Leave of Absence or Suspension

Introduction
Undergraduate study
Postgraduate study
Steps to follow
Additional information for international students
Re-enrolment after a leave of absence

Introduction

If you would like to take a break from study you are able to request a period of suspension (also referred to throughout the University as course leave or leave of absence). If approved, a suspension means you can spend a period away from your course without losing your place.

If you take leave from your studies without an approved suspension, your candidature will lapse and you will be required to reapply for admission through UAC for local undergraduate students or Sydney Courses for local postgraduate and all international students.

A suspension is different to a deferral. A deferral is for commencing students who have yet to begin their degree and want to delay their start date. Once you enrol, if you elect to take leave it is called a 'suspension or leave of absence' and you are unable to 'suspend your studies' in your first year of candidature.

The minimum period that you can request to suspend your studies is for one semester, and the maximum period is 2 semesters (1 year) at a time.


Undergraduate study

Undergraduate Bachelor degree

With permission, you can suspend your candidature for up to 4 semesters in total throughout the course of your bachelor degree. However, you can only apply to suspend for 2 semesters at a time.

All students are required to complete their degree requirements within 10 calendar years from commencement, and this includes any semester(s) of suspension.

Undergraduate Diploma

With permission, you can suspend their candidature for up to 2 semesters in total throughout the course of your diploma.


Postgraduate study

With permission, you can suspend your candidature for up to 2 semesters in total throughout the course of their degree.

All students are required to complete their postgraduate course requirements within 4 calendar years from commencement of their degree. If a student is permitted to suspend, the same length of time (either one or two semesters) will be added to this time limit.


Steps to follow

  • Suspension requests are due before the census date for the given semester. Suspension requests received by the Faculty Office after the census date cannot be approved for the current semester. You should contact the Faculty as soon as you decide that you would like to suspend.
  • Submit an application through your Sydney Student portal in myUni.
  • You will receive the outcome via email including instructions on how to re-enrol at the end of the requested suspension.
  • Scholarship holders must notify the Research Office of any periods of absence.

Additional information for international students

As an international student, you will also need to submit appropriate supporting documentation demonstrating illness or severe unforeseeable misadventure to support your application. This documentation can include:

  • a Professional Practitioner Certificate issued by a medical practitioner, psychologist or counsellor.
  • an official document certifying the student is required to take Military service.



Re-enrolment after a leave of absence

Students must apply to re-enrol after a suspension.

If you do not re-enrol after a suspension your candidature will lapse. In this case you will need to apply to be re-admitted to the degree. In most cases local students will need to apply to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) and International Students and local postgraduate students will need to apply directly to the University.


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