International students who wish to discontinue from their course at Deakin must apply for a discontinuation of study only via StudentConnect.

What is discontinuation?

Discontinuing (or withdrawing) from your course is a serious matter. It means that you no longer wish to study your course and you want to give it up permanently. There are a number of important University dates that you need to be aware of. These dates will affect your fee liability and academic results and any refund that you may be due. Discontinuing after the census date will usually result in no refund.

We recommend you check the withdrawal dates for academic penalties and refund eligibility before applying to discontinue from your course at Deakin:

How do I discontinue my course?

Log into StudentConnect and click on the discontinuation link. Follow the prompts to finalise the process.

Will discontinuation affect my visa?

Discontinuing from your course may result in cancellation of your student visa.

When you discontinue your course, Deakin will report your discontinuation to the Department of Home Affairs by way of cancellation of your CoE.

If you intend to remain in Australia on a student visa, you are expected to have a new offer and CoE for a course (that is the same Australia Qualification Framework (AQF) level as, or higher than the course for which you were granted a student visa), within 28 days of the date of the cancellation of your Deakin CoE. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of your student visa.

Note: If you intend to return to your home country after you discontinue from your Deakin course, you will not require a new offer and CoE from another provider, but you should plan to leave Australia within 28 days from the day your CoE is cancelled, to ensure that your student visa is not cancelled.

If you are discontinuing your study at Deakin to study with another provider and you have not completed 6 enrolled calendar months in your principal course, you will be required to apply for a letter of release with Deakin. Details of how to apply for a letter of release can be found on our website at Release and refund.

We strongly recommend that you read the information about changing courses on the Department of Home Affairs website.

What happens after I submit my discontinuation application?

Once you submit your application to discontinue your studies, a Compliance Officer will assess and may contact you for further information if required.

Who can I talk to about my discontinuation?

If you want to discontinue your studies because you are experiencing academic issues, you should speak to a Student Adviser before making a decision. Your Student Adviser may be able to offer options that help to minimise the academic burden you are experiencing.

If you wish to discontinue your studies because you are experiencing financial difficulty, you should contact a Financial Assistance Officer who can speak to you about the different types of financial assistance available to students at Deakin. Please feel free to also view the Financial Assistance for students webpage for more information.

If you wish to discontinue your studies and transfer to another provider, it is essential that you speak to a Compliance Officer who will advise you about possible impacts on your student visa etc.

If you wish to discontinue your study because you are suffering from adjustment issues, loneliness, homesickness or other personal reasons, contact Student Central for assistance prior to discontinuing your course.

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