Academic leave of absence and study break

If you need to make a break during your studies, you must apply for an academic leave of absence to have a guaranteed place on the program after the break. If you make an unannounced interruption of studies, you have no guaranteed place to resume your studies.

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.

Appeals

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 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. If you want to terminate your studies, you should report it to the department.

Application for leave of absence

Contact your department to find out how you apply for a leave of absence or a study break. Several institutions use digital forms, while others have forms that you download. A general form for applying for leave of absence can be downloaded here:

Application form for leave of absence

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