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 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 taught in intensive mode, or those that fall outside the standard academic calendar, may have different enrolment key dates and deadlines.

View your key dates

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 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. If you have already responded to your QTAC offer, or your offer has lapsed you can change your QTAC response to defer up to the first day of Orientation for all programs that allow for deferment and reinstatement. To update your response after the lapse date, ensure that you have dropped all enrolment and contact QTAC via phone 1300 467 822 or at www.qtac.edu.au/contact.

To check which programs the university allows for reinstatement visit QTAC's Reactivate your expired offer.

For the first day of Orientation visit the Academic Calendar.

After the first day or Orientation, please email us directly via deferred@griffith.edu.au and provide the details below.

UAC and Internal Transfers, Direct undergraduate and postgraduate applicants

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

  • your Griffith ID (s number)
  • your full name
  • your date of birth
  • the program you are studying
  • 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?

At the time of your offer, all applicants applying for deferment are automatically deferred until Trimester 1, the following year. 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 program you are studying
  • 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 undergraduate programs are not eligible for deferral:

  • Bachelor of Acting
  • Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art
  • Bachelor of Dental Health Science
  • Bachelor of Dental Hygiene
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Musical Theatre
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Standing)
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing (Advanced Standing)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy

For other programs including postgraduate programs, please refer to the Degree Finder for advice.

The following programs have a last intake for Trimester 3, 2020. As there are no future intakes for commencing students you will not be able to defer your commencement to a future intake for any of these programs. If you wish to delay the start of your study, then you will need to apply for the relevant program that is available. Please refer to the Degree Finder for advice.

  • Bachelor of Business – 1288
  • Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of International Business
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of International Business
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of International Business
  • Bachelor of International Business/Bachelor of Government and International Relations
  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Commerce

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.

If you’re getting a student payment from Centrelink, you also need to notify them within 14 days of any changes. Report your change of circumstances to avoid getting an overpayment.

Apply for leave of absence

WITHDRAWING FROM YOUR PROGRAM

Applying to withdraw from your program means you do not wish to continue to study at Griffith at this time. It's not the same as dropping a course or taking a temporary break from study. Should you wish to recommence your studies at Griffith University in the future please refer to Readmission and Internal Transfers.

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.

If you’re getting a student payment from Centrelink, you also need to notify them within 14 days of any changes. Report your change of circumstances to avoid getting an overpayment.

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