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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're currently enrolled, you need to submit your request by the census date of the semester or research period that you are suspending for.

If you haven't re-enrolled, and think you'd like to suspend your studies, you need to be aware of the enrolment deadline for your course. If you haven't enrolled or suspended your studies before this deadline, your candidature will be lapsed, and your eCoE will be cancelled if you're an international student.

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 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.

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.

In compassionate and compelling circumstances you may be able to apply for suspension after the census date. You will need to provide supporting documents as part of your application.  

What happens next

You can view the status or cancel your request in Sydney Student (go to ‘My requests’).

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: 08 September 2020

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