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Suspend your studies

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  2. How to apply

How to apply

You can request a suspension through Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Course details’, then ‘Suspend your studies’).

If you want to suspend for more than one year (you can suspend for up to two years), you will need to provide an explanation/reason and supporting documents with your application so that they can be considered by the relevant associate dean.

You should submit your request before the census date of the semester or research period that you are suspending for.

You won’t be able to request a suspension after the relevant census date. If you’re a coursework student and the census date has passed, you can consider dropping your units for the semester instead. This may result in financial and/or academic penalties.

Make sure you enrol as normal until you receive confirmation of your suspension.

It is important to make sure you still complete your course requirements within the maximum period of time allowed. This includes any semester(s) of suspension. For example, for many bachelor's degrees you need to complete your degree requirements within 10 calendar years.

What happens next

Once your request has been submitted through Sydney Student, we will email you to confirm suspension of your studies.

For suspension periods longer than one year, you will be advised if your suspension has been approved by the Associate Dean.

If you are a domestic (Commonwealth supported or fee-paying) student and are required to pay fees up front, you may be entitled to a refund.

When your approved period of suspension is nearly over, we will email you with instructions on how to recommence your studies.

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Last updated: 12 December 2019

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