Deferring Your Studies
Commencing (New) Students
February Intake (semester 1):
Commencing students may defer their program for up to 2 years. To do so, you must change your response to DEFER via the SATAC website by 31 March. If you enrol and then decide to defer, you must withdraw from all of your courses via Access Adelaide before 31 March and defer formally through SATAC.
Please note: If you do not withdraw from your enrolled courses in Access Adelaide, you will incur tuition fees and Fail grades that will impact negatively on your GPA.
If you withdraw from courses without officially deferring through SATAC, you will lose your place in the program and will have to re-apply for admission at a later date.
July Intake (semester 2):
Midyear offers may not be deferred. If you decide not to accept your offer, you will have to re-apply for admission at a later date.
If you enrol and then decide not to continue, you should withdraw from all of your courses via Access Adelaide before 31 August. If you do not withdraw from your enrolled courses in Access Adelaide, you will incur tuition fees and Fail grades that will impact negatively on your GPA.
Once you have completed at least one semester, you may take a break (known as a leave of absence) from your studies at any time. You do not need to apply; simply ensure that you have withdrawn from all of your courses via Access Adelaide for all enrolled semesters (in accord with the critical dates).
In accordance with the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, students are required to complete their studies within 9 years of starting (for a three year degree).
International students planning to defer or suspend their studies will need to consult a Student Adviser from International Student Support.
Re-Enrolling after Deferral or Leave of Absence
Returning to your studies after an extended break is easy!
If you return to your studies within a year of deferral or leave of absence, you should find that you are able to enrol as per normal via Access Adelaide.
Re-activate your Studies
If your break is longer than one year, you may find that your student account has been deactivated and that you have lost access to the University's online systems (e.g. email, Access Adelaide etc). Please contact the Faculty Office to have your studies re-activated.
Please let us know if you would like the Faculty to prepare a degree plan for you. A degree plan clearly indicates which courses you have previously studied, and which courses you have left to study to complete your degree.
Once your student account has been re-activated, you will need to have your password reset in order to access our online systems. Please contact Hub Central to reset your password.