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Taking time out

A Leave of Absence is a 'break' in your studies. You can take a leave for a semester, a year, or longer. These are especially helpful when you are unable to study for a certain period of time. The shortest period of Leave for undergraduates is one semester. The clock will be stopped on your studies and nothing will appear on your transcript for that time. You can apply for a Leave of absence on personal or medical grounds;

  • If you cannot study/attend classes for more than 2 consecutive weeks therefore making it it highly unlikely that you would be able to catch up, and in trying to, you would be putting further stress upon yourself. If you do try to continue with your studies, you may be at risk of not doing as well as you might have done.
  • If you do not feel that you are able to give your attention to your studies as a result of family or work commitments. Many students find that they would prefer to continue on, however, please be aware that regardless of circumstances, only a certain amount of special consideration can be applied by the University. Therefore, if you do try to continue with your studies, you may be at risk of not doing as well as you might have done. You should also consider transferring to part-time study.

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The ASC

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

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

Encountered any difficulties?

If you have encountered any difficulties and wish to speak informally to someone other than your Student Services adviser, please contact Ruth Unsworth (ru5@st-andrews.ac.uk) or Lara Meischke (ljm19@st-andrews.ac.uk), Deputy Directors of Student Services, in the first instance.

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