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Leave of absence

There are times when continuing your studies is not possible or the best option. This may be due to competing priorities, unexpected circumstances or financial reasons. You may want to take a break from study for a semester/s with the intention of returning to the same program in the future.  In this case you may be eligible to take a leave of absence from your program.

Alternatively, you may not intend to return to your studies and would like to withdraw from the program completely.  For more information about this process and the implications, please see the Withdrawal from Program page.

What is a Leave of Absence?

A leave of absence (LOA) is permission to suspend a program once the student is part way through by not enrolling in a semester.  It is an approved break in studies.  You can request a leave of absence before the census date each semester.

First semester of study?

If it is your first semester in a new program, you are requesting to defer the commencement of your program rather than taking a leave of absence. In this case, you should send an email to the Admissions team to request a new offer for the semester in which you would like to commence.