Apply for a leave of absence

Eligible enrolled students may apply for a leave of absence for either six months or a year.

In most cases, if you're enrolled in an RMIT program you can apply for a leave of absence. ​If you're a new student who hasn't yet enrolled, you need to defer your place rather than take a leave of absence.​

International students

If you're on a student visa, you can apply for a leave of absence if compassionate or compelling circumstances apply.  These include some COVID-19 related circumstances. For details, including examples, please see the compassionate and compelling circumstances page.

How to apply

Apply for a leave of absence before your census date to avoid paying fees. ​

​If you're a higher education student, you must also apply before the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, which can be found in your important dates. ​

If you're a higher education student enrolled in classes in the flexible term that you don't intend to study while on leave, you must drop these individually in Enrolment Online. These classes may have different census dates. Refer to your Statement of Enrolment for more information. 

Apply for a leave of absence by following these steps: ​

  1. Log in to Enrolment Online with your RMIT email address and password. Forgotten your password? Reset it
  2. Go to My student record.
  3. Select Apply for leave of absence.
  4. Follow the screen prompts to select your leave period.
  5. Upload supporting documents, if necessary.
  6. Submit your application.

To track the status of your application, go to Enrolment OnlineMy student record > ​Track my application. ​

​The outcome of your application (or a request for more information) will be sent to your RMIT student email account. 

Research students must apply by completing a Leave of Absence Form available on the HDR forms page. You need to get approval from your School before the enrolment deadline.​

If you’re studying an RMIT program through Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), you can apply for a leave of absence through SIMConnect. For students at all other partners institutes, follow the steps below to apply for a leave of absence.

Download the Application for leave of absence form. Read the instructions, complete the required fields, and submit the form to your local partner contact.

Note: The form is a writeable PDF meaning you can complete it without needing to print the form. You can digitally sign the form using the Digital ID in the Adobe Reader application.

If you aren’t able to digitally sign the form, you can also email it to your local partner contact from your RMIT student email account and provide your consent to process.

You’ll receive an outcome by email within 2-5 days from receipt of your application.

When to apply

You can apply for leave of absence at any point during the term, but there may be financial or academic penalties if you submit your request after the relevant census date.

Check your important dates or speak with your local partner contact if you need more information about when to apply. 

If you're currently enrolled in an RMIT Online program you can apply for a leave of absence for a maximum period of one year per application.

How to apply for leave of absence

In the first instance, please contact your Student Success Advisor if you wish to withdraw from a course. They'll work with you to plan a return to study date and provide a revised study progression plan.

After talking to a Student Success Advisor, you need to lodge a leave of absence request via the Student Connect Portal. Include the following information in your request:

  • Your reason for requesting a leave of absence.
  • Supporting documents, if necessary.
  • The name and code of the program you're applyig for leave from.
  • The teaching period(s) and/or dates of the requested leave. View the RMIT Online important dates to review these dates.

Once we've received your request, a staff member will contact you to confirm the outcome of your application. Please note, if you don't provide all requested information, your application may be delayed or not processed.

How to extend your leave of absence

If you want to extend your leave, submit a new leave of absence request via the Student Connect Portal. Include the following information in your request:

  • The name of the program. 
  • The new teaching period (or date) you wish to return to.  View the RMIT Online important dates to review these dates.

Returning earlier from your leave of absence

If you want to return early from your leave, submit a request through the Student Connect Portal before the commencement date of the next teaching period. Include the following information in your request:

  • The name of the program.
  • The teaching period (or date) you wish to return to.  View the RMIT Online important dates to review these dates.

Staying connected while on leave

We might need to contact you during your leave with important information. ​​Continue to check your RMIT student email account and, if needed, update your personal details.

Students can continue to access services and support while on leave of absence.

Returning from leave

Once your leave of absence period ends, you'll need to enrol in the next study semester by the enrolment deadline. If you don't, you may lose your place in your program.

We'll email you ahead of the enrolment period to explain the enrolment process and deadline.

Cancel/withdraw your leave of absence request

If you change your mind and want to cancel your leave of absence request after you've submitted it, you must request for it to be cancelled before your census date.

If you have missed classes while on leave of absence, you will need to catch up on the course material covered. For this reason, we advise that you talk to your course and/or program coordinator and consider your personal circumstances before you cancel your leave of absence request.

  1. Log in to Enrolment Online.
  2. From the list, select Track my requests.
  3. In the Status column, click Assessment required.
  4. Click Retract in the bottom right-hand corner.
  5. When you return to the main screen, the information in the Status column will change to Retracted by student.

You can recommence your studies straight away – you don’t need to wait for confirmation that your leave of absence has been withdrawn.

  1. Log in to the Student Connect Portal.
  2. From the list on the left, select Enrolment.
  3. If it hasn’t automatically been filled out for you, add your name and student number.
  4. In the Question field, select Change my enrolment from the dropdown menu.
  5. In the Description of enquiry field, write Reverse my leave of absence request. RMIT will assess your request and advise you of the outcome.

Note: If your leave of absence has already been approved, your request to cancel your leave of absence is not guaranteed. Approval will depend on a number of factors including: 

  • when you applied for the leave of absence 
  • when your leave of absence was approved
  • when you submit the request to cancel your leave of absence 
  • if you had been engaging in classes, assessments, etc. prior to the leave of absence being approved
  • whether the last day to enrol has already passed.

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