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Students enrolled in primary and secondary level educational programmes are considered to participate full-time if they attend school for at least 75 per cent of the school day or week (as locally defined) and would normally be expected to be in the programme for the entire academic year. This includes the work-based component in combined school and work-based programmes.

At the tertiary level, an individual is considered full-time if he or she is taking a course load or educational programme considered requiring at least 75 per cent of a full-time commitment of time and resources. Additionally, it is expected that the student will remain in the programme for the entire year.

Source Publication:
Education at a Glance, OECD, Paris, 2002, Glossary.

Cross References:
Full-time equivalent student
Mode of study
Part-time student
Study load

Statistical Theme: Education and training statistics

Created on Thursday, January 30, 2003

Last updated on Wednesday, March 5, 2003