) begins
    Monday 27 April 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 20 April 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 27 April 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 17 June 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 19 June 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Quadmester 3 begins [4046]
    Monday 13 July 2020
    Third Quadmester term (4046) begins
    Monday 27 July 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 20 July 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 27 July 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 16 September 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 18 September 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Quadmester 4 begins [4048]
    Monday 12 October 2020
    Fourth Quadmester term (4048) begins
    Monday 26 October 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 19 October 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 26 October 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 16 December 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 18 December 2020
    Teaching session ends
  • Online

    Online teaching period 1 begins [4061]
    Monday 13 January 2020
    Online teaching period 1 begins
    Friday 20 December 2019
    Last day to add courses online
    Friday 17 January 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 24 January 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 10 February 2020
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Monday 24 February 2020
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Monday 24 February 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Online teaching period 2 begins [4062]
    Tuesday 10 March 2020
    Online teaching period 2 begins
    Friday 21 February 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Friday 13 March 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 20 March 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 27 April 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Monday 27 April 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Online teaching period 3 begins [4063]
    Monday 11 May 2020
    Online teaching period 3 begins
    Friday 24 April 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Friday 15 May 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 22 May 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 22 June 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Monday 22 June 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Online teaching period 4 begins [4064]
    Monday 6 July 2020
    Online teaching period 4 begins
    Friday 19 June 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Friday 10 July 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 17 July 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 3 August 2020
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Monday 17 August 2020
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Monday 17 August 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Online teaching period 5 begins [4065]
    Monday 31 August 2020
    Online teaching period 5 begins
    Friday 14 August 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Friday 4 September 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 11 September 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 28 September 2020
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Monday 12 October 2020
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Monday 12 October 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Online teaching period 6 begins [4066]
    Monday 26 October 2020
    Online teaching period 6 begins
    Friday 9 October 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Friday 30 October 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 6 November 2020
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 23 November 2020
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Monday 7 December 2020
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Monday 7 December 2020
    Teaching session ends
  • Melbourne Terms

    Melbourne Campus Trimester 1 [4071]
    Monday 23 March 2020
    Melbourne Tri 1 begins                                                                                                                                     
    Monday 6 April 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Tuesday 31 March 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Tuesday 14 April 2020
    Census Date:
    last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 24 June 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 26 June 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Melbourne Campus Trimester 2 [4072]
    Monday 20 July 2020
    Melbourne Tri 2 begins                                                                                                                                    
    Monday 3 August 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 27 July 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 10 August 2020
    Census Date:
    last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 21 October 2020 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 23 October 2020
    Teaching session ends
    Melbourne Campus Trimester 3 [4073]
    Monday 16 November 2020
    Melbourne Tri 3 begins                                                                                                                                    
    Monday 30 December 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 23 November 2020
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 7 December 2020
    Census Date:
    last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 24 February 2021 [C19]
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 26 February 2021
    Teaching session ends