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Time Limits on Study
Course Selection Department Transfer

Double Majors Minor Suspension Withdrawal

Early Graduation Deferred Graduation Course Withdrawal

Time Limits on Study

  • Ph.D.    The Ph.D. degree should be completed within seven years and not less than two years.
  • Master   The Master’s degree should be completed within 4 years and not less than 1 year. 
  • Bachelor  The nominal study periods for four-year undergraduate program students and two-year undergraduate program students are four years and two years, respectively. Those who could not earn the minimum credits for graduation during the nominal study period (students with deferred graduation) may further extend their study for no more than 2 years. The minimum credits and qualification for graduation of all departments are different. Please pay attention to the course plan of your class.

The maximum cumulative period for suspension of study is 2 years for all STUST students. The period for suspension of study are not included in the aforementioned limits.

Course Selection

Students must select their courses online every semester. The limits of course credits taken per semester for undergraduate students are as the following:

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors may not take less than 16 or more than 25 course credits; seniors can not take less than 9 or more than 25 course credits.

Undergraduate students with average academic grades which are either higher than 80 or ranked within the top 10% of his/her class may take one or two more courses in the following semester with prior departmental approval provided that their moral conduct grades are over 75. 

An academic grade over 60 (70 for graduate students) means pass. Students need to retake the required courses and earn passes for courses they have failed.

Taking courses of the same titles and earning passes multiple times will only be recognized once.

Department Transfer
Undergraduate students may apply for department/program transfer in the 7th and 8th weeks after classes begin if all of the following requirements are met. 

  • The average academic grade is over 60 in the current semester
  • The moral conduct grade is over 70 in the current semester
  • There is no less than 25 students in your original class
  • There are no more than 60 students in the class which you wish to transfer to Undergraduate students who are either in their first semester of freshman year or in their second semester of senior year, and those who are under study suspension are not eligible for department transfer applications.

Double Majors

Undergraduate students may apply for double major during course selection period if their moral conduct grades are over 75 and their average academic grades are either over 80, or ranked top 10% of the class in the previous semester.

The title of their double major department/degree program will appear in the diploma and transcript if completed.

Undergraduate students who are in their second semester of the senior year, or are either

  • 1) in their first semester of freshman year in a two-year program
        or
  • 2)in their first year in a four-year program are not eligible for double major applications. 

Minor

Undergraduate students may apply for a minor during course selection period.

The title of their minor department/degree program will appear in the diploma and transcript if completed.

Undergraduate students who are in their second semester of the senior year, or are either

  • 1) in their first semester of freshman year of two-year program

         or

  • 2)in their first year of four-year program,are not eligible for minor applications.

Suspension of Study

Students may apply for suspension of study for up to two years. Those who are under 20 in age need to seek the approval of their parents/guardians for suspension applications. The allowable cumulative suspension period is a maximum of 2 years. ROC students under suspension are not eligible for military draft deferral.

To obtain suspension status for the semester, students need to complete the suspension application process with approval before the beginning of the final examination in STUST calendar. 

The time period in which the suspension or withdrawal takes effect, and the corresponding proportion of tuition reimbursement the student are entitled to, are listed as follows:

  • Before the registration day: full reimbursement
  • The day after the registration day till the first day of class: 2/3 of tuition payment and the entire miscellaneous fees are reimbursed.
  • The day after the first day of class until 1/3 of the semester: 2/3 of tuition and 2/3 of the miscellaneous fees are reimbursed.
  • The day after 1/3 of the semester to the 2/3 of the semester: 1/3 of tuition and 1/3 of miscellaneous fees are reimbursed.

Withdrawal and dismissal
The student may be dismissed from STUST if one of the following occurs

  • No tuition payment on or before the tuition payment deadline (the end of the second week after the classes begin)
  • Failure to pass 2/3 of the total course credits taken for two successive semesters.
  • Failure to meet departmental course requirements within the time limit on study.
  • STUST Student Reward and Punishment Review Committee reaches a decision of dismissal
  • A withdrawal application by the student is approved 

 Undergraduate students with deferred graduation who are taking less than 9 credits can be exempted from 2 and 3 above.

Students who are under 20 and apply for withdrawal by themselves need to present the approval of parent/guardian.

Certificates of study could be issued to students who have studied in STUST for more than one semester.

Early Graduation

Students in good standing (defined below) may apply for early graduation. Students may graduate one semester or one academic year early upon the approval of early graduation application by the Department/Program Chair and Dean of Academic Affairs.

Early graduation applicants must meet all the following requirements:

  • completion of all required courses
  • maintaining an academic grade average which is greater than 80 and ranking in the top 10% of the class in every semester
  • maintaining an moral conduct grade which is greater than 80 in every semester.

Deferred Graduation

Undergraduate students who did not graduate within the nominal period of study are called students with deferred graduation. Students with deferred graduation must complete the courses selection and tuition payment as usual. Those who fail to do so would lead to dismissal. Students with deferred graduation should take at least one course in each semester. Those who take 10 course credits or more should pay tuition and miscellaneous fees in full. Those taking 9 course credits or less pay the corresponding credit fees. Credit fees are calculated based on the number of hours of the courses

Students with deferred graduation could apply for one semester of study suspension, but those who are also ROC male students are not eligible for military draft deferral.

Course Withdrawal

Students may apply for course withdrawal for required or elective courses in the 11th and 12th week after the classes begins. Undergraduate students need to retain at least two course credits after the course withdrawal. Withdrawn courses will remain in the transcript and noted with an “R”. No refund (including the tuition, credit fees and miscellaneous fees) will be provided for the withdrawn courses

Students’ absence records from the 1st to the 12th week for the withdrawn courses will remain intact.