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Leave from Study - Intermission for international student visa holders

An intermission is when you take an approved break from your study for a designated period of time.

International student visa holders can only take intermission under approved compassionate or compelling circumstances. To apply for intermission you must:

If you are granted intermission, UC will notify the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) of the change to your enrolment.

Compassionate or compelling circumstances that may impact your ability to study include, but are not limited to:

  • serious illness or injury supported by a medical certificate
  • serious illness or bereavement of a family member
  • course structure or unit availability
  • involvement or being witness to a traumatic experience
  • being the victim of or witness to a serious crime
  • major political upheaval in your home country requiring emergency travel
  • a major natural disaster in your home country requiring emergency travel

If you do not meet the requirements to have intermission approved, you are advised to either continue in your studies or discontinue from your course and reapply when you are ready to return to study. You will be reassessed for entry to your course once you reapply.

The University's Enrolment Policy, as well as the Deferring, Suspending or Cancelling an International Student's Enrolment Policy outline the terms and conditions of intermission.

The University does not approve intermission for more than one (1) year. If you are granted intermission, the University will notify the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) of the change to your enrolment.

DIBP reserves the right to cancel your student visa if your intermission was based on counterfeit or disingenuous evidence or leave reasons.