Deferral and leave of absence

If you wish to defer or take a leave of absence, we can help.

If you would like to delay your study, you can defer or take a leave of absence. Depending on your current status, you can find the right process for you here. We recommend waiting until closer to census date before changing your enrolment status. Go to Enrolment Online to check the census date for your individual program.

Defer your place before you start

If you have not yet enrolled and are unable to commence your studies in Semester 1, you can follow the below advice to defer.

International students

To follow the steps for deferral or to contact RMIT International Admissions, please visit Defer your Offer for International Students.

Local students

If you are a local student, please follow the steps to Defer your place before you start uni.

Please note RMIT considers you to be a local student if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, a New Zealand citizen or a Temporary Protection visa (TPV) holder.

Take a leave of absence

If you have already enrolled and are unable to commence your studies on time for Semester 1, you can follow the below advice to take a leave of absence. 

International students

If you are an international student please follow the leave of absence process to apply. This way you are covered academically and financially, and we can advise on how to return from a Leave of Absence when you’re ready to resume your studies. 

Local students

If you are a local student please follow the leave of absence process to apply. This way you are covered academically and financially, and we can advise on how to return from Leave of Absence when you’re ready to resume your studies. 

Please note RMIT considers you to be a local student if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, a New Zealand citizen or a Temporary Protection visa (TPV) holder.