Taking a break

Need to take a break from studying? Approved leave puts your place at Murdoch on hold, so you don’t need to re-apply for admission when you resume your studies.

When you take approved leave, all completed units will stay on your academic record. The maximum period of leave you can take depends on where, and what level course, you are studying.

  • Undergraduate students can take approved leave for a maximum of two years (four semesters or six trimesters).
  • Postgraduate and honours students can take approved leave for a maximum of one year (two semesters or three trimesters).

During leave

You will not have access to the library or other university facilities while you are on approved leave.

When you resume your studies, your fee status and course requirements remain the same as before you left, unless you change your course or major. You will need to enrol in your units before the enrolment deadline.

Applying for approved leave

Before applying, the University encourages you to seek advice on your options:

If you apply after the census date due to circumstances beyond your control, you may be eligible to apply for retrospective withdrawal.

You can apply for approved leave by completing a leave form.

Approved leave form

International students requesting approved leave

You can apply to take a break from your studies due to compassionate or compelling circumstances. Such circumstances are beyond your control and affect your course progress or wellbeing. These may include:

  • serious illness or injury where you have a medical certificate stating you couldn’t attend classes
  • bereavement of close family members such as parents or grandparents – where possible, a death certificate should be provided
  • major political upheaval or natural disaster in your home country requiring emergency travel
  • a traumatic experience such as involvement in, or witnessing of, a serious accident; or witnessing or being the victim of a serious crime – these cases should be supported by police and/or a psychologist report
  • where Murdoch was unable to offer a pre-requisite unit, or you are unable to begin studying on the course commence date due to a delay in receiving a student visa
  • where you are required to undertake military service in your home country.

The Department of Home Affairs expects students on approved leave to return to their home country during that period, although exceptions can be made in certain cases.

You must meet with a member of the Student Engagement Team before submitting an application. Your application can’t be granted without completing this step.

Paying fees when on approved leave

If you are still enrolled in units after the census date, you will need to pay the full amount for those units and the student services and amenities fee.

Taking leave without approval can have significant financial implications. If you have borrowed funds under the US Federal Aid (Title IV aid) scheme through Murdoch or another institution, and part of the loan is unpaid, you must contact the Financial Aid Administrator at financialaid@murdoch.edu.au to discuss your application before applying for leave.