Intermit or discontinue

Find out how to intermit (suspend) your studies or discontinue (withdraw) from a course.

  • Intermission means suspending or taking a break from your studies at Deakin while keeping your place in the course. Intermission can be taken for 3 active trimesters or 2 active semesters, which can be non-consecutive. An ‘active’ trimester or semester is one in which a student is required to be enrolled in, as part of their course study plan.
  • Discontinuing from a course of study means that you are withdrawing. Depending on your circumstances, there may be alternative study or career options.

Intermit

How to apply

Apply for intermission in StudentConnect (under the Enrolment heading in the left hand menu).

Allow up to 10 days for processing of your application for intermission. You will be notified by email of the outcome. You can also check on your application by clicking 'View course' in StudentConnect.


Seek advice before you intermit

Students who want to intermit their studies for financial, health or other reasons (such as not being able to enrol as final units to complete a degree are not available in a trimester) should discuss their situation with a Student Adviser at Student Central.

Please note that Trimester 3 does not require intermission unless:

  • You are commencing your course in Trimester 3 and need to take an intermission
  • Your course requires continual enrolment such as Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry (D302).

Implications of intermission

Disruption to study upon returning from intermission

Choose your period of intermission carefully. If you intermit, you must be aware that your study may be disrupted. You may not be able to return to a full time load if you still need to undertake pre-requisites for your next units. Talk to a Student Adviser to help plan your intermission with a course plan.

Check withdrawal dates, fees and penalties

Intermitting your course is effectively withdrawing from each unit you are enrolled in for a particular trimester or year. If you are thinking about intermitting your course, you should check the withdrawal dates, academic penalties and fees and make sure you do it before census date.

If you intermit after census date you will be liable for the full amount of your fees, including the student services and amenities fee.  Students will also incur an academic penalty, which will appear on their transcript.

In special circumstances, you can apply for a remission of debt or refund if you withdraw from your units after census date.

If you would like to check that your course withdrawal was successful, you can contact Student Central.


While on intermission

We recommend that you talk to a Deakin careers consultant to plan and get the most out of the period of intermission. For example, if you need to work full time to save some money before continuing your studies, it would be good to work in an area related to your course - you might even be able to earn credits towards your course.


Returning from intermission

If your intermission is coming to an end you will need to ensure you are enrolled before the start of your next Trimester of study.

If you are wishing to return from intermission early you should contact a Student Adviser for advice.

If you have already taken 12 months of intermission and you are wishing to extend your intermission you can apply for further intermission.

If they have only intermitted one trimester or semester and wish to intermit for another, they can apply again via StudentConnect.


Discontinue

Discontinue

Seek advice

Before you discontinue, discuss your decision with a Deakin careers consultant or a Student Adviser who will be able to advise on alternative study or career options.


Alternatives to discontinuing

If you are thinking about discontinuing for financial or personal reasons, we recommend that you seek counselling and financial assistance - you may be eligible for financial assistance or special consideration, which may enable you to continue studying.

Instead of discontinuing altogether you should consider intermitting until your circumstances improve or transferring to another course.

Discontinuing when you accept a later offer

If you accept a later offer to a different course at Deakin (or another institution), it's very important that you discontinue from the first course you enrolled in, otherwise you may be liable for outstanding fees.


How to apply

If you do decide to discontinue your studies at Deakin, you should apply online through StudentConnect. Allow up to 10 days after for processing and you will be emailed confirmation of withdrawal.

Check withdrawal dates, fees and penalties

If you are thinking about discontinuing your course, you should check the withdrawal dates, academic penalties and fees and make sure you do it before census date.

If you discontinue after census date you will be liable for the full amount of your fees, including the student services and amenities fee.  Students will also incur an academic penalty, which will appear on their transcript.

In special circumstances, you can apply for a remission of debt or refund if you withdraw from your units after census date.

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