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Requesting a Leave of Absence

If you've considered all the aspects of taking a Leave of Absence and still want to apply, you should first make an appointment with Student Services.  They will discuss the above points with you to ensure you have fully considered and understood each of them.  You may need to consult several advisers depending on your situation.

When all these points have been considered, your formal application for Leave should be directed to Registry. In some cases you may need to meet with the relevant Registry Officer, Pro-Dean or Pro-Provost, and you may be asked to provide additional information.

If your Leave of Absence is approved, you will receive official notification from the University by email.  This will confirm your leave, including the start and end date.

If your Leave of Absence is not approved, get back in touch with Student Services who will be able to discuss other options with you.

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Advice and Support Centre
79 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 (46)2020

Encountered any difficulties?

Not the right match?  If you haven’t formed a good rapport with your Adviser or you’ve encountered any difficulties and wish to speak informally to someone, please contact Ruth Unsworth ( or Lara Meischke (, Deputy Directors of Student Services, in the first instance.

Please also be aware that the University has Complaints Handling Procedure for formally addressing concerns.