Apply for a leave of absence
International students on a student visa can only apply for a leave of absence if compassionate or compelling circumstances apply.
If you are unable to start Semester 1 due to travel restrictions, we will accept your application for a leave of absence based on compassionate and compelling circumstances.
We understand that you may have difficulty getting documents to support your application at this time, so please provide us with what detail you can. RMIT looks forward to welcoming you back to study as soon as possible.
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.
Most students* can apply for a leave of absence by following these steps:
- Log in to Enrolment Online.
- Go to My student record.
- Select Apply for leave of absence.
- Follow the screen prompts to select your leave period.
- Upload supporting documents, if necessary.
- Submit your application.
- Track the status of your application via Enrolment Online > My 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.
Changed your mind and want to cancel your leave of absence application? Find out how.
*Except for research students, VCE students, students at RMIT Vietnam and students at partner institutes outside Australia.
Research students must apply by completing an Application for leave of absence form (PDF). You need to get approval from your School before the enrolment deadline.
Students at partners outside Australia
Students studying at partner institutions, visit Leave of absence for students in partner institutions page for information on how to apply and to download the application form.
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.
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 can do so. You must cancel your leave of absence request 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.
If you're considering a leave of absence, we recommend that you speak to your program coordinator for advice.
Status & Details
RMIT International Compliance (IACRR)
In accordance with
Enrolment Process 2019
Enrolment Policy 2017