Withdrawal from a course

If you wish to totally withdraw from Curtin:

  • You can apply for leave of absence to hold your place in your course for up to a year.  This may give you time to assess your situation.
  • If you wish to discontinue your studies you must withdraw from all your units, then  you may submit Application for Withdrawal Online to be officially withdraw from a course.

Where a course withdrawal request is submitted after the last withdrawal via eStudent it will not be processed until after the official results publication date for the study period.

Please contact Finance Department on your refund of course fee for total withdrawal as well as for International Student who wanted their Security Deposit to be refunded.
If you are International Student, your student visa and pass will be cancelled once your withdrawal is processed. Please liaise with the International Student Office (internationalstudentoffice@curtin.edu.my) for via cancellation prior to leaving Malaysia.

Withdrawal under Special Circumstances (WUSC)

If you have experienced an adverse and unexpected event that has had a significant impact on your studies after the census date of a particular study period, you may be eligible to apply to be withdrawn from your studies under special circumstances. It will only be approved under exceptional circumstances and students should seek appropriate counseling before proceed with the withdrawal under special circumstances.



Please note that the student will remain liable for any fee incurred during the semester.

The various census dates can be found on the Academic Calendar and Key Dates page.


Student Eligibility and Circumstances

To be eligible for a Withdrawal under Special Circumstances, the student:

  • Must not have completed the requirements of the unit; and
  • Must have been affected by circumstances that;
    • were beyond the student’s control; and
    • did not make their full impact until on or after the Census Date; and
    • make it impractical for the student to complete the unit in the given study period
  • These circumstances may include:
  • A physical or psychological illness; OR
  • Personal or family circumstances, including a death or illness of a close relative; OR
  • A change in employment conditions.

If your application is successful, you will be automatically withdrawn from the unit(s) and the withdrawal will be recorded on your Academic Transcript as “WD”. Please consult the Finance Department on refunding or remission of debt consecutive to an approved WUSC.



Applications must be submitted to the Head of Department by the last Friday before the commencement of the period. Students are not permitted to withdraw once the examination period has commenced.


Guidelines for Submission

  • Get the Special Late Withdrawal form from the Enrolment Counter at Student Service Department.
  • Applications must be assessed by relevant Head of Department/Intensive English coordinator and submitted to Student Services.
  • Student must submit original and copy of the medical certificate and medical report.
  • If approval is granted, designated units will be withdrawn.
  • A result of ‘WD’ (Withdrawn) will be recorded on your student record.


Applications are assessed primarily on the independent supporting documentation provided to demonstrate your circumstances. If your reason is medical, then you should supply any relevant medical certificates/ report. If your reason is employment related, then you should supply a statement from your employer on their letterhead. All documentation MUST include the dates of any relevant events or illness.


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