Academic leave of absence and study break

You can apply for academic leave of absence or to take a study break at the Faculty of Science and Technology by filling in a form.

Academic leave of absence

Leave of absence is granted if you meet any of the special conditions stated in the Higher Education Ordinance. If you have other reasons than stated in the statues, your department decides if the leave of absence can be granted. A granted leave of absence gives you a guaranteed return to your studies.

In the decision it is clear when to resume your studies. If you cannot return to your studies at that time, it is possible to apply for a leave of absence again.


If you are denied leave of absence, the decision may be appealed to the Higher Education Appeals Board (Överklagandenämnden för högskolan). The Uppsala University Registrar must receive the appeal within three weeks from the decision. State which decision you wish to appeal and its registration number. The appeal will be registered at Uppsala University and then sent to the Higher Education Appeals Board that will decide in the appeal.

Study break

If you want to terminate your studies on a programme, you must report it to the department. If you want to terminate your studies on a course, you can report the discontinuation of studies via Ladok for students.

If you make an unannounced interruption of studies, without having applied for and been granted an academic leave of absence, you have no guaranteed place to resume your studies. As far as places admit, you can resume your studies.

Application for a temporary leave of absence or termination of studies

Application form is sent to programme responsible department.

Some departments use digital forms. Contact your course- or programme responsible department to see what applies to you.

Common forms for application for temporary academic leave of absence can be downloaded as a pdf:

Application form for temporary academic leave of absence (pdf) Pdf, 115 kB.