Defer your offer

RMIT permits eligible offer holders to defer the commencement of their studies.

You may be eligible to defer your program to the next available intake if you do so before the last day to enrol for your commencing semester. 

If you want to defer your ELICOS program at RMIT English Worldwide, you can do so up to one week after the program commencement date on your offer letter.

If you have applied through a registered RMIT's representative, you may contact them to assist with your deferral request.

If you have already accepted your offer and received a CoE from RMIT you will be required to submit a new application to defer your program. You must also provide evidence of compassionate or compelling circumstances as part of your application, see below. If your request for a deferral of acceptance was unsuccessful and you would like to apply for a refund, please refer to our refund policy.

If you have already accepted your offer and enrolled in the program, you must apply to defer prior to the last day of enrol. You will also be required to cancel your enrolment before applying for a deferral.

How to defer

To defer commencement of your program, apply online when you receive your offer.

(If you don’t yet have an offer you can still request to change your intake by sending us a message via your online Applicant Portal.)  

Important visa information

If you have accepted your offer and hold a student visa and want to defer, you must submit evidence of compassionate or compelling circumstances that prevent you from enrolling in your program on time.

If you are unable to provide evidence that your deferral is based on compassionate or compelling circumstances before the last date to enrol, RMIT University is required to report you for ‘non-commencement’ to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). This will result in your CoE being cancelled which may affect your student visa. Please visit the DHA website for further information.

Students are not permitted to remain in Australia on a student visa if they are not enrolled. If you hold a valid student visa and defer your intake, you will be required to enrol in another program or to depart Australia and return prior to the commencement date for your next approved intake.

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