Thinking about leaving?

It’s really important to think carefully about the reasons why you want to leave University, it’s a big decision! You may feel homesick, or have medical concerns, you might be experiencing exam stress; perhaps you think you have chosen the wrong course, or money worries might be causing sleepless nights.

It may seem that such issues leave you with no choice but to withdraw from studies, but there are often solutions to make it possible for you to stay on course or take a break from your studies for a period of time.

To ensure that you are making the most informed choice, the Student Support Advisors can discuss options with you, in strictest confidence.

Come into The Enquiry Centre or email to make an appointment to speak with one of the Student Support Advisors.

Here is a helpful checklist

To ensure you are making an informed decision and you are aware of any implications, academic or financial we strongly recommend that consult your academic school, the University’s Student Funding unit before making your final decision.

If you subsequently decide to leave your course then you will need to complete the University withdrawal form which is available from your academic school office. Once you have submitted this form, your withdrawal can be actioned. Your academic school will advise you of your official leaving date.

We strongly advise you to make an appointment to meet with one of the Student Support Team via The Enquiry Centre who will be able to discuss your decision for withdrawing from your course. A Student Support Advisor will give you information about anything else you might need to do before leaving the University relevant to your personal circumstances

It is recommended that you seek advice from your Programme Leader or Personal Tutor /Advisor of Studies and the Careers Service before leaving, even if you have only been studying for a short period of time. They will be able to advise you about other options and whether you may have sufficient credit to qualify for an award.

If after consulting with the appropriate individuals you decide to permanently withdraw you must return your ID card to the Registry before leaving.

You should consult the University’s Student Funding unit about this. You should also speak to your funding agency e.g. SASS.

If you currently live in University accommodation (or other student only accommodation) you will need to give notification of when you will officially have left the university. You can speak to someone in person from about University Residences Team at The Enquiry Centre or contact them by emailing. You are not allowed to continue living in this accommodation if you are no longer a student.

If you live in a private flat (not your family home) as soon as you are no longer a matriculated student you will be liable for Council Tax. You will also need to consider what happens to your current lease if you decide to move back home. It is a good idea to speak with the Student Advice and Welfare Co-ordinator in DUSA who will be able to give advice on private housing matters.

Taking a break from your studies – temporary withdrawal

If you have medical concerns, financial, maternity or family reasons that are impacting on your ability to study and progress on your course then you may feel that it would be beneficial to have some time away from academic study. This is known as taking a ‘temporary withdrawal’.

A temporary withdrawal is designated time away from your studies (usually a semester or a full academic year) and is taken by many students each year for a variety of reasons.

If you are thinking about taking a temporary withdrawal you should consult with your academic department, funding bodies and University support services.

You should also think how you can use your period of absence to best prepare yourself for your return to studying.

To get support with taking a temporary withdrawal you can talk to one of the Student Support Advisors at the Enquiry Centre about your options. They can also discuss any support you may find beneficial when you eventually return to your studies at the University.

Come into the Enquiry Centre or email to make an appointment to speak with one of the Student Support Advisors.

Taking a leave of absence is not a sign of weakness. The process exists to help you prepare for success and gives you the opportunity to develop yourself, improve your health, deal with a family issue or sort out your finances as necessary, whilst breaking from your studies. The leave is an opportunity to better prepare yourself for academic success on your return.

 

You will need to contact your academic school and your Personal Tutor/ Advisor of Studies to discuss and fill in relevant paperwork. If you are taking a break due medical reasons you will need to provide medical evidence for this.

We would strongly suggest you come in and make an appointment to speak with a Student Support Advisor at the Enquiry Centre or do so by email. They can help to look at options and also support for your eventual return.

It is important to look at the financial implications of taking a ‘Temporary Withdrawal’ – so we would suggest that you contact the University’s Student Funding unit to discuss this.

If you are an International student at the University on a visa it is essential that you contact the International Advice Service for guidance in relation to your visa.

Before taking a temporary withdrawal it’s also important to consider how you will spend your time and where you will spend your time. Many students take a period of leave to complete an internship whilst others take leave on health grounds. You should consider where your best support networks are to ensure you are helped to move forward ahead of your return to study.

If you currently live in University accommodation (or other student only accommodation) you will need to give notification of when you will have temporarily withdrawn from the University. You can speak to someone in person from about University Residences Team at The Enquiry Centre or contact them by emailing. You are not allowed to continue living in this accommodation if you have temporarily withdrawn.

If you live in a private flat (not your family home) as soon as you are no longer a matriculated student you will be liable for Council Tax. You will also need to consider what happens to your current lease if you decide to move back home. It is a good idea to speak with the Student Advice and Welfare Co-ordinator in DUSA who will be able to give advice on private housing matters.

Returning to University after a break in study, or repeating a year?

Understandably, students can sometimes find it difficult settling back into class – whether it’s returning from a break, repeating a year, or having spent some time away from your course participating in an Exchange programme.  If you are repeating a year it can be challenging as your confidence in your abilities may be lessened.

Supporting your return to study

At the University of Dundee we are proud of our reputation for our great student experience, for being supportive, caring and helpful. In addition to the academic support your Adviser of Studies can provide, you will be most welcome to come to chat to one of the University’s Student Support Advisors, who can offer confidential welfare support and guidance.

You can come into the Enquiry Centre or email to make an appointment to speak with one of the Student Support Advisors.

There are a variety of services which can also help you to settle back in and progress: