Find out how to apply for a leave of absence or how to defer your studies as a current student.

Deferral and leave of absence

The difference between a Deferral and Leave of Absence (LOA) relates to whether or not you have already commenced study at the University.


Commencing students

If you have not yet commenced your program of study you can defer admission to the program for a period of up to one year. You can defer your offer online by entering your UAC application number and date of birth, and following the prompts. There is a deadline for deferments, which will be advised upon offer. A limited number of deferments will be allowed within the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Midwifery.

Deferral is not available in the following programs:

  • End-on honours programs
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Master of Clinical Psychology

Students wishing to delay commencing study within any of the above listed programs will need to re-apply for admission.

Continuing students

Leave of Absence

The University may allow students to take a leave of absence from their program of study.

Domestic and Off-Shore Students

If you have already completed 10 units or more of study in your program and are considering taking some time away from study you may be eligible to take a leave of absence. Contact a Student Advisor to discuss your options, email StudentAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

International students

International students in eligible programs can take a Leave of Absence with University approval under compelling or compassionate circumstances. Students are required to contact the Student Advice Team to have your situation assessed. Student Advisors can be contacted at StudentAdvice@newcastle.edu.au or you can make an appointment at any of the Student Hubs.

All students enrolled in an eligible program may apply for a one year Leave of Absence through myHub. At the end of the year of leave the University will contact you about re-enrolling, discontinuing or applying for approval for a second year of Leave of Absence.

To seek approval to take a second year Leave of Absence complete the form located here.

A number of programs cannot guarantee a Leave of Absence due to progression requirements, accreditation restrictions or discontinuation of the program. If you are enrolled in a program that is in teach out; is an end-on honours program; or is offered by the Faculty of Health and Medicine you will need to seek approval to take a leave of absence by completing the form located here. A full list of these programs can be found in Section 21 of the Admission and Enrolment Policy and Procedure Manual.

Higher Degree by Research Candidates

Candidates for Higher Degrees by Research may request a Leave of Absence after completion of one full-time or two part-time years. Application forms are available at Research Higher Degree forms.