The University of Newcastle, Australia

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 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 Absense

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
40097 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
10988 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
11487 Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
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
40069 Associate Degree of Integrated Care in Ageing
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)
10779 Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws
12340 Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
10436 Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science
10986 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
11065 Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce
12344 Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
40080 Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
10446 Bachelor of Commerce
12345 Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
11503 Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws
40086 Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
10177 Bachelor of Computer Science
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)
12285 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) / Bachelor of Business
12289 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) / Bachelor of Business
40005 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) / Bachelor of Mathematics
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)
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
40004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) / Bachelor of Mathematics
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
12286 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) / Bachelor of Mathematics
12306 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Telecommunications)
12282 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil)/Bachelor Engineering (Honours) (Surveying)
12300 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)
10063 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical)
12288 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
12284 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)
12305 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software)
10478 Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Transfer Program)
40090 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
11193 Bachelor of Fine Art
10806 Bachelor of Laws
10861 Bachelor of Laws / Diploma of Legal Practice
10092 Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Science
40091 Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
11017 Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)
11019 Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine)
10379 Bachelor of Medicine
11707 Bachelor of Medicine Joint Medical Program University of New England
10646 Bachelor of Music
40045 Bachelor of Music
10910 Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts
40048 Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts
40120 Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts
11498 Bachelor of Natural History Illustration
11532 Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours)
11394 Bachelor of Psychology
12362 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
12346 Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
11387 Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws
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)
11253 Bachelor of Visual Communication Design
11509 Doctor of Business Administration
12377 Graduate Certificate in Aviation Management
11372 Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
11040 Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
40022 Graduate Certificate in Professional Economics
12190 Graduate Certificate in Business Research
12407 Graduate Certificate in Property
10300 Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics
12378 Master of Aviation Management
12397 Master of Business Administration / Master of Applied Finance
12398 Master of Business Administration / Master of Human Resource Management
12399 Master of Business Administration / Master of International Business
11695 Master of Business Administration / Master of Marketing
12400 Master of Business Administration / Master of Marketing
12379 Master of Business Administration
40030 Master of Clinical Epidemiology
12380 Master of Clinical Psychology
40033 Master of Co-operatives Management and Organisation
10418 Master of Educational Studies
40012 Master of Educational Studies
12386 Master of Human Resource Management
11042 Master of Human Resource Management
12382 Master of Information Technology
12385 Master of Marketing
10135 Master of Medical Statistics
12244 Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
10973 Master of Midwifery Studies
11383 Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
11682 Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice)
40149 Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Business Administration
12406 Master of Professional Accounting / Master of Business Administration
40065 Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical & Electronic)
40051 Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical)
40049 Master of Professional Engineering (Civil)
40062 Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical)
40020 Master of Professional Economics
12408 Master of Property
40014 Master of Special Education
10936 Master of Special Education
11714 Master of Teaching (Primary)
11715 Master of Teaching (Secondary)
12212 Master of Theology

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 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.