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Leave of absence application

When should I use this form?

If you wish to seek approval for a period of absence from study and you’re unable to complete the application via My Enrolment.

Please note: Open Universities Australia (OUA) students who are on a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) must apply through the OUA website.

Important: Applications made after Census date for your course may incur financial liability and academic penalty. Please consider the penalties before submitting an application, as approved application outcomes are final.

International students: If you hold an international student visa, you will remain enrolled and must attend classes until you receive confirmation that your Leave of Absence has been granted.

Vocational education students: Please check the course intake details on Course Search.

Research students: You must submit the research leave of absence form (login required). 

Get more information on the rules and criteria around taking time off from study.

Fields marked with Mandatory are mandatory

Personal details


Course Details

International Students



Before submitting this form, you must attach written approval from the Sponsor Program Team. Obtain this approval by emailing Attach approval document below.

As an international student holding a student or Australia Awards visa, please be aware you are only permitted to take a Leave of Absence in compassionate or compelling circumstances. You are solely responsible for ensuring that you have a valid visa and taking leave may affect your visa (all approved leave is reported to the Australian immigration authorities).

Refunds to on-campus international students are governed by the terms and conditions of the student's agreement with the University. Refund applications will not be processed until a Leave of Absence is approved.

Leave of Absence period details

Leave of Absence will only be granted for periods of up to one calendar year.

Please indicate the teaching period(s) the Leave of Absence will apply to.


As an international student applying for Leave of Absence, you must supply supporting documentation with your application. Please be aware of the following:
  • All applications based on medical grounds must be submitted with official medical documentation (medical impact statement). Please note: International Student Advisor recommendations are not sufficient.
  • You must submit an approval letter from your Sponsor (sponsored students only).
  • You must attach a copy of your plane tickets if you are planning on leaving Australia during your period of absence from study.
Leave of Absence will be denied if the necessary requirements cannot be supplied by the required date.

Supporting documents

You can attach up to 3 documents to support your application. Accepted document formats are: GIF, JPG, DOC, DOCX, PDF. Maximum document size is 2MB.


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