Interruption of study and withdrawal

It may be necessary for you to interrupt or withdraw from your studies at the University of Exeter. Both are allowed, but you should make sure that you seek advice from the appropriate sources and are aware of the consequences of your decision. For detailed guidance, please visit the University’s Procedures for the Interruption and Voluntary Withdrawal of Taught Students.

Interruption of Study

You are able to apply for an interruption to your studies providing there is good cause (usually for personal, financial, or medical reasons), and that it is academically viable. You should discuss your decision with your College in the first instance. We also strongly advise that you consult with other sources available within the University. This will clarify the consequences of your decision as well as making you aware of other options open to you. These sources include:

How long can I interrupt for?

A period of interruption can be for a minimum of one semester, and under usual circumstances for a maximum of one year. Under exceptional circumstances, a further year of interruption can be granted. Absences of more than two years will require a re-application process.

Implications:

  • A period of interruption will not count towards the timeframe for completion of a programme.
  • You will not have to undertake any academic study, receive tuition or supervision.
  • You will not have to pay tuition fees.
  • You will have to hand back your student card, and will not normally have access to University IT facilities or be able to withdraw items from the Library.

Withdrawal

You are permitted to withdraw from your programme of study at any time and for any reason, but you should remember that any fees or fines outstanding must still be paid. For detailed guidance, please visit the University’s Procedures for the Interruption and Voluntary Withdrawal of Taught Students. Taught postgraduate students should also read the Statement of Procedures: Periods of Study and Changes to Registration Status for Taught Postgraduate Students. As with interruptions, you should discuss your decision with your College and other sources of advice available within the University.