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Deferring an offer

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Depending on your course, you may have the option to defer your offer for up to one year. This means we’ll hold a place for you to enrol in your course the following semester or year.

Deferment is open to any student: domestic or international, coursework or research, though not all courses can be deferred.

All applications for deferral are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply to defer

You can request a deferral through Sydney Student during the process of accepting your offer.

You will receive the outcome of your request by email within five working days.

  • If your deferral application is accepted, a new offer will be issued to enrol in August for the start of Semester 1 the following year.
  • If your application to defer is rejected, you can still accept your offer by following the instructions provided with your outcome response.
  • If you wish to delay the start of your course for longer than a year, you will need to reapply to the University.

If you're an international student, and you have already accepted your offer and paid tuition fees, you can still apply to defer. We do not hold your place – we make you an offer for the following semester or year. A new electronic Confirmation of Enrolment will be issued when you accept your second offer.

Postgraduate research students should be aware that funds to support your project may only be available for a limited amount of time, and deferment may impact your access to funding.

Already started your course?

You still have options.

While it’s too late to defer your offer once you’ve commenced your course, some faculties will allow you to apply for a leave of absence. Contact your faculty for further information.

Four reasons to consider deferring

1. Start uni refreshed
Taking time off to travel, work or volunteer abroad may come as a welcome break after the rigours of your HSC. Some time out will give you the opportunity to think about where you really want to go in life.

2. See more of the world
Taking a gap year to explore other cultures can make a big difference to your personal development and future employment prospects. Travelling or working abroad will introduce you to people from all walks of life, teach you new skills and develop your confidence.

3. Boost your grades
A study by the Faculty of Education and Social Work in 2013 showed that students who took a gap year achieved higher marks at university than students who entered straight after school.

4. Earn some cash
Taking a year to work full time and build up your savings account is a great way to ensure financial stress won’t impact your studies once you get here.

Contact us

Phone
1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
or +61 2 8627 1444
Address

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Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus

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