Leave of Absence (Personal)

Students may choose to take a personal leave of absence for internships, financial considerations, family responsibilities, or social engagement purposes.

Deadline: Same as the add/drop deadline of the full-term for the intended term (academic calendar). Check with the Bursar office on the tuition refund deadline. 

Things to Consider

  • Academic - How will your academic progress and graduation plan be impacted? Schedule an appointment and discuss with your academic advisor.
  • Financial - How will your financial aid or scholarship package be impacted? Contact the Financial Aid team to learn more. Check the Tuition Refund Policy and schedule.
  • Housing - Will you need to cancel or move out of student housing? Contact the Residential Life team.

Requesting a Leave of Absence

  1. Make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss taking a personal leave of absence.
  2. (Optional) Reach out to the Financial Aid team to learn about the potential impact on financial aid.
  3. Make a final decision and submit the leave of absence request.
  4. Once leave is approved, you will receive an email confirmation.

Returning from a Leave of Absence

  1. Review the Leave of Absence Returning Guidance.
  2. Email your advisor or shanghai.advising@nyu.edu about your intention to return.
  3. Make an appointment with your advisor and discuss your course plan.
  4. Enroll in courses.
  5. Reach out to other university offices as needed.