If you are eligible, you can defer starting your program at RMIT by six months or one year.
You are eligible to defer if:
See Defer your offer as an international student for eligibility information.
How long you can defer for is determined by when you apply.
If you defer from Semester 1 then your place will be deferred for one academic year so you would start your program in Semester 1 the following year.
If you defer from Semester 2 (midyear) then your place will be deferred for six months and you would be expected to start your program in Semester 1 the following year.
If you have, or wish to defer in Semester 1 but would like to start your program in Semester 2, please contact the School that runs your program to see if this will be possible.
You can only defer starting your program once.
To secure your place in your program, you must defer before the census date. See Important dates to find your next census date.
If you wish to defer it is very important that you do not enrol.
If you are already enrolled and you want to delay your studies, you will need to apply for a leave of absence.
The deferment process is simple:
The system will provide immediate confirmation that your deferment is successful.
See Defer your offer as an international student for instructions.
You must request to defer by writing to the School of Graduate Research before the enrolment date specified in your offer.
While on deferral you are not officially an RMIT student. This means you cannot:
Near the end of the deferment period (usually early November) you will receive a notification email with instructions on how to enrol and confirm your place at RMIT.
If you do not enrol by the deadline in the notification email, your offer will lapse.
On completion of your deferment period you cannot defer again. If you wish to further postpone your studies, you would need to enrol and then apply for a leave of absence.
Vocational education students
If you are looking to enrol in a government subsidised place (see Fee type in your offer) then you will need to re-establish your eligibility as required by the Victorian government.
This means that when you return from your deferment, and before you can enrol, you will need to complete an online evidence of student eligibility declaration in Enrolment Online and upload the following evidence:
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.