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Leave of absence

A leave of absence is a period away from the University, during which your studies are suspended. Any modules taken in the semester in which you are granted leave of absence are removed from your record. Periods while you are on leave of absence are not counted when applying regulations regarding semesters of study.

You need to apply for leave of absence; approval is not guaranteed. Approval will not normally be granted if you apply after the end of week 9 in a semester. There is a maximum number of semesters for which leave of absence can be granted. To apply for leave of absence, contact the Registry Officer (Student Support).

In order to return to your studies after leave of absence you must complete the re-engagement process.

In some situations, such as failing to meet the minimum attendance requirements specified in Senate Regulations, or failing to complete academic advising, you may be placed on compulsory leave of absence.

A withdrawal involves leaving the University permanently.

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Registry - Undergraduate

Walter Bower House
Eden Campus, Main Street

St Andrews
KY16 0US
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 4089/4219

Dr Stephen Tyre, Associate Dean Students (Arts and Divinity)


Prof Graham Kirby, Associate Dean Students (Science)


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