Leave of Absence

You are expected to continue your studies continuously once you are admitted to your course. However, we understand that because of unforeseen circumstances you may wish to take a break from study. As such you may be entitled to take leave of absence from your course.

  • If you have not yet commenced your undergraduate course you may request to defer your offer by emailing to Admissions Office (admissions@curtin.edu.my)/International Admissions (intl.admissions@curtin.edu.my).
  • If you have commenced or you are studying a postgraduate course (completed at least one unit in the program), you may apply for a leave of absence (LOA).

Leave of Absence is usually offered for either six months or one year.

International students are entitled to only a maximum of one semester of approved Leave of   Absence from their course.  “In accordance to Malaysian Immigration Act 1963 13(4)(b), international students are required to cancel their Student Pass Visa prior to leaving the University”.  Their student visa will be cancelled if their Leave of Absence has been approved and required to apply for new visa prior to returning to study. Contact International Student Office (internationalstudentoffice@curtin.edu.my) for information.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for Leave of Absence (LOA), a student must be currently enrolled in a course of study at the University and have been an enrolled student on the census date in their first semester.


If you withdraw from all units prior to the census date and you do not have an approved leave of absence in place you will not have maintained continuity of enrolment and your course status may be changed to Absent Without Leave (AWOL). You may lose your place in the course and will be required to re-apply to the course when you wish to return.

Refer HERE on how to re-apply.

Higher degree by research complete a HDR Application for Leave of Absence and submit to Graduate School (GradSchool@curtin.edu.my).

Submit your application

You will received advice via your student webmail advising you of your LOA status.

Applications for Leave of Absence can be accepted up to the census date of the relevant study period in which leave is being requested.

Applications submitted after census date should not be considered for Leave of Absence, but considered for Withdrawal only. You have to apply for LOA prior to the withdrawal dateline.