Thinking of taking a break in study

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.

Consider your options

Before you take a break in study, you may want to consider what support is available for your situation which may mean you do not have to take a break in study.

We are here to support you through your decision whatever this may be. 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, or are unsure whether you're on the right course, there's plenty of support available to help you back on track.

You should discuss your situation with your personal tutor or course 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.


If your financial situation is impacting on your studies, contact 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

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

Find out more about the support available.


If you are thinking of taking a break in study due to immigration-related issues, or changes to your permission to live ad study in the UK.

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

Other reasons

Taking a break in study can be a complicated decision. The sections above may not cover your reasons, or there may be several factors in your decision.

  • are experiencing difficulties gathering information
  • 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).

Frequently asked questions

Can I access university facilities while I am on a break in study? 

Students on a break in their studies will continue to have access to the appropriate University systems (buildings and NTU email).

What happens if my course changes while I take a break in study? 

By signing the form and submitting your request you agree to accept any changes to your course, its assessment requirements or NTU’s regulations and policies. It is your responsibility to make sure that you discuss the implications of taking a Break in Study with your course leader.

I have taken a year out of university before, does this impact a break in study? 

Repeat requests for an additional break in study beyond one calendar year would require a new application.

How long can I take a break in study for? 

A break in study is defined as an authorised break in study for a maximum of one calendar year in the first instance.

What happens to my completed and uncompleted modules? 

All awarded grades before your break in study stands. Passed assessments cannot be repeated as unfair academic advantage should not be gained by the agreement to take a break in study.

I have decided to take a break in study

If you have considered your options, sought advice and still wish to proceed with taking a break in study, please visit our information page by clicking the link below.

Taking a break in your studies

Returning to your course after a break in study

There's a lot to think about when planning to return to university after a break in study. Here's some useful information to help your return go as smoothly as possible.

Returning to your course after a break in study

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: 27/09/2023