Critical Dates 2021

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 period which are outlined below.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this webpage. However, changes to these dates may occur.

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 will be outlined.

Academic year dates 2021

Conferral and Ceremonies
Examination Timetables
Results and Grades

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  • Semester

    Semester 1 [4110]
    Monday 1 March
    Semester 1 regular teaching session begins
    Thursday 11 March
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 15 March
    Last day to add courses online
    Thursday 25 March
    Census Date: Last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 7 May
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 11 June
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 2 July
    Teaching session ends
    Saturday 19 June to Saturday 3 July
    Exam period
    Monday 19 July to Saturday 24 July
    Replacement / additional assessment exams
    Semester 2 [4120]
    Monday 26 July
    Semester 2 regular session begins
    Wednesday 4 August
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 9 August
    Last day to add courses online
    Wednesday 18 August
    Census Date: Last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 17 September
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 29 October
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 19 November
    Teaching session ends
    Saturday 6 November to Saturday 20 November
    Exam period
    Wednesday 8 December to Tuesday 14 December
    Replacement / additional assessment exams
    Full Year
    Monday 1 March
    Full year part 1 begins [4110]
    Thursday 11 March
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 15 March
    Last day to add courses online
    Thursday 25 March
    Census Date: Last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Wednesday 18 August
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    N/A
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 2 July
    Teaching session ends
    Saturday 19 June to Saturday 3 July
    Exam period
    Monday 19 July to Saturday 24 July
    Replacement / additional assessment exams
    Monday 26 July
    Full year part 2 begins [4120]
    Wednesday 4 August
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 9 August
    Last day to add courses online
    Wednesday 18 August
    Census Date: Last day to delete courses from academic record or incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    N/A
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Friday 29 October
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 19 November
    Teaching session ends
    Saturday 6 November to Saturday 20 November
    Exam period
    Wednesday 8 December to Tuesday 14 December
    Replacement / additional assessment exams
  • Term

    Regular Term 1 begins [4142]
    Monday 25 January 2021
    Regular first term begins
    Wednesday 27 January 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 8 February 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Wednesday 10 February 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 22 March 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 14 April 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 16 April 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Regular Term 2 begins [4144]
    Monday 19 April 2021
    Regular second term begins
    Monday 19 April 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 3 May 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 3 May 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Tuesday 8 June 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 30 June 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 2 July 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Regular Term 3 begins [4146]
    Monday 12 July 2021
    Regular third term begins
    Monday 12 July 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 26 July 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 26 July 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Tuesday 31 August 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 22 September 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 24 September 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Regular Term 4 begins [4148]
    Tuesday 5 October 2021
    Regular fourth term begins
    Tuesday 5 October 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Tuesday 19 October 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Tuesday 19 October 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Tuesday 23 November 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 15 December 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 17 December 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Remedial Term 4 begins [4148]
    Monday 6 December 2021
    Remedial term begins
    Monday 6 December 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 13 December 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 13 December 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Tuesday 28 December 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 12 January 2022
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 14 January 2022
    Teaching session ends
    Early add Term 4 begins [4148]
    Monday 22 November 2021
    Early add begins
    Monday 22 November 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 22 November 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 29 November 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Tuesday 7 December 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 15 December 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 17 December 2021
    Teaching session ends
  • Trimester

    Trimester 1 [4133]
    Monday 1 February 2021
    First trimester begins
    Thursday 4 February 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 15 February 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Thursday 18 February 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Tuesday 6 April 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 28 April 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 30 April 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Thursday 6 May to Saturday 8 May 2021
    Trimester 1 exams
    Saturday 22 May 2021
    Trimester 1 replacement / additional assessment exams
    Trimester 2 [4136]
    Monday 24 May 2021
    Second trimester begins
    Thursday 27 May 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 7 June 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Thursday 10 June 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 23 July 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 18 August 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 20 August 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Thursday 26 August to Saturday 28 August 2021
    Trimester 2 exams
    Saturday 11 September 2021
    Trimester 2 replacement / additional assessment exams
    Trimester 3 [4139]
    Monday 6 September 2021
    Third trimester begins
    Wednesday 8 September 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 20 September 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Wednesday 22 September 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 29 October 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 24 November 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 26 November 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Thursday 2 December to Saturday 4 December 2021
    Trimester 3 exams
    Saturday 18 December 2021
    Trimester 3 replacement / additional assessment exams
  • Summer

    Summer semester [4105]
    Monday 11 January 2021
    Summer regular teaching sessions begins
    Wednesday 13 January 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 18 January 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Wednesday 20 January 2021
    Census date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Thursday 11 February 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 24 February 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 26 February 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Summer Teaching Session 1
    Monday 25 January 2021
    Summer teaching session 1 begins
    Monday 25 January 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Wednesday 27 January 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Thursday 28 January 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 8 February 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 10 February 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 12 February 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Summer Teaching Session 2
    Monday 1 February 2021
    Summer teaching session 2 begins
    Monday 1 February 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 1 February 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 8 February 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Thursday 18 February 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 24 February 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 26 February 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Summer Teaching Session 3
    Monday 8 February 2021
    Summer teaching session 3 begins
    Monday 8 February 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 15 February 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Wednesday 17 February 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Thursday 11 March 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 24 March 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 26 March 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Summer Teaching Session 4
    Monday 4 January 2021
    Summer teaching session 4 begins
    Monday 4 January 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 4 January 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 11 January 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Thursday 21 January 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 27 January 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 29 January 2021
    Teaching session ends

    Summer exam periods

  • Winter

    Winter semester [4115]
    Monday 28 June 2021
    Winter regular teaching session begins
    Monday 28 June 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 28 June 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Friday 2 July 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Thursday 15 July 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 21 July 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 23 July 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Winter session 1
    Monday 5 July 2021
    Winter session 1 begins
    Wednesday 7 July 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 12 July 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Wednesday 14 July 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Thursday 5 August 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 18 August 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 20 August 2021
    Teaching session ends

    Winter exam periods

  • Quadmester

    Quadmester 1 [4142]
    Monday 11 January 2021
    First Quadmester term begins
    Monday 11 January 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 25 January 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 25 January 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 26 February 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 17 March 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 19 March 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Quadmester 2 [4144]
    Monday 12 April 2021
    Second quadmester term begins
    Monday 12 April 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Tuesday 27 April 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Tuesday 27 April 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 28 May 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 16 June 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 18 June 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Quadmester 3 [4146]
    Monday 12 July 2021
    Third Quadmester term begins
    Monday 12 July 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 26 July 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 26 July 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 27 August 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 15 September 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 17 September 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Quadmester 4 [4148]
    Monday 11 October 2021
    Fourth Quadmester term begins
    Monday 11 October 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 25 October 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 25 October 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 26 November 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 15 December 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 17 December 2021
    Teaching session ends
  • Online teaching periods

    Online teaching period 1 [4161]
    Monday 21 December 2020
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 11 January 2021
    Online teaching period 1 begins
    Friday 15 January 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 22 January 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 8 February 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Monday 22 February 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Monday 22 February 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Online teaching period 2 [4162]
    Friday 19 February 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Tuesday 9 March 2021
    Online teaching period 2 begins
    Friday 12 March 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 19 March 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 12 April 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Tuesday 27 April 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Tuesday 27 April 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Online teaching period 3 [4163]
    Friday 23 April 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 10 May 2021
    Online teaching period 3 begins
    Friday 14 May 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 21 May 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 7 June 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Monday 21 June 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Monday 21 June 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Online teaching period 4 [4164]
    Friday 18 June 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 5 July 2021
    Online teaching period 4 begins
    Friday 9 July 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 16 July 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 2 August 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Monday 16 August 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Monday 16 August 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Online teaching period 5 [4165]
    Friday 13 August 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 30 August 2021
    Online teaching period 5 begins
    Friday 3 September 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 10 September 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 27 September 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Monday 11 October 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Monday 11 October 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Online teaching period 6 [4166]
    Friday 8 October 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 25 October 2021
    Online teaching period 6 begins
    Friday 29 October 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Friday 5 November 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Monday 22 November 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Monday 6 December 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Monday 6 December 2021
    Teaching session ends
  • Melbourne trimesters

    Melbourne Trimester 1 [4171]
    Monday 22 March 2021
    Melbourne Teaching Period 1 begins                                                                                                                                     
    Monday 29 March 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Tuesday 6 April 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 12 April 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 21 May 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 23 June 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 25 June 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Melbourne Trimester 1 Exams
    Monday 21 June to Saturday 26 June 2021
    Melbourne Trimester 1 Replacement Exams
    Friday 9 to Saturday 10 July 2021
    Melbourne Trimester 2 [4172]
    Monday 19 July 2021
    Melbourne Teaching Period 2 begins                                                                                                                                    
    Monday 26 July 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 2 August 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 9 August 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 17 September 2021
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 20 October 2021
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 22 October 2021
    Teaching session ends
    Melbourne Trimester 2 Exams
    Monday 18 October to Saturday 23 October 2021
    Melbourne Trimester 2 Replacement Exams
    Friday 5 November to Saturday 6 November 2021
    Melbourne Trimester 3 [4173]
    Monday 15 November 2021
    Melbourne Teaching Period 3 begins                                                                                                                                   
    Monday 22 November 2021
    Payment of fees due
    Monday 29 November 2021
    Last day to add courses online
    Monday 6 December 2021
    Census Date: last day to delete courses from academic record or incur liability for student contributions or tuition fees
    Friday 21 January 2022
    Last day to withdraw without failure (WNF)
    Wednesday 23 February 2022
    Last day to withdraw fail (WF)
    Friday 25 February 2022
    Teaching session ends
    Melbourne Trimester 3 Exams
    Monday 21 to Saturday 26 February 2022
    Melbourne Trimester Replacement Exams
    Friday 11 March to Saturday 12 March 2022