Thinking of taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from your studies

Sometimes things don't go to plan. You may find yourself needing to make changes to your study. This can be a worrying time, but we're here to help you make the right decision about your future.

Get support

There are many reasons you might consider suspending or withdrawing from your studies. Suspending your studies is also known as 'taking a leave of absence'.

Whatever your motivation, we're here to support you through your decision. It's vital to get advice as early as you can before making any decisions that may affect your studies.

Find out about the various support available below.


If you're struggling with your studies, there's plenty of support available to help you back on track.

You should discuss your situation with your personal tutor in the first instance. You'll find details on how to reach them in your course information on NOW.

Find out more about the academic support available.


If you have concerns about your NTU accommodation, contact Student Accommodation Services. Email the team or call them on +44 (0)115 848 2894.

If you're in private accommodation, speak to your accommodation provider at first.

The Students’ Union Information and Advice Service can also give independent advice on housing issues.


If your disability is impacting on your life at university, contact Disability Services. Email the team or call them on +44 (0)115 848 2085.


You can contact our Employability team if:

  • you're unsure whether you're on the right course, or
  • you've changed your mind about what you'd like to do after University.

They'll be able to help you consider your options.

Use the Employability Live Chat or call them on +44 (0)115 848 8638.


Your financial situation can have an impact on your studies. If so, our friendly Student Financial Support team can offer support and advice.

Visit the money, fees and funding pages for more information. You can also email the team or call them on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Health and wellbeing

Looking after your physical and mental health will help you get the most out of your time at university. The Student Support team can offer support, help and advice while you're with us at NTU.

Find out more about the support available.


Changes to your course or circumstances can have an impact on your status at NTU and your visa.

You can find out more on our visa and immigration pages. You can also email our International Student Support team.

Who to contact

Suspending your studies or withdrawing from your course can be a complicated decision. The sections above may not cover your reasons, or there may be several factors in your decision.

Use our short support request form if you:

  • are experiencing difficulties gathering information
  • you need help with decision-making or communicating with tutors
  • want to tell us more or ask for help.

If you're a further education student, you can contact our Disability and Wellbeing Officer (Further Education).

Taking a leave of absence from your studies

Suspending your studies is also known as 'taking a leave of absence'. This is when you decided to take a break, or 'voluntary leave of absence', from your studies. Reasons can include ill health, maternity, financial difficulties, and may others.

Taking a leave of absence

Withdrawing from your studies

We hope your time at NTU goes well, and that you enjoy your course. We also appreciate that you may have a change of heart, or that you may need to leave for personal or medical reasons.

Withdrawing from your studies means that you have decided to stop studying at NTU.  Your contract with the University will end. It's important that you consider the implications of withdrawing. You should you discuss your intentions with your course leader. There may be various options available to you other than permanently withdrawing.

Withdrawing from your studies
  • Last updated: 19/10/2021