Discontinuing study

Discontinuing study

Students planning to suspend their studies for a study period, a year or longer will need to withdraw from all units via eStudent.

Other than withdrawing from all units prior to the relevant census dates, if you are a Domestic student you are not required to notify the University. Withdrawing after the census date may incur an academic penalty and/or financial liability. For a full list of Macquarie census dates, visit important academic dates.

International Student Visa Holders

To withdraw from your program submit a Student Withdrawal and Release form online via AskMQ.

Studied more than six months?

If you have studied with Macquarie University for more than six calendar months you are able to stop your studies by notifying the University using the Withdrawal form via AskMQ.

Students who have not studied for more than six calendar months must request permission from your Admissions Officer or visit Macquarie International Front Desk in order to be released from your studies. A release will only be granted in exceptional and specific circumstances. Refer to the Transfer and Release Policy for International Students.

Before you withdraw from your program read the International Fee Policy

What happens next?

The University will cancel your CoE and by doing so will notify the Australian Government that you have stopped studying at Macquarie University.

You have 28 days to return to your home country or to contact the Department of Home Affairs to ask about your visa status.

Application to resume studies

The appropriate procedure to resume your studies will depend on your circumstances and when you anticipate resuming.

You need to have a recorded result in at least one unit of your incomplete qualification. This does not include Incomplete or Withdrawal unit status.

Absence within 24 consecutive months

Domestic Students

Students seeking to return to their incomplete program of study at Macquarie University may re-enrol directly via eStudent.

International Students

International Student Visa Holders must apply for a new CoE from Macquarie University and a new student visa with the Department of Home Affairs.  You can ask to open your enrolment by sending a request to Ask.MQ .

Absence greater than 24 consecutive months

Domestic students with a course status of ‘Not Continued’ and are seeking to return to their incomplete program of study at Macquarie University must reapply as a new applicant either through UAC or directly to Macquarie.

Full-fee paying international students must contact the International Office for advice on returning to your course.

Formal withdrawal from all units in first year of study

If you have no recorded results in your course at Macquarie because you withdrew from all your units before the relevant census date, you will be regarded as not having been 'effectively enrolled'. To return to study you will need to submit a new application through UAC.

You may choose to defer your position if you are eligible.

Full-fee paying international students must contact the International Office for advice on returning to your course.

Related documents

  • Transfer and Release Policy
  • Withdrawal and Discontinuance (Coursework) Policy
  • Withdrawal without Penalty (Coursework)  Procedure
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