If you're an international higher education or vocational education student, you may reduce their study load or take a leave of absence if you can demonstrate compassionate or compelling reasons, including the impact of COVID-19. These changes may require a visa extension at a future time.
Before reducing your study load, it is important to seek advice from your School or Course Coordinator about how these changes could impact your progression and whether there will be opportunities to catch up in an accelerated mode later.
It’s also important to keep comprehensive records of any evidence submitted or agreements made with your School or Course Coordinator about reducing your study load or taking a leave of absence, because you may need this information to extend your student visa and apply for a new electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) in the future.
If you are under 18 years of age and living in an RMIT-approved accommodation or homestay, your application will be subject to the approval of your parent or guardian. A leave of absence period without this approval may breach your visa conditions.
If you are studying on a scholarship, you will need to obtain permission from your scholarship provider.
You must apply to reduce your study load or to take a leave of absence by your census date to avoid fees or penalties. Find out more about how to apply to reduce your study load or take a leave of absence.