Taking a break from study

In most cases, taking a break from study means applying for a Leave of Absence.

As opposed to a deferral – which is granted to students who have yet to begin their course or haven’t yet completed 10 units – a Leave of Absence will have specific eligibility requirements. However, a Leave of Absence still has the advantage of allowing you to return to your program without going through the admissions process.

A Student Progress Advisor can help you to decide if a Leave of Absence is the right option for you. You should also talk to them if you are considering withdrawing completely from your program.

Domestic and off-shore

If you’re a domestic or off-shore student enrolled in an eligible program, you can apply for a one-year Leave of Absence via myHub.

Leave of Absence

Domestic and offshore coursework students seeking leave of absence:

  • of more than one academic year; or
  • from a program excluded from automatic leave of absence (listed below)

must submit an Application for Leave of Absence, including any supporting documentation, prior to the commencement of the term of study in which they wish to begin their period of leave of absence.

Applications for leave of absence made by international students will only be considered where the student has demonstrated grounds that comply with the compassionate/compelling circumstances as per the Enrolment Procedure Manual.

Further information about leave of absence can be found in the Enrolment Procedure Manual or by emailing ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Programs excluded from automatic leave of absence

Program Code Program Name
11435 Bachelor of Aboriginal Studies (Honours)
10214 Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
40209 Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
10988 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
10982 Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)
11060 Bachelor of Business (Honours)
10801 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
11584 Bachelor of Communication (Honours)
10043 Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)
11547 Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours)
11706 Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours)
12230 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours)
11194 Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)
12243 Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition (Honours)
11691 Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
11679 Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
10159 Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours)
12389 Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)
12330 Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours)
10809 Bachelor of Music (Honours)
11532 Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours)
10954 Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
40100 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
10496 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
10726 Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)
11254 Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours)
Program Code Program Name
10986 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
10988 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
11691 Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
11017 Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)
40002 Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography)
40010 Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Radiation Therapy)
11019 Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine)
40011 Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Nuclear Medicine)
40046 Bachelor of Medical Science
12389 Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)
10379 Bachelor of Medicine
11707 Bachelor of Medicine Joint Medical Program University of New England
12200 Bachelor of Midwifery
12330 Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours)
11725 Bachelor of Nursing
10954 Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
12339 Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours)
12338 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
12390 Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy
12328 Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
12337 Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
11692 Bachelor of Podiatry
40192 Bachelor of Public and Community Health
11757 Doctor of Medicine JMP UNE
Program Code Program Name
12343 Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
12242 Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice
10435 Bachelor of Arts
10214 Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
12340 Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
10436 Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science
10986 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
10039Bachelor of Business
11065 Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce
40080 Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
10446 Bachelor of Commerce
40086 Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
10177 Bachelor of Computer Science
40041Bachelor of Creative Industries
40125 Bachelor of Creative Industries / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
40071 Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
12292 Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Computer) / Bachelor of Computer Science
12291 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Computer)
12295 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical)
12289 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) / Bachelor of Business
12297 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical) / Bachelor of Mathematics
12296 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical) / Bachelor of Business
12299 Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
12298 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental)
12281Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying)
12301 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) / Bachelor of Business
12304 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics)
12294 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Computer) / Bachelor of Science
40003 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechatronics) / Bachelor of Mathematics
12303 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) / Bachelor of Science
12302 Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical) / B Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics)
12290 Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Civil) / Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental)
12287 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) / Bachelor of Science
12306 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Telecommunications)
12282 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil)/Bachelor Engineering (Honours) (Surveying)
12300 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)
12288 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
12284 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)
12305 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software)
10205Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
40090 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
11705Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
11193 Bachelor of Fine Art
11194Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)
10092 Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Science
10253Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Computer Science
40091 Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
40074Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business
40076 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
40202Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
10379 Bachelor of Medicine
11707 Bachelor of Medicine Joint Medical Program University of New England
10646 Bachelor of Music
40045 Bachelor of Music
40206Bachelor of Music
10809Bachelor of Music (Honours)
40048 Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts
40120 Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts
40207Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts
11498 Bachelor of Natural History Illustration
11725Bachelor of Nursing
12362 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
10323Bachelor of Science
12346 Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
10374 Bachelor of Surveying
12371 Bachelor of Teaching (Mathematics) (Honours)
12373 Bachelor of Teaching (Technology) (Honours)
12366 Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours)
12370 Bachelor of Teaching (Health and Physical Education) (Honours)
12369 Bachelor of Teaching (Fine Art) (Honours)
12368 Bachelor of Teaching (Humanities) (Honours)
12367 Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (Honours)
12215 Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Arts
12372 Bachelor of Teaching (Science) (Honours)
40006Bachelor of Technology (Renewable Energy Systems)
11253 Bachelor of Visual Communication Design
11509 Doctor of Business Administration
40023Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing
40144Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation
12276Graduate Certificate in Family Studies
40067Graduate Certificate in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
40026 Graduate Certificate in Pollution Impact Assessment
40032Graduate Certificate in Studies
11249 Master of Applied Management (Nursing)
11256Master of Applied Linguistics
12378 Master of Aviation Management
12397 Master of Business Administration / Master of Applied Finance
12398 Master of Business Administration / Master of Human Resource Management
12379 Master of Business Administration
11685Master of Clinical Epidemiology
11277 Master of Engineering Management
12325Master of Environmental and Business Management
12323Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability
40024Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation
12277Master of Family Studies
11687Master of Health Science
12233Master of Information Technology
40068Master of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
10973 Master of Midwifery Studies
40149 Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Business Administration
40051 Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical)
40182Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical)
40049 Master of Professional Engineering (Civil)
40060Master of Professional Engineering (Computer Systems)
40065Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical & Electronic)
40053Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental)
40062 Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical)
40031Master of Studies
11714 Master of Teaching (Primary)
11715 Master of Teaching (Secondary)
12273Master of Workplace Health and Safety
40296Undergraduate Certificate in Construction Management
40285Undergraduate Certificate in Criminology and Human Services
40305Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering
40286Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Studies
40293Undergraduate Certificate in Foreign Languages and International Studies
40306Undergraduate Certificate in Health and Welfare
40287Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology
40308Undergraduate Certificate in Preparation for Nursing Studies
40292Undergraduate Certificate in Special and Inclusive Support in Education
40307Undergraduate Certificate in Teacher Preparation

International

If you’re an international student enrolled in an eligible program, you can apply for a Leave of Absence for one term of study if there are compelling or compassionate circumstances. You will need supporting documentation to apply and you must discuss this with a Student Progress Advisor.

Email StudentAdvice@newcastle.edu.au or visit Student Central to make an appointment.

If you are an international student under the age of 18, please contact International Student Engagement on international-engagement@newcastle.edu.au for further advice.

International student requirements

Higher Degree by Research

The Office of Graduate Research will assist you with the Leave of Absence or program withdrawal process. You can apply using this application form.

For more information about the requirements for Leave of Absence, read the Admissions and Enrolment Procedure Manual - Coursework Program – see Section 19.

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