There are many reasons you may want a break from study

If you're a new student who's received an offer to study at Griffith, you can apply to defer your start date. If you're a current student and would like to take a break, you can apply for a leave of absence.

If your personal circumstances change, or you're experiencing significant challenges and wish to permanently withdraw from your program, please seek support before making this decision. We offer many support options to help you get back on track and continue with your studies.

Your options

New students—defer your start date

If you have been made an offer into a program but don't want to start straight away, you may be eligible to defer the start of your program.

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Current students—apply for a leave of absence

If you are already studying and require a break for a trimester or more, you may be eligible to apply for a leave of absence.

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Current students—withdraw from program

If you no longer wish to study at Griffith University, you can apply to withdraw from your program. Academic and financial penalties may apply.

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Key enrolment and timetabling dates

The Academic Calendar outlines the dates you can plan your timetable, enrol in classes and make changes to your enrolment each trimester. Some courses held in intensive mode, or those that fall outside the standard academic calendar, may have different enrolment key dates and deadlines.

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DEFER YOUR START DATE

If you've been offered a place in a program but don't want to start straight away, you may be eligible to defer for up to 12 months.

Deferral is available for most programs, check the Degree and Career Finder to see if your program is eligible.

QTAC applicants

You can defer within your QTAC application when responding to your offer. Deferrals are automatically processed for Trimester 1 in the next calendar year.

UAC and Direct applicants

Email your deferral request to deferred@griffith.edu.au, including:

  • your Griffith ID (s number)
  • your full name
  • your date of birth
  • the trimester and year you would like to start studying
  • the reason you'd like to defer.

Want to extend or shorten your deferral period?

Provided the intake exists for your program and the period of deferment does not exceed 12 months, you can extend or shorten your deferral by emailing deferred@griffith.edu.au with the details.

International students

If you have applied through an agent, please contact them to defer your offer.

If you have applied directly to Griffith University, please email the Admissions Officer who issued your existing offer letter and include the following information.

  • your Griffith ID (s number)
  • your full name
  • your date of birth
  • the trimester and year you would like to start studying
  • the reason you'd like to defer
  • your current location: onshore in Australia or in your home country.

Direct applicant

Agent applicant

Exceptions

The below programs are not eligible for deferral:

  • Bachelor of Acting
  • Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art
  • Bachelor of Dental Health Science
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Musical Theatre
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

If you're a current student and want to take a break for one or more trimesters, you can apply for a leave of absence.

The maximum period allowed for leave of absence for domestic students is either four trimesters or two trimesters for honours and other specialty programs. You can extend your leave of absence if it remains within the maximum period or request to return to your studies earlier than initially planned.

The maximum period allowed for leave of absence for international students is one trimester.

Please refer to Programs and Courses to find out how long your program allows you to take leave.

Before applying to take leave, please refer to the academic calendar and key dates for important dates relating to changing your enrolment and taking leave.

Apply for leave of absence

WITHDRAWING FROM YOUR PROGRAM

Applying to withdraw from your program means you wish to permanently cancel your enrolment. It's not the same as dropping a course or taking a temporary break from study.

Before applying to withdraw, find out more about the academic and financial implications plus the various options available to resume your studies at another time. It is highly likely other students have experienced the same challenges as you and with some support and advice, have managed to get back on course.

If you have an International Student Visa cancelling your enrolment may affect your student visa.  We therefore encourage you to talk to the Department of Home Affairs on 13 18 81 before cancelling.

If there are special circumstances influencing your decision to withdraw, please contact us so we can connect you to our extensive support network and explore alternative options to help you continue your studies now or in the future.

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