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.
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:
If you're a domestic student, and you have already accepted your offer, you will need to contact our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
You still have options.
While it’s too late to defer your offer once you’ve commenced your course, you can apply to suspend your studies. See our information on suspending your studies.
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.
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.
A study by the Sydney School 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.
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.